Jackson C. Frank - Jackson C. Frank
1 CD(s) - Folk - Label: Sanctuary - Distributor: Universal Music, PIAS UK/Arvato Services - Released: 01/08/2013 - 5050159136629
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Steps have been going for a few years now and seem to have been swamped or brushed aside by buy/girl bands who seem to get younger or have new gimmicks like being formed as part of A TV show. Their third album is Buzz and it followed on from what has been a strong period of hits including a couple of Number 1s.As is often the way with some bands you don’t realise how good they are until the copycats arrive. Steps are beginning to look old in comparison with some of the newer bands and you wonder how long the energy and commitment can last. They are an undemanding middle of the road band who are extending into other TV work. Personable and untouched by scandal they will be with us for some time to come but only by changing their style a little.
Buzz is a good album with some good tracks but there are times when it seems to have been recorded in a rush. It also perhaps needed a few stronger tracks and possibly even a better blend of tracks. Possibly as Confucius didn’t say there are only so many ways to butter bread. Some tracks are readily identifiable, "Better The Devil You Know"
was a hit for Kylie and that should have been it for the song, surely not worth covering even when you have though of a good dance routine for it. "Stomp" was a big hit and sounds a bit retro or is that dated? "Summer Of Love" also came out as a single and is a standard sub-latino copy.
H (and I hope I spelt that right) sings "Learn To Love Again" and frankly needn’t have bothered. Not that good.There are some mushy ballads like "Hand On Your Heart", "Wouldn't Hurt So Bad" and "If You Believe" but I tend to think this is when Steps are not at their best. Standing still doesn’t suit them, literally or metaphorically.
I do think they are better when going a little up tempo like on "Happy Go Lucky" or "Buzz" or "Here And Now". There are lots of influences and styles thrown a bit of Latin here like in “Paradise Lost” and "Turn Around"
The album has some variety but not much. Its all a bit like instant gravy, warming, some flavour looks right but not quite as good as the real thing.
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Manufacturer's product description1 CD(s) - Folk - Label: Sanctuary - Distributor: Universal Music, PIAS UK/Arvato Services - Released: 01/08/2013 - 5050159136629
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