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Knight, Holly - 1988 Holly Knight

ARTIST: Knight, Holly
ALBUM: Holly Knight
LABEL: Chrysalis
SERIAL: CK 44243
YEAR: 1988


LINEUP: Holly Knight - vocals, synthesizer, synth bass, keyboards, programming

Guests: Chris Lord-Alge - synthesizer, programming, backing vocals * Gene Black, Nancy Wilson - guitars, backing vocals * Nathan East, Phil Soussan - bass * Louis Cortelezzi, Michael Brecker - saxophone * Jimmy Z - harmonica * Kenny Aronoff, Sammy Merendino, John Robinson - drums * Paulinho Da Costa, Bashiri Johnson - percussion * Pat Buchanan, Daryl Hall, Mark Rivera, Phil Roy - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Heart Don't Fail Me Now * 02 Every Man's Fear * 03 Sexy Boy * 04 It's Only Me * 05 Palace Of Pleasure * 06 Why Don't Cha Luv Me * 07 Baby Me * 08 Love Is A Battlefield * 09 Nature Of The Beast * 10 Howling At The Moon


First coming to prominence with her band Spider, Holly Knight has since gone on to become one of the music industry's more prolific songwriters. A capable musician in her own right, many of the her songs have been covered by other artists and gone top 10. The list is long, but without doubt her biggest hits have included Heart and 'Never', Pat Benatar's 'Invincible' and 'Love Is A Battlefield', plus Tina Turner's 'Better Be Good To Me'. In the mid 80's, Holly experimented with a melodic pop/dance crossover style aimed with a commercial angle. Her band Device moved in that field, but proved to be a short-lived exercise unfortunately. Holly released her first solo effort via Columbia Records, whereby she was able to narrow in on that melodic/pop crossover even more, and pitch her songs onto vinyl/CD the way she wanted them done. A large assembled cast were credited on the album (see above)..

The Songs
Lead off track 'Heart Don't Fail Me Now' lays down the pop template for the others to follow. Hall And Oates co-vocalist Daryl Hall is the male vocalist you can hear on the choruses. The synth pop and overly percussive 'Every Mans Fear' is guaranteed to be a dance club extravaganza, while Holly gets sensual with the snake eye seduction of 'Sexy Boy', the obligatory saxophone adding to the chemistry. The seductive tones continues on the jazzy flavoured 'Why Don't Cha Luv Me' - both songs not quite AOR nor rock, but pretty cool nonetheless. The 'Til Tuesday soundalike 'It's Only Me' is a simple but gorgeous tune, unlike 'Palace Of Pleasure' which is an overly sentimental ballad, melodic admittedly, but drowning in melancholy. 'Baby Me' is Holly's version of the song previously covered by Chaka Khan, thereafter Holly's own version of 'Love Is A Battlefield' is played, a much better version than the more recognised version from Pat Benatar. This one is played a note or two down in scale, the tempo is slightly slower, plus there are more keyboards, giving it depth and intensity. Jimmy Z's harmonica's get a workout on 'Nature Of The Beast' and the album finishes off with the very Heart like 'Howling At The Moon'.. this could've been a perfect fit for their 'Bad Animals' album..

In Summary
Knight has continued to write music well beyond this 1988 release. You do not see her name bandied in lights that often, and I think that is the way she wants it. As an aside, German dance engineers Scooter have re-released her track 'Howling At The Moon', as they have done with other artists in the past (most notably Supertramp's 'Logical Song'). Talented artist and songwriter, Holly Knight is indeed one of the best in the biz.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on February 01 2008 03:49:21
Does anybody else think that the lead guitar work on the song 'Heart Don't Fail Me Now' sounds exactly like to lead guitar work on the Mick Jagger song ' Half A Loaf' ?? Also some of the rhythms on Jagger's 'She's The Boss' or is it just me?
#2 | Eric on February 01 2008 13:27:13
You might have something there, but overall I thought this album was a big disappointment.neutral
#3 | reyno-roxx on February 01 2008 21:02:50
Eric, I hear ya. This was a huge let down upon release. The stuff she recorded with Spider and Device was far better than this.
#4 | sabace on April 03 2008 17:44:45
this was a major disappointment after spiders two lps
#5 | rostoned on May 28 2008 20:43:12
highly talented AND very very sexy lady, just watch Device clip 'who says' or parts of the clip 'heart don't fail me now' to.... mmmmm in love
#6 | Explorer on February 03 2016 09:26:06
Played this album again for the first time in a while and still found it an enjoyable listen, laid back, sassy, sexy etc etc. It brings to mind Agnetha's `Wrap your arms around me `release, which I'm going to dig out again for a spin.
#7 | gdazegod on April 08 2016 23:10:15
Holly Knight - 1988 Heart Don't Fail Me Now
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#8 | Nick C on April 09 2016 20:01:00
I picked this up in a charity shop a few months back. Not very impressed.
#9 | gdazegod on April 09 2016 21:59:02
Nick, do you want to sell it? I'd be interested..
#10 | Nick C on April 10 2016 14:29:21
George ...drop me a PM mate....better still I'll drop you one.
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