Into the Gap
|Into the Gap|
|Studio album by|
|Released||17 February 1984|
|Recorded||Autumn 1983 ("Hold Me Now"); November 1983 - January 1984|
|Studio||Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas|
RAK Studios, London, UK
|Thompson Twins chronology|
|Singles from Into the Gap|
Into the Gap is the fourth studio album by the British pop group Thompson Twins. The album was originally released on 17 February 1984 on Arista Records (worldwide). The album was recorded during 1983 at Compass Point Studios, in Nassau, Bahamas, and was produced by Alex Sadkin who had produced the band's previous album.
Despite a mixed response from critics, Into The Gap became the band's most commercially successful album, peaking at number one on the UK Albums Chart (for 3 weeks), and number ten on the US Billboard 200. "Hold Me Now", "Doctor! Doctor!", "You Take Me Up", and "Sister of Mercy" were all released as singles in the UK with corresponding music videos. Three of the four singles that were released in the UK made the Top 5 and the fourth just missed the Top 10. "The Gap" was also released as a single in some other countries, but no video was made for it. According to the RIAA, the record sold over one million copies in the US; in the UK the album sold over 600,000 copies and was certified 2× platinum. It became one of the year's biggest sellers, with five million copies sold worldwide. The band embarked on a world tour in support of the album.
In March 2008, Into the Gap was reissued as an expanded 2-disc set by Edsel Records. It included the bonus cassette remixes that originally appeared on the original cassette version of the album in 1984, and also features a second disc which includes most major 12" single versions and B-sides, some of which appear on CD for the first time.
|Encyclopedia of Popular Music|||
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
|The Village Voice||B−|
Writing in Smash Hits magazine, Dave Rimmer gave the album 2.5 out of 10, commenting that it contained "several songs with empty words and plodding tunes sung in a whiney voice and slung together with fake sentiment. The success of the terrible Twins represents the usual triumph of naked ambition over talent." In his consumer guide for The Village Voice, Robert Christgau admired the track "Hold Me Now", and gave the album a B-, but commented that "Nothing else here approaches its heart-tugging mastery, but the album remains lightly creditable through the title-cut chinoiserie which opens side two. After that, as Alannah Currie herself puts it, who can stop the rain?". Keith Sharp of Music Express wrote "Into The Gap could be perceived as a distinctive milestone on how far new music has come in the past few years. It's enough to make you forget that the old dinosaur bands ever existed." J. D. Considine of Musician wrote "At times, the gimmicks can be as slight as a synthesizer setting, but they invariable make the album seem dazzling even when it isn't." However, the NME called them, "1984's most instantly kitsch mass program of monosodium glutamation of the brain".
A more recent review from Jose F. Promis of AllMusic gave the album four out of five stars and wrote that "Nearly every song on this set differed from the others, with each track taking the listener on a different musical journey." adding that "[the] Thompson Twins were quiet visionaries, blending intelligent lyrics, Eastern sensibilities, and new wave pop to create a wholly unique and unforgettable listening experience and an album that ranks as one of the '80s' most unique."
- "Doctor! Doctor!" - 4:39
- "You Take Me Up" - 4:26
- "Day After Day" - 3:49
- "Sister of Mercy" - 5:09
- "No Peace for the Wicked" - 4:09
- "The Gap" - 4:44
- "Hold Me Now" - 4:46
- "Storm on the Sea" - 5:26
- "Who Can Stop the Rain" - 5:46
|Some pressings of the album (usually U.S.) have a different order and a shorter version of the final track|
|The UK cassette version of Into the Gap contained an additional side of remixes and B-sides, most of which were previously unreleased|
|2008 expanded edition|
- Thompson Twins
- Tom Bailey – vocals, synthesizers, pianos, guitars, bass guitar, double bass, melodica, harmonica, drum programming
- Joe Leeway – synthesizers, congas, backing vocals
- Alannah Currie – acoustic drums, percussion, marimba, xylophone, backing vocals
- Additional musicians
- Dinesh Pandit – tablas on "The Gap"
- Tom Bailey – producer
- Alex Sadkin – producer, engineer
- Phil Thornalley – recording, mixing
- Chris Dickie – assistant engineer
- Frank Gibson – assistant engineer
- Steve Dewey – assistant engineer
- Ted Jensen – mastering
- Alannah Currie – art direction
- Nick Marchant – art direction
- Satari Graphic – design
- Paul Cox – front cover photography
- Peter Ashworth – inside photography
- Recorded at Compass Point Studios (Nassau, Bahamas).
- Mixed at RAK Studios (London, UK).
- Mastered at Sterling Sound (New York City, New York, USA).
Sales and certifications
|Canada (Music Canada)||2× Platinum||200,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||2× Platinum||600,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,000,000^|
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||15,000^|
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
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