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Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby

Terence Trent D'Arby

1987

Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby

Album Summary

Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby is the debut studio album by Terence Trent D'Arby. It was released in July 1987 on Columbia Records, and debuted at number one in the UK, spending a total of nine weeks (non-consecutively) at the top of the UK Albums Chart. It hit number 1 in Australia and Switzerland. It was eventually certified 5× Platinum (for sales of 1.5 million copies). Worldwide, the album sold a million copies within the first three days of going on sale. The album was also a hit in the US, although its success was slower. It was released there in October 1987, eventually peaking at number four on May 7, 1988, – the same week that the single "Wishing Well" hit number one on the US Billboard Hot 100. It did peak higher on the Billboard R&B Albums chart at number one around the same time.Other singles from the album included "If You Let Me Stay", which was a top-ten hit in the UK, and "Sign Your Name", which reached number four on the Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the UK. A fourth single, "Dance, Little Sister", reached the UK top 20 as well. As was common for big-selling artists at that time, the singles were released in a plethora of limited editions in multiple formats. These were bolstered by a multitude of non-album studio and live tracks.

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Rating

2.94

Votes

4668

Genres

  • Rock
  • Soul
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Mon Aug 16 2021
5

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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Wed Feb 10 2021
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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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

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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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

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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Mon May 10 2021
1

Unremarkable, but also not my taste in music.

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Sat May 22 2021
1

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

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Wed Sep 15 2021
1

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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Fri Apr 09 2021
5

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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Wed Mar 03 2021
5

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

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Sun Oct 10 2021
5

Потрясающе!

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Tue Nov 30 2021
5

Loved it! Keep in rotation!

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

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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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

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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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

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

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

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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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

A fantastic album.

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Wed May 11 2022
5

Muy muy fresco Me ha gustado mucho

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Mon May 30 2022
5

Okay daddy

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: If you all get to heaven, If you let me stay, Dance little sister, Seven more days, Rain, Sign tour name, Who’s loving you

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

The rest of the album is much better that the top 40 hit "Wishing Well:

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Wed Sep 09 2020
4

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

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

Fantastic late 80s nostalgia

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Sat May 08 2021
4

Surprisingly good R&B+Pop album

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

8.5

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Wed Apr 28 2021
4

Pretty unique, but good.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

A little disappointed that this wasn't funkier. 7

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

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

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Some hits. Creative. Acapella

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Fri Apr 02 2021
4

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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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

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

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Really good! A solid 8, would relisten

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Fri Apr 09 2021
4

Good album, nice vocal performance and interesting lyrics. 8

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

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Wed Mar 03 2021
4

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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Tue May 18 2021
4

Nice and funky

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Wed Mar 24 2021
4

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

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

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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Fri Apr 30 2021
4

What a blast from the past. Great album

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Mon May 10 2021
4

Smooth, ret nice.

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Tue Jun 29 2021
4

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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Thu Aug 05 2021
4

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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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

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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Mon Aug 23 2021
4

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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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

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

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Sun Oct 03 2021
4

Fanastic debut

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Wed Oct 20 2021
4

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

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Fri Oct 29 2021
4

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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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

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

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

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

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Wed Dec 01 2021
4

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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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

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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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

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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Wed Feb 16 2022
4

Thoroughly enjoyable..

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Fri Feb 25 2022
4

A very good album.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
4

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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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Actually pretty good.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
4

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

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Fri May 06 2022
4

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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Mon May 30 2022
4

This was pretty nice.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Good jams, especailly the cover of Who's loving you!

