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2.45 | 18 ratings | 3 reviews | 6% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1985

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Just like you (4:05)
2. We hold on (4:35)
3. All of the dreams (4:05)
4. Until the night is over (3:50)
5. The only way to win (3:46)
6. Why don't you take it (4:10)
7. Distant early warning (4:08)
8. Friends and neighbours (4:33)
9. Stop! (5:00)

Total Time: 38:12


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Line-up / Musicians

- Martin Deller / drums, electric percussion
- Cameron Hawkins / vocals, synthesizers, bass
- Nash the Slash / vocals, electric violin, electric mandolin, hormonica

+ Glen Johansen / backing vocals (7)
- Ben Mink / electric guitars
- Dave Moses / backing vocals (7)
- Rob Yale / Fairlight C.M.I.

Releases information

LP Quality SV 2138 / LP MCA Records (1986)

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FM Con-Test ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(6%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(11%)
Good, but non-essential (28%)
Collectors/fans only (44%)
Poor. Only for completionists (11%)

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Review by greenback
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4 stars FM is fundamentally a Canadian progressive rock band. But here, we have a rather sophisticated New Wave/rock album full of excellent synthesizers. Most of the songs are at least good. It is very pleasant to listen to those catchy and addictive melodies. The lead vocals are excellent, the lightly distorted guitars (or keyboards?) sounds too and the keyboards ensemble contributes to color the sustained rythm. The electric violin merges subtly with the other instruments.
Review by SouthSideoftheSky
1 stars Stop!

Five years after the previous City Of Fear, FM gave us Con-Test. Nash the Slash returns to the band here but don't let that fool you into believing that Con-Test is a return to the progressive Rock of the Black Noise. To the contrary, Con-Test continues to push FM ever closer to New Wave territory. This album often reminds me of The Cars. The traces of progressive Rock that could still be found on City Of Fear are eradicated here on this streamlined effort. It should be remembered that we are deep into the 80's here and, like so many of their peers, FM were moving with the times. The mid 80's was the worst period ever for progressive Rock.

All of the nine tracks on Con-Test are around four to five minutes in length and not one of them stands out which makes Con-Test a weak and forgettable album.

Not recommended!

Latest members reviews

2 stars 2.5 stars really. For me the string of good or better albums for FM ends at 'City of Fear'. This album, like a lot of other prog bands in this time period, moves into the AOR pop realm. There are still electric violins and mandolins here so it is a little different than your average 80's music, ... (read more)

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