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Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby

Terence Trent D'Arby

1987

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Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby

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THIS IS THE BIGGEST, MOST IMPORTANT ALBUM SINCE SGT. PEPPER! I HAVE TALENT THAT HASN'T BEEN UNEARTHED SINCE MOZART! These were among the things Terence Trent D'Arby was openly proclaiming to the press upon this album's release. Then he backed off a little saying only, "I made the most brilliant debut album from any artist this decade.” After he faced a backlash for making such bold statements, he claimed he was joking. I don't think he was joking. He may not have made Sgt. Pepper, and he may not have been Mozart, but dude was immensely talented. And he wasn't really wrong about that last statement suggesting this was the best debut album of the decade. He reminds me of someone else who released an equally brilliant debut album around the same time: Nenah Cherry. Both D'Arby and Cherry should have been colossal stars. They both should have soared to the heights that say George Michael and Whitney Houston reached. But they both sort of fizzled out after their debuts (my theory is a lot of that stems from the fact that neither of them were really all that interested after their debuts). It's too bad, but at least we have the albums, which remain timeless and belong in the upper tier of this list. Somehow, Lenny Kravitz ended up having the career and fame that should have been Terence Trent D'Arby's. I'll take "Wishing Well" over "Fly Away" anytime. In fact, I'll take anything from this album over any Kravitz record. Lenny is no Terence. Lenny doesn't have anything that compares to "Dance Little Sister" or even "Seven More Days". D'Arby was just ahead of his time. I doubt his bold proclamations would have caused such an uproar had this album come out 20 years later (see: Kanye, among others). I "only" gave Nena Cherry's entry 4.5 stars, and immediately kicked myself for not giving it the 5 it deserved. I'm not making that same mistake again. Apparently, Terrence Trent D'Arby legally changed his name to Sananda Maitreya back in 2001, claiming TTD was dead. He's wrong. Terence still rules. And Wishing Well will outlive us all.

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5

This album is real good. I think it's "Soul music" according to wiki (but I'm not in familiar territory here). Terence's voice is incredible and always turned up to 11; he's just constantly putting in energy and effort. The songs are varied and moving but sometimes have fun melodies like in "Wishing Well" and "Dance Little Sister". My favourite one is probably "Seven More Days", coz he really pushes his voice in that one. I like every song to be honest. Sometimes the repetition is a bit frustrating (like in "Let's Go Forward") but I think that's a trait that's pulled from gospel music so I'll accept that as a stylistic choice on his part. Besides, he has a beautiful five and a half minute acapella track ("As Yet Untitled") with zero repetition so I suppose he's really covered that basis of variety. And he ends the album on a really cathartic 6/8 song that makes me wanna slow dance ("Who's Loving You"), which I really dig. There's nothing that musically interesting about it, but it's an awesome ending and Terence's voice sort of explodes into each line.

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It is rare for me to hate hi-nrg pop sound, and fortunately, this is not a member of that club. What is rare is for me to enjoy 80s soul music. This guy does not rival Prince or Michael Jackson, despite what his ego claims. Yet these dance tracks are funky and employ great use of synths and instruments, creating a distinctive 80s sound all throughout while at the same time holding an identity of its own. I did think the choice of the intro song was a weak choice, but almost all the songs were solid (I'm looking at you, "As Yet Untitled"), and it ended satisfactory. I may relisten to this if I'm looking for 80s soul that is not one of the big boys.

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I get the sense much of this is directly addressed to black people--"dance little sister", "get up off that rockin' chair grandma", "pray for me", "don't give up your birthright"--a feeling reinforced by the way hooks emerge from D'Arby's heartfelt well-wishing. Not as pop device but as a way of unifying people through repetition focussing mental and spiritual faculties. [Something here about the oral tradition]. Just as the drums traverse the spectrum from filler match to main event, his voice traverses the spectrum from rough to honeyed so that, in a way, it feels like he's not only speaking to his audience but for them--in *their* voices. There are a few overstretches and misfires, but his spiritual generosity is catching, so I'll go high.

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Unremarkable, but also not my taste in music.

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This was not for me..I wish it had stayed in the 80s where it came from.

