Pop/Rock, New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock, College Rock, Punk, Punk/New Wave, British Punk, Pop

Album Review

On their fourth album, the Boomtown Rats submitted to ambitiousness, with singer Bob Geldof attempting to assume the mantle of Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, while the band tried to keep up with musical fashions in Britain. The combination led to such oddities as a ska-beat rewrite of the Stones' "Under My Thumb" and a couple of side-opening mambos. The band was at its best when it returned to the pop music that was its core on such songs as the Buddy Holly-ish "Don't Talk to Me" and especially the danceable "Up All Night," but they were buried on the second side of an uneven collection that made the Rats' sense of direction seem uncertain.
William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Mood Mambo
  2. Straight Up
  3. This Is My Room
  4. Another Piece of Red
  5. Go Man Go
  6. Under Their Thumb...Is Under My Thumb
  7. Please Don't Go
  8. The Elephant's Graveyard
  9. Banana Republic
  10. Don't Talk to Me
  11. Hurt Hurts
  12. Up All Night