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The Atlantics / Press

“Rarely will you see a more varied crowd. Old hippies, young execs, spiked- hair punks mingling with blow-dry straights, political radicals and political innocents—all rallying to express hope for handgun control in the wake of John Lennon's death. "This is what we wanted. We wanted to get all these different kinds of people together," said Tom Hauck of the Atlantics, the Boston band that organized Saturday's benefit, along with a lobbying group known as Citizens for Handgun Control (a newly formed wing of CPPAX - Citizens for Participation in Political Action). Their new single, "Lonelyhearts," was a crunching rocker with a great hook… ”

Steve Morse - Boston Globe, January 5, 1981

“I am amazed at how accurately this CD revives the zeitgeist of the 1979-82 era; the freeze-dried ambiance of The Cars, the eccentric drum and bass stylings of XTC, and the intrinsically catchy percussive credo of the English Beat. “Wrong Number,” “I Need a Girl,” and “Secret Meeting” may be formulaic new wave; however, “Back in the World” is a nostalgically heart-tugging anthem, and “Lonelyhearts” an indisputably classic period piece. And further proof exists that this long-awaited sophomore release is no mere relic that should have come out in 1983. Listen—there are some amazingly fine songs here; among the still-innovative sounds this band has mustered are the menacing syncopation of “Perfect Stranger,” the eccentric guitar and drum line of “Believe in Love,” and the frantically clambering percussive dynamism of “Weekend,” and “New Identity.” Best of all, we have the angst-laden whim-whams perfectly limned on their monumental, stupendously catchy”

Francis DiMenno - THE NOISE BOSTON

“The song title “Pop Shivers” tells you everything you need to know about the Atlantics: unlike many of the harder-edged, early-’80s Boston bands, these guys lived for the thrill of the hook. Their best-known tune, “Lonelyhearts” (included here), is four minutes of non-stop hookage: its heavy 4/4 beat got it into the dance clubs, but everything about the track is addictive, from the opening “diddy-wahs” to the percussion break and the big unleashing in the chorus. This retrospective CD amounts to the sophomore album the Atlantics would have done if they hadn’t lost their major-label deal after 1979’s long-gone Big City Rock (MCA). The two above-named songs and “Weekend” all got heavy play as radio tapes; the latter embodies the giddy, Cars-like side of the band. Yet the less familiar numbers are almost as good if less obviously commercial. “Perfect Stranger” and “Believe in Love” employ darker twists in the harmonies and guitar lines, suggesting early dB’”

Brett Milano - Boston Phoenix