Gus Gus' second album, This Is Normal, heralds their discovery that they are first and foremost a pop band. While the spacious, sophisticated electronica they developed on their debut (Polydistortion) is still evident, This Is Normal's smooth, streamlined finish has more than a nodding acquaintance with dance-pop. Though Normal is certainly less weird than its predecessor, it remains floating outside of the mainstream, but swims a little closer to it. Looking to explore individual normality within the album's 11 tracks, Gus Gus' multiple singers and songwriters expound on sex, fame, youth, and love. "Ladyshave" features sly vocals from Daníel Ágúst and a slightly kinky premise, while Hafdis Huld's breathy soprano elevates "Teenage Sensation," "Superhuman," and "Blue Mug" to an icy, remote beauty. As with Polydistortion, Gus Gus continue to be more convincing on their albums' quiet, introspective moments.
This is a mish mash of songs done by stars and faded stars. Some of these artists and songs may have gone down in obscurity if not for the producers of these CDs. The uniqueness is in most of the arrangements of the familiar songs that for the most part have been done better by others. There are a few no names that will tweak your interest. Good enhanced remastering.
I'm a New York City boy; born and raised. So when it came time to create a new album, I thought, How about celebrating New York? How about saying thanks to the city for giving me my ambition, my sense of humor and my decency. - Barry Manilow. Barry latest studio album is a musical montage with all the sights and sounds of a great city. It's filled with different styles of music: Pop, Easy Jazz, Broadway type songs, early Rock n Roll, a little R&B and a little Funk. It's a musical melting pot just like New York. THIS IS MY TOWN: SONGS OF NEW YORK is a musical journey. Hold on for the ride.
Or shall we say, that is that, the final album by a group called Weather Report, now captained and guided by Josef Zawinul. The photo of Zawinul and Wayne Shorter shaking hands on the back cover of the LP is definitely a farewell gesture, for Shorter turns up on only three of the eight cuts (having left the band while this record was being made), and the record's world-music slant gives it a closer kinship with Zawinul's subsequent albums than with WR's earlier output…