Album Review : Clear

Album Review         :           Clear

Artist                          :           Workshy

Genre                           :           Jazz

Date of Released    ;           2000

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This jazz band had moderate success with their first two albums and after that, fans wondered what happened to them. Well, just like Swing Out Sister, they did not fade into absolute oblivion but concentrated in places where they achieve better success like Japan. Jazz recordings tend to rely on loyal fans as there is little reinvention for jazz performers to do unlike with pop music.  So, on the onset, all records from a jazz artist tend to offer similar things and sometimes it takes several listening moments before one can say that it is a usual, bad, or good record.

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Just like this 2000 offering of Workshy, the first song “Got It Clear” is the usual stuff their albums are filled; soft voice, easy listening melody, samba like beat, and trite lyrics.  “Get It On” is more like a tropical samba, songs Gloria Estefan would sing in an instant.  “Let It All Go” sums up what happen when you fused together soft ballad, r and b, and jazz; you have a song Lisa Stansfield could sing blindfolded. “With or Without You” is not a jazz version of a U2 hit song.  An original song which just continues the theme of the whole album: CLEARING things with a romantic partner.

“Anything You Want” and “The Reason” have good musical productions; the whole song sounds fresh despite trite lyrics; maybe due to more polished recording where all instruments are heard in the record.  “If You’re in Love” and “You Want It You Got It” are safe songs just to ensure that loyal fans won’t go astray looking for another record to play with on their mp3player. “End Up Here” makes you wonder and suddenly miss Michael Franks while listening to this song.  “Way Back When” is the only song in this record that you are grateful that your audio player has forward button. 

I rate this record 3 stars out of five stars. 

Rating’s Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it

 

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