Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Thomas Dolby - A Map of the Floating City (2011)

Due to a long absence and the lackluster album Gate To The Mind's Eye, I had long given up on new music from Mr. Dolby.  But these tracks were gradually released through a series of EPs and compiled on this album in 2011.  It's no Golden Age of Wireless, but how could it be?  Still, there are enough good tunes here to make us long-time fans happy; there's nothing here that would have been out of place on 1992's Astronauts And Heretics album.  This was designed to be a concept album and doesn't work as such, but I guess that doesn't matter much.  Metacritic has it rated at 73/100.  For my taste, there are too many ballads on this one, but 73 sounds about right to me.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks:  My favorite tracks are Nothing New Under The Sun, A Jealous Thing Called Love (the chorus is the highlight of the album for me), Road To Reno, and Simone.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

Previously revisited for the blog:
The Sole Inhabitant (2008)
12 x 12 Original Remixes (1999)
Retrospectacle: The Best Of (1994)
Aliens Ate My Buick (1988)
The Golden Age of Wireless (1982)

1 comment:

  1. I don't know why but this one made me want to hear THIS other one.

    One and done.