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5.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't dated at all...., 15 Jan. 2006
This review is from: Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby (Audio CD)
1987 was the year of Stock, Aitken & Waterman, synth pop was at its most commercial - yet suddenly appeared Terence... He was Hendrix, Prince and James Brown rolled into one but with an inimitable style all his own, incredible songs and an ego to match. Nothing sounded like this at the time and it has aged really well - I defy anyone to classify this as an '80's' album - I think it would stand out no matter what era we were in. His raspy, soulful vocals lend such energy and passion to the songs that even when the lyrics are unfathomable (which they occasionally are) you always get a sense of what he is singing about whether it be anger, love or loss. The album opens with a dim, crackling pulse, first time I played it I thought my stereo needed adjusting and then bang it hits you from both speakers! As the album progresses there is a mix of strange but wonderful (If You All Get To Heaven), downright danceable (If You Let Me Stay, Dance Little Sister), beautiful love songs (Let's Go Forward, Sign Your Name'), a fantastic cover version of Who's Loving You (I think this was done by the Jackson 5) and the very bizarre but heartfelt accapella of As Yet Untitled, which really grew on me after a few listens (anyone who thinks singing unaccompanied like that is easy should try it). And the list goes on. TTD's strength is in mad egotism, innate sensuality and intelligence. He manages to distill some big ideas into some disarmingly descriptive phrases ('old men's cigars puff up the wars, to protect their f***-ups again, young men must die to keep the old ones alive just to prove their studs once again'), injects a little humour ('Get up off your rocking chair grandma! Or rather.. would you care to dance grandmother?') and packages it all up with some original instrumentation, great melodies and that voice. The guy's got soul and this is an essential album.
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