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The Small Price of a Bicycle


Download links and information about The Small Price of a Bicycle by Icicle Works. This album was released in 1985 and it belongs to Rock, New Wave, Alternative, Psychedelic genres. It contains 10 tracks with total duration of 45:06 minutes.

Artist: Icicle Works
Release date: 1985
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Alternative, Psychedelic
Tracks: 10
Duration: 45:06
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No. Title Length
1. Hollow Horse 4:05
2. Perambulator 3:59
3. Seven Horses 4:19
4. Rapids 4:28
5. Windfall 4:16
6. Assumed Sundown 5:53
7. Saint's Sojourn 4:31
8. All the Daughters (Of Her Father's House) 4:32
9. Book of Reason 3:48
10. Conscience of Kings 5:15



There's actually nothing small about the Icicle Works' second album. Like early U2, Big Country, and Simple Minds, the Icicle Works paint with a large canvas; on The Small Price of a Bicycle, the Icicle Works don't stray from their formula of mammoth guitar riffs and epic choruses. While the LP doesn't have the bewitching wintry feel of the group's self-titled debut, Ian McNabb's husky voice compensates for the overall lack of immediate hooks. The galloping bass and sweeping vocals of "Hollow Horse" should've been as successful in the U.S. as the band's only American hit, "Birds Fly (Whisper to a Scream)." "We'll be as we are/When all the fools who doubt us fade away," McNabb bellows defiantly on "Hollow Horse," lyrics that are as catchy as the "We are, we are/We are but your children" singalong of "Birds Fly." Filled with high drama and a ceaselessly driving beat, "Hollow Horse" nearly stomps the rest of the album into mashed potatoes. "Perambulator" exposes the Icicle Works' more aggressive side, one that McNabb would explore further on his Head Like a Rock LP, while "Seven Horses" is more of the same, McNabb's throaty voice riding on a wave of colossal guitars and thumping basslines. The Small Price of a Bicycle has its boring moments, such as "All the Daughters (Of Her Father's House)," but McNabb's passion breathes life into every lyric. Even when the Icicle Works falter, McNabb goes down with guns blazing.