Review of Landscape A Go-Go in Electronic Sound no. 103,page 87.
What connects Albert Einstein with Norman Bates? Well, apart from the fact that both owed a lot to their mum, both inspired singles by the early 1980s London quintet Landscape. Yet while their two 1981 hits ‘Einstein a Go-Go’ and ‘Norman Bates’ have entered the electropop annals, the rest of Landscape’s career has been something of a footnote – a state of affairs this behemoth boxset is intended to correct.
Collecting their three albums together with early EPs and rarities, over five CDs Landscape A Go-Go sees them metamorphose from the cartwheeling jazz fusion of 1979’s debut album to slick synthpoppers in the Heaven 17 mould by the time of 1982’s Manhattan Boogie-Woogie. Those albums could easily be by two completely different groups, with 1981’s From The Tea-Rooms of Mars … To The Hell-Holes of Uranus also trying out ebullient disco and menacing punk-funk alongside the aforementioned electropop singles. As a whole, Landscape A Go-Go displays all of the band’s multiple personalities and shows they coped with them much better than Norman Bates did. PC