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I didn't really care for him when Wishing Well was all over the airwaves, and I don't care for him much now. He's got a soulful voice that got ruined by '80s production. Most of what I heard here sounds like what would later go on to be the Dave Matthews Band. Do with that what you will.

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Giving it a 9 for now, but I didn't really get to focus on it properly because I was playing with excel. Will revisit.

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5

This one, damn, van mijn sokken geblazen. Putting it on the Vynil buying list.

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Потрясающе!

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Loved it! Keep in rotation!

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Ok...so...Im shook. I have two songs, of course they were all over radio but I never listened to the album. This is surprisingly good. I mean really good.

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p584, 1987. 5 stars. 2022-01-25 1980s electro soul. Great voice, catchy hooks, great songs. Production a bit dated - cheesy synths - but still excellent and still sounds great today. I'd forgotten what a great album this is.

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5

Brilliant - what a voice! At least 7 world-class songs on this album. Shame he went nuts after it.

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I love this album, there isn’t a bad track on it and it flows from track to track. It’s been many years since I last listened to it, it’s now on my repeat playlist 5/5

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5

A fantastic album.

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Muy muy fresco Me ha gustado mucho

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4

Both classics (Sign Your Name) and songs that cannot be listened (As Yet Untitled)

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Fantastic late 80s nostalgia

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Surprisingly good R&B+Pop album

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8.5

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Pretty unique, but good.

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A little disappointed that this wasn't funkier. 7

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Dance little Sister, sign tour name, Wising well , if you letr me stay

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Some hits. Creative. Acapella

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I really liked this album! It was so funky and dancy, quite different than a lot of the other stuff we have listened to so far

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Chłop ma flow jak GEORGE MICHAEL a wokalizy jak PRINCE kurwa sztosiwo ale szybko mnie męczy

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Really good! A solid 8, would relisten

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Good album, nice vocal performance and interesting lyrics. 8

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Eigenlijk 4.5 sterren. Heel fijn album. If you all get to heaven is ook sterke opener, maar As Yet Untitled is de echte uitschieter hier.

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Nice and funky

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Some really nice songs, but I doubt I will remember it in the future. Worse 4.

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Very cool album. After reading the AM description, I can definitely see how Neo-soul followed this. Bring on D’Angelo, baby!

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What a blast from the past. Great album

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Smooth, ret nice.

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This was a fun poppy kinda album, it probably had some deep and dark brooding message that went right over my head but I enjoyed the sound to my ears

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I recognized Wishing Well and Sign Your Name, but not the artist. It's a time capsule of the late 80s.

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I should listen to more 80's music that didn't become super popular hit singles, although the singles on here were also really good.

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Pretty cool album that blends R&B and rock in a prince-kinda way. Some pretty fun lyricism combined with funky beats and layered vocal arrangements. A fun time, would definitely listen to again- not a single bad song on the album.

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Thought this might be pretty good. Sgt pepper it ain’t but still enjoyable!

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Fanastic debut

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Reminded me a lot of MJ with a few other vibes thrown in.

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Dance Little Sister is a brilliant song guaranteed to make me dance. His other hits are good too and the rest of the album was mellow. He has a lovely, soulful voice. 4*

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Big Michael Jackson energy. I enjoyed the heck out of this. Some great hooks, and romantic grooves.

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3.5 stars but I'll round up. Not something I would listen to regularly but I generally like it.

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More 80s weird pop. Terence Trent D'Arby's voice is melodic and calm and passionate all at once and he carries these funky tunes with his performance. Dance Little Sister has hints of a much better Michael Jackson performance. Good - Wishing Well, Dance Little Sister, Sign your Name, Rain

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J'ai eu la chance de tomber sur la version "Alben für die Ewigkeit" de l'album du jour, ce qui m'a permis de profiter d'une performance exceptionnelle. En effet, en plus des enregistrements originaux de Sananda Maitreya (ou Terence Trent D'Arbanville, c'est au choix), des adlibs issus des plus grandes personnalités de la musique allemande ont été rajoutés à chaque pré-refrain. Ici, c'est RIN qui vient nous gratifier de son "oh junge" legendaire. Là, c'est Sido qui vient répéter sans interruption "der beste Rapper ich bin". Nous avons même la chance d'assister à un salut nazi parfaitement efectué de la part de Xavier Naidoo en fin d'album. Une version collector à mettre entre toutes les mains.

