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Last Dance Of The New Romance: Spandau Ballet’s Diamond

Richard Cook, NME, 20 March 1982

IT SEEMS like Spandau Ballet are having trouble, and they're not sure how to face up to it. The concept of Spandau has grown so distended that it has slipped its guyropes and overtaxed. Gary Kemp's abilities to the point where, by the end of Diamond, he is lost to a void, clutching after stars without the pretext of a pure imagination. Spandau take their soulboy memories, look them over and finally exorcise them in a ritual (if utterly contrived) evisceration. Diamond irrevocably burns their boats and leaves them on a precipice they may never draw back from.

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