Once again I uncover a great, virtually unknown power-pop talent from an era I thought I'd reached the bottom of the barrel of a long time ago. Steve Blimkie and the Reason were a Toronto quartet who released two albums (this being the first) and about a half dozen singles during their 1979-81 run (scroll over to the hyperlink for a bio on The Canadian Pop Encyclopedia). They compensated for their lack of innovation with sheer quality and a respectable amount of character to boot. Think early Joe Jackson, Tommy Tutone, and The A's. Steve Blimkie and the Reason falls just shy of classic status, offering succinct, whip-smart pearls like "Can't Say I'm Sorry," "Subway," and "It Only Happened Twice," all clocking in well under the three-minute mark. On a more trivial note, upon dissolution of the band, two of Blimkie's hired guns went onto greater success in Honeymoon Suite.
01. Break My Heart Tomorrow
02. It Only Happened Twice
03. All I Want is You Alone
04. Can't Say I'm Sorry
05. Now That You Say You Love Me
06. On the Edge
08. As I Am
09. I Got This Feeling
10. Now That You Say You Love Me
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