ALBUM : DOLLARS AND SEX
ARTIST : THE ESCAPE CLUB
GENRE : Modern Rock
Date Released : 1991
The band had relatively mild success with its debut album reaching number 27 in Billboard 200 Album chart and the single “Wild Wild West” hit number 1 on Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. Thus, there was a second album for them. Nope, this was not a sophomore album for them as their first album White Field was released in 1986. Thus, there is no issue of having a sophomore slump in this record.
Reminisce “Wild Wild West” here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vE5ewvxdfo.
This album did not replicate the success of their second album. However, the band manage to claim another top ten hit from this album with the song “I’ll Be There.” Here is a track by track review of this album so that we can determine what was wrong and right on their 3rd album.
- The Edge of Your Bed – it’s all about wanting to spend a night with someone. The song has a good hook but it seems they made a trademark out of their drum programs as it is quite similar to their number 1 hit “Wild Wild West.”
- Call It Poison – started like a Prince track “Let’s Go Crazy” then transformed into a track that sounds like Whitesnake going dance and pop.
Watch “Call It Poison” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rV7RJXLwTvA.
- So Fashionable – this song is like a Duran Duran track in during the nineties; think of “Serious” from Duran Duran’s LIBERTY album. Still, the track is like their own rip off of “Wild Wild West.”
- I’ll Be There – despite the lyrics being trite, this song is still one of the most relaxing love songs ever. Probably, the triteness of the lyrics would help assure someone about love.
Watch “I’ll Be There” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9mEYZxkDsM.
- Shout The Walls Down – if you eliminate the guitar sound, you have a song that is similar to “Don’t Give Up On Love” by Tommy Page and Safire.
Listen to “Shout The Walls Down” in here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_lOxoZOI6FY.
- Blast Off To Heaven – if you listen to this track at this point in time, you will notice some similarities with Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life.” Fortunately, The Escape Club came in first.
- This City – it is quite surprising that the band used the same intro with that of Starship “We Built This City;” emergency siren from an ambulance. The reggae vibe helped a little bit in making the song more interesting. As a rock album, this song seems out of place as it promotes the mood of relaxing in the beach instead of screaming your lungs out.
- Freedom – the reggae vibe continue in this track and perhaps it is because of the freedom theme; or as homage to Bob Marley who is known to compose emancipation songs.
- Sugar Man – started like a usual pop or love song. The guitar sounds in this track reminds you of AMERICA’S “Sandman.” Indeed, quite uncanny.
- Come Alive – as a final song in this album, this is quite a sonic delight. The mixing of different instruments is quite a stroke of genius. Yes, it is still neither rock nor too pop but the track is indeed true to form from its song title; it helps make you come alive.
Musically, the album is above average and lyrically, it is average. As a whole, the album is not one for the list on greatest albums ever made but is more than a tolerable rock album. There are good hooks and melodies. Perhaps, the lack of promotion made the album quite anonymous to many listeners. I hope that many of you out there will give this album a chance on your MP3 players. I rate this record 3.5 stars out of 5 stars.
1 stars = Ignore it
2 stars = risk it
3 stars = borrow or buy it
4 stars = buy it and keep it
5 stars = buy, keep, and treasure it