Review: Alarm 2000 Collection

The Alarm
Alarm 2000 Collection

Much derided, even in their heyday, The Alarm suffered from a tendancy to wear their influences (Clash, U2, Dylan) all too obviously on their sleeves. Their songs sometimes struggled clumsily to contain frontman Mike Peters’ big-hearted righteous visions, but when it all clicked together (68 Guns, Blaze of Glory) their stomping rock lit up a moribund ’80s musical landscape. Immaculately packaged and featuring a detailed anecdotally packed history from each band member, this is an eight album, 10 hour collection which bundles together every song the band ever recorded with enough demos, alternate versions and rarities to keep diehard fans in raptures for ever. * * *
Paul Davies

Publication::Publication:Q Magazine,
Author::Paul Davies