7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good, but missed the opportunity to be a classic,
This review is from: Philip Oakey & Giorgio Moroder (Audio CD)
"0 of 473 found people found the following review helpful"... - sadly, one sure way of getting up people's noses is to post a negative review on Amazon. I just wanted to throw another very subjective view into the mix.
I'm a huge Moroder fan, and loved the soundtrack he did for Schrader's "Cat People" in the early 80s. Likewise, I was first in line for every League album and single right up to the Jam & Lewis effort "Crash" in 1986. The idea of these two giants of perfect pop teaming up caused an immediate dash to Our Price in 1985, followed by some disappointment in the complete album. Of course, the title track is wonderful and pretty much the perfect electro-pop song. Running it a pretty close second is "Goodbye Bad Times" which is also a beautifully-crafted pop song. The preceding short instrumental "In transit" fits the mood of the album well, too. Elsewhere, however, I felt that my heroes were treading water.
"Valerie" and "Now" just aren't up there with either the Human League songs (pre-86, anyway) or Moroder's songs for other artists. Even the fair-to-middling material he gave Irene Cara [stands back for massive onsaught from Irene Cara fanbase] is better than this. Plenty of repetition and an over-reliance on the "euro hit" sampled orchestra noise that was in vogue at the time, thanks largely to Trevor Horn's ZTT productions. "Be My Lover Now" has a good hook, but outstays its welcome too - again, I stress this is a personal view, as with any opinion on music.
At the price Mr Amazon is currently asking, this is excellent value for the amount of material, remixes and the two brilliant tracks mentioned above. But those expecting "Dare - Part 2", "Bad Girls - Part 2" or even "Cat People Part 2" may well be disappointed. Sorry chaps, because I love you both.