Remarkable longplayers from the past

‘Thunder Up’

Released: 28 Dec 1987
Fifth and final album

PENNY BLACK MUSIC wrote: “Released on the Dutch label ‘Play It Again Sam’ (PIAS)
after Statik went into liquidation, ‘Thunder Up’ is the most diverse of all The Sound’s
albums and strikes a middle balance between the pumped-up adrenalin rock of
‘Jeopardy’ and ‘From the Lion’s Mouth’, and the more subdued, bleak experimentations
of ‘All Fall Down’. The musicianship is never less than impressive. It is, however, Borland’s
lyrics that are the real tour-de-force. As The Sound’s fortunes had begun to wane and they played to increasingly diminishing audiences, the always sensitive Borland had started to display symptoms of manic depression. In 1986 he was diagnosed as having a schizoid
affective disorder. ‘Thunder Up’ was essentially about a man clawing his way back from the edge, desperately trying to make sense of his life in all its confusion and to save the band that he loved. It is especially poignant as Borland, Mayers and the Sound were all not to survive. Thunder Up’ despite all its rich complexities, remains the band’s unsung masterpiece.”

TURN UP THE VOLUME‘s fav track: immensely beautiful… HAND OF LOVE

Album in full

THE SOUND: Biography – Discography

Magic and tragedy

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