REVISITING THE BLACK CARS OF GINO VANNELLI

ALBUM REVIEW       :      BLACK CARS

ARTIST                      :      GINO VANNELLI

GENRE                       :      POP

DATE OF RELEASED :      1985

I made the decision to revisit this record while doing a review of La Roux album which came out in 1984 yet, some of the songs in this album reminds me of “Black Cars” song of Gino Vanelli.  So, I tried to listen to the whole album again to find out if it will not pale in comparison with that of La Roux since this album of Vanelli was released 30 years ago.

The funny thing about when I listen to this record again, I was expecting that the whole album might sound dated at this point in time.  To my surprise, I find that some of the music in this album might be the source of inspiration of some of the current songs of bands like Imagine Dragons.  For example, Imagine Dragons song “Shot” sounds like any Italo Disco song in the eighties and some songs of Gino Vanelli were quite popular in this category at that time.

This album is noted for having “Hurts To Be In Love” in the entire selection.  This is Gino Vanelli’s one of biggest hits.

The best aspect of this record is that it was well produced considering that this record was not produced in the US yet the outcome feels like it was mastered by top notch record producer in America.  For example, “Imagination” has comparable production values with that of Bob Seger’s “Shakedown.”

One last thing, I did not realize that Gino Vanelli has the same voice timbre with Freddie Mercury, if you need proof try to listen to “How Much” which is the closing song in this album.  I rate this record 3 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings 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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