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The daughter of TV’s June Ackland (The Bill) is back for another go after a successful first outing. In my review of her first album era single ‘I Am Not A Toy’ I was already talking about what would happen when the time came for her ‘difficult’ second album to appear.
Well here it is, the ice cream hair has gone, smoothed down to a kind of ‘80’s wedge, the ‘other bloke’ has long since departed and it has the kind of title that could suggest a dud. But from the get-go what we have is catchy 80’s referencing pop, slick and tuneful. ‘Uptight Downtown’ is a slab of Madonna as produced by Nile Rogers teeny bop pop. Its a confident start and she’s definitely been listening to Chic (who hasn’t?). ‘Tropical Chancer’ particularly has the smooth grooves of Nile’s 80's solo efforts, ghosts of 80’s hits are everywhere ‘Let Me Down Gently’ for example is a haunting ballad one part Bronski Beat ‘Small Town Boy’ one part Bananarama. Her voice is a little thin for this kind of ballad but being a child of the 80’s I’m kind of liking it. Please don’t tell anyone.
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