Friday, September 07, 2007

"Wishing Well," Terence Trent D'Arby (4/2/88)
Talk about your supernovas... He was good, damned talented, but believed way too much of his own press. Hell, he could've written it, much of it was so fawning. But while he cribbed from so many, from Sam Cooke (and not just the "Who's Lovin' You" cover, either) to Prince, nobody sounded quite like TTD; that's still the case. After his first two albums, he flamed out pretty quickly-slash-impressively (creatively speaking, I mean, though of course he's not been a commercial presence since about two minutes post-Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby - and yeah, I've always loved that album title and its sheer unadulterated audacity), but that doesn't (or shouldn't) do a thing to damage the solidness of said albums. "Wishing Well" being a case in point: this is tough, muscular funk, no two ways about it; had Sly Stone been recording in the late '80s, he might've cut something in this neighborhood. And while I've never been much of a Sly Stone fan, I'm definitely a fan of this. B+

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