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O'Sullivan's Most Memorable & Moving Songs in the 90s,
This review is from: Sounds of the Loop (Audio CD)
The previous album, In the Key of G, showed a promising sign of O'Sullivan's comeback as one of the supreme melody-makers alongside Paul McCartney - although the album wasn't a big commersial success despite the great songs, At the Very Mention of Your Name, Lost a Friend, To the Extreme included in it.
This album, Sound of the Loop (released first in Japan in 1991 with a different artwork) has the same intimate feel with the synthesizer, as a main instrument, creating the warm and kaleidoscopic atmosphere. The Japanese booklet mentions that O'Sullivan recorded most of the songs at his own house in Jersey and self-produced the album. A striking difference from the previous album is the quality and the originality of each song - all songs have unforgettable and inspired melodies except 'What a Way to Show I Love You', the dull melody of which was written, not by O'Sullivan, but by the Japanese pop-singer-song-writer Takao Kisugi, who sings the Japanese part of the last song in the album.
It is hard to choose the most memorable song in this album, but my personal favourites are; 'Not That It Bothers Me' & 'I Can Give You' for the gentle and sweet lyiricism of the melodies, 'It's Easy To See When You're Blind' for the profound lyrics and the moving melody, 'Divorce Irish Style' & 'Came And Went' for the painfully touching melodies and lyrics, and 'Can't Think Straight' which starts like a opening scene of an epic musical, with the interesting contrast between O'Sullivan's English lyrics and Kisugi's Japanese part sharing in the universal theme of problems and pains of love.
1. Best Love I Never Had
2. Not That It Bothers Me
4. It's Easy To See When You're Blind
5. Having Said That
6. Divorce Irish Style
7. What A Way (To Show I Love You)
8. Came And Went
9. I'm Not Too Young
10. I Can Give You
11. Can't Think Straight