Sunday, January 3, 2010

Play the Siren - Learning From Las Vegas (1987, Target Entertainment)

Boy is this one tricky to pin down. There's definitely a "wave" vibe permeating Play the Siren's overall shtick, but there's more going on here than that. Two vocalists are credited on the back sleeve of Learning From Las Vegas, Chris Russell and Brad Rim, one of whom has a marked falsetto. The relatively straightforward ballad "Don't Let it Get You Down" possesses a keyboard line ripped straight from Procal Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale," but since it works so effectively I'm not complaining. Whether intentionally or not, "Queen Anne's Lace" and "Black Man in Moscow" work in some '80s Fleetwood Mac tendencies, sans the excess. A soothing run through of John Barry's "Midnight Cowboy" closes out an intriguing, if not a little unfocused album that I have no regrets picking up. Great sleeve art on this one as well.

01. And As the Roof Comes Down
02. The Glow
03. Black Man in Moscow
04. Pink Little Elephants
05. Don't Let it Get You Down
06. Success
07. Criticize!
08. Thomas Paine's Pamphlet
09. Queen Anne's Lace
10. Midnight Cowboy


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