|All Artists: Robbie Nevil|
Title: A Place Like This
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Style: Dance Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 077774835947, 077774835923
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Isn't it time we had a vacation?
Pamela J. Thalner | Cincinnati, Ohio | 04/13/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Robbie Nevil is casually dismissed, these days, as a one-hit wonder for the classic "C'est La Vie" from his first record (though "Wot's It To Ya" is also a classic of the 80's). While he continued to make great records, none of them lived up to the success of the first; that's a shame, because A Place Like This is a sweet and sublime trip.
Nevil's work is strong, with poppy hooks and bluesy rhythms. The songs tend to be more mellow than one would expect of a long-haired guy wearing leather, but while Nevil is an accomplished guitarist, his songs tend to smoother, more laid-back grooves. "Back on Holiday" stands out for both its strong melodies and funky vibe. While the themes of the album tend towards romance ("Mary Lou" is about a shy librarian who shows up at a party in unexpected style; "Love and Money" suggests that the subject of the song get their priorities straight), that shouldn't deter the listener. It's been a long time since I listened to this record, but I can still pick out my favorite songs: "Somebody Like You", "Back on Holiday", "Getting Better", "Holding On", "Too Soon"... really, just about the whole thing. The record is definitely worth checking out."