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Je tenais d'abord à préciser que cette critique sera probablement impactée par le fait que je me sois brûlé une partie de mon index gauche hier en mettant une bûche dans mon poêle à bois. J'ai beaucoup & mais alors beaucoup _-_ beaucoup aimé %%% cet album $$. Terence Trent D'Arby semble être né () d'un mariage entre Michael Jackson et Stevie Wonder "#/# à cette différence près qu'il possède un timbre immensément plus flûté. @@

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Thoroughly enjoyable..

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A very good album.

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Great hybrid fusion of pop, soul, rock, and funk! While he's no The Beatles or Mozart, this man always keeps the audience on their feet.

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Actually pretty good.

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Ah - ah. Why do this to me? Didn't know until recently that Martyn Ware produced this album

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Funky, soulful 80's pop. I actually like this guy better than Stevie Wonder - he's less saccharine. 4.5 stars.

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i liked it! "seven more days", "let's go forward", & "sign your name" are nice.

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Wishing well kiss and tell💋

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Eh.

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Täysin uusi tuttavuus itselleni. Näköjään Suomessakin tätä levyä on myyty kultalevyn arvoisesti eli ilmeisesti jotain aukkoja on omassa sivistyksessäni. Kovasti on haettu vaikutteita Princestä ja muista kasaritykittelijöistä. Tykkäsin laulajan äänestä ja levyn äänimaailmasta, jossa on sopivasti kaikenlaista kikkailua ja pimputtelua. En tiedä palaanko levyn pariin enää koskaan, mutta tässä hetkessä jäi varsin positiivinen mielikuva. Kovasti keikkui kolmosen ja nelosen välillä mutta tällä kertaa näin.

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Had no idea Wishing Well was by Trent.

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Classic soulful love songs. Great voice, reminds me of Jackson.

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Nice sound, some unmemorable

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7/10

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Me gustó en general aunque se hace largo al final.

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This is his first album. It went platinum in like three days in the UK. Reminds me a lot of Michael Jackson. Really good album!

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ja gut, kann man machen. 3

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A weird album. The artist clearly has talent and there are some great funky rhythms going on here, but it's mixed with completely bizarre songs like his interpretation of the "rain, rain, go away" children's song. The album's worth a listen for the curious, but somebody looking for something to enjoy listening to can skip straight to the singles.

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Interesting, wasnt in the mood for genre, similar to Prince.

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A mix of Stevie Wonder, Prince, MJ. Overall I liked the album. Not bad!

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Soul. Una canción conocida.

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This was solid, if not too religious. Kinda weird at some points for sure

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Great pop album & voice

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Taitavaa musisointia ja laulamista. Tasaisen hyvä hienosti tehty levy, mutta henkilökohtaisesti ne korkeat valot jäi puuttumaan. Siksi 3,5 kääntyy nyt 3.

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I like how it starts with a gospel vibe and then takes off in a million different directions before the first song ends.   I was surprised to see how many musicians play on this. With it's being a first album one would think they would make do with just one drummer/ percussionist  rather than the four listed. I see they also have a brother who plays the sinubla - whatever the fuck that is. The production is really quite amazing. His laughing in Wishing Well is a miracle of production technology. Ditto for the other shouts and talking (in that tune and others) that are made to sound like he backed up from the mic. The LP started to wear on me after 5 / 6 songs. Perhaps a little too fastidious for too long.

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Wist je dat, Terence Trent D'Arby nu 34 jaar ouder is dan toen dit album uit kwam? toevalig ook de leeftijd van deze plaat.

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Volgens mij heeft 'The Weeknd' veel inspiratie gehaald van deze artiest. Al vind ik Terence Trent D'arby wel beter. Het deuntje van 'Wishing Well' blijft goed hangen. En 'Dance Little Sister' is een toffe meezinger. Het a capella nummer is wel impressive! De rest van de liedjes vervelen wel snel.

