Patti Austin, a gifted singer when she gets good material, works in murky waters on this '91 release. There are so many different things offered, from fusion and pop to more mainstream jazz and soul, that the album has no main course or personality. On the other hand, Austin does sing everything well, and GRP has enlisted enough of their session pros to ensure that the musical support is excellent. It's well-played, superbly sung filler.
Excellent Album from Extravagant French Pop Diva of the Big 80's. Perhaps the most original debut to come out of the French music movement of the late-'80s, "Labyrinthe" bears very little resemblance to traditional French chanson and synth pop from the likes of Les Rita Mitsouko. Instead, it provides an accessible but rough sound driven by Guesch's hoarse, snotty voice and the tight accompaniment of her backing band Encore. "Etienne" was #1 in several European countries, while the video clip (with Guesch using a chair as sexual partner) caused much uproar. As debut albums go, there's a couple of filler and uninspired tracks, and the band sometimes falls into rock cliches. Nevertheless, the funny "Let be must..", the suprisingly sinister "Bon anniversaire", and the bright pop of "C'est pas assez" are other highlights. "Labyrinthe" is rather a collection of songs (and not a very consistent album), but the dynamic performance of Guesch and her band keeps things fairly interesting.
The Real Me is an album by American singer Patti Austin released in 1988, and recorded for the Qwest label. The album reached #7 on Billboard's Jazz chart.
2008 five CD box. The Original Album Classics series, courtesy of Sony/BMG, packages together five classic albums from one of the most popular artists on the label's roster, housing them in an attractive slipcase. This set from the Alt-Rock icon features the albums Horses (1975), Radio Ethiopia (1976), Easter (1978), Wave (1979) and Dream of Life (1988).
Rothberg is one of the (few) post-Alanis women whose stance is more complicated than outraged one minute, cautiously loving the next. Her songs about relationships are complicated and often ambiguous, and she is equally unflinching in her descriptions of the successes and failures she has witnessed. Strongly rooted in the singer/songwriter aesthetic of one woman and her guitar, the songs on Between the 1 and the 9 are fleshed out a bit with other instruments but retain their edge. The biggest surprise here is in the maturity of her voice, which gives the songs their immediacy and intimacy.