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WORLD AT A GLANCE (Buy CDs by this artist)
World at a Glance (Island) 1988

Some people were just born in the wrong place and time: this New York quartet's first LP reveals a deep desire to be British dance poseurs. As singer David Ilku affects a mild finishing school accent, Michael Lawrence shoots off impressive guitarisms that would sound at home on an Ultravox record; guest keyboardists (including producer Chris Lord Alge) fill in the stylistic gaps. (For credibility's sake, drummer Doug Bowne was a Lounge Lizard.) While inarguably accomplished, World at a Glance, with its echoes of Duran Duran, Simple Minds, Japan, Bill Nelson, U2 and others, is utterly redundant.

[Terry Rompers]