Parade was Spandau Ballet's follow-up to their most successful LP, 1983's True. "Only When You Leave" reached number three on the U.K. charts. The three other singles that were released do successively worse: "I'll Fly for You" (number nine), "Highly Strung" (number 15), and "Round and Round" (number 19). (These charting songs are all marginal at best.) The band was still riding high in the U.K. and sold out seven consecutive dates at Webley Arena. Fans of the band, and the "new romanticism" of other acts like Simple Minds, Adam Ant, and Wham may like Parade because it comes close to recapturing the stylish, white soul sound of the True LP. But nothing on the album comes close to the song "True." Spandau Ballet disappeared from American charts after canceling U.S. tour dates in 1984 due to injury.
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AllMusic Review by JT Griffith