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Artist: Noiseworks

Title: Touch

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Noiseworks Touch Album Cover


Category: AOR

Year: 1988

Label: Columbia/Sony

Catalog Number: 463115-2


John Stevens Lead Vocals
Stuart Fraser Guitar, Vocals
Justin Stanley Keyboards, Harp, Vocals
Steve Balbi Bass, Vocals
Kevin Nicol Drums


1.  Simple Man  
2.  Touch  
3.  Voice Of Reason  
4.  Chained  
5.  Home  
6.  I Can't Win  
7.  Letter  
8.  Tell It Like It Is  
9.  Keep Me Running  
10.  Live And Die  
11.  In My Youth  

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From: Jez Date: November 1, 2005 at 4:11
Loved the debut, Rate this one even better. 'Simple Man', 'Touch', 'Keep Me Running' & especially the fabulous 'Tell It Like It Is' are the highlights on this one for me. Compared to INXS quite alot & in certain places I can see a resemblence, although this lot are alot more AOR orientated than Hutchence's mob (& a F**k of a lot better aswell). Great album, great band.

From: Erik Date: November 21, 2005 at 11:00
Jezz hits it spot on here. Always had a soft spot myself for this band. Awesome voice. Jon Stevens temporarily even joined INXS. For some reason they didnot hit it of tho. Touch is a such a killer song ( was even played on Baywatch. And ofcourse i heard that thru thr grapevine ). Grrrrreat band !

From: headbanger4life Date: February 2, 2007 at 2:28
This one has actually grown on me quit a bit. I didn't care for it first but I think it's got some decent AOR influence. I kind of hear the INXS comparisons but I like the vocals better than Hutchence's. It kind of reminds of The Simple Minds at times to. Songs that stick out to me are 'Touch' and 'Keep Me Running'.

From: z4roxx Date: September 29, 2007 at 14:55
This is the only cd I have from this band but thier style(too british impronted)doesn't convict me,I'll sell this one because they are surely ok(voice ok etc)but this kind of melodick rock is not my cup of tea....

From: PODEROSO YIRO Date: April 25, 2008 at 18:45
I would say that this album is not as great as the first one, but still, a very very good album!. And again, we find effective songs, good melodies, mmm i think maybe the style in this musical effort is a little more laidback, without the thrills of the previous one, but indeed i think is a very good album

From: Jemini Date: June 1, 2008 at 8:38
Love the vocalist here, but these songs just don't do it for me. SIMPLE MAN and IN MY YOUTH are cool tracks though.

From: erik Date: June 3, 2008 at 12:57
excellent band. best news is: they are back together. life is good. now all we need is a new release

From: Wardy Date: December 11, 2010 at 20:38
Touch was the culmination of life on the road and Noiseworks at their peak. Touch was honest, raw, reflecting, and thoughtful. Replacing keys with piano, adding a ton of acoustic guitars took Noiseworks away from the pop label and to the forefront of hard rock. Touch, both album and song (the song having a healthy U2 approach to it) is the band at their best, sounding viable even today. Jon Stevens was a powerhouse of a vocalist bringing conviction and substance to each and every tune. Simple Man, Voice of Reason, Keep Me Running, Tell It, Letter... all worthy rock songs but the crown jewel that most seem to have missed was LIVE AND DIE! Lyrically sublime and another astonishing delivery from both Stevens and the band, Live and Die could probably have rounded out the album better and it was a shame it didn't get more attention on the live circuit. Regardless, Touch was an album near perfect for its time, much to love!

From: rick kerch vzla Date: December 12, 2010 at 15:48
Magnificent follow up to their already brilliant self title one...conserving their own identity and with the same scheme in their songs,the same formula,...aussie bands are somehow more or less recognize by having similarities in their music direction,even though Noiseworks is "harder" than Inxs you still hear some touches of the aforementioned band here and there ("Tell It Like It Is" is an example)...now the album for me presents these characteristics,"Simple Man" is a highlight song,a good one,was a hit single back then,"Touch" is marvellous,an old time personal fave,"Voice Of Reason" superb!,"Chained" ,"Home" gives you smoothness all over,a delicate track i'd say,"Letter" wonderful,"Keep Me Running" another fave in here & "Live & Die" also a pretty good song...Wardy's comment is very accurate about the feeling the album/band offers...great disc indeed.95/100

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