A Flock of Seagulls

The Story of a Young Heart

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Faced with declining sales and a sound that was already becoming considered passé, A Flock of Seagulls retooled a bit for their third album, The Story of a Young Heart. Steve Lovell stepped into the producer's role and the band eased up on its heavily synthesized approach for more of a Europop feel, to no avail. The less cluttered, more polished sound of album is undermined by the limited vocal ability of singer Mike Score. His monotone delivery fails to imbue the songs with any warmth. "The More You Live, the More You Love" is as good as anything they've done and gave the band one final chart hit, stalling at number 54. Otherwise, the best stuff is near the end and sounds most reminiscent of their debut. "Over My Head" and "Heart of Steel" bound along but sound thin. However, they almost recapture their hyperkinetic glory with "Remember David." The Story of a Young Heart is the sound of a band slowly losing momentum.

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