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Roddy Frame tries out some blue-eyed soul!
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Obviously this wasn't exactly what the fans were expecting after the first two Aztec Camera records. Roddy Frame went from indie to more mainstream, soul-inspired music using numerous American session players - and that's just the good thing with Roddy, you never know what he will do next. Each new Aztec Camera album seems to take a completely different direction. Granted, some of the songs on 'Love' aren't Roddy as his best, but this album does include a couple of real gems. The smooth, funky ballad 'Working In A Goldmine' with Will Lee bassing, 'Paradise' featuring Marcus Miller and Steve Gadd, and 'Deep And Wide And Tall' are my personal favourites, with brilliant guitar solos from Roddy on the last two. 'How Men Are' is also a melodic soul pop effort, and 'Killermont Street' is the typical Aztec Camera acoustic guitar ballad. And a suggestion: Check out his following albums 'Stray', which has everything from pure jazz to harsh guitar rock on it, and 'Dreamland', his most consistent album brilliantly produced by Japanese keyboard wizard Ryuichi Sakamoto. They show Roddy at his peak and are must haves in any record collection."
None Too Subtle
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This album suffers from overproduction. Roddy often sounds overwhelmed by the horns, female backing vocals, and big drum sound. "Everybody Is A Number One" and "One And One" are pretty much unlistenable. Other tracks fare better, despite the kitchen sink/sledgehammer production. "Deep & Wide & Tall," "How Men Are," and "More Than A Law" sound pretty swell. I just got this import CD to replace my domestic cassette version, and was disappointed to find that "Deep & Wide & Tall" here is in edited form. The full version is definitely better."
A low point, based on what came before & after - still good!
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There are some unbelievable songs on this album, most notably Killermont Street and Somewhere In My Heart - and How Men Are is amazing as well. Yes, Everybody is a Number One is worth skipping over, but as a whole, the album isn't as bad as some people might want you to think. And if you've given up on Aztec Camera, Roddy Frame has now "gone solo" and released an album in the UK called The North Star, which is a return to the sound used in High Land, Knife, and the songs on the Covers & Rare disk (Bad Education, Jump). You can find it here on amazon.com - and it's definitely worth a listen (or 10!) Also, the website has some audioclips from the new album to give a taste of what it sounds like."