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A little hit and miss, but I like his voice and some of the tracks. Fav tracks: sign your name/as yet untitled

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3

Is het niet mogelijk halve puntjhes te geven ;)?

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Real 80s flashback vibes

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This is a really interesting mashup of soul, funk, gospel, pop, and R&B. Start of the album is stronger than the end. Favorite songs are wishing well and If you all get to heaven. Reminds me of George Michael a little.

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3

Not bad. Not great

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3

Parts of this are pretty cool.

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3

Pleasant but not memorable, did save the first track tho. 7

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Really fun album. Good listen. R+B meets pop.

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‘Sign Your Name’ and ‘Wishing Well’ are the all-time classics they’re made out to be. ‘Dance Little Sister’ is also a great pop-funk number that both Prince and James Brown would’ve been proud to have written, and ‘Who’s Loving You’ is a worthy Smokey Robinson cover. And yet while it’s a solid enough debut effort overall, the rest of the album leaves me feeling a little cold, perhaps partly due to the late 80s synth heavy sound which makes the album sound somewhat dated to my ears.

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Was kinda like michael Jackson

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only knew the hit...interesting beyond that.

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3

If TTD had been working in the sixties, what amazing soul music we would have had. And whilst there are some great tracks on this album like Let Me Stay and Sign Your Name, you never quite feel the music showcases his voice the way it should - the production is a little synth heavy and artificial.

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3

Not my cup of tea

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it was ok not my bag really

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soulful as hell not for me, but good

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Very dated 80s R&B production but solid songs and performances.

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3

It's an interesting mix of styles with an undoubtedly talented singer at the front. But the music is also completely forgettable and too synth-heavy and polished. It wasn't bad. But it didn't stand out as good either.

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Sounds like the 'best friends' medley on the soundtrack to an 80s movie. Standout tracks: Wishing Well, If You All Get to Heaven, Who's Loving You

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Every song I thought I’d finally got the measure of the music (not quite MJ, not quite Prince…) but then in would roll another irresistible hook, and, well, it all ended up being rather undeniably its own thing.

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3

"Wishing Well" sounded familiar. A good album to relax to!

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I vaguely remember this dude from when I was a kid, I don't recognise any of these songs though. It's pretty cool, bit of a Michael Jackson vibe going on. Rocking and funky at the same time, solid bit of 80s pop. 3/5.

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Some interesting instrumental moments and good lyrical content make for a mixed bag of enjoyable and skippable tracks. Can definitely see how this album helped pioneer RnB as we know it, not my cuppa tea. 6/10.

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It’s good, but some parts feel dated. Like he’s very talented, but there were only one or two songs that stuck out to me. Certainly sounds like it was monumental perhaps at the time, but now it’s a bit dated.

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3

It's an alright album but have to give propts to Terence Trent D'Arby's vocals here. So lively and brilliant piece of soul, just unfortunate the production is very dated here and gets a bit annoying. I did like half the songs on here a lot actually but the remaining were skippable. Let's Go Forward and As Yet Untitled were the best songs here and can see why Wishing Well would've been a big hit.

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2021.12.15 if you all get to heaven sign your name as yet untitled who’s loving you

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Alle de gode lyde. Funky, soul-y og masser af den søde søde blæs

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Very 80s. The spotify bio describes the artist as a grittier Prince. I see that to a point. Dude's got a lovely voice. It should be noted that this artist now goes by Sananda Maitreya.

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80s as hell. Reminds me a bit of Michael Bolton mixed with Prince. He's clearly a talented singer but definitely not my style.

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Pretty unique and compelling R&B from the 80's! I'm not a huge fan of it but it's pretty good for what it's worth.

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It's alright. His voice is enjoyable and some of the tracks like "Dance Little Sister" and "If All You Get To Heaven" are some undoubtedly funky tunes. Overall not very memorable though, seems like a fairly above-average 80s album, not something you "must hear before dying".