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

6/27/2022 - ALBUM #151 Today's Album: "Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby" by Terence Trent D'Arby - This is a really great late 80s R&B pop album that demonstrates the talent of Terence D'Arby. The sound of this record is very reminiscent of sounds I've heard before from artists like Prince and Michael Jackson, but this time it feels like there is much more soul involved, with a lot of the more commercial and synthetic sounds that Jackson is known for being replaced with more creative auxiliary percussion. I particularly like how on some tracks, the guitar is used as more of a percussive instrument, only being placed in the back of the mix to serve some rhythmic purpose. The flow of this album is also something to compliment, with a really solid crop of tracks to start things off before transitioning into some of the slower or more experimental cuts, and then finally ending off with the extremely artful As Yet Untitled and the great closer, Who's Loving You. D'Arby maintains such a cohesive sound to this album, while still offering a lot of different kinds of tracks. If You All Get to Heaven is a heavier song, commanding the listener to pray for D'Arby's entry into heaven. If You Let Me Stay and Wishing Well are certified R&B bangers, Dance Little Sister is an energetic dance track, and As Yet Untitled is this slow spoken word poetry piece with harmonizing vocal lines splitting up the quiet verses. There are moments where the album does trail off and get a bit boring and I specifically think the track Rain sort of jumps the shark with the instrumental and gets a little too goofy, but the fantastic moments of this record demonstrate that this is not simply someone messing around. Overall, this is one of the most unique and fresh R&B albums I have heard and there are a ton of fun bangers in the track list to keep me coming back to it. Give this one a listen if you like Prince or MJ and want a new R&B pop influence. Highlights: If You All Get to Heaven, If You Let Me Stay, Wishing Well, I'll Never Turn My Back on You, Dance Little Sister, Sign Your Name, As Yet Untitled, Who's Loving You Score: 8/10 Some funky, soulful, and earthy R&B bangers

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Thu Jul 07 2022
4

Enjoyed it, has some good songs.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Elska þessa plötu. Nokkrir bangerar og afskaplega falleg lög þess á milli. 35 ár og 1 vika síðan hún kom út og hefur elst afskaplega vel.

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Mon Aug 08 2022
4

Brilliant. When this came out, everyone thought Terence Trent D'Arby was the next big thing...then... what happened? This album is brilliant. But, TTD turned out to be a one-album wonder... like so many before him and since... 4.5/5

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

This is a case of an album, that has a very well-known song ('Sign Your Name'), but you had no idea who the vocalist or the band is. And I have to say, that's a real shame, because Terence Trent D'Arby, or Sananda Maitreya as he is known now, is a really talented and entertaining singer. The album started on a very high note with a great 'If You All Got To Heaven'. Funky and with some rock influence, masquerading as a soul song.The rest of the album is leaning more into a mix of funk and soul. And although it is not my favourite combination, I really enjoyed listening to the album. Very solid record, I'm happy that I found out about this album.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
4

I enjoyed this album. Clean late-80s soul, reminded me of Stevie Wonder at times.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Really enjoyed it

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

I always have a fable for essential 80s, and this hits a nice note, but never breaks through to be truly extravagant. I could listen to it all day on loop though.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
4

Oooo, very soulful. Love the 80s sounds (drums especially). Huey Lewis meets Marvin Gaye.

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Sun Oct 23 2022
4

I thought this was a really good one. Though I have to say my favourite song was probably the first one, and the others on the album weren't quite as good to me, but overall this was still a great album with some 80s pop. Favourite: If You All Get to Heaven

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

not mine but epochal

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Really good 80s album I had never heard of before.

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Mon Nov 21 2022
4

funkeeee cewlllllll

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

I enjoyed this much more than I expected to. The music incorporated elements of soul, funk, R&B, as well as some more latin flavored genres to create something that had a great groove that held throughout while exploring more unusual rhythms and melodies. I was only familiar with 'Wishing Well,' but I found the rest of the album to be just as memorable.

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Thu May 20 2021
3

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

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Wishing well kiss and tell💋

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

Eh.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

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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Wed Jan 20 2021
3

Had no idea Wishing Well was by Trent.

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

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

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

Nice sound, some unmemorable

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Fri Feb 19 2021
3

7/10

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Fri Jul 16 2021
3

Me gustó en general aunque se hace largo al final.

