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Could It Be Manilow Magic?,
This review is from: 15 Minutes (Audio CD)I don't usually buy an album on the basis of having heard one track unless it is an artist who I have bought a lot previously. Like most people, I am familiar with much of Barry's fantastic back catalogue and when I heard a song previewed on BBC Radio 2's Breakfast Show, I thought I would get the album to see what the rest of it was like. The sixteen tracks come in at nearly 53 minutes, so you aren't getting short changed.
As the title suggests (15 Minutes Fame... Can You Take It?) and the sleeve notes explain, this is a concept album, mostly a collaboration between Manilow and lyricist Enoch Anderson.
There are a couple of songs here that remind me strongly of Lloyd-Webber/Rice musical songs, although that simile is born of a lack of music knowledge as this is not my usual genre. Principal amongst those would be "Slept Through The End Of The World" and "Trainwreck".
It would be very difficult to pigeon-hole this recording as the variety of styles encompass the mellow "Now It's For Real", the very Manilowesque piano number "Written In Stone" and the eclectic Nataly Dawn duet "So Heavy, So High".
Far and away the standout Manilow future classic, however, is the song that I originally heard - "Bring On Tomorrow" - which is sure to become a favourite with his followers thanks to Barry's use of orchestration and Anderson's uncomplicated lyric. It fits in with the fifteen minute concept of the project but it is a song that is not tied to it.