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Palace - 1988 Palace



ARTIST: Palace
ALBUM: Brave New World
LABEL: Atlantic
SERIAL: 81873-1 (LP), 81873-2 (CD)
YEAR: 1988

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: James Palace - acoustic guitar, keyboards, vocals * David Taggart - lead vocals

Other Musicians: Jeff Golub - guitars * Alan St Jon, Tommy Mandel, Lloyd Donnelly - keyboards * Vince Schimel, Matt Schottenfeld - programming * Schuyler Deale, Brian Stanley - bass * Alan St Jon, Stephan Galfas, Kip Kaplan - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Can You Feel It * 02 Incognito * 03 Never Wanna Say Goodbye * 04 Brave New World * 05 On A Wing And A Prayer * 06 Help Me * 07 Glad * 08 When We Were Young * 09 Rue the Day * 10 Control


Background
Not really sure if I like this album or not. Perhaps it's the sound which puts me off, as it is a tad unusual. As you can see from the assembled line-up, many of New York's finest turn up to play alongside the pairing of James Palace and singer David Taggart. 'Palace' the album is a victim of that eighties over-production, where the programmed instruments sound as if they're doing the work instead of the musicians. I'm sure that's not the case here, but one can't help but wonder. Palace's closest comparison without doubt is Canadian band Glass Tiger.


The Songs
The first track 'Can You Feel It' is not a good start, and no, I definitely don't feel it. 'Incognito' is slightly better, and the solo from Jeff Golub is excellent. Among the rubble of mediocrity they pull out a blinder, with the track 'Never Wanna Say Goodbye' being a urgently delivered piece of melodic pizza! Ah that's more like it. 'Glad' is a heavily programmed track, which has The Cars 'Drive' as a reference point.. not bad. The Rick Matthews flavoured 'Help Me' is another bubbly track, and is a contender for the bronze medal. The others are pleasant enough but don't do a lot for me I'm afraid.


In Summary
OK. I suppose (he says begrudgingly) I've convinced myself that Palace isn't so bad after all, but to be honest, I think one would be better spent investing their dollars elsewhere. For curiosity seekers only I'd suggest.


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#1 | Eric on December 16 2008 13:34:27
Whenever 'Programming' is listed in the credits- you know the CD is going to be electronic heavy. Agree, the production is typically over the top although there is some good material here. I like it.
 
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