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This review is from: Fame Academy (Audio CD)
For a Fame Academy addict this is a must. Everybody's got a solo on here! A few nice surprises from some of the earlier students. Pippa sounds good and Marli's restrained sexiness is amazing singing 'Fields of Gold' with Malachi. You'll understand why Lemar preferred singing 'Lullaby' as a duet with Ainslie's contrasting voice. The full version of 'Back to You', a song partly written by the students and finished off by Lionel Ritchie himself, is cute.
Production is really disappointing. To me it sounds flat and amateur next to 'real' pop music. Understandable, given the circumstances of recording. The music sounds canned and uninspiring. All the better to hear the voices of the students I suppose. Which is why I would only recommend this CD as a souvenir. Or maybe as a way to follow your favourite students as their careers unfold.
Personal favourites are Sinead's 'Don't speak' and the song that starts the CD off with a bang - Ainslie and David singing 'With A Little Help From My Friends'. I wish Sinead and Ainslie's self-penned songs were included on the CD. They'll most likely be releasing those as 'proper' singles in 2003 and I look forward to them.