Would you believe we’re only now about half way through the part of The Alarm’s catalog that I’ve bothered to buy? Eye of the Hurricane is their third album, from 1987, which, incidentally was a really terrific year for music. Step into your DeLorean, and see what R.E.M., INXS, U2, The Cure, The Replacements, and loads of other bands did that year.
This time around, the band found a way to add a bit of a new wave sound to their usual stadium sound. “Rain in the Summertime” and “Rescue Me” were the big ones off this album.
I’m not sure many people will agree, but I really wonder if this is their best album. No, I’m going to come right out and say it. Eye of the Hurricane is The Alarm’s best album. All the songs move along well, and keep moving. The production is a bit strange, but it works, and everything just seems to work without being too overdone. The middle third of the album puts together a fantastic three-song string, with “One Step Closer to Home” possibly the best song they’ve done. The other two, “Shelter” and “Rescue Me” are terrific, too (“Rescue Me was a solid hit). I was listening to this album yesterday while driving, and started singing along with it again, just like I did years ago, with very little eye rolling. It’s still in the car. Maybe I’ll listen to it again tomorrow.