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Venus And Mars - 1998 New Moon Rising

ARTIST: Venus & Mars
ALBUM: New Moon Rising
LABEL: Avex (Japan)
YEAR: 1998


LINEUP: Diana De Witt - vocals; Robin Randall - keyboards

Guests: Michael Hanna, Claude Gaudette - keyboards, bass programming * Ron Wassermans - keyboards, bass programming, drum programming * Guy Marshall - guitars, bass programming, percussion, drum progamming * Curt Cuomo - keyboards * Brian Young, Terence Elliott, Pierre Gauthier, Jimmy Hahn, Troy Dexter, Tony Scuito - guitars * David Hughes, Tim Landers, Sylvan Balduc - bass * George Perelli, Roger Laroque - drums * Steve Hopkins - drum programming * Mark Free - backing vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Dancing On The Highwire * 02 Leave Well Enough Alone * 03 Bless A Brand New Angel * 04 Killer Love * 05 The Last Time * 06 One Heartbreak At A Time * 07 Last Chance Caf‚ * 08 Making Out Like A Bandit * 09 Wanna Wanna * 10 Accident On Purpose * 11 Tomorrow Doesn't Matter * 12 Dying For Your Love * 13 When Did We Become History * 14 Live For The Summer

Venus & Mars features the impassioned and sultry singing style of Diana DeWitt, plus the keyboard talent of Robin Randall, one half of the fabulous Randalls songwriting partnership (alongside mother Judithe). The duo have formed an impressive liaison, in terms of songwriting and melodic arrangements. The style of Venus And Mars touches on the restrained power of the Wilson sisters in Heart, though admittedly the comparison is a cliche. The sound is very clean, reminding me of I-Ten in places. Their songs speak of all those dilemmas between the sexes; where romance, fragility, and the unending question of love inevitably rear its head. 'New Moon Rising' is the pairing's second outing, 'Grand Trine' their debut was released a few years before. Their coming together and their mutual capabilities first bore fruit when they were part of Mark Free's backing band to the UK. The liaison saw material penned during that time and upon their return to the USA. 'Grand Trine' was released in 1994. Though a lot of water flowed under the bridge of DeWitt and Randall during the mid-nineties, the pair reunited for this effort 'New Moon Rising'.

The Songs
The music is very studio-sounding, for want of a better phrase, and though the raw intuition often found with young bands as they discover themselves in the studio environment is missing on 'New Moon Rising', the arrangements are flawless throughout. I'm sure most AORsters would want that anyway. The 14 tracks onboard span the period from 1985 through 1998, the album finally getting an initial Japanese release in September of that year. The album includes the song 'Bless A Brand New Angel' which was previously featured on an episode of the television series Baywatch, while the original demos for the songs 'Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight' (previously recorded by Starship on their 1985 album 'Knee Deep In The Hoopla') and 'The Last Time' (previously recorded by Agnetha Faltskog of Abba fame), get resurrected here.

In Summary
By all accounts, the pairing might very well bless us with a new album soon. Here's hoping!

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