8/10 Clinton Staff review, 14 November 2013
I’m so obsessed with the ‘80’s these days that I’m seriously considering buying a ticket to ‘Lets Rock Leeds Live’ - the family friendly 80’s festival featuring Alexander O’Neal, Brother Beyond and Nick Heyward amongst others. C’mon it will be great.
Sadly not confirmed to play are Saada Bonaire, an unfathomably brilliant pop duo hailing from somewhere in Germany, somewhere in 1982. Hit single ‘You Could Be More As You Are’ is a wonderful Dennis Bovell produced tangle of rubbery bass, electronic reggae-ish drums and dark German-lady vocals. ‘Invitation’ is like a sleazier ‘Captain of Your Heart’ by Double, ‘More Women’ is late era Chic funk as sung by Propaganda, ‘ I am So Curious’ is wonderfully similar to The Associates circa ‘Fourth Drawer Down’ with pulsing electronics but the best track is ‘Second Face’ a swirl of eerie early 80’s atmospheres, one part PIL, one part Grace Jones, absolutely magnificent stuff.
The album veers all over the place, sometimes deeply atmospheric sometimes with elements of 80’s cheese - never afraid to use a saxophone but there are many great moments here. Darkly impressive electronic euro-pop that cries out to be rediscovered.
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