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Bongiovi, Jodi - 1989 Jodi Bongiovi

ARTIST: Bongiovi, Jody
ALBUM: Jody Bongiovi
LABEL: Alpha
SERIAL: D270950
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Jodi Bongiovi - vocals * Stan Steele - guitars * John D'Servio - bass * Mick Seeley - keyboards * Jimmy Callahan - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Somebody To Love * 02 Jealousy * 03 Maryanne * 04 Keep The Light Burning * 05 Emergency * 06 Two Sides Of Love * 07 A Flower Can't Grow In The Shadow * 08 Dangerous * 09 Freeze This Moment * 10 Fantasy

Is it a case of Jersey Girl goes big time or is it a case of cashing in on the big time? Well neither actually. Jodi Bongiovi, first cousin to Jon 'you-know-who' and daughter of Tony (the well producer from NY Studio 'The Record Plant') was a wannabe singer with enough contacts in the biz to make a 'go' of it. Her whole demeanor comes across like Pat Benatar albeit ten years later, though I am damn certain if this was a heavier affair, then this could have compared favorably to Saraya's 'When The Blackbird Sings'. Her band of hired guns included former members of Bystander, guitarist Stan Steele firing off some impressive six-string salvos. Two tracks were also written by the then unknown AOR band French Lick, with singer Patrick Klein assisting in the production. Jodi's style is very high energy but her voice lacks finesse to make this a truly appealing listen. Cyndi Lauper does AOR? I probably wouldn't go that far, but you get the picture.

The Songs
I doubt that Jefferson Airplane's 'Somebody To Love' was an inspirational choice for an opener as there are better choices further on in the album. Jodi heads into AOR central with 'Maryanne', with some nice musical accompaniment from the boyz in the band. The same applies to the French Lick penned 'Emergency', where you can hear their trademark songwriting shine through (as it did on their Stone Soup album 'Spooge'). Their other contribution is the ballad 'Freeze This Moment', but personally I don't think it is a touch on their superb 'Not A Day Goes By'. A couple of faster paced rockers appear toward the end: the well-named 'Dangerous', a smooth but edgy track and the album closer 'Fantasy', which is one of the best tracks here. This has some similarity to fellow Jersey-ites Saraya but without seriously threatening Sandi and the boys.

In Summary
Without sounding too cynical, one could make the assumption that this is blatant coat-tail riding on the back of someone's name and reputation - but that would be unfair. Though the album credits do not show it, the surname is enough to give the game away. Musically this undoubtedly has a few good moments, but I would probably take more interest if it was Tone Norum, Sandi Saraya or Alexa singing! I doubt very much that this album will be on the schedule of re-release companies as it didn't set the world on fire in 1989 so why should it now? Jodi is still in the business, with her band Jody Joseph And The Average Joes, still bringing music to Jersey bars and venues. Even cousin Jon has been seen getting up and joining her for a few tunes. Good one Jon!

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