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attempted to ride the new wave on 1982’s , but wound up with a wipe-out, so they recovered by hiring , one of the few ‘70s album-rockers who proved that he knew how to negotiate the treacherous waters of the early ‘80s, for 1983’s . wielded a heavy hand during his production, pushing toward making a record that could easily be mistaken for a record -- so much so, the composition, “Heaven’s Falling,” slips onto the second side without calling attention to itself. The bright surfaces with the guitars and keyboards melding so tightly with the vocal harmonies they’re inseparable, produce a sound that is uncannily reminiscent of , but also helps keep an eye on quality control, letting s terrific “I Can’t Take It” open the album, coaxing the band to cover “Dancing the Night Away,” and editing s best set of songs since . is still very much a new wave-era album -- this is shiny surfaces, not kicks to the gut -- but it’s the best of the lot, and one of their best-ever albums.