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Thu Feb 11 2021
3

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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Tue May 04 2021
3

ja gut, kann man machen. 3

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Tue Apr 27 2021
3

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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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

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

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Sat May 08 2021
3

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

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Fri May 14 2021
3

Soul. Una canción conocida.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

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

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Wed Feb 24 2021
3

Great pop album & voice

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

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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Mon Mar 29 2021
3

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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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

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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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

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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Wed Apr 14 2021
3

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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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

Is het niet mogelijk halve puntjhes te geven ;)?

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Fri May 07 2021
3

Real 80s flashback vibes

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

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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Thu May 20 2021
3

Not bad. Not great

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

Parts of this are pretty cool.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
3

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

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Mon Jun 21 2021
3

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

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Tue Jul 20 2021
3

‘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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Wed May 12 2021
3

Was kinda like michael Jackson

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

only knew the hit...interesting beyond that.

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Fri Jul 09 2021
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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Mon May 10 2021
3

Not my cup of tea

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Tue May 25 2021
3

it was ok not my bag really

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Thu May 13 2021
3

soulful as hell not for me, but good

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Tue Jul 06 2021
3

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

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Sun Jul 25 2021
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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Thu Jul 29 2021
3

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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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

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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Sun Oct 03 2021
3

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

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

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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Wed Nov 17 2021
3

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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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

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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Wed Dec 01 2021
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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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

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

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Thu Dec 23 2021
3

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

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Sun Jan 02 2022
3

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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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

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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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

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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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

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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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

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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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

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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Fri Feb 04 2022
3

meh, 3

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

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

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

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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Fri Apr 01 2022
3

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

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Wed Apr 06 2022
3

Not bad.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
3

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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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

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

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

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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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

3/5 good but not enough

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Interesting sound, it's like 80's electronic soul funk. Some of the mix / post production decisions are interesting and I find some songs have moments that sound pretty dynamically weak or a little thin. I do like the overall flow of the album; I think the artist did a good job at placing the tracks and there is a great mix of longer songs that explore / develop more, and shorter tracks that hang around a single hook and repeat it often and this was a standout idea of the album for me. Some of these tracks repeat the hook SO much that you can't really help but get them stuck in your head. "Wishing Well", "Seven More Days", "Let's Go Forward"... they are so short, repetitive, and romantic that it kind of feels like a.. love-making album? lol.

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Nice — he has a style like Michael Jackson. His vocals are great — he’s very soulful and a showman too. Solid, funky 80’s pop. Highlights: “If You Let Me Stay,” “Wishing Well,” “Dance Little Sister,” “Let’s Go Forward,” “Rain,” “Who’s Loving You”

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Was ok. Single tracks were great everything else was ok. Vocals were great. Rain rain go away was weird

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Mon Jun 20 2022
3

Great songs but horrible, dry late 80s production.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

80s rnb pop movie montage music. hasn't aged super gracefully but it's an interesting time capsule

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

He is a good singer and his hit "Dance little sister" it was in all the radios years ago.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
3

It was ight

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Best een verademing dit tussen de best veel grauwe muziek uit deze lijst. Ik kende er meer van dan ik wist.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Jeugdsentiment! Uren en uren zat ik als tiener in de jaren 80 naar de radio te luisteren. En Terence Trent was een artiest die ik wel kon waarderen. Nu ik het hele album eens een keer hoor moet ik zeggen dat zijn zangkunsten me nog altijd positief stemmen. Met plezier naar geluisterd.

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Dit is echt jeugdsentiment. Kan hier nog steeds naar luisteren.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
3

Some undeniable bops here. Dude is talented, and I like the way he brought something more soulful to 80s pop. A solid debut, not the best ever made, but solid.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

What can I say? it's nice music, doesn't inspire me or particularly grab me. That said I could happily listen over and over. strong 3

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Huge play of Wishing Well and Sign Your Name in my high school days, then this artist fell wholly from my awareness. Hearing it again the first time in a long time, it strikes me as pretty straightforward Soul.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
3

Genio

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Mmmm ok

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

Átti þessa plötu. nokkrir góðir slagarar en annars bara miðlungsverk.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
3

Somewhat of an interesting listen. Seemed to have a mix of soul, early r&b, and maybe a bit of jazz all mixed together. He’s pretty talented, but the songs didn’t particularly grab my attention. Not an album I particularly loved, but I didn’t hate it or count down the minutes until it was over either.

