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Open Road
Open Road
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Go On Then, Gary!, 18 Oct. 2000
This review is from: Open Road (Audio CD)
Open Road is the solo debut of former Take That singer Gary Barlow. Take That, a major act in the UK and Europe, only accheived one hit here in the US with a song called "Back for Good".
Though other artists wrote most of the hit songs featured on this album, Gary's contributions do demonstrate that he is more than just a former teen idol. The title song is a reflective piece in which Gary comes to the realization that the person he's been waiting to rescue him was he himself. Also included is "Forever Love", the first single from the UK release (but not released as a single here in the US).
Among the highlights of the album, Gary does a version of a Madonna-penned song entitled "Love Won't Wait", a remake of Joe Diffie's "So Help Me Girl", a Spice Girls reject entitled "Lay Down For Love", and a cover of the old 70's classic "Hang On In There Baby". The album, good as it is, still seems a bit weak as many of the themes, rhythms, and melodies are similar. Otherwise the performance Gary delivers is wonderful.

Approximately Infinite Universe
Approximately Infinite Universe

11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yoko Rocks!, 18 Oct. 2000
Approximately Infinite Universe, originally released in 1973 marks the transition of Yoko the Avant-Garde Artist to Yoko the Rocker. The album includes the 2 singles "Now or Never" and "Death of Samantha", as well as the classics "Move On Fast", "Yang Yang", and "Kite Song". These songs have only now been given their rightful place in music history as many contemporary artists have sighted this album as being a major influence.
Many artists such as The B-52's, L7, Cyndi Lauper, Nina Hagen, Laurie Anderson, Lene Lovich, Diamanda Galas, Gillian Gaar, the Tater Totz, even REM have much to thank Yoko for.
It has recently been said that Yoko, whose music was once dismissed as worthless babble, was definitely ahead of her time. One need look no further than this album for proof of that.
Key songs to listen to are the beautiful ballads "Death of Samantha", "I Have a Woman Inside My Soul", "Winter Song", and "I Want My Love to Rest Tonight"; the full-tilt rockers "Peter the Dealer", "Yang Yang", "Kite Song", and "Move On Fast"; the interesting vocal acrobatics of "Is Winter Here to Stay?"; and the powerful feminist statement of "What a Bastard the World is". This is an album for anyone searching for the roots of what we now call modern music and showcases Yoko at her best.

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