Declaration (The Alarm album)

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The Alarm Declaration.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1984
RecordedNovember 1983
StudioAbbey Road Studios and Good Earth Studios, London, UK
GenreRock, new wave
LabelI.R.S. Records (USA, UK & Europe)
Illegal Records (New Zealand)
ProducerAlan Shacklock
The Alarm chronology
The Alarm (EP)

Declaration is the debut studio album from The Alarm. It was released in 1984 by IRS Records. The album was released initially on vinyl and cassette. A CD version was released in the U.S. by June 1984[1]. An extended re-master version was released in 2000, including extra tracks.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauC+[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[4]

Rolling Stone magazine wrote: "This is one of the best new live bands I heard last year, and they've put a lot of that power into their first album."[4] William Ruhlmann wrote in a mixed to favorable review in AllMusic "the Alarm seemed to play every song as if it was the climax of their set. In the short term, that excited listeners, however; Declaration was a number six hit in England and broke through to the Top 50 in the U.S. In retrospect, it's more smoke than fire."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Eddie Macdonald and Mike Peters, except where noted.

Side one
  1. "Declaration" — 0:45
  2. "Marching On" — 3:35
  3. "Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?" — 2:56
  4. "Third Light" — 3:25
  5. "Sixty Eight Guns" — 5:49
  6. "We Are the Light" — 3:16
Side two
  1. "Shout to the Devil" (Macdonald, Peters, David Sharp) — 4:10
  2. "Blaze of Glory" (Macdonald, Peters, Sharp) — 6:04
  3. "Tell Me" (Sharp) — 3:14
  4. "The Deceiver" — 5:05
  5. "The Stand (Prophecy)" (Macdonald, Peters, Sharp) — 1:15
  6. "Howling Wind" — 6:44
2000 Remastered CD edition bonus tracks
  1. "The Peace Train"
  2. "Reason 41"
  3. "Second Generation"
  4. "Unbreak the Promise"
  5. "The Chant Has Just Begun"
  6. "Bells of Rhymney"
  7. "Bound for Glory"
  8. "Absolute Reality"

Single releases[edit]

"Marching On", "The Stand", "Sixty Eight Guns" and "Where Were You Hiding When the Storm Broke?" had already been released as singles before the album went on sale. "The Deceiver" was the only single to be released from the album after this time.


The Alarm
  • Mike Peters — vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
  • Dave Sharp — acoustic and electric guitars, vocals
  • Eddie Macdonald — bass, guitar, vocals
  • Twist — drums, percussion, vocals
  • Alan Shacklock — producer
  • Chris Porter — engineer
  • Michael Ross, Simon Adamcewski — artwork
  • Robert Mason — illustrations
  • Stephen Oliver — photography


  1. ^ "Compact Discs: Popular". The New Schwann. 36 (6): 39. June 1984.
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "The Alarm - Declaration review". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 12, 1984). "Christgau's Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved August 22, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Miller, Debby (29 March 1984). "Album Reviews: The Alarm - Declaration". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 29 March 2007. Retrieved 2016-12-09.
  5. ^ "Declaration - The Alarm | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2019-09-06.