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*Please note this review is for 'Another Night - The Best of Real McCoy', not their studio album of the same name, but Dooyoo told me to put it here*
I bought the Best of Real McCoy not long ago in a fit of nostalgia for my university days. During my first and second years there was a local club called Ikon & Diva which had a retro 90s dance night on a Thursday. My friends and I used to go every week and dance to classics including The Rhythm of the Night and Dreamer. Played pretty much every week were two classics by the German group Real McCoy: Run Away and Another Night. These are brilliant dance-pop tracks from the era and I bought this album, released in 2005, pretty much just for those songs.
The songs on the album are pretty formulaic, with melodic choruses and cheesy rap bits in the middle. The standout tracks by far are Run Away and Another Night, as well as to a lesser extent Love & Devotion. These songs are catchy dance tracks. In the rest of the album, there aren't many memorable moments. Automatic Lover is pretty decent with a hummable melody, as is (If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here! The rest of the songs more or less blend into each other.
In all honesty there aren't many people who would be interested in this album. I would only recommend it to people who really like early 90s dance or are having some sort of themed party, and even then there are only a few songs that are decent. I don't regret buying the album as I only wanted it for a couple of tracks anyway, but I can't really give it a very high score.
1. Run Away
2. Another Night
3. Come and Get Your Love
4. Automatic Lover
5. Love & Devotion
6. (If You're Not In It For Love) I'm Outta Here!
7. Love is a Stranger
8. One More Time
9. The Sky Is the Limit
The Real McCoy were enjoying chart hits in the mid nineties. Many will recall the anthemic title track, which narrowly missed out on being a UK number one single. This debut album from the group sees the ladies uniting with gruff rapper MC Sar for some full on euro dance. here are eleven songs on here to enjoy.
The title song s four minutes of piano synth driven euro fun. The lyrics might be typical of the genre, but the balance of the female vocals and MC Sar's evil sounding raps work well. The highlight in this track has to be the 'uh oh's' which recurr throughout the song and give it that commercial sing-a-long appeal. The group pretty much worked the same magic on 'Run Away' which comes up later on the album. The same male to female balance plays out over a slightly tougher beat this time, but retains the charm of the euro synths. Very much in the mould of Captain Hollywood or Cappella.
They do also know how to tackle different styles. 'Come And Get Your Love' sounds more like it should belong to Ace Of Base, with a reggae tinged beat and an almost ballad stance. The melody is hooky though and you will be captivated by the harmonies from the girls.
'Automatic Lover' is like the greatest song Culture Beat never recorded. It was a huge hit overseas, yet failed to ignite in the UK. A sterling eurodance beat and a chorus which chants about calling for love before unleashing one of those infectious synth lines. Brilliant!
'If You Should Ever Be Lonely' is proof that the guys can just about tap into tender emotions lyrically while keeping some dancefloor credibility and the succulent 'Love and Devotion' seems to borrow liberally from several tracks, but still succeeds in delivering on a satisfying pop drenched chorus in which the girls seem at peace with the world.
The album is dead cheesy, but it's also great fun and the production is pretty good too. If you like eurodance give it a try. Only one bonus remix seems like a filler, so not a bad package.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Another Night
2 Come and Get Your Love
3 If You Should Ever Be Lonely (Deep in the Night)
4 Run Away
5 Sleeping with an Angel
6 Ooh Boy
7 Love and Devotion
8 Automatic Lover (Call for Love)
10 I Want You
11 Another Night [House Mix]