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Winwood-Cheese is a real Cracker!,
This review is from: Talking Back To The Night (Audio CD)
Excuse the analogy, but Steve Winwood was possibly one of the first music artists to 'abuse' an instrument. Its 1982 (not 1987 as Amazon suggests) and 'Talking Back To the Night' is a simple affair that demonstrates all the right and wrong ways to use a Casio synthesizer. Don't let my pedantic attitude put you off however - this album is a steal for less than a fiver.
Afterall, 'Valerie' is worth the purchase alone. Few realise that, after Eric Prydz decided to sample the song for what would eventually become hit single "Call On Me", Winwood was so delighted with the demo that he granted Prydz with access to the original vocal recordings. Talk about an embarrassing affair; Prydz's track contains half the replay value, and yet Winwood thought it superior to his own work!
Never the less, Valerie is one of just nine tracks here to be saturated in 80's synthesis. The remaining work is highly listenable - if lacking in the mythical 'hook' value - but deters from ever being overly commercial. In fact, the whole album sounds like a lost relic.
'While There's A Candle Burning' is easily the highly of the album, and dare I say it, influenced by one genius himself Stevie Wonder (damn, now I've said it...) but of course lacks the musicianship of the former artist. So programmed are such songs that, no matter how much they try to sound natural, there's no escaping they're of their time.
It's certainly not everyones cuppa', but if you can disengage your brain for just an hour or two (just as you'd do with the film Armageddon), you're actually in quite a treat.