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One of my fave albums of all time, fantastic new re-release,
This review is from: Girl (2CD Remastered and Expanded) (Audio CD)
1997/1998 was a fantastic year for pop music. With Madonna's 'Ray Of Light' and Kylie's 'Impossible Princess' we had two artists releasing career defining material that many argue contains some of their strongest material ever. Add to that list Dannii's 'Girl' album - while it may have gone unnoticed by the general public - only reaching 57 in the UK charts - it is without a doubt an incredibly strong album that marked Dannii's transition from bubblegum early 90s pop to full fledged dance anthems.
First track and lead single 'All I Wanna Do' is typical of this album's haunting, epic feel. The lyrics of 'You may not see the innocent girl you keep inside your dreams' is darkly intoxicating and added to the striking videos that accompany the singles portray Dannii as a serious, mature recording artist - if only all those people who knock Dannii on the TV and radio would listen to Girl then i think their opinion would very quickly change.
All I Wanna Do packs a relentless beat and backed up by twirling synths this is perfect music for late nights, Dannii's vocals are simply stunning, showcased brilliantly throughout this album.
Personally, i'm not the biggest fan of next track 'Heaven Can Wait' but you can't deny its sunny, tropical pop appeal. Next we have 'So In Love With Yourself', probably the strongest non-single track on the album - starting all ambient and dreamy it kicks off into a lightning quick Darude-Sandstorm-esque floorfiller, Dannii's vocal deliciously aloof and full of a sensual confidence that fits her image so well.
'Am I Dreaming' is a lovely song too, the production speaking for itself in its complex multilayers - its hypnotic, impossible to tear yourself away from. This is one of the things i really like about Girl - its subtlety. Songs creep up on you and every time you listen to them you discover something new to like about them.
'Everybody Changes Underwater' is a really weird one incorporating sexy spoken word parts which of course Dannii pulls off with ease. It's poetic in the image it paints, all sci-fi-esque with its samples of aquatic sounds and hints of the existence of some 'higher power'. Its experimental and never fails to send a shiver down my spine, especially when Dannii says 'If i fall, who will catch me? Space. Everywhere at once and nowhere at all. Floating in a small part of the endless universe'.
'Everything I Wanted' is another track undeniable in its appeal - packed with a pop sensibility - again, the lyrics are fantastic, something that can't always be said of pop music. Featuring a great synth hook and nice little surf-guitar twangs in the background - this proved to be another fantastic Dannii single.
Surely, special mention has to go to Disremembrance though. Many critics have said this probably represents Dannii's finest hour and i totally agree with them. It is at once one of the saddest yet most uplifting songs i have ever heard. A superbly catchy slice of epic euro-dance. The lyrics are simply spellbinding:
'I feel so faint tonight, like i'm hardly even there, I feel much older now but i'm still too young to care. You gave me the hope, that this was meant to be, But if i forget myself,Will you remember me?'
I could listen to this song again and again and never tire of it. And every time you will fall in love with Dannii all over again - simply magical, a truly wondrous song. 'It's Amazing' serves up much of the same totally inspriring feelings - a gentle ballad that showcases Dannii's best vocals on the album while 'Movin Up' is an upbeat rave inspired dance track that serves as a perfect album closer.
And just as a quick run-down of the highlights of the bonus disc we get with this edition - Someone New and Keep Up With The Good Times are more fantastic euro-dance tracks that easily rank up with some of the best songs on the main Girl album itself. We also get the epic 9 minute full-length version of Disremembrance but for me the true highlight is the Trouser Enthusiasts mix of All I Wanna Do. Coming across all heavenly Robert Miles-Children-esque piano this launches into a massive synth part that is a dream come true for those who like their trance music.
So, all in all, if there was one word i could use to describe this album as, it would be 'magic'. And it truly is.