Howard Jones is an English composer and singer from a family of 4 brothers who are musicians.
It all started for him in 1983 when his first single "New song" was released, which became a hit both across the Channel and in the USA.
The album "Human’s lib" was released in 1984 and will contain no less than 3 other hits including the huge "What is love" as well as the excellent "Pearl in the shell".
In the same year, another hit "Like to get to know you well" was released during the summer and made a worldwide splash.
Without forgetting the sublime "Hide and Seek" which is certainly more modest in success but has an enchanting sound.
In 1985, he released his second album "Dream in action" which will remain as his most popular album thanks to the titles "Life in one day", "Things can only get better" and "Look mama".
In 1986 the album "One to one" was released, which unfortunately did not experience the success of the previous one, and which started a slow but obvious public disaffection for the artist.
He will only find once again a semblance of success with the single "Everlasting love" in 1989 which will have a great career in the USA.
And this despite the release of two additional albums, "The prisoner" in 1989 and "Lift me up" in 1992.
This will not prevent him from continuing the adventure in the decades that will follow with the production of albums with limited success but not devoid of interest, far from it...
Fundamentally gifted and prolific artist, he remains to this day like the sure values of the English new wave in what it could produce the best.
To discover or rediscover.
Discography (among others ...) :
• New song 1983
• What is love ? 1983
• Hide and seek 1984
• Pearl in the shell 1984
• Like to get to know you well 1984
• Things can only get better 1985
• Look mama 1985
• Life in one day 1985
• No one is to blame 1986
• All I want 1986
• You know I love you...don't you ? 1986
• Will you still be there ? 1986
• Little bit of snow 1987
• Everlasting love 1989
• The Prisoner 1989
• Lift me up 1992
• I.G.Y (What a beautful world) 1993
• Angels and lovers 1997
• Let the people have their say 1998
• Tomorrow is now 1998
• Back in your life 1998
• Someone you need 2000
• New year present 2003
• Slip away 2005
• Celebrate our love 2005
• Respected 2005
• The presence of other 2005
• Just look at you 2006
• Straight ahead 2009
• Ordinary heroes 2009
• Soon you'll go 2009
• Joy taken from engage 2015
• The human touch 2015
• Hold on to your heart 2015
• The one to love you 2019
• Beating Mr. Neg 2019
• Transform 2019
• Hero in your eyes 2019
• I believe in you 2022
1983 ... a first title which already shows the full extent of the artist's talent. And there is talent, it is clear. Race results : 1st planetary top hit !
1983 ... but it is THIS title that will change everything. A unique inspiration, an extraordinary voice, everything to do great things ! The singer in one year has become one of the phenomena of the moment. HU-GE !
1984 ... an incredible lyrical power that sublimates this title from another world. He signs here one of his most beautiful titles and surely one of the most inspired songs of the decade. Quite simply MA-GIC !
1984 ... and what about that one. A vocal and melodic firework display for a track that will surely remain one of its best
1984 ... an incredibly prolific year which saw the release of an impressive series of very large caliber hits. With the highlight this title once again highly inspired !
1985 ... 1984 was a great year, 1985 will do even better. Yes Yes, it's possible ! The singer continues on an extraordinary level of inspiration and crushes the competition with disconcerting ease
1985 ... the top planetary hits follow one another at a speed more than impressive. It has already been 3 years that the singer has been at the top of his possibilities and it's off to last for a while !
1985 ... which will surely remain as his biggest record success. The artist is at the peak of his career and everything he touches immediately turns into solid gold. MAS-TER-FUL !
1986 ... a sweet title to start 1986 in style and which once again shows the extent of the artist's talent. He is good in all areas, it is clear !
1986 ... the years go by without the quality weakening by an Iota. Even if the level of success weakens somewhat, it remains at an almost stratospheric level !
1986 ... a suite that spins at 200 km/h. Difficult to follow the pace as the title is boosted with the consequence of a level of success in continuous decline ...
1986 ... paradoxical as it may seem, this sumptuous title will go completely under the radars. Sometimes you don't have to try to understand ...
