Various artists album review
Big People Music Volume 3
13 - 12 - 1997
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 4||Backing : 4||Production : 4||Sound quality : 4||Sleeve : 3/4|
This is the third (and strongest) volume in the "Big People Music" series. A lovers rock compilation album loaded with tracks trying to capture a mood, and aimed at the more "mature" listener to brighten up his romantic moments.|
The term lovers rock inadvertently came from a south London based label of the same name. The name summed up the style of the moment just as the male dominated conscious drum and bass style was beginning to wear thin and female vocalists were deciding to do their own thing. A softer approach to life but still utilising "ruff'n'tuff" bassline, lovers rock made people just want to get closer and the music proved the key. Within a matter of months, lovers rock began to outsell the traditional roots music practically every time. The names Janet Kay, Carol Thompson, Louisa Marks, and Caron Wheeler were synonymous with the whole '70s and 80's musical revolution. The lovers rock phenomenon has clearly never gone away as audiences and dj's alike try to recapture, relive or even re-introduce themselves to this sound.
On Volume 3 you'll find lots of reworkings of classic lovers tunes. Donna Marie delivers a fine version of Matumbi's 1976 smash hit "After Tonight", Jimmy Riley's and Michelle Gordon's workout of the soul classic "Private Number" comes out very soulful, "Moonlight Lover" gets a nineties treat from Jennifer Lara, and the Sus does version number 324556 of "How Could I Let You Get Away".
Focussing on the soft sweet side of reggae, "Big People Music Volume 3" is a perfect album for romantic moods, and enjoying memories.