THIS RECORD DOES NOT DESERVE CRUEL REMARKS

ALBUM TITLE                        :        BANANARAMA

ARTIST                                   :        BANANARAMA

GENRE                                    :        POP

DATE RELEASED                   :        1984

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This is the album that put this British all girl group to stratospheric fame.  In this record, you will find their classic hits “Cruel Summer,” “Robert De Niro’s Waiting,” and “Rough Justice.”  However, the album is still loaded with charming tracks.  For example, “Dream Baby” is more of a Motown sound track instead of pop ditty swimming its way amidst the flurry of new wave tracks during the eighties.  “Hotline To Heaven” is a charming song and after listening to it you find yourself searching for a movie that contained this song as one of its soundtracks.

There is a little bit of experimentation in this record with the song “Cairo.” It sounded like a fusion of reggae and world music.  Truly, you can say that somehow, with this song was a trailblazer when it comes to girl group music.  The remastered edition of this record did not elevate its ambience and improve its 80’s vibe.  Listeners won’t mistake this album as current records as the sound and vibe is really very eighties pop.  If you want someone to be introduced with eighties pop, then you recommend this record.

The album still deserves its 3.5 stars rating.  Listening it at this point in time is a guilty pleasure.

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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