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Originally available only in Europe as a vinyl LP, this 1984 release stretches out a bit, incorporating keyboards and varying from the straight ahead guitar-pop style to venture into some different arrangements but still include their trademark melodies.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Get My Message
3:42 $0.99
2. Will You Spin For Me?
3:55 $0.99
3. When Push Comes To Shove
3:03 $0.99
4. Shining
3:01 $0.99
5. It's Only You
3:19 $0.99
6. Twist and Bend It
2:45 $0.99
7. I Wanna Give It To You
3:01 $0.99
8. Turnaround
4:05 $0.99
9. Running Wild
3:28 $0.99
10. Oh, Angeline
3:19 $0.99
11. Bound To Fade
3:33 $0.99
12. Suspicion
3:19 $0.99
13. Pieces Of Glass
3:58 $0.99
14. A New Sensation
3:18 $0.99
15. Dormant Love
3:40 $0.99
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Album Notes
Originally released in 1984 in England on Demon Records, in Germany on Line Records and in France on New Rose Records, Silhouette was issued as a 12-song, vinyl LP with 3 slightly different album covers. This CD includes 3 bonus tracks (Pieces Of Glass, A New Sensation and Dormant Love) and showcases the band stretching out with different arrangements and incorporating keyboards combined with their trademark vocal melodies and harmonies. Recorded at the band's own, Short Order Recorder it remained un-released in America until it bacame available on CD in 1991.



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Greg Cleary

It's the 80's--Let's see what these keyboards sound like
It was a familiar story, back in that wackiest of musical decades, the 1980's: Guitar band goes hog wild with the keyboards! Sometimes, wealth and fame ensued; usually it didn't. With Shoes, it didn't really matter, because they were never hugely popular, and this release was originally available only as an import anyway. Shoes have made better albums than this one, yet somehow I find myself coming back to "Silhouette" time and time again. I like hearing the band operating just outside of its comfort zone, even if the results are mixed.

Each songwriter contributes at least one great song. The best, without a doubt, is John Murphy's "Turnaround." Nostalgic and lyrical, there is nothing else like it in Shoes' entire catalogue, and this album is worth owning for this song alone. While "Turnaround" is characterized by chiming guitars, John's other offerings are thick with keyboards, and not nearly as good. "Twist and Bend It" is a jagged piece that lives up to its title in the sense that it seems about to break apart, and it sort of does at the end. "When Push Comes to Shove" and "Bound to Fade" are bouncy little numbers--not worldbeaters, by any means, but enjoyable.

Gary Klebe's best song is the opener, "Get My Message"--the perfect example of Gary's taut, rhythmic songwriting style. I defy anyone to listen to this song without tapping their fingers or toes. Klebe fares the best of any of the three songwriters on this album, as his songs are all guitar-oriented and get right to the point. It is a sign of his strength here that he not only provides the album-opener, he provides the closer as well (on the original 12-song vinyl version). "Suspicion" chugs along with a slow, menacing guitar riff and a keyboard undertow--the perfect way to end this off-kilter album.

Jeff Murphy's songs are the most difficult ones here, but he has one great moment, "Oh Angeline," a reggae-ish number which is maybe the only example of the keyboard-oriented approach working perfectly. Also, the lyrics are more heartfelt than was usual for Shoes at this time; maybe he was inspired by John's "Turnaround." "Will You Spin for Me" may be the closest Shoes ever came to recording a dance song, and it succeeds thanks to a clever arrangement of keyboards, guitars, and drum machine (this is the first Shoes album in which Skip Meyer is not given band member status). Jeff's other two songs are both built around frantic rhythms and very fast singing. Honestly, I still don't quite know what to make of them.

The CD reissue of "Silhouette" improves considerably on the original vinyl, with 3 additional songs that are well-matched with what came before. The highlight is John's "Pieces of Glass," which was good enough to find a place on the "Shoes Best" compilation. The CD also features lyric sheets, song-by-song credits, and an additional photo of the band. If you've read this far, you probably own most of Shoes' albums anyway, so go ahead and give this one a try. I can't guarantee that you'll like it, but if you are a fan, you will probably end up considering it essential.