A RARE ALBUM THAT YOU CAN LISTEN

ALBUM TITLE                        :        121

ARTIST                                   :        ONE TO ONE

GENRE                                    :        POP

DATE RELEASED                   :        1998

One thing that would ignite your interest in this record is the vocals of the lead singer  Louise Reney who sounded like Belinda Carlisle.  Thus, this could be the reason why this is still an engaging album nearly three decades after.  In this regard, it is not surprising that the first song “Hold Me Now” sounded like The Go Gos track or a Belinda Carlisle song in her Mad About You album.

But your interest will drop a little bit the moment you hear the second song “Love Child” which no longer sounds Belinda track but rather a track from The Motels.  In “We’ve Got The Power,” you have a track that sounded like it was produced by Stock Aitken Waterman.  The band made use first of a adlib from an advertising spiel in “Do You Believe.”  The purpose maybe is to make the track different from other tracks but still the song cannot level up and still sounds dated when you listen to it 30 years after.

With regard to creating ballads, “Heading for Zero” and “Voices Cry” sound like any background music in any romantic B movies.  There is a little bit of jazz in “Inside These Eyes” without sounding like Swing Out Sister.  “Victorious” and “Life Is So Easy are tracks that totally describe 80’s pop album filler.  The band could have a great song with “Not A Love Song” as it has a good intro and synth riffs.  However, it turned out the usual pop song towards the middle.  They could have think of a better hook.

Yes, the album is still engaging if you are not looking for serious 80’s music and do not mind the dated feel of the record.  I rate this album 2.5 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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