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 Dolby 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 Imogen Heap and Regina Spektor) whose relentless eccentricity grates somewhat. The brainiac pop that established Dolby as a kind of funnier, friendlier Gary Numan in the ’80s was often tinged with a bleakness that offset the wacky stylings; it only really emerges here on closer ‘To The Lifeboats’.

Frances Morgan

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