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I have mixed feelings. The songs are quite catchy and well written, and Terence's singing is quite fantastic and almost carries the entire album. On the other hand, it seems like the album is afraid to commit too much to one single genre and hops around. The lyrics are also a little cheesy and gimmicky. 5/10

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Easy listening progressive soul. Similar to - but not quite as catchy as - Stevie Wonder. Some songs (Wishing Well) are pretty fun but others are less memorable and makes the album feel a little long in my opinion. The more engaging fun songs don't quite make up for the cheesier overarching story of the record.

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meh, 3

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Anoter good album, with some bangers on it. This guy should had released more albums!!

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10th February 2022 Didn’t listen until the 11th, drove to pick up Wi-Fi extension and sainsburys before Caroline and Ian etc stay for the weekend. Michael Jackson, Prince and Stevie Wonder’s love child. I like the poppier tracks over the ballads.

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3

Outside my usual preferences but pretty decent. As Yet Untitled makes a better closer than the actual last track.

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Not bad.

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Kenne ich tatsächlich von damals™️. Er denkt, die Platte sei das beste seit der Srgt. Pepper gewesen. Ich denke, er ist ein riesengroßer Schmock mit einer zwischenzeitlich vollzogenen Namensänderung zum bekloppteren. Dennoch: geile Stimme, hochtalentierter Musiker. Die Singles kennt man heute noch, zu recht. Album durchwachsen, insgesamt ganz schlechte drei.

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This version of James Brown is more slick, but something's missing.

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Somedays I have an instant lol reaction when the new album pops up as the screen refreshes. Shame about the late 80s production, some great vocals The big question is do I keep going onto 'Neither Fish nor Flesh'?

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Apart from "As Yet Untitled", another generic, boring 80s soul album with above average vocals, but not much else going for it.

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Nah

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Det här var inget vidare

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It was fine but not for me. Some songs dragged on

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ok ig . can listen again but not intentionally. slow chill vibes

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meh, not soooo bad but really not crazy

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Not my cup of tea, really.

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Dos, tirandole a tres estrellas...

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um no

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Odd. Not my bag.

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Se salvó al final de una estrepitosa calificación

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Eh

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Pretty good

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get out of here

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Loved the beats, had the typical 80s feel. Hard to pull out the good musicality with some of the 80s distractions.

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I was keen to hear this since I could stomach the radio hits I'd heard: Dance Little Sister & Sign your Name. I liked some of the more rhythmic/bluesier songs like the opening track & Seven More Days, but overall the production is too syrupy for me and the other songs remind me of bad 80s radio.

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Kasari-inho iski taas välittömästi päälle, kun pisti levyn soimaan. Sielukasta voitelumusaa, muttei edes kovin kummoista sellaista. Tulis ees kunnon George Michaelia!

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This is a hard album for me to rate. If I'm rating it on talent and production, it scores very well. If I'm rating it on how much I enjoyed it, it rates very poorly. To be consistent, I have to go with overall enjoyment. Sorry Terence - this isn't my thing.

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Meh.

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Meh

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It's like the soundtrack for an 80s-90s movie. I mean it's very cool and well produced music but it just comes out as kind of generic.

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Big voice but all a bit smooth and very 80s production

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Kinda Michael Jackson with not as much unique delivery? One or two fun songs but I had a hard time recognizing the genius he claimed, or at least the notability reviewers do.

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This 80s soul/funk rock just didn't do it at all for me. Maybe it was a bit too grounded for that 80s era Prince style albums? Cause it made me think of a really grounded, grittier Prince album which isn't what I like or enjoy about Prince. Wasn't particularly bad, just nothing here drew me in or engaged me at all.

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full of energy but it just sounds like a musical and that isn't a good thing for me.

