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Brard, Patty - 1982 You're In The Pocket

ARTIST: Brard, Patty
ALBUM: You're In The Pocket
LABEL: Ultraphone
YEAR: 1982


LINEUP: Patty Brard - lead and backing vocals, production * Jamie Glaser - guitar * Michael Levin - acoustic guitar * Reggie McBride, Neil Stubenhaus - bass * Carlo Nasi - guitar, backing vocals, production * Richard Gibbs - keyboards, arrangements, backing vocals * Vinnie Colaiuta - drums * Scott Breadman - percussion, backing vocals * Doug Norwine - sax * Deniece Kelly, Linda Gibbs, Richard Page, Steve George, Tom Kelly, Willem Wagemaker - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 You Stole A Piece Of My Heart * 02 Be My Baby * 03 Oh Girl * 04 You're In The Pocket * 05 He's Gone * 06 Shut Up And Dance * 07 History * 08 Never My Love * 09 Just A Tease * 10 Easy Love

WEBLINKS: Patty Brard Wikipedia Page

Dutch/Indonesian artist Patty Brard was a common sight on TV in Holland throughout the 80's. Primarily known as a pop and disco diva, she did go against the grain on her 1982 LP 'You're In The Pocket'. I had a dig around the Net for Patty's material, and a lot of it to be honest won't appeal to the GDM audience in general, maybe with the exception of this album. Patty did release albums either side of this one, but clearly, with amped up guitar work, and songs which sit on the cusp of that female fronted pop/rock sub-genre, this gets an inclusion onto GDM. For comparison, I'd say a woman like Ronnie Spector, who was doing a pop rock crossover thing during this same timeframe.

The Songs
The reason for the rockier sound can be laid at the feet of the team supporting her on the album. Recorded in Los Angeles, the creme de la creme of LA's studio musicians can be found here (refer personnel above), so obviously the label she was on thought she was worth the investment. The opening 'You Stole A Little Piece Of My Heart' is a decent start, with a stalking presence. A cover of The Ronettes 'Be My Baby' is next. The hi-tech sound probably doesn't do it any favours, and it's no wonder where my Ronnie Spector comparison comes in. Patty dabbles in Kim Carnes territory for 'Oh Girl'. The title-track 'You're In The Pocket' is a bit all over the place. Rampant percussion and off-kilter backing vocals are a feature of this track. The desperation of 'He's Gone' with a Toto like delivery didn't quite do it for me, whereas 'Shut Up And Dance' is probably the style that best suits Patty, a quasi Euro-Disco workout which isn't really pop nor AOR unfortunately. The songs from here on in don't rise to any great heights.

In Summary
'You're In The Pocket' is more miss rather than hit. Compared to other L.A recorded and produced pop efforts from this same timeframe, this doesn't even compare. Patty floated in and around the Dutch scene, also moving into TV work as well. Not surprising, because she was a bit of looker in her day. I'd probably steer clear of her other two principle albums (1981's 'All This Way' and 1985's 'Red Light'), which don't come close to the style adopted here, though the latter LP does have an over-produced hi-tech vibe about it. Consider yourself forewarned.

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