A Little Bit Of Good Dance Pop...And A Little Bit Of Bad
Alan Caylow | USA | 05/08/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The greatest thank you I can give to British producer D-Mob, aka Dancin' Danny D, is that he gave the very lovely & talented singer Cathy Dennis (of whom I'm a big fan) her start. She sings a couple of songs (and co-wrote one of them) on D-Mob's 1989 album, "A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That," a dance pop album that, very surprisingly, is only half-good (though it's nothing against Cathy Dennis---I like her contributions just fine). This is the only album I can think of that has a very good first half, but does a total 180 degree turn in the second half and heads south. It's as if D-Mob simply ran out of ideas halfway through the recording process, so he just padded out the album with meaningless filler. Oh well. But first, the good half: "C'mon And Get My Love" (a U.S. Top Ten hit) is a catchy tune, with a great vocal from Cathy. "All I Do" is a cover of a Stevie Wonder song, but it's very well done, with a good lead vocal by Danny Madden. D-Mob himself takes the mike on "It Really Don't Matter," another excellent pop song. Cathy Dennis returns to sing lead on the marvelous "That's The Way Of The World" (which she co-wrote), definitely the album's best song (but was it released as a single, I wonder?). This is followed by a brief instrumental reprise of "It Really Don't Matter," which is certainly good, but it's another piece of evidence that D-Mob was desperately short on material. And that's the end of the album's good songs.The *second* half is a whole other matter. "It Is Time To Get Funky" and "Put Your Hands Together" is just generic rap, while "A Rhythm From Within," "Trance Dance," and "We Call It Acieed" is just generic techno. These tracks *really* make my skin crawl, and I can't even listen to them anymore. Sorry, D-Mob!So....I'm going to recommend D-Mob's "A Little Bit Of This, A Little Bit Of That" to the diehard Cathy Dennis fans who want to get their hands on Cathy's earliest pair of songs, and because the album's *first* half is indeed very good dance pop. Just be prepared to hit the stop button when you get to track six!"
Great Dance CD
Dorrie Wheeler | 10/03/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"D'Mob are one of the forgotten early dance groups of the 90's. Although, not many people know who the members of the group were, Danny D was the ringmaster and brought along other performers when needed. D'Mob really broke Cathy Dennis and the songs that she is featured on, "C'Mon and Get My Love" and "That's The Way of The World" are some of the albums best. One thing I noticed about the CD, the version of "That's The Way of The World" is different than the cassette single which was released way back when. Another great song is the Stevie Wonder remake "All I Do." Check out this CD for a 90's flashback!"
A little bit of house
Neitu | Finland | 09/22/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Track Listing: 1 - C'mon And Get My Love (feat. Cathy Dennis) 2 - All I Do (feat. Danny Madden) 3 - It Really Don't Matter (feat. Dancin' Danny D) 4 - That's The Way Of The World (feat. Cathy Dennis) 5 - It Really Don't Matter(Reprise) 6 - It Is Time To Get Funky (feat. LRS & DC Sarome) 7 - Put Your Hands Together (feat. Nuff Juice) 8 - A Rhythm From Within 9 - Trance Dance (feat. Gary Haisman) 10 - We Call It Acieed (feat. Gary Haisman) 11 - C'mon And Get My Love [Spaghetti Western Mix] 12 - It Is Time to Get Funky [The Casualty Mix]
This album pretty much sums up the contribution that D-Mob made to house music in the late 1980's. D-Mob was much more than just something obscure in the shadow of Cathy Dennis and this album is the proof of that.
As Alex Henderson stated in All Music Guide, "house comes in many forms: the ave-oriented house styles can be on 'Trance Dance,' the acid house-influenced "We Call It Acieed," the more melodic and accessible nature of "deep house" on 'C'Mon and Get My Love' and 'That's The Way of the World'. Meanwhile, 'It Is Time to Get Funky' and 'Put Your Hands Together' exemplify the style called hip/house -- a blend of rap and house music."
This album is total gold for house music fans, and those looking for techno would be better off with The Prodigy or something like that. "
Edwin Roman | New York City | 04/23/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I would say that D-Mob are the Black-Eyed Peas of the very late 80's and early 90's. Had they produced music today, they would have been a hit. Creative, soulful and deep, D-Mob have been overlooked. The best track is "That's the way of the world" danceable and full of meaning. As a former club goer of the late 80's-early 90's, this song conjures up a lot of fun memories."