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ANGIE BOWIE Moon Goddess (Electric Label)(2002)

My first thought on being given this disc to review was 'why?' Why me, and why did Angie Bowie chose to break cover and head for the recording studio? Perhaps the alimony wasn't linked to the retail prices index?

Actually, first impressions are surprisingly good - the opening track 'Fires Are Burning' harks back to the eighties, is heavily reminiscent of Hazel O'Connor, and is remarkably enjoyable. But that's where the trouble lies. While ex-hubbie David has moved chameleon like through the years, Angie appears trapped in time in the eighties. Which perhaps isn't surprising because that was when the bulk of Moon Goddess was written and recorded between 1984 and 1993.

The album is a kaleidoscope of the eighties - snatches of Ultravox synths, Blondie drumbeats, shades of Numan, Duran Duran and virtually everyone else of the era including Bowie himself. It's a bit like flicking through the channels on a radio only to find it only picks up eighties stations.

And it has to be said that Angie isn't the strongest vocalist to grace the planet. Sure she can do a passable Hazel O'Connor, but that's about as good as it gets.

So, interesting, and if the eighties was you 'bag', perhaps worth exploring. But it aint gonna pay the rent.

Fires Are Burning
© 2002 Angie Bowie. All rights reserved.


Review by Pete Whalley

***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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