The Alarm were part of an early-'80s wave of bands (the Call, Big Country, and the Waterboys among them) who dealt in soaring anthems inspired by the righteous idealism of punk. Clearly influenced by the impassioned political fervor of the Clash, the Alarm also worked in a mostly acoustic, folk-punk vein that provided a counterpoint to U2's hard-driving guitar sound. Their stage look was unquestionably a product of the '80s, with enormous spiked-up hair accompanying a cowboy/old-time cavalry wardrobe. The British music press habitually savaged their records as derivative and pretentious, and while they did command a zealous following, they never really broke beyond a collegiate audience. Declaration has drive, power, passion and poetry. Released in 1984, songs like "Marching On" and "Where Were You Hiding When The Storm Broke" showcase the band's ability to straightforwardly rock, but most of the album consists of the sort of stirring anthems that they'd become famous for in their later works. One song on the album called The Stand is a song whose lyrics were inspired by Stephen King's novel of the same name (which is also my favorite book of all time). The Alarm were a good band that has been underappreciated and maybe they deserve a second listen.