Trouser Press Tuesday: Silent Running

August 18, 2009

Emotional Warfare (EMI America) 1984
Walk on Fire (Atlantic) 1987
Deep (Atlantic) 1989

If Belfast bands are generally esteemed for their passionate intensity, someone forgot to tell Silent Running. Emotional Warfare (released abroad as Shades of Liberty) contains slick humdrum dance-rock with only Peter Gamble’s Bonoesque bellow to suggest — if not generate — any enthusiasm. The pounding “Emotional Warfare” is as good as it gets, and that’s not very. The eager-for-airplay Walk on Fire reduces Silent Running to a quartet (the keyboardist left) and comes on like a dull hybrid of the Fixx and Bad Company(…)

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