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Bananarama Pop Life

Pop Life
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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Collectables Records
  • Original Album: London-Sire 828246 (1991)

Description by OLDIES.com:

After the departure of vocalist Siobhan Fahey, Bananarama attempted to break into the Hi-NRG dance genre with "Pop Life." Produced by Steve Jolley (Alison Moyet, Spandau Ballet, Wang Chung), who also produced "Bananarama" and "True Confessions" - their second and third albums, the songs on this release have a uniquely different flavor than those of their earlier albums, with more of an emphasis on synths and drum machines.

Entertainment Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly - 7/12/91
"..you can always count on them for a couple of perky singles....but this album takes us to an eerier place than we'd ever expect.." - Rating: A

Tracks:

  • 1.Preacher Man
  • 2.Long Train Running
  • 3.Only Your Love
  • 4.What Colour R The Skies Where U Live
  • 5.Is Your Love Strong Enough
  • 6.Tripping On Your Love
  • 7.Ain't No Cure
  • 8.Outta Sight
  • 9.Megalomaniac
  • 10.I Can't Let You Go
  • 11.Heartless
  • 12.Preacher Man (Ramabanana Mix)

Product Description:

Bananarama: Jacquie O'Sullivan, Keren Woodward, Sarah Dallin.
Personnel: Andy Caine, Paul Inder (guitar); Johnny Mars (harmonica); Youth (keyboards, drum programming); Nigel Butler, Guy Pratt, Danny Schogger (keyboards); Paul Cooke (drums); Linda Taylor, Zo‰, Carol Kenyon (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Johnny Marr (guitar); Robin Goodfellow, Andy Caine, Youth, Paul Inder (bass guitar); Paul Cook (drums); Crispen Robinson (percussion); Nigel Butler, Guy Pratt, Danny Schogger, Johnny Mars, Linda Taylor, Zo‰, Carol Kenyon.
Photographer: Ellen Von Unworth.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Keren Woodward; Jacquie O'Sullivan; Sarah Elizabeth Dallin.
1991's POP LIFE, the only Bananarama album featuring Jacqui O'Sullivan (who replaced original member Siobhan Fahey when Fahey married Eurythmics' Dave Stewart and left to form the more experimental Shakespear's Sister), is an all-out dance record in the tradition of Soul II Soul and other then-fashionable UK dance outfits. POP LIFE downplays the disco-style Hi-NRG beats and somewhat brittle sheen of the trio's Stock-Aitken-Waterman days. It's a looser, more bass-heavy album, named after but not featuring the Prince hit.
O'Sullivan's voice is throatier than Fahey's, effectively changing the trio's sound. She and original members Keren Woodward and Sarah Dallin mostly sing actual harmonies, rather than the unison vocals familiar from Bananarama's early hits. POP LIFE is considerably different from Bananarama's earlier albums, but it's a satisfying example of post-acid-house/pre-trip-hop UK dance music. Guests include dance maven Youth, ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, and Sex Pistols drummer Paul Cook-who originally discovered the trio.

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Customer Rating: Rating 4.2
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Rating 4.5 A Well -Crafted Bananarama Album! Music Lover: from Australia -- May, 26, 2005

I love Bananarama's music.I first was introduced to them by an old 80's compilation cassette that my dad bought from the Gulf nation.On that cassette was a song by the Rams called "Na Na Hey Hey...Kiss Him Goodbye" I got attracted to that song and loved it every time it played.I literally warped out the cassette as I kept rewindind the song back and back again! Now after that I got the luck of getting hold of "True Confessions" by London Records,the original CD recording and I was just delighted at the songs....truly bubblegum! haha.
Now for this CD."Pop Life" is a very different sounding album as compared to "Wow!" and it's predecessors.It has a bit of an Indy pop style in it....but the songs are STRONG ,and their vocals are much more beautiful and lush.The opening track,"Preacher Man" is a great dance number and I've heard it earlier on their "Greatest Hits" album.Has thumpy drum machines all the way.Sounds more like an 80's track.The best track I loved was "Long Train Running",this is perhaps their best cover song ever.Truly magnificient.The song pulses along so well and so do their vocal styles.It's a much more bubbly take-on of the Doobie Brothers original.
The next great one was,"Is your love strong enough", the music is hypnotising with those keyboards and the vocals are sexy and breathly......why did they choose to sing in UNISON! The overall recording is great and clear! Go for this one.there's a song here by Stock Aitken and Waterman as well! GREAT!!


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