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Artist: Q5

Title: When the Mirror Cracks

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Category: AOR/Hard Rock

Year: 1986

Label: Music For Nations (United Kingdom)

Catalog Number: CD MFN 64


Floyd Rose
Gary Thompson
Evan Sheeley
Rick Pierce
Jonathan K.


1.  Livin' on the Borderline  4:42
2.  Your Tears (Will Follow Me)  3:50
3.  Never Gonna Love Again  4:57
4.  Stand By Me  3:40
5.  When the Mirror Cracks  3:33
6.  Runaway  3:50
7.  In the Rain  3:54
8.  I Can't Wait  4:10
9.  Cold Heart  4:10
10.  Let Go  4:07
Total Running Time:  40:53

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Existing comments about this CD

From: MarkyB Date: July 5, 2005 at 10:31
Nice follow-up album on steal the light. Production sounds a little weak (like most selfproduced albums do) but still some catchy songs with memorable hooks on it. Check "your tears" and "stand by me" to get an impression of how good this one rocks. 75/100

From: PAUL Date: September 7, 2005 at 17:50
Hello MarkyB.I don't agree with you.After a KILLER HARD ROCK/MELODIC METAL debut album came this big disappointment.I'm more AOR fan than HARD ROCK,but i don't like this average release.The production is ok,the musicians very good,but what happen with the songwriting?BAD CONDITION!There are some cool tunes(1,2,6)but the rest album is very very boring.For first time in history of music the bonus track(freedom)is better than the others,phenomenon...

From: Axe-Machine Date: January 23, 2006 at 9:18
This album certainly seems to have alienated already established fans of the first album, but I heard this one first. Wonderfully crafted AOR with a big sound and nice keyboards. Not really a weak track on the entire album, but the best cuts are certainly Livin' On The Borderline, Your Tears, Never Gonna Love Again and In The Rain...but they're all good. Essential AOR album.

From: Figge Date: September 27, 2006 at 14:20
A very underrated band and especially this album. Some excellent songs, sadly overshadowed by the rather bad production values. Well, not really bad....just so very dated and 80's sounding. It sounded dated already two years after the release. I find it hard to see anyone hearing this album for the first today to get impressed or hooked. It does however have a place in my heart, for nostalgic reasons maybe, but I love it.

From: z4roxx Date: January 22, 2007 at 13:28
Very average with 2/3 good songs.”your tears”it’s easily the best here even if it’s the most generic.6.5/10.

From: juan carlos Date: October 10, 2007 at 23:36
Mas porcentaje de AOR que de HardRock pero hecho con mucha frescura y es por los teclados que hay en todos los temas(menos el bonus "Freedom"). De la producción no me quejo pues está muy aceptable. 10 cortes todos buenos sin ningún relleno pero tampoco que te maraville salvo por ahi "Your Tears" Súper-Temazo y mi favorito, "Cold Heart", "Let Go"(voz a lo David Coverdale aunque en los demas temas me suenen a un Steve Overland). La riffera "WtMC" con un gran final buenísimo. Recomendado. 8.5/10

From: Pretty Boy Jim Date: April 21, 2009 at 10:21
This album is unfairly (in my opinion) panned because of comparisons to Steel the Light, which is an undisputed classic. Yeah, it's different, certainly not as heavy, but taken on it's own it's a great album. If you've never heard it, give it a chance and let it stand on it's own. I think it's a fantastic album.

From: rick kerch vzla Date: October 12, 2012 at 18:11
Completely in an AOR direction came this second and last album by Q5...maybe not the best songs ever recorded in the genre but good enough 2 satisfy lovers of melodic rock/AOR everywhere..."Let Go" is the best song for me but these ones are also very appealing "Your Tears","Stand By Me","Runaway","In The Rain","I Can't Wait" & "Cold Heart"(nice)...enjoyable...86/100

From: Footstomp Date: November 10, 2012 at 16:52
Steel the light is far better than this album. However, it is difficult to compare the two. Steel the light is more hard rock and this more AOR. With that said, I dont think When the Mirror ... is poor in any way. Many good songs.

From: hair metal again Date: November 10, 2014 at 3:27
excellent 2nd release by Q5 and imho much better than their fine debut!this one is more commercial and the songwriting is in the highest level!i really cant find any fillers and i strongly believe that the band should support more this approach!anyway ..i highly recommend it and if you have any doubts just listento "your tears","never gonna love again","cold heart","when the mirror cracks"!wonderful stuff

From: AJManiac666 Date: June 19, 2021 at 1:28
Kind of a little break up from Steel The Light. Usually this is not my favorite Q5 album on my Metal collection because I say so that some elements bring almost losing their metal vibe from the first abum. Also sometimes I don't get along with the keyboard sequencing that much. There's also two examples when it comes to Rambo, Robocop and Total Recall you guessed it! It's "Runaway" and "I can't wait". So yes it is an good album but it kinda loses the sound like the first album and there you have it! The complete movie soundtrack of the 80s!

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