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The Wonderground

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George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, songwriters from Seattle. Moved To Los Angeles in 1982, and had success writing for Whitney Houston ("How Will I Know", "I Wanna Dance With Somebody Who Loves Me"), Deniece Williams, Bette Midler, and many others. Their band Boy Meets Girl released two albums, and the hit song "Waiting For A Star To Fall" reached top ten status. After the non-release of their third album New Dream (RCA/BMG), they instead turned their attention to family. THE WONDERGROUND is a return to George and Shannon's love for songwriting, and who knows where it will lead!

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  • Audio CD (January 1, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BoyMeetsGirl Music
  • ASIN: B000087HWQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,387 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By farida fotouhi on January 23, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This is a very musical concept album about change and personal transformation. By musical, I mean that each song is a jewel in itself with great musical hooks (choruses that you can belt out in your car), layered arrangements, and wonderful vocals. So you can just enjoy listening to it and feel good. But when you really follow the lyrics, you discover that it's all about the processes we all go through as we grow as human beings, trying to evolve and make changes that are often painful. Many of the tracks are about love, relationship change, and identity issues, but I also found that they were relevant to some changes I'm making in my business life and how I'm balancing that with other priorities. So when I sing along with the amazing title track "Wonderground" it's kind of like an anthem to my own journey. Generally, albums with this much idea-content and paradox in the lyrics end up with a bunch of sound-alike songs that are like poems set to music. Not the case here. That's why I highly recommend this CD. You can listen to it on so many levels. Appreciate it as pure music, use it as a sound track for the changes you're going through, or let the lyrics and music become part of your support system in getting to the next step of wherever you're going in life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Hixenbaugh on May 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It's been almost 15 years since I bought my first CD, which was Boy Meets Girl's "Reel Life". I loved that cd and must have played it thousands of times over the years. After discovering that Boy Meets Girl finally had a new cd out, I had to order it, even though I was pretty sure that there was no way it could live up to 15 years of anticipation.
I'm happy to say that, after listening to "The Wonderground" for a few days, that was indeed worth the wait. Right from the first note of the first song, "The Aah Song", this cd is amazing. Like classic Boy Meets Girl music, most of the songs are radio-friendly gems with great lyrics, vocals, and music. "The Wonderground" focuses on more of an organic sound, though...acoustic guitars and piano, and the album is all the richer for it. The gloss from earlier years is gone, replaced with an unflinching honesty. It's not stark, though... "The Wonderground" is nothing less than a lush pop masterpiece. The vocals are outstanding, and the songwriting is primo.
It's hard to think of comparisons for Boy Meets Girl, since their music is so varied. Some of the songs are sung by George Merrill and some by Shannon Rubicam. The George Merrill songs run the gamut from the Wallflowers-esque "This Chronic Pain", "Climbing", which is what you'd get if Daryl Hall from Hall & Oates had a love child with Des'ree, to the sort of 60's soul of "Birds of A Feather".
Like the Merrill-fronted songs, Shannon Rubicam's voice recalls an earlier time, the sort of breathy innocence of artists like Motown's Charlene, Samantha Sang, or early Jennifer Warnes. There really isn't anyone out there who sounds like Shannon Rubicam today. Most of my favorite songs from the cd...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. C. Martinez on April 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I used to be a great fan of Boy Meets Girl in the late 80's so it was fantastic to here from them again after such a long time. I must honestly say that I didn't expect much when I bought The Wonderground CD, but I was truly shocked by the quality of the album since I first played it. Their sound is as good as ever. Their music has grown older, it sounds clearer now and the lyrics are deeper and better. For those fans who were fans of their soulful music (those powerful drums + guitars + healing voices) this album will be no deception at all. Among the 11 tracks, I choose "Birds of a feather" for its early 70's feeling and "Second Chance" for being a great free-your-heart song, intimate and strong at the same time (much better that "Is Anybody out there in Love?" from the Reel Life album).
Finally I would encourage every BMG fan to write to them in their website. George and Shannon are the most wonderful people!!They would write you back and let you know their appreciation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mark Bowling on March 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Duos have always been viewed as a marketing gimmick or the cashing in of a 'family business'. However, although Shannon Rubicam and George Merrill have shared some family moments over the years, their collabarative effort is remarkable in the sheer musicality of their output. Great melodies supported by hearfelt lyrics combine to create perfect 'pop' songs which are far from throw-away!
This CD has entranced me. Other reviews mention the journey you are taken on and this is true, but don't reject this album as purely a creative 'concept'. This is a labour of love and the results are magnificent. Never to be a major commercial hit, I believe that with connoisseurs' support, we can make this an important CD for all lovers of contemporay vocal music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on August 18, 2004
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After a long hiatus and a divorce, George and Shannon, the songwriting team behind Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody Who Loves Me", have return in fine form. "The Wonderground" is, indeed, about their divorce and their ability to move forward as friends. Thus, the album contains insights into separation, loneliness and loss on an adult scale. The music is lush and welcoming--like visiting with an old friend you haven't seen in a while (heck, technically, we haven't heard from Boy Meets Girl since their 1988 smash "Reel Life"). This is definitely worth buying if you are a Boy Meets Girl fan and, even if you are not, there are plenty of great melodies and lyrics. This is one of the better albums from 2003, and had I not looked them up on a whim I would not have even known about it! As a side note, unfortunatly their first two albums appear to be out of print or very hard to find. I do have their "Reel Life" on cd, and I used to have their debut on cd (but I didn't like it and traded it in). After reading their website, it looks like their third album, which was shelved and never released, may get its due on cd through their site. In the meantime, pick up a copy of "The Wonderground" it's great whether you've been through a divorce lately or not.
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