The Fixx are a New Wave band who enjoyed their time in the limelight back in the 80’s. They have that unmistakeable yet difficult to describe New Wave sound, similar to Simple Minds, and had a major hit in 1983 with the single One Thing Leads to Another, followed by a few minor hits before stepping back out of the limelight. The continued to make music and Beautiful Friction is their latest offering.
The album was actually released in 2012, but flew straight under my radar as while I had always liked The Fixx, they weren’t really high on my list if favorite bands. I like their music, but I don’t get their fan club newsletter each week either. So I grabbed this album in a whim, not expecting too much at all. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.
The New Wave sounds remains intact, with a certain added depth. Some of the more notable tracks include Just Before Dawn, Second Time Around, and the title track Beautiful Friction. There aren’t any flops on the album, but some of the songs seem to drag a little. This album would have done quite well had it been released back in the height of the New Wave scene. Nowadays we have our radio waves clogged up with bullshit pop and enough advertising to drive a man mad. Hell, I can’t even remember the last time I bothered to listen to the radio. Now that I think about it, I don’t think I even own a radio.
Pick this one up if you haven’t already, it’s more like some unreleased album from the 80’s than an offering from 2012.