Joined: Mar. 2008
||Posted: Dec. 09 2010, 19:39
|Quote (Ugo @ Dec. 09 2010, 18:11)|
|Quote (Delfín @ Dec. 09 2010, 03:04)|
|That crystal-clear, Abba-like Scandinavian voice in 'Pictures in the Dark' or 'Northpoint' have for me no equal, in the whole Mike's vocal catalogue.|
Of course Anita doesn't have no equivalent voice in all of Mike's catalogue, but she does have an equivalent (and maybe superior) voice elsewhere: Agnetha Fältskog from Abba. When you said Abba-like, you hit the nail right on the head, and maybe that's why she sang on so few of Mike's songs: because her stuff sounded too much like Abba! I'm a longtime Abba fan and I can guarantee you that it does. Amply.
"Innocent" is to me a catchy and well-crafted late-Eighties pop song. But I hate it because of the lyrics - the dumbest-ever lyrics that Mike ever wrote, with "Northpoint" being a very close second. What redeems it ("Northpoint", I mean) is its fantastic musical content. "Innocent" is way too short to be redeemed by anything. The video is cool, tho'.
Regarding "Moonlight Shadow", to me that's one of those songs inextricably connected to the original performer. That's both a good thing, as the song and the voice are very easily recognizable, and a very bad one, as that song cannot really be sung in any other way than the one in which Maggie sang it - whoever tries to sing it in a different style, spoils it. Anita tried and failed. Pepsi tried and failed. It's really impossible to be sung by anyone else than Maggie. It's like singing "Imagine" without doing the ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh-oohs before the chorus - no-one can.
"doesn't have no equivalent voice" - a double negative, Ugo? Perhaps you've been recently listening to "Another Brick in the Wall"
As for "Innocent", I think the lyrics are somehow so silly that they transcend silliness - in much the same way that Warhol's pictures of rubbish transcend rubbishiness. Also, I find it hard to see how someone can complain about "Innocent"'s lyrics yet champion Abba. "Digging the dancing queen?" Yecchh!