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The Light at the End of the World (A Flock of Seagulls album)

The Light at the End of the World is a 1995 US-only studio album by the band A Flock of Seagulls. It is the first album the band had released since 1986's Dream Come True.

The Light at the End of the World
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Studio album by
Released14 March 1995
Recorded1994
GenreNew wave, synthpop
Length58:26
LabelBig Shot
ProducerMike Score
A Flock of Seagulls chronology
Dream Come True
(1986)
The Light at the End of the World
(1995)
Ascension
(2018)
Singles from The Light at the End of the World
  1. "Magic"
    Released: 1989
  2. "Burnin' Up"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Rainfall"
    Released: 14 May 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic1.5/5 stars[1]

BackgroundEdit

Left as the band's only original member, Mike Score would be working with many different musicians over the years. He and the members of his band mostly played live shows, but then got back to recording after releasing the single "Magic" in 1989. By 1994, the lineup–now consisting of Score, Ed Berner on guitar, Dean Pichette on bass guitar, and A.J. Mazzetti on drums–would create The Light at the End of the World.

While rehearsing the finishing touches for the album, the band came across David Brodie–the vice-president of the fledgling record company Big Shot. Located in Winter Park, Florida, the label was close to the band's home-base and seemed a more viable choice compared to a label further away.[2]

The Light at the End of the World was the second album Score had produced (the first being Dream Come True). He also produced the single "Magic" from 1989.

In contrast to the first two albums from A Flock of Seagulls, but keeping a similar theme to the previous Dream Come True, the songs featured on this album were mainly romantic in theme. Some of the songs, including "Burnin' Up", "Magic" and "Setting Sun", were already being performed live as far back as the late 1980s. The album produced three singles–"Magic", "Burnin' Up" and "Rainfall"–which all had no chart success (although "Rainfall" would appear on many compilations for the band). The album also features two New Age instrumentals: "The Light at the End of the World" and "Seven Seas".

The album's artwork was done by Rifka, who also did the artwork for the single "Burnin' Up".

ReceptionEdit

The critics who reviewed the album gave it generally unfavorable reviews. Allmusic.com called it "dull, tedious and embarrassing to listen to". They gave it a 1 and a half out of 5.[3]

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by A Flock of Seagulls.

No.TitleLength
1."Burnin' Up"5:05
2."Magic"5:13
3."Setting Sun"6:15
4."Rainfall"5:02
5."Ordinary Man"4:58
6."You're Mine"5:12
7."Walking in the Garden"5:02
8."Hearts on Fire"4:33
9."Life is Easy"5:01
10."Say You Love Me"5:09
11."The Light at the End of the World"5:21
12."Seven Seas"1:47
Total length:58:26

PersonnelEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen. "Light at the End of the World". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Thomas, Rebecca (24 March 1995). "Seagulls Vocalist Spreads His Wings in Central Florida". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen. "Light at the End of the World". Allmusic. Retrieved 7 April 2019.