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Ava - 1989 Ava

LABEL: EMI/Electrola
SERIAL: CDP 566-7 93126 2
YEAR: 1989


LINEUP: Ava - lead and background vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Brother Brother * 02 True Love * 03 Fire * 04 I Want What I Want * 05 Loving You * 06 Waiting For The Order * 07 Come Va * 08 As Deep As The Ocean * 09 Stay * 10 Hole In My Heart

The lovely Ava released two CD's in her relatively short career although information on the German singer is incredibly tough to come by. In fact, there are no credits in the fold-out booklet of this, her self-titled debut other than songwriting and production check-ins which only deepens the woman's mystery. Dressed with attractive photos and Greek mythology influenced art, it's uncertain how much EMI was behind the project but an obligatory 3 track CD single was pressed, including what would become a minor hit 'True Love' and an extended remix. A second shot with the album 'Missing You' released in 1991 on Polydor failed to make its mark and Ava quickly disappeared into the mists of musical obscurity.

The Songs
Over the years I've seen comparisons to Aina and Mary-Lu Zahalan from various sources and I think that's a fair assessment. It's all very hi-tech poppy AOR with well-written songs that go far deeper than most Europop I've encountered. There's a lot of power behind Ava's vocal's with an impressive range that moves from sultry to ecstatic and while 'Brother Brother' is almost a direct rip of The Commodores 'Nightshift', it's serves her style well. 'True Love' is the obvious stand-out, exuberant and hook-heavy, it's the type of MTV pop we heard so much of at the time and now miss so dearly. With a big percussive sound on 'Fire' and lusty late-night sax on 'Loving You', there's no avoiding the typical '80s heavily-synthesized gimmickry and yet there's richness to the music that elevates Ava above what was then a very crowded field of female-fronted pop stars and ignore at your peril 'As Deep As The Ocean' which sounds like an early Celine Dion tearjerker or the cover of David Bowie's 1976 nugget 'Stay' with its sensual Kate Bush-like groove that again highlights Ava's remarkable versatility as a singer.

In Summary
Not too hard to find but getting expensive as is everything else these days; Ava, although a minor blip on the hi-tech radar is worth keeping a look out for and if anyone has the scoop on the singer beyond what's presented here, please drop us a line.

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#1 | jefflynnefan on February 13 2012 01:04:52
I haven't heard this one. Is there anything by her on Youtube?
#2 | swazi on April 19 2012 16:08:24
This is actually quite good. Quite surprising that she seems to have disappeared from the music scene.
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