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Mon Sep 12 2022
3

Pop, soul.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

The album cover led me to believe that this would be a slow, Tracy Chapman-type thing but it was actually a lot more lively than that besides the untitled track. It starts out as like a sort of activist album that was typical for the 80s in the first song but ended with neo-soul which was interesting.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

Holds up well, only knew the single Wishing Well. Great vocals and musicianship, album does fade out near the end

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

Better than I was expecting, honestly.

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Sun Oct 16 2022
3

really quite good

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Not sure I needed to hear this again

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

The slyly catchy "Wishing Well" alone proves that Terence Trent D'Arby, these days known as Sananda Maitreya, was the ambassador of soul at the time. The album still sounds good today, despite the typical production cues of the 80s, such as the drum beat with echo and the keyboards on "If You All Get To Heaven", the album's opening track. The sultry "Sign Your Name" sounds modern still though and is one of the highlights. He also shows remarkable singing talents on the a cappella "As Yet Untitled". Later he would not be a musician so much as a personality with grandiose opinions on himself, which distracted from his work. This multi-platinum and Grammy-winning album is a worthy memento of his considerable talent. 3,5*

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Mon Oct 31 2022
3

I mean how good a song is Wishing Well? Just outstanding and right in my wheel house. Too bad the rest of the album can't match it. Often sounds like TTD is a Michael Jackson wannabe. 3 stars

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Mon Nov 07 2022
3

Great voice powerful songs

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Mon Nov 14 2022
3

Jai un mix feeling. Je ne sais pas trop le sryle ca va a plusieurs endroits tout au long de l'labum. Il y a beaucoup d'espace pour la creativité mais ce n'est pas tout sur la meme ligne directrice. 3.5

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Some great song on there but not all are winners.

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Wed Nov 16 2022
3

Great album, not my cup of tea

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Thu Nov 17 2022
3

A guilty pleasure every year or so.

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Mon Nov 28 2022
3

Terence Trent D'Arby has an incredible voice. I've always loved that raspiness. I actually own this album so I could play Wishing Well on repeat. That song and music video are sultry (it's one of my all-time favorites). Sign Your Name is great, but the rest of the album is a miss for me.

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Wed Sep 16 2020
2

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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Tue Apr 20 2021
2

Nah

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Tue Apr 20 2021
2

Det här var inget vidare

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Wed Jul 07 2021
2

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

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Sun Jan 24 2021
2

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

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Tue May 18 2021
2

meh, not soooo bad but really not crazy

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Mon May 03 2021
2

Not my cup of tea, really.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

Dos, tirandole a tres estrellas...

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Thu Jul 01 2021
2

um no

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Wed May 26 2021
2

Odd. Not my bag.

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Fri Jul 16 2021
2

Se salvó al final de una estrepitosa calificación

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

Eh

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Thu Jul 08 2021
2

Pretty good

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Tue May 18 2021
2

get out of here

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Thu May 27 2021
2

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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Mon Mar 29 2021
2

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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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

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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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

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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Wed Feb 10 2021
2

Meh.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Meh

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Thu Mar 18 2021
2

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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Sat Jun 05 2021
2

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

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Mon Jul 12 2021
2

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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Wed Jun 02 2021
2

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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Mon Jul 19 2021
2

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

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Sun May 09 2021
2

didn't enjoy at all

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Mon May 10 2021
2

"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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Wed Jul 14 2021
2

Couple of good songs

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

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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Tue Sep 21 2021
2

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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Fri Oct 29 2021
2

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

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Wed Nov 03 2021
2

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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Thu Nov 11 2021
2

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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