Big Area (Reviewed by NewRomantic):
Big Area' was Then Jerico's second album, and was released in 1989. Their
first album was released in 1987 and was called 'First (The Sound Of Music)'.
'The Big Area' is a 10 track album of inoffensive synth pop whic should
appeal to fans of English synth pop. Then Jerico recieved more press for
its lead singer's (Mark Shaw) good looks than their music. I suppose in
a way, the music blended in with everything else around at the time, and
could have easily been overlooked, which is a shame, because all the tracks
are really quite good.
As far as this author is aware, there was only 1 track released, and that
Big Area. This track was featured in the movie "Slipstream"
that stared Mark Hamill. This opens with a catchy synth sequence and builds
into a song about love that was once good, but turned sour.
The rest of the tracks are great listening. I think band could have done
well by releasing some other tracks.
If NewRomantic was their producer, I would have thought that What Does
It Take ; Darkest Hour ; Sugar Box and Under Fire could have done well.
So, if you like New Order ; Pet Shop Boys and Erasure, then I think it
is worth your while trying to find this album. The cool thing is that
it won't set you back $26.00 as it did some of us!!
1. Big Area
2. What Does It Take?
3. You Ought To Know
4. Song For The Brokenhearted
5. Darkest Hour
7. Where You Lie
8. Sugar Box
10. Under Fire
to this review by Zel): This is a band I've never heard
of before. I am definitely going to have to get some tracks! Thanks for
to this review by Flix): Great band! This is their second
album. Their first album had a few hits on it as well. My favourite track
from this second album is What Does It Take with Belinda Carlisle. Then
Jerico is definitely a great band worth checking out. Although I'm not
sure I get the connection to Erasure and PSB. Then Jerico is more rock
music than electronic. Mark Shaw actually took up DJ'ing later on. I DJ'ed
with him in Stockholm, Sweden in 1997.