Over the last handful of years, they have been exposed to a new audience. "itemReviewed": { Initially, I was most taken with the big, noisy rocker up front, “The Boy Who Invented Rock & Roll,” and the world music influenced drone of “You’ll Be Mine,” which felt a little Peter Gabriel-esque, and the more traditional sounding Furs’ feel of “Wrong Train,” which seemed to emphasize big, bold production moves with lots of moving parts, and those tracks continue to impress. Performance cookies are used to understand and analyze the key performance indexes of the website which helps in delivering a better user experience for the visitors. That will come as a shock to most of their fans, who were probably 29 themselves when they last bought a Furs album. He recorded a gritty punk meets AC/DC album with the band Honky Toast, recorded two albums with Tommy Stinson of The Replacements, briefly joined Thin Lizzy, and has toured in support of a diverse array of music acts, including Ben Folds, Rhianna, and Enrique Iglesias. }, years, The Psychedelic Furs have done the impossible, and made an album that not only matches much of their previous work, but beats it. For casual fans, they may be most recognised by their iconic single “Pretty in Pink” (1981) which inspired the popular John Hughes’ film of the same name. You will receive a verification email shortly. Brian Quincy Newcomb has found work as rock critic and music journalist since the early 80's, contributing over the years to Billboard Magazine, Paste, The Riverfront Times, and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. } Well, there’s no real escaping Richard Butler’s unique voice, which has often been compared to David Bowie, but across the 12 new tracks here it’s clear that his voice has perhaps grown even more ominous when he wants it to be, and more melodic, in that haunted, eerie floating way that is all his own. The Psychedelic Furs have not released a new album in almost three decades. The Psychedelic Furs are iconic for a reason; they really have nothing to prove. Undefined cookies are those that are being analyzed and have not been classified into a category as yet. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. As a lyricist, Butler’s always excelled at colorful verbal juxtapositions, often capturing the powerful tensions of modern relationships much the way Lou Reed did in songs like “Vicious” for the Velvet Underground and his descriptions of the urban landscape on albums like New York. We also use third-party cookies that help us analyze and understand how you use this website. Kramer’s keys are subtle but always present, perfectly filling in the empty spaces. "worstRating": "0" We use cookies on our website to give you the most relevant experience by remembering your preferences and repeat visits. "name": "Sungenre" "name": "Matt Marciniec" The two Richards hit it off, and together with Butler’s bassist brother Tim Butler and drummer Frank Ferrer, formed the band Love Spit Love, which released two solid albums in ’94 and ’97. That said, Made of Rain has its faults. He was king of the scowl. "publisher": { "name": "The Psychedelic Furs - Made of Rain" Richard Butler smiles a lot onstage nowadays, put it that way. “You’ll Be Mine” veers more into an alt-folk jangle, flavoured with prickly synths and slow, pounding percussion from Paul Garisto. “Who’s on the telephone? He never used to smile at all. Receive news and offers from our other brands? Thank you for signing up to Classic Rock. Surely there was a risk involved in this return to recording of new material, like an acrobat returning to the high wire after a three-decade break. Following this is “This’ll Never Be Like Love”. Tackling heavy subject matter, Butler explores familial trouble in the midst of substance abuse on the back of slow burning guitar strums and keys. Butler first became acquainted with Fortus when his St. Louis band Pale Divine parlayed their debut release on Atlantic Records into an slot opening for the Furs. Matching guitar and synth lines from ex-Information Society member Amanda Kramer sound as if they were lifted straight from the ’86 alternative canon. Musically and production-wise, the Psychedelic Furs have delivered a rich array of artfully arranged sonic pleasures, this album is a delightful listen start to finish. On their first album in 29 (!) This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Please refresh the page and try again. But as the weeks have passed I’ve come to appreciate the dark, brooding feel of “Ash Wednesday,” the well-honed intensity of “No-One,” and the ringing chimes that ring out in “Hide the Medicine.” “Tiny Hands” felt like a delicate classic 60’s throw-back to a more psychedelic pop era, but Fortus and the band introduce just enough of their own brand of “beautiful chaos” as it develops that it becomes something of far greater substance. That is admirable. But opting out of some of these cookies may have an effect on your browsing experience. The Furs haven’t put out any new music in almost 30 years, but their return is not so unexpected. Before settling in with Guns N’ Roses at the request of Axl Rose in 2002 and staying on with the return of Slash and Duff McKagan, Fortus had built up a solid reputation playing sessions in NYC. Analytical cookies are used to understand how visitors interact with the website. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. "@context": "http://schema.org/", Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. BA1 1UA. However, that is starkly contrasted to the next song and album highlight, “Hide the Medicine”. In that time, Blur, Blair and Brexit have been and gone, and the Psychedelic Furs have become a much-loved transatlantic institution, who’ve re-formed to tour so often that an album became an inevitability, like a teenage pregnancy. Your father says you’re beautiful,” Butler repeats. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. The band’s string of hits –  “Sister Europe,” “Heaven,” “Heartbreak Beat,” and “Pretty In Pink,” which kind of inspired the John Hughes movie of that name, were a dominant creative presence on MTV and alternative radio throughout the 80’s. There was a problem. "@type": "Organization", But as the repeated refrain near the end of the album suggests, “we keep coming back,” and here Richard Butler and the rest of the Psychedelic Furs, together with the aid of Fortus, have put in enough of the hard work to make it all look and feel effortless, so that the emphasis stays on these great songs, where it belongs. Made of Rain is an album you can both take seriously and enjoy superficially – Psychedelic Furs seem to revel in their inherent contradictions now. For inspiration, Butler turned to an epic length poem by Brendan Kennelly titled “The Man Made of Rain,” which inspired lyrics like these: “When I said I loved you well I lied/I never really loved you, I was laughing at you all the time,” for the Christmas carol named song, “Come All Ye Faithful.” There’s an edgy relevance here, but also some feeling and enough snark to suggest those feelings run close to the bone, so dark humor is often required to cut through all the grim news.