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'80s Pop Chic,
This review is from: Love Angel Music Baby (Audio CD)
You really do have to listen to this a couple of times before making a decision on Gwen's first solo release. There's a lot of versatility here, but most of the tracks have a very heavy '80s pop/Madonna feel to them. I can definitely hear 'Get into the Groove' and Cyndi Lauper's 'Time after Time' on a couple of the tracks. Stand out tracks have to be the brilliant 'What You Waiting For', 'The Real Thing', 'Cool' and 'Crash', 'Danger Zone', the latter two definitely have single potential. The heavy influence of the '80s stands out in all of the best tracks, I can pick out Depeche Mode keyboards and the truly unique New Order guitar sound on a few of the tracks (i.e. The Real Thing), but mostly it's early Madonna with an occasional Shirley Manson-esque sound.
There are a couple of really awful tracks on the LP, 'Hollaback' which is like some irritating cheerleader chant, and the dire collaboration with Andre 3000 'Long Way to Go', which had me reaching for the the skip button! Also there's 'Bubble Pop Electric' which is a borderline love or hate track, I am erring towards getting to like it, but could do without all the 'Grease' type talking at the beginning and end.
I have to say that I much prefer the majority of this stuff to the truly disappointing (for me) 'Tragic Kingdom' album, there are some excellent pop tunes here and the use of different producers and collaborators on most tracks certainly gives a diverse sound and feel to this album which shows both versatility and a desire not to be pigeon-holed. Cool stuff, even the title of the album is cool - very '80's pop chic.