Tara Kemp

June 6, 2007 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: October 31, 1990
  • Label: One Two Productions (Tuhin Roy
  • Copyright: One Two Productions
  • Total Length: 47:42
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  • ASIN: B000S54KMQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,378 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Eso on February 10, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Check out [...] for more about Tara's new release in 2013.It was written in Billboard Magazine that Tara Kemp was said "to have the mass appeal of Paula Abdul". Just as Abdul was said to have crossover appeal, Kemp was able to scale the Pop and R&B charts with her gold-certified "Hold You Tight" and "Piece of My Heart" which also reached the Billboard Pop Top 10 and Billboard R & B Top 50. The album would only peak at number 109 on the entire Billboard Hot 200 albums even considering the astonishing success of the debut singles and Giant's attempts to make her a star.

If only they had chosen another toetapper and more upbeat number for the third single or had more aggressively promoted the actual third single "Too Much" which only reached #95, maybe the course of history would have been different.

In retrospect, it was lucky that in late '90 that Giant Records was able to negotiate a deal with Big Beat Records whereby they were able to cement a deal with Tara Kemp and acquire the rights to mass market her successful first underground/club hit single "Hold You Tight" on a much larger scale. As it happens the unfinished demo of "Hold You Tight" just sat on Tara's shelf until it was given life. When Tara arrived at Giant, Tara was thought by Billboard Magazine to be priority at the label as she was one of the first - if not the only female solo act - to be signed to Giant at the inception of its label in late '90/'91.

Hosh Gureli,who would later go on to work in promotion at ARISTA but who was then a D.J. at KMEL and who actually is heard introducing Tara to the San Francisco audience from KMEL on the cut "Tara, By The Way", was one of the people instrumental in breaking "Hold You Tight" to the mass audience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Here is an artist who should not have been a flash in the pan. Tara Kemp had hit singles with the tracks Hold You Tight and Piece of My Heart, producing a somehow full-sounding and emotional form of dance music that rose head and shoulders above most of the music being churned out in the early 1990s. She also proved herself a talented singer capable of expressing a tumble of emotions in intense ballads. This album was not perfect, sporting a couple of songs I consider complete duds, but there is more than enough talent here to make me question just how and why Tara Kemp did not enjoy a long and successful career.
Anyone who listened to pop radio in the early 1990s heard Kemp's signature songs Hold You Tight and Piece of My Heart; both tracks received a significant amount of air time and, if I am not mistaken, worked their way into the top ten singles chart. In my opinion, these were not even the best songs on her debut album, however. One Love combines the lyrics of a great love song alongside a strong but not overpowering beat. Be My Lover is a sexy little song borne upon the vocal winds of passion which pleases the ear despite a couple of stretches with a little too much funk thrown in. Too Much has a distinctly 90s pop sound to it, yet Tara's lyrics burrow deeply into the subjects of love and life, producing a passionate track with the emotional overtones of a love ballad. Together doesn't do much to distinguish itself, but it's certainly not a song you would consistently skip while listening to the CD. I really like The Way You Make Me Feel; Tara's voice really wows on the verses, but the repetitive chorus seems to hold the song back from becoming all it could be.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Noompsey on June 18, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Tara Kemp is another white artist I get grief about listening to because I'm black. I found this cassette used for 0.85 at a flea market mother dragged me off to in '98, having only heard 'Hold You Tight.' I was amazed by the amount of awesome music on this album. I rewound 'Too Much' and listened to it 3 times before going to the next song. Tara Kemp reminds me a lot of Lisa Fischer. Both wowen are gorgeous, their singing is outstanding, they both released their albums in the same year, 1991, and neither of them made another album. To this day, I don't know what's become of either of them. At least Ms. Fischer ONLY put full-length songs on her record. No samples, and no epilogue or prologue. If Ms. Kemp had followed that example, I would definitely given 5 stars instead of 4.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Preston on June 7, 2005
Format: Audio CD
At this point, I'm sure that VH-1's wiseguy host is going to make wisecracking jokes on Tara Kemp and her short lived career on a future Where Are They Now show. But she made a decent debut in 1991. The album was know for its only two top 10 hits of Hold You Tight (which still gets played sometimes) and the infectiously funky Piece of My Heart. But while the rest of the album has some fun numbers, it suffers from an overreliance of samples on mostly every song. Save for that one nicely sung ballad on here, the rest of the album is a patchquilt of the new jack swing sound that dominated most of R&B and pop during '91. The drawback was that she came around the same time as Paula Abdul's album. And Mariah Carey and several other female artists were huge too. End result--more people decided to go for Paula or Mariah instead of Tara. I don't understand why Giant Records didn't bother to promote her career a little more or give her more exposure. But they had a huge year with Color Me Badd and the New Jack City soundtrack album--they were at their peak back then, but never got better than that. If there was more an emphasis on her singing talent than sample overkill and beats, this album would have performed better. And if this came out in the current era of American Idol, Simon Cowell would have butchered her singing big time! Just wasn't there at first, too much hesitance in the singing on most songs. This is more of a fun kind of album to listen to than something of substance.
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