Album Review: Thomas Dolby - 'A Map Of The Floating City'

He's still in mad scientist mode

Album Review: Thomas Dolby - 'A Map Of The Floating City'

Album Info

  • Release Date: October 24, 2011
  • Producer: Thomas Dolby
  • Label: Lost Toy People
  • Fact: The album was recorded in Dolby's own recording studio, which was built inside a 1930s lifeboat.
5 / 10 This first album in over 20 years from the British synthpop legend was trailed by an elaborate online game set in an imaginary city. It’s nice to see [b]Dolby[/b] still in mad scientist mode, but he’s populated his metropolis with a set of country twangers, Arabesque bangers, lounge ballads and quirky lyrics (aided by the theatrical pipes of singers [a]Imogen Heap[/a] and [a]Regina Spektor[/a]) whose relentless eccentricity grates somewhat. The brainiac pop that established Dolby as a kind of funnier, friendlier [a]Gary Numan[/a] in the ’80s was often tinged with a bleakness that offset the wacky stylings; it only really emerges here on closer ‘[b]To The Lifeboats[/b]’.

[i]Frances Morgan[/i]

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