1987 ... only one title in this year 1987 and of average quality overall. A somewhat worrying source of inspiration and not necessarily a good omen for the rest of the events ...
1989 ... after a pure and simple absence during 1988, we find the artist in a certain form in this year 1989. Certain form which allows to end the decade in the best way !
1989 ... it is clear that style, like sound, has very little to do with what he practiced in his early days. The quality is there, but the great inspiration has unfortunately disappeared somewhat ...
1992 ... he attempts the transition to the 90s after having broken for 2 years. The passage is more or less successful because the level of success has dropped a notch further. We are getting closer and closer to the red zone ...
1993 ... a very nice cover of the flagship title of Donald Fagen dating from 1982. The copy is not worth the original but comes close to it. Good performance !
1997 ... big air hole of 4 years followed by a return to obvious form. Unfortunately, that will not be enough to get back to the leading pack and this title will go completely under the radars ...
1998 ... his last major hit. The almost end of an incredible adventure for one of the most gifted artists of his generation. It will attempt the transition to the 2000 decade but unfortunately without great success ...
1998... whatever the case, the adventure continues and is far, far from over. But it is clear that the best years are now behind him, we are not going to lie to each other...
1998...not to mention a radical change in sound that didn't really help him stay in touch with the best. Really unfortunate...
2000...we have the impression that we are no longer dealing with the same artist at all. There is really the Howard Jones of the 80s and the Howard Jones after that has not much to do with its predecessor except the voice...
2003...he even went so far as to make pure instrumentals, who would have thought. A career change that will not really benefit him and disorient his basic fans to say the least...
2005... here he is finally at the heart of a title with a much more trendy sound. Normal, he is not the author of the title which explains the why and how...
2005...there, on the other hand, it is him who we find at the controls of this new album. An album already a little more trendy in terms of sound and which shows that when he wants, he can evolve in the right direction...
2005...certainly, there won't be any miracles and he won't be able to come back to center stage, but what he's now offering is much more in line with what the public expects. Hope it lasts...
2005...the difference with what he did at the beginning of the decade is obvious. A more elaborate sound, an inspiration finally back, in short, good reasons to continue to believe in it...
2006...a new proof of renewal with this title which proves that the artist is indeed back. Unfortunately, the delay with the competition is such that not many will realize that he is back...
2009...while we had every reason to hope for a gradual return to center stage, what followed proved to be more complicated to manage than expected. Definitely...
2009...he doesn't deserve anything, far from it, but we feel like we've come back to the start of the decade with a sound and a style that's not really in tune with the times. Attention danger...
2009...he increasingly abandons synths in favor of the piano. It comes from a good feeling but it's not really what the younger generations expect, far from it...
2015...the lesson was learned at first sight and here he is back 6 years later in full electronic music mode. We can only congratulate him !
2015...that won't necessarily bring him back to center stage, but it will at least allow him to become 'visible' again to young audiences. Especially since in this decade of 2010 the old veterans of the 80s are popular...
2015...we still have to remember that he started his career in 1983. Only the artists from the 80s still present in this decade of 2010 are among the best of their time. Because for the others, the adventure stopped a long time ago...
2019... by dint of persevering and continuing to believe in it, all the efforts made for years will finally pay off. Here we finally talk about him again at the highest level, it was time...
2019... it was enough that he regained his level of creativity of the 80s for us to be interested in him again. Like what, it really wasn't enough...
2019...an album that works from start to finish and will allow him to make a remarkable comeback in the Charts. We no longer believed in it and yet he managed to do it...
2019...what a pleasure to see him come back to a level he never should have left. This is where we realize that talent is not lost and it is above all good - or bad - career decisions that make good or bad albums...
2022... he will have gone through the 80s, then the 90s, then the 2000s, then the 2010s and here he is proudly starting this new 2020s. Who would have thought that possible when he performed his first title in 1983 ? Not many people that's for sure...
Top Bonus : a very very Intimist version of Hide & Seek which sublimates an already sublime title. We definitely want more !
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