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didn't enjoy at all

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"If You All Get to Heaven" – 5:17 - Repetitive, with shrill vocalizing and a solid 80s vibe. "If You Let Me Stay" – 3:14 - More of D'Arby trying to sound like Michael Jackson and instead sounding like a forgettable movie soundtrack. Why do I have to hear this before I die? This album was weaksauce. "Wishing Well" (D'Arby, Sean Oliver) – 3:30 - Not terrible for 80s pop. "I'll Never Turn My Back on You (Father's Words)" – 3:37 - You want to hear a guy talk about dads in a falsetto? This is the mediocre song for you. "Dance Little Sister" – 3:55 - A little funky sax, and yet, it sounds to me like REALLY trying to be Michael Jackson again... or still... whatever. Meh. "Seven More Days" – 4:32 - Pretty but melancholy piano intro... oh, wait, no. That's the YouTube commercial. This is a drum machine and more shrill yet gravelly vocals about... you know, I don't even care what. I'm skipping ahead. "Let's Go Forward" – 5:32 - Digital wind sounds, a click track, some synth... this is what it would sound like if Terence was in my 8th grade electronic music class. "Rain" – 2:58 - I liked the syncopated beat until the synth clavas, chimes, and Terence Trent D'Arby joined in. "Sign Your Name" – 4:37 - One of the better songs on a mediocre album. It's no wonder this was the single. "As Yet Untitled" – 5:33 - Opening vocal harmonies are pretty. So far acapella... not bad, a little melancholy again. Nice harmonies again just as it was starting to bore me, and then back to the shrill and gravelly. "Who's Loving You" (William "Smokey" Robinson) – 4:24 - High hopes for a strong finish... and, yeah, it's a Smokey Robinson tune adequately performed. Not enough to save the album though.

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Couple of good songs

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I like the voice and the clear tone. I prefer a little more rock and that is my opinion so I can't give it the high rating people might think this deserves. It really is good though

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I try to be open minded with all of these, but I’ve never loved R&B and the more I hear it, the less I get it or enjoy it. The instrumentation in this album sounds very simplistic, the compositions sound underwhelming, and not one song stood out to me. The singing in it was great, but that’s not the only thing a good album needs in my book. Benefit of the doubt from me not getting R&B plus good singing take this from a 1 to a 2

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There was some decent songs but didn't grab me.

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This isn't all that great. Even the most played songs aren't good - not sure how they get tens of millions plays. 4/10.

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JoJowa referencja pelna geba, ale w stylu soulowego r&b, brak opisu, darby multiinstrumentalista jednego krazka i to debiutanckiwgo, opening na plejke

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Definitely has an 80's sound. It was okay, but not my favorite genre of music. 1 recognized song

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Soul, Pop Kram. Teilweise wie Micheal Jackson. Bestimmt wichtig für das Genre, aber nicht mein Ding. Habs vorher ausgemacht.

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Poprock, singer/songwriter, Prince-agtigt

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føler den ikke rigtigt

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Pretty much sums up the sound of 1987 as I remember it. The late 80s was a transitional time in pop music production. Like a teenager awkwardly growing into their new features. It's funny cause if this album were recorded just a few years earlier, or even a few years later, I would probably like it alot more than I do. As is, it just sounds too clean and polished to my ear, to the point of being antiseptic to the soulful qualities that he obviously exudes. The best track by far is "As Yet Untitled" where he is unaccompanied by instruments and you can finally get a real sense of the raw power he is wielding.

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Really didn't grab me.

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2 stars is generous. some songs were way too long.

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Not for me.

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Hi- Wishing Well, Sign Your Name I was legitimately excited to hear the rest of this album, because Wishing Well and Sign Your Name are such influential tracks, I was hoping to hear more of this otherworldly groovy sound...instead what we got was a mishmash of really generic R&B and soul, that while competent, didn't offer anything unique like the two aforementioned hits. I'd rate this higher if more tracks pushed the envelope, but they just didn't and I'm disappointed in that.

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Not for me: Soul music done well against dated instrumentation. The artist seems more interesting historically than on this record.

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1987: Wishing Well

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Pure garbage

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Neee 1

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This album is a deterrent by nectar- a pretty sweet voice (except for the high screams he misses), but generally awful songs.

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No me gustó

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I don't see what's so special save for wishing well. As an album it's ok I guess

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Maybe this album is a victim of mood listening to it but like stfu Terence, she said gtfo.

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Extremely 80s and not in a good way.

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Didn’t care for this album.

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This was the first big miss for me. I honestly did not enjoy any aspect of it. I'm sorry to anyone who has positive feelings about this album, but it just did nothing for me. I listened to it all the way through with good headphones, but it took a lot of willpower to make it to the end.

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Good

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