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5.0 out of 5 stars The mature second album, 14 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Bananarama [Platinum Re-Issue] (Audio CD)
Bananaramas second album saw the trio of Sarah Dallin,Keren Woodward and Siobhan Fahey develop their sound and image down a more mature path.Stylistically the approach was still pop with a new wave /post punk/post disco feel but lyrically the girls were starting to get serious and political.The albums opening number and lead of single is the classic Cruel Summer a song written about the claustraphobic intensity of summer heat and lonliness,a state of mind song which everyone interpreted as love or anti love song.The follow up release Robert de Niros Waiting another smash hit self penned classic with an uplifting feel that disguises the dark menacing nature of the lyrical content.The song was actually about a date rape victim emmersing herself in a fantasy world were Robert de Niro was her ideal man but of course everyone assumes the song is a lyrical tribute to the actor.Meenwhile the rest of the album has a somewhat overt darker feel then the debut,State Im In sounds like a brash motown homage with an infectious chorus and angst ridden lyrics this would have made a more obvious follow up to the established smash hits Cruel Summer and Robert de Niros Waiting.Though the critically accliamed Rough Justice was a moderate hit and is still a highlight today this was the third release from the album and the first of three consecutive non top twenties for the group,an indication that the music buying public prefered a more lighter fun loving trio as opposed to a socially concious one.Still the simple,emotive and rather innocent song is amongst one of their best and is included here in 2007 re release in both album and single versions.King Of The Jungle a song written about the political situation in Ireland has a captivating production which sounds very jungle inspired and an intense vocal from the trio contrasting their girl group "ooooohs" with a darker baseline that would be one of the records most spine tingling moments.Dream Baby the only track on the album not to be written by the band is a dark motown inspired number whilst Hot Line To Heaven is a new wave style pop song about drug abuse and the high powered life which emerged as a minor hit from the album,Through A Childs Eyes is a soft sentimental ballad which closes the set and is a firm indication that the trio can write and perform ballads with a slightly serious yet accesible feel.The 2007 re release comes with single versios of Rough Justice and Hot Line To Heaven and b sides Cairo,Push and Live Now which fit in with the tone and feel of the album and what the group where about at the time.A less fun but still infectious and more edgier offering from the quintessential girl band,
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