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They look well moody don't they on the front cover? The one on the right takes pouting to new levels! Bananarama are one of my favourite groups from the eighties. They started in a poppy punk way before branching off into more mainstream pop, then slowly merged into dance music. This album collects 15 songs and there are some key tracks worth mentioning.
'Cruel Summer' is the opener. An amazing piece of music which manages to conjure up images of sticky June nights, sweltering summer days and walking round the streets with your friends without a care in the world. The girls' vocals are sweet, calming and ever so laidback here, as they allow the summery vibe to take you in.
'Rough Justice' has some biting lyrics, though the melody is not as instant as 'Cruel Summer.' The song might provoke you to play it again to fully understand deeper meaning in what they're singing about.
'Dream Baby' starts with an almost jazzy melody before lunging into the vocals. The harmonies are spot on and slinky finger clicks in the background add to the charm. It has a sixties throwback feel about it. I am less fond of 'Hotline to Heaven' which has rather rambling verses and sounds sufficiently like b-side material. The lacking chorus fails to get off the mark too.
'Robert DeNiro's Waiting' is a sassy tongue in cheek affair with a sprightly melody and charming lyrics as they serenade us with a captivating and timeless pop ditty.
As you progress through the album, you will meet two bonus remixes of 'Hotline to Heaven' and 'Rough Justice' which will please dieheard fans but does little to ignite the album. It could have been left at 14 tracks.
The cover artwork is chic and pseduo arty, so thumbs up to a decent little pop album.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 CRUEL SUMMER
2 ROUGH JUSTICE
3 KING OF THE JUNGLE
4 DREAM BABY
6 HOTLINE TO HEAVEN
7 STATE I'M IN
8 ROBERT DE NIRO'S WAITING
9 THROUGH A CHILDS EYES
12 ROUGH JUSTICE (7'' VERSION)
13 LIVE NOW
14 HOTLINE TO HEAVEN (7'' VERSION)
15 THE WILD LIFE