VAR­I­OUS – ’80S SYMPHONIC

DNA Magazine - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

Sud­denly, ev­ery­one’s dis­cov­ered the multi­gen­er­a­tional ap­peal of dig­ging through classic hits and re­do­ing them clas­si­cal mu­sic-style by crank­ing up the syrupy strings. Pete Tong’s Classic House took the right ap­proach by col­lect­ing dance­floor storm­ers and adding lay­ers of at­mos­phere to them. Un­for­tu­nately, this col­lec­tion of

’80s rock/pop hits is more miss than hit.

Un­miss­able is Bronksi Beat’s stir­ring gay lib­er­a­tion bat­tle cry Small­town Boy and The Cars’ moody de­con­structed Drive. Less suc­cess­ful are David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, vir­tu­ally the same as be­fore, and Sim­ply Red’s weepy Hold­ing Back The Years with a new vo­cal that spoils the orig­i­nal’s yearn­ing charm. Tina Turner, a-ha, Sim­ple Minds and Rox­ette, among oth­ers, are ac­corded the symphonic treat­ment, but pro­ceed with cau­tion. Shoul­der pads re­quired!

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