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Make A 'Space' In Your Album Collection,
This review is from: Space Under Sun (Audio CD)
Right now, I can tell you that Ari Gold will be the most commercially underrated artist of 2004. I know it's not completely set in stone, but his music and image, while incredibly appealing, fit in an area currently outside the American music mainstream of patriotic country singers and down and dirty rap stars. The mainstream's loss is definitely my gain, however.
Something that I can say, that I personally believe really should be carved in stone, is that Ari Gold has soul. Out and out blue eyed soul. He's also got a killer groove and an amazing musical sense. This, combined with his stunning good looks and sex appeal, would in most cases, make him the total package most record labels kill themselves over. And he is, but this guy is totally independent.
I really wouldn't want Ari any other way either. His material is fresh and funky, and tackles subjects outside the normal pop parameters, including a track entitled 'Caught' about being found having sex with another man. Old pop conventions are applied and twisted in Ari's own way too, with the fight over a man taken to a whole other level with his Kendra Ross duet 'He's On My Team'.
Another theme of this record is tribute to the sounds of the 80s in various ways. For instance, the little known Jam & Lewis produced Thelma Houston classic 'You Used To Me Hold So Tight', is cleverly sampled on the bouncing 'Funk That Ship'. The tune 'Fan-tastic' was inspired by none other than the forever reigning pop queen Madonna. Boy George and his Culture Club also get some attention, with what is, in my opinion, a better than the original remake of 'Do You Really Want 2 Hurt Me'. The production on that one just throws me for a loop, I love it so much. The album, despite all of this, still retains a fresh 2004 sound that I adore.
Other highlights include 'Bashert (Meant To Be)' and the title cut. One of my absolute favorites that I haven't mentioned yet is the current single, 'Wave Of You'. This track was also on his now out of print debut, a record I wish I had caught when originally out. The song is here in two versions - an album version and a club mix by Twisted Dee, who is usually known for her bootleg remixes and club updates. Both are great, as is the music video included as an enhanced portion.
It should be a crime that he won't get the mainstream recognition he deserves, but as long as he continues and makes more music this good, I'll be forever hooked.