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This article is about the album by Strange Advance. For the industrial metal band, see 2wo.
2WO (Strange Advance album) coverart.jpg
Studio album by Strange Advance
Released February 1985
Recorded Phase One Studios, Toronto, Britannia Row, London, UK, Mushroom Studios, Vancouver, BC, ESP Studios, Buttonville, Ontario
Genre Rock, new wave
Label Capitol
Producer Drew Arnott
Strange Advance chronology
Worlds Away
Over 60 Minutes with... Strange Advance

2WO is the second album by Strange Advance released in early 1985. It featured two hit Canadian singles, "We Run" and "The Second That I Saw You". Along with their first album, this was a Canadian gold record for the band.[1]

Background and writing[edit]

This recording features heavy use of keyboards and synthesizers including the Fairlight, Yamaha DX7, and Jupiter 8.[citation needed]

Recalling the inspiration behind the hit song "We Run", Drew Arnott said it was "One of those 'wake up sweating' dreams. I just described what I saw. The smallest things can be the most inspiring. Ed Shaw added a delay to a sound in "We Run" which made the whole track come alive for me. Major bow to Michael Kamen for the strings and Scott Litt (REM) for the mix."[citation needed]

One song written during the 2WO sessions but left off the record was "Lady with a Blade", which would later appear on the 1995 release Worlds Away & Back.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

Tomas Mureika of allmusic calls 2WO "A seriously overlooked album".[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Drew Arnott, except where noted[4]

No. Title Length
1. "I'll Be the One to Cry"   3:56
2. "The Second That I Saw You"   3:20
3. "We Run"   3:59
4. "Prelude"   2:02
5. "Home of the Brave"   6:34
6. "The Sounds of Life"   4:00
7. "Blue Fire" (Darryl Kromm) 4:14
8. "Just Like You"   5:41
9. "Running Away" (Kromm) 4:15
10. "Nor Crystal Tears" (Kromm) 5:06

Album credits[edit]


  • Darryl Kromm – lead vocals, guitar
  • Drew Arnott – keyboards, drums, vocals, lead vocal on "We Run"