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Marion Meadows
Another Side of Midnight
Heads Up International Ltd. HUCD 3050.

 



1. Another Side of Midnight
2. Last Call
3. Sunset Moon
4. Club Life
5. A Secret Place
6. The Chase
7. 4:00 a.m.
8. Longing Hearts
9. Esta Noche
10. Sunrise
Marion Meadows (soprano sax)
Johnny Britt (keyboards, vocals and drum programming on track 1)
Bob Baldwin (keyboards and drum programming on tracks 1, 4, 5 and 10)
Michael Bearden (keyboards on tracks 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8; drum programming on tracks 2, 7 and 8; piano on tracks 3, 6, 7 and 8)
Rohn Lawrence (guitar on tracks 2, 4, 6, 7 and 9)
Bashiri Johnson (percussion on tracks 2, 3 and 6)
Marc Antoine (guitar on tracks 3, 9 and 10)
Omar Hakim (drums on track 3)
Chip Shearin (bass on tracks 3, 4, 9 and 10)
Maria Meadows (vocals on track 3)
Tom Browne (trumpet on track 4)
Fred ‘Catfish’ Alias (drums on tracks 4, 6 and 9)
Norman Brown (guitar on track 5)
Emedin Rivera (percussion on tracks 5 and 9)
Dave Samuels (vibes on track 6)
 
Combining the metronomic tedium and utter blandness of cool jazz with the general absurdity of 80s-style pop, Meadows shows an uncanny talent for wasting the space of a compact disc. The title track - and the album’s opener - is dreadful beyond compare. The hideous clicks of electric drums drag the number forward, whilst the empty space is filled out dutifully by a thoughtless chord progression. Johnny Britt - who would appear to be struggling through the final stages of a lung disorder - adds little life with his creepy vocals. Then again, though, what could he do with lyrics as dull as these ones?
And things don’t get much better... The second track, ‘Last Call’, makes elevator music sound exciting. ‘The Chase’, then, resembles the ‘demo’ option on the worst of beginner’s keyboards. Congratulations if get any further (your patience is highly commendable), but, believe me, there are no pleasant surprises. ‘Sunrise’, the final track of the album, is amongst the worst of the lot - a kind of generic High School Prom slow dance from an 80s American teen movie.
Uninspired, uninteresting and thoroughly unrecommended. The nicest thing I can say about this is that it doesn’t feature any wrong notes - unless you include all of them



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