The Look Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Like most 80's disciples, I was a Prince junkie but I played THIS cassette to death as well. The synth-driven, funky, new-wave-ish sound of THE LOOK is what made me love it - then and now. Jody Watley and (of course) Howard Hewett deliver EXCELLENT
vocal performances throughout the album. "Closer" and "Over & Over" are grooves with irresistible hooks. "Dead Giveaway" and "Disappearing Act" are straight 80's New-Wave tunes pulled off nicely. My favorite song overall on this album is "Right Here", a sweetly sung Howard and Jody duet. I played this song repeatedly in '84 when I had my first girlfriend and hearing it
now brings those sweet feelings & memories back!
In time, I lost the cassette and could never find it again - until now. This CD is the most treasured in my collection.
Musically, "The Look" was something of a departure for the group; the solid, hallmarked R&B sound was replaced with the New Wave sound (an infectious fusion of R&B with pop/rock). The results were fabulous.
That album opens with the sensual "Closer", which is very smooth, slick and sophisticated. This is followed by the awesome "Dead Giveaway", which was an instant UK Top 10 Pop hit - it had Howard and Jody rocking to great effect. What surprised die-hard Shalamar fans was the fact that the single raced up the rock charts both in the US and in the UK!
Howard takes the lead on "You Can Count On Me", but it's the duets with Jody that are outstanding. The first, "Right Here", is beautiful and it demonstrates their maturity vocally. "No Limits" is another Howard/Jody duet that is pure New Wave.
Jody takes the lead in "Disappearing Act" which was another big hit on the UK pop charts. Her voice sounds great here. The only 2 tracks that bear any resemblance to Shalamar's heritage is the cool, old school groove of "Over and Over" (one of the BEST Shalamar cuts of all time!) and the percussive "You Won't Miss Love".
All in all, this is an excellent, but vastly underrated album. I was only 14 when this was released, and I remember it just like it was yesterday. Those were the good old days! I long for the day when Jody Watley, Howard Hewett and Jeffrey Daniels reunite for a proper reunion. Until that day, I'll have to treasure the memories. I recommend this CD to any 80s R&B/Pop/New Wave fan.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent CD. Shalamar's best work is on display with this CD.Published 21 months ago by roderick foster
This was one of my favorite albums from Shalamar (The Look and Heartbreak)
The songs I would listen to over and over were, "Dead Giveaway" and "You're the One For... Read more
The best Shalamar ever -- both the album and members on this album. Not a bad song on the album.Published on July 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I had this cassette back in the day and played it to death...finally got the cd to add to my collection.Published on April 22, 2013 by Jerry W. Hall
Wow! I never realizd how harmonious and simple to remember these tunes were until I heard them again on this dvd. Read morePublished on March 12, 2013 by Billie S.
This whole album is so bangin. If you like or love Shalamar (which I do!), this is a must have album!Published on July 19, 2012 by MarcS
When this album was released in 1983, Shalamar was gettin' ready to drift apart in a second that it almost cost the video for the lp's biggest hit, "Dead Giveaway. Read morePublished on October 22, 2010 by 80sbaby
I'm glad they decided to release this album on CD. It was the swan song of Shalamar's career as a group, in my opinion and they went out on a high note.Published on May 19, 2008 by B. Melody