Bouncing Back.....(sort of)
at0mic0734 | Calgary, AB Canada | 04/05/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Not to be mixed up with the Alisha of "Made In India" fame, this Alisha was a fairly successful New York singer who topped the dance/club charts in the mid 80s with "Too Turned On" (#6) and "Baby Talk" (#1) on the Vanguard label.. After doing one album for Vanguard, she did "Nightwalkin'" on RCA and after that flopped tried to "bounce back" several years later with this set on MCA..Unfortunately this set didn't live up to it's title (commercially at least).. which is too bad, because it's a good pop album.. Full of hi-energy dance-pop with a little bit of freestyle dance influences and a few good ballads thrown in..Produced by Michael Jay who had produced for Kylie Minogue, Martika and Five Star among others.. There are really no especially weak tracks on this album, which is strong and consistent throughout..Although sometimes strong, consistent albums don't always produce strong singles.... As good as the songs and production were, there aren't any songs which would have especially stood out as pop hits. Still, it's too bad this album didn't do better or at least lead to a follow-up LP... I suppose with MCA hot off the heels from pop success with the likes of Jody Watley and Pebbles, maybe they thought Alisha would have been among them.. unfortunately not..This one's been out of print for some time, but if you are a fan of late 80s pop, try this one out.."
Alisha "bounces back" with a newer sound & a matured voice!
Mark | 04/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"(I've typed a short bio for all of Alisha's albums I've reviewed, so I'm not gonna for this one lol) This album was released in 1990 on MCA Records (who signed her after being dropped by RCA Records after a non-successful album). Alisha was able to re-sign a major deal, much thanks to producer Mark S. Berry. While it's not Alisha's best (or original), vocally it's Alisha's best. Her voice is very mature sounding compared to her earlier albums that she recorded when she was still in her teens. Alisha returned to her "freestyle"/dance pop music she was known for, hoping to maybe revive her career. This album definitely has some perks. This was the last album released by Alisha. Here's a track-by-track review of "Bounce Back"Wrong Number (5/5) : I really like this song. This was the 2nd and final single release from "Bounce Back." This song was written and produced by Michael Jay (who wrote and produced most of the album) and was actually a hit for the group Fire On Blonde in 1988. It didn't receive much airplay or support from DJs and clubs, mostly because they had been hits for Fire On Blonde a couple years before. All in all though, I think it's one of Alisha's best songs. Definitely a great party song, with a good story!Everything You Do (5/5) : This is probably my favorite song on the album. This is very much a good pop song. This could have been a radio hit, as it is very catchy and fun to sing along to. Michael Jay was certainly a good songwriter. Alisha sounds awesome!You've Really Gotten To Me (4/5) : A nice ballad from Alisha. This song isn't particular very well written, it's a little corny, but overall it's a nice song. It's refreshing to hear Alisha sing slower, ballad songs. It's good to take a break from Alisha's well-known sound once in a while, and enjoy a ballad. It gets a 4 out of 5 because Alisha sounds amazing on it. Love Will Talk (3/5) : Not particularly one of my favorites, but it has a catchy chorus. I find myself skipping this song, but it has some good parts to it. I like the guitar-riff in it. I didn't expect that in this poppier song. (Ain't No) Better Love (4/5) : This song has got an awesome production track. This is definitely a fun, upbeat song. This song actually could've had single potential. One of the better songs on the album!Bounce Back (5/5) : This was the lead single released off of "Bounce Back." Like with "Wrong Number," "Bounce Back" didn't receive much airplay because they had also been a hit for Fire On Blonde a few years before. Despite lack of support from the radio stations, this song (along with Wrong Number) did reach the Billboard Hot 100, and was considered a moderate hit in the summer of 1990. Personally, I love this song, in my top 3 favorite Alisha songs. It is definitely infectious, and it was a smart move to release this song, as it is one of the most radio-friendly songs on the album. I love the drum-driven track.Rescue Me (5/5) : I love this song!! It's definitely not like the other songs on the album, it is a lot mellower, and more poppy instead of dancey. This is one of Alisha's more mature songs on the album, and I really really enjoy listening to this song. One of the album's highlights!Kiss Me Quick (4/5) : I used to not like this song, but it's grown on me! It's definitely energetic, I love Alisha's sultry voice on this song (like on the verses). The chorus is very upbeat and fun. A good song.Don't Let Our Love Go (5/5) : Another ballad from Alisha, and another one of Alisha's best! Alisha co-wrote this song, and I think it's awesome!! I absolutely LOVE the bridge on this song, with her powerful voice and the guitars when she sings "Always and forever / That's how love's supposed to be / You and I together / From now and ever." It's also again refreshing to hear Alisha singing a ballad. This song is great!I Need Forever (3/5) : I wish the lyrics to this song were re-written. The production track is hot, but the lyrics are corny, and the melody's not very catchy. This, in my opinion, probably the weakest song on Bounce Back, but I don't completely hate it! I actually listen to it a lot, and I don't really skip over it. It's a great party song.OVERALL : (4/5) I really like this album, it has some great songs on it. Personally, I do like her previous album "Nightwalkin'" over this, but I still love them both! This album definitely has it's great songs. I think the only problem is some of the song's lyrics are really corny. I think the lyrics to some of the songs should have been re-written in some parts (for like I Need Forever & You've Really Gotten To Me), but all-in-all, I would definitely recommend this album. It is out of print, so you probably won't find this in a music store (unless they have a used section), but it's fairly easy to locate one online, so if you stumble across one, pick it up! If you like the freestyle-influenced/dancey pop songs, I think you'll like "Bounce Back"!!"
Troy R. Carroll | 03/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
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