Artist : Basia
Genre : Pop / Bossa Nova / Latin
Date of Released : 2004
The biggest problem in this album is that she did not move on and instead tried to wallow in the glory her first album Time and Tide has given to her. She did an excellent work with her 2nd album London Warsaw New York, and managed to give satisfactory output with The Sweetest Illusion. All the three albums mentioned were worthy of keeping the record. With this album, it is quite difficult to say the same thing.
First, it seems that her reunion album she did with her former band Matt Bianco, did little to deliver engaging records and instead it confined her to old glories. Yes, many songs in this album can be called as “remnants” of her Matt Bianco days and Time and Tide era.
Second, it requires huge amount of strength to listen to this album the first time around. However, once you get to listen to it all over again, you feel like reminiscing songs in her first album like “Freeze Thaw,” Promises,” “Astrud,” and Primetime TV.”
Third, because of singing songs with the same musical structure with that of her former band Matt Bianco, you can say that this is an extension album of “Matt’s Mood. “
Fourth, the production quality of the whole album is really wanting. It seems that his was made in haste to capitalize whatever left in her glory.
Fifth, the good songs here are “A Gift” and “Everybody On The Move.” The rest are just okay; “I’ve heard it all before.”
As a whole, I rate this record 2.0 stars out of 5 stars.
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