On this day in history (February 17, 1984), Thompson Twins released their fourth studio album Into The Gap featuring the singles Hold Me Now and Doctor Doctor. The was the bands most commercially successufull album featuring 3 singles that made the UK Top 5 singles chart.
Hold Me Now
Sister Of Mercy
Charts And Accolades
- Peaked at #1 on the UK Albums chart
- Peaked at #10 on the US Billboard album Chart
This album received mixed reviews. Some noteworthy quotes (both good and bad) are
Contains 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– Smash Hits
Nothing else [other than Hold Me Now] 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 herself puts it, who can stop the rain?– The Village Voice
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– Music Express
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.– Musician
Nearly every song on this set differed from the others, with each track taking the listener on a different musical journey. 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– AllMusic
- Doctor! Doctor!
- You Take Me Up
- Day After Day
- Sister Of Mercy
- No Peace For The Wicked
- The Gap
- Hold Me Now
- Storm On The Sea
- Who Can Stop The Rain
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