The Lighthouse is the third album by the American synthpop band Red Flag. It was released in 1994 on their own label, Plan B Records.
Produced, recorded, and mixed by Chris & Mark Reynolds at DerGalf Studios, San Diego, CA.
Red Flag — The Lighthouse (Orbit Jan/Feb 1995)
Some of us have waited a long time for new Red Flag material. It was worth the wait. I am so impressed with the musical evolution of this band. I must admit, that when I popped this disc in the player, I was completely surprised. It was the same type of feeling I had when I picked up alphaville’s «Breathtaking Blue» albumn after listening to the «Forever Young» CD for so long. Chris and Mark Reynolds, since their first release, «Naive Art,» seem to have been busy trying to reshape the sounds of Naive and their last single «Machines» into a more mellow, ambient atmosphere. Yet, somehow, they have managed to keep the synth-pop sound with the solid kick drums and bass lines. Some of the percussion and bass parts seem to flow from a Jon Secada song structure while others seem to reflect an Enigma vocal sample and Vangelis sensiblity. Despite these familiarities to the listener, this album is composed in an originality and depth that, I think, surpasses all the previos compositions of Red Flag.
Each song has a unique quality that alters the mood and feelings of the listener. Grab some headphones and shut the drapes when you take your first listen to the album. The compositions will then call you back constantly to the CD itself. From «Shame on the Moon»- a restless ballad about the wherabouts and feelings of a lost loved oneto the pet Shop Boys-ish «In My Dreams» Red Flag sweeps you into another world of sentiment that also keeps you tapping a beat. I really liked the 12+ minute «Things We Say» and the stirring instrumental «The Lighthouse» both constructed with quality samples and sound choices. This album truly is a masterpiece which defies the conventions the band established for itself and marks them as true geniuses of Synth Pop. each track is a radio-quality work of art that grabs the audience and cries out for airplay. Do not miss their tour in 1995 and do not muiss purchasing this album. It is truly a FIVE DOLLAR mark with the staff here at Orbit! It will be with you as well. check it out.
|Shame On The Moon||3:08|
|Cry Me A River||3:43|
|In My Dreams||3:11|
|Things We Say||12:45|
|Inner Sea Revisited||5:31|
|Cry Me A River Revisited||5:50|
|The Lighthouse (CD, Album, RP)||Plan B Records (2), Plan B Records (2), Plan B Records (2)||9 40001-2, 9-40001-2, 76699-40001-2||US||1994|
|The Lighthouse (CD, Album)||Plan B Records (2), Plan B Records (2)||9 40001-2, 9-40001-2||US||1994|