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Ripe for revisionist adoration!,
This review is from: Pop Life [Platinum Re-Issue] (Audio CD)
Having waved goodbye to a phenomenally successful 1980s with the seemingly unstoppable commercial might of their "Greatest Hits Collection", Bananarama heard what was happening around them and decided a fresh sound was needed. With seamlessly introduced new recruit Jacquie O'Sullivan in tow, the girls drafted in the likes of Youth and Shep Pettibone to helm production on this fifth studio album.
And it's - mostly - a revelation.
Rhythmically innovative (their cover of "Long Train Running" foreshadows the Latin invasion by some 8 years!), and vocally confident throughout, this is a re-invigorated Bananarama. The likes of "I Can't Let You Go" and "What Colour R The Skies Where U Live?" would, under normal circumstances, be throwaway filler, but thanks to haunting production work (which still sounds fresh today) even these tracks become blissed-out keepers. Meanwhile opening track "Preacher Man", the album's most successful single, is as close to dancefloor euphoria as anything Bananarama ever delivered.
There are disappointments; "Outta Sight" never really worked, and although the frothily enjoyable "Heartless" sounds like the lovechild of "I Can't Help It", it does sit awkwardly at the close of the original album.
Cruelly overlooked at the time, "Pop Life" faltered after only one week in the UK album charts at a lowly #42. This reissue series affords new listeners the opportunity to put right this oversight.