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Howard Jones, "Tears To Tell"

In the 80s, Howard Jones was our synthpop hero. At school dances, his "New Song" had a way of drawing all of us disparate kids together. Then he told us that "things can only get better." But in 1989, when many of us were entering college, you could see that, on "Everlasting Love" and "The Prisoner," Jones was moving towards adult contemporary.

Three long years later, when some of us were finishing college, Jones' metamorphosis into AC was complete, with the Spring 1992 album, In The Running. Now, as it came during a time of musical distortion, Jones' brand of AC was actually a welcome relief. Whether hanging out at my house, or sitting on the bleachers/benches at fields/playgrounds, my friends used In The Running to bring a moment of calm. During the summer of '92, while waiting for others to arrive, so that we'd have enough to play softball, we liked Jones' "Lift Me Up" and "Tears To Tell." At that particular moment, no one was going through a breakup. Thus, even though "Tears To Tell" was a breakup song, that did nothing to lessen our enjoyment of this song. Shoot, while this was playing at Rossi Playground, Patricia, my summer fling, leaned against my shoulder, before putting on her mitt, and taking the mound. Watching her from 3rd base, I just sighed at the sight, and didn't care if she got shelled or induced the other team to go down 1-2-3.

In 1993, "Tears To Tell" would appear on Jones' Best Of, which was used at Bay Area audio stores. Having heard "Tears To Tell" sound very good via the Martin Logan Aerius i, I kick myself for getting other, lesser speakers. But that's neither here nor now. One wing of my audiophile friends likes "Tears To Tell," would like to share it, and says it dials back our age by 25 years.

-Lummy The Loch Monster


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Topic - Howard Jones, "Tears To Tell" - Luminator 20:34:13 03/19/17 (2)

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