- For the literary concept by Roland Barthes, see Effect of Reality.
|Studio album by The Tourists|
|Recorded||Olympic Studios and DJM Studios London, August 1979|
Epic Records (US/Canada)
|The Tourists chronology|
This album received much more favourable reviews than the band's first album, with catchier songs and a stronger reliance on the vocals of singer Annie Lennox. The album contained two hit singles, "So Good to Be Back Home Again" (UK #8) and a cover of the 1964 Dusty Springfield song "I Only Want to Be With You" (UK #4).
Although the band featured Lennox and her future Eurythmics partner Dave Stewart on guitar, the bulk of the songs were written by singer/guitarist Peet Coombes. The album peaked at #23 on the UK Album Chart, and spent a total of sixteen weeks in the Top 100.
All tracks composed by Peet Coombes except where indicated
- "It Doesn't Have to Be This Way" – 3:45
- "I Only Want to Be With You" – 2:24 (Mike Hawker, Ivor Raymonde)
- "In the Morning (When the Madness has Faded)" – 4:09
- "All Life's Tragedies" – 3:48
- "Everywhere You Look" – 3:18
- "So Good to Be Back Home Again" – 2:39
- "Nothing to Do" – 3:27
- "Circular Fever" – 3:06 (Peet Coombes, Dave Stewart)
- "In My Mind (There's Sorrow)" – 4:44
- "Something in the Air Tonight" – 3:42
- "Summer's Night" – 3:17
- Ann Lennox – Vocals, organ, piano, harpsichord, string synthesiser
- Peet Coombes – Vocals, electric 6 string & 12 string guitars
- Dave Stewart – Electric guitars, acoustic guitars, backing vocals
- Eddie Chin – Bass guitar
- Jim "Do It" Toomey – Drums, percussion
- Trumpet and string arrangements – Graham Preskett
- Engineers – Andy Lunn, Bill Gill, Dick Plant, Barry Kidd
- Producer – Tom Allom
|1979||UK Album Charts||23|
- Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (November 15–28, 1979): 31.
- The Guinness Book of British Hit Albums, fifth edition 1992
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