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Pop Life [Platinum Re-Issue] Extra tracks, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B000N2G1GM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Under-promoted, under-sold and underrated, Pop Life might very well be Bananarama's finest long-player. Gone are the off-key wails of Siobhan Fahey, replaced here by former Shillelagh Sister Jacqui O'Sullivan (the only full album she contributed to whilst a member of the group), as well as the mechanised production line pop of Stock, Aitken and Watermen, replaced largely by ex-Killing Joke bassist Thrash and former mentors Jolley & Swain on production duties.

Pop Life contains a credible attempt at dance music, with a range of genres covered including Euro-Dance (Preacher Man), dub (Tripping On Your Love), house (Megalomaniac, Only Your Love) and dance-pop (Is Your Love Strong Enough?). Even the now obligatory cover version, in the shape of the Doobie Brothers' Long Train Running, doesn't seem out of place here with a strong and energetic backing courtesy of Gipsy Kings (trading here under the pseudonym Alma De Noche).

Pop Life is, despite it's commercial failure, Bananarama's most successful and consistent album of the 1990's and is worth hunting down if you are interested in that decade's pop music or fusions of pop and dance. Recommended.
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If you buy just one Bananarama studio album that is not from the 80's, make it this one, without doubt, Pop Life was the best Bananarama album ever up till "Viva" in 2009 and even then the musical styles & directions where worlds apart.

As the 90's started, grunge and madchester music replaced the bubble pop music by S/A/W. Bananarama moved on and experimented with more dance styles than before, so it was highly unfortunate that they were still caught up in the backlash at S/A/W (even through the hit factory only provided two tracks) and this may be why Only Your Love underperformed in 1990 (even though it isn't by S/A/W and doesn't sound like a PWL production). By 1991, a backlash had even started against anything 80's (by mid year, Radio 1 banned any music that was before the new decade). Although Preacher Man & Long Train Runnin' performed "just ok", the failure of Trippin' On You Love (vastly underappreciated) to make the top 75 was the end of Bananarama as a trio (aside from the reunions with Siobhan for "Waterloo" and a G-A-Y one off performance).

Plan's for a second World Tour were postponed as Sarah, pregnant with her first child (a baby girl named Alice), had to keep having her costumes readjusted as the pregnancy progressed. By the release of Trippin' On Your Love, Sarah was unable to promote it as her due date approached, Jacquie left the group, unhappy as still being the "new girl" with little creative input, Bananarama's main Fan Club closed and London records where unsure what to do with Bananarama as a duo. Effectively, the second world tour was no longer discussed or mentioned again.

The Pop Life album has 11 new tracks, all original aside from a lush cover of the Doobie Brothers "Long Train Running".
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Well, it had to happen sooner or later.
Bananarama, The most successfull British all girl group went back to their roots and have written and co-produced one of their best offerings to date. Pop life is a journey into pure pop magic and at the begining of the ride is the incredibly infectious Shep Pettibone remix of "Preacher Man" followed by a cover of the Doobie Brothers classic "long Train Running" which gets a Flamenco makeover.This track features the guitars and vocals of Alma De Noche ( The Gypsy Kings had to change their name as a result of a lawsuit from their record company. "only Your Love" follows and would have to be one of the bravest (and artisicly their best) choices for a first single. The album also features "tripping On Your Love" and "Outta Sight" which stand out as classic bananarama songs. You will,however find 2 S.A.W. produced songs on the c.d. -"ain't No Cure" and "Heartless" both are going to be loved by hardcore 'Nana fans but sadly do not have the life and energy that flows from the other tracks. Highly experimental by Bananarama standards. The girls show us their creative steam,not seen or heard of since the days of "Shy Boy" and "Cruel Summer".Trully a great pop album and a must have for lovers of the genre everywhere.
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The new decade bought a new sound and a moderately sexier image for the girls and this their fifth proper studio album embodied their developemnt beautifully with a set of upbeat yet moody and innovative dance pop cuts which renewed their clubland roots.The variety of styles on this record indicated their dissatifaction with the Stock Aitken and Waterman hitmaking machine and a desire to be taken seriously.Opening number Preacher Man,one of the four singles from the albums adds a cooler harder beat to their hallmark euro pop/dance sound with moodier lyrics and a catchy chorus.Whilst the acclaimed cover of Long Train Running sees them succesfully pulling of the latin pop sound whilst retaining credibility and not filling it with cliches.Only Your Love the lead of single adds rock guitars and a pulsating house beat which indicates that the girls had been investigating current trends on the dance floors at the time whilst What Colour R The Skies Where You Live is a haunting reggae inspired number with an electronic edge and whispery vocals which make it sound fresh and invigorating.Is Your Life Strong Enough opens with a set of chords reminiscent of Robert DeNiros Waiting but soon moves into a moody acid house/pop style track similar in feel to Preacher Man and Only Your Love except with a more slower tempo and an experimental edge.Tripping On Your Love,the last single from the album and a firm fan favorite is a hard edge acid house affair with a guest rapper and an almost eastern style baseline.Aint No Cure and Heartless both reunite the girls with Stock Aitken Waterman though the sound is noticebly more dance then pop the songs still sound more formulatic compared to the rest of the record but never the less great sing along tunes.Read more ›
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