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You'll Never Know A Better Day,
This review is from: Sweetest Illusion (Audio CD)
It is true that 'The Sweetest Illusion', which is Basia's third studio album, failed to generate the sales of the earlier albums 'Time and Tide' and 'London Warsaw New York'. Nevertheless 'The Sweetest Illusion' represents Basia's most creative work to date. It is a definite move away from the 'Matt Bianco Sound' with which she will always be associated, but which is not truly representative of the bulk of her solo work. Basia never seemed truly happy with producing songs purely for commercial gain and this is evident in her live performances, where the likes of singles such as 'Prime Time TV' are always noticeable by their absence.
My personal favourite from this album is 'Drunk on Love' purely because of the melody and the inspired lyrics. Basia truly speaks from the heart when she sings of love, and the sadness of her tone generally speaks much of unrequited love or of passion which has not endured the test of time. But 'Drunk on Love' is a much happier song as it tells of the feelings associated with the first flush of new love. Another favourite is 'More Fire Than Flame'. The song has punch, and it's not just the tempo. I am always amazed that this was never included as part of the set for the live concert featured on the 'Basia on Broadway' album, but I guess this lady has too many good songs and this one just missed the cut.
Some of Basia's more commercial work has rapidly dated, but such is the quality of the old standards that these albums will never go out of date. If you drive as much as I do you cannot do better than to have 'The Sweetest Illusion' in your CD player.