The Chameleons   Strange Times
4.2
excellent
Ranking: #20 for 1986

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4.5 superbfoxblood | February 7th 13

incredible.

4 Bumps | Bump

4.5 superbGene Gol-Jonsson CONTRIBUTOR | May 25th 24

Seriously, one of the most heartbreaking 80s post-punk album and also one of the lyrically densest.

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5.0 classicmeatwadsprite | May 25th 24

been very long since ive been obsessed with an album like i have been with this one. a timeless masterpiece with vast amounts of feeling and haunting melodies.

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4.0 excellentExoskeletalJunction | January 15th 22

14th January: The Chameleons - Strange Times (post-punk, 1986)

The weakest of the original Chameleons trilogy, but by no means any less essential. This one is a
bit more uneven - the undeniable standout is “Swamp Thing”, a beautiful piece of progressive
dreamy post-punk that is everything The Chameleons were about in this incarnation - moody,
emotive, melancholic and passionate. The rest of the album never reaches those heights, which
makes this one feel a bit different from their first two albums, neither of which had obvious
standout tracks. But considering how few aritsts managed to encapsulate the sound of this band,
this is still an essential listen, even if it’s slightly weaker than its predecessors.

7.4 (5th listen)

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3.7 greatErwann S. STAFF | August 7th 20

Solid post-punk, extremely consistent throughout the whole record. Nothing sounded amazing but everything was great. Most compositions range from post-punk, gothic rock, pop rock with a special dedication to the guitars, mostly crystalline and melancholic. Great atmospheric rock from the 80s.

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