Latest Reviews
review
It's best to make up your own images to ABBA's classics, as this isn't exactly how I thought the band would look in music videos! Their stuff is POLISHED and SLICK and FUN, but they're not always fun to watch.

The video starts off with their definitive hit "Dancing Queen". It just featured the band playing onstage in a nightclub of disco dancers - not too phenomenal. "Take a Chance on Me" was one of the better videos here (and maybe my favorite) just because what happens at the end of it - it features the flirty girls dancing around the guys, who are sitting in chairs looking bored. Then all of the sudden - for about two seconds - you see Benny get off his chair and chase after Anni-Frid. That made me laugh out loud.

The "Super Trouper" video was probably the most gimmicky and annoying one here, featuring a bunch of circus people doing weird things. And Anni-Frid was SCARY!!!! She's one of those women-types who look better without make-up on ... SERIOUSLY! And that Afro she had - no thanks.

"Chiquititia" was a really good video, because it just featured the band sitting in front of a giant snowman (?!) just singing together. It was a happy time. And you've got to adore the "Waterloo" video just to see those freaking outrageous costumes they would sometimes wear. Bjorn looks positively freakish in tight pants and really huge platform shoes! Dudes!!! INSANE!!!

"Lay All Your Love On Me" was just a disgrace though, consisting of clips from other music videos, and whoever melded those clips together was a freaking amateur. Blech. The music video for "I Have a Dream" was pretty crappy as well. Supposedly, this disc is the only place you can buy this video ... it's not worth it, believe me. I'm not too crazy about the song, anyway, but they had to go and bring out 25 snotty-nosed kids (most of whom weren't even *cute*) on stage to sing with the group in one gargantuan moment of unrelenting CHEESE. Really, it was so horrible that I practically vomited on the carpeting - that would've given me something less crappy to look at. That video alone gives me good enough reason to start hating this band, but I won't do that. No way, they were never much for live shows and touring after all.

Indeed, these ABBA videos are a mixed bag. You'd have to be really into ABBA to enjoy them. Speaking for myself, I am *into* ABBA, but obviously not enough!

Rated:
by Reviewer: Don Ignacio

Posted: Friday 25th Apr 2014 5:34 PM

review
Whilst the Eagles didn't invent Country-Rock, their music was the most fully-realised expression of the genre, and they brought it fully into the mainstream. The Country component wasn't too prominent here though, with the emphasis very much on Rockist elements of electric guitar and drums, which is what would've made the band's music palatable to city folk with no particular affinity for Country.

Another factor in the Eagles' appeal was their vocal harmonies, which throughout On The Border are an absolute 100% dead ringer for Crosby, Stills & Nash / Young, who were for a while the iconic American band, but one that failed to realise its potential, so the Eagles may've been viewed by punters as a satisfactory substitute, because they perpetuated the Americana character of CSN&Y's music.

As for the Eagles' third album On The Border, the Country aspects are less-pronounced than ever, and it's not a release I find especially notable. At around 4 to 4½ stars, Side One constitutes a set of competent-enough examples of the band's oeuvre, with opener "Already Gone" bouncing along well-enough, the band's Country affiliations are on show with the bluegrass-styled "Midnight Flyer", with the 5 star title track that closes the side as easily the best-realised and most satisfying instance of the band's 'signature' sound.

In comparison, Side Two sounds like a hotch-potch of Eagles-flavoured filler. The 3 star opener "James Dean" is just a throwaway rock'n'roll-styled workout, followed by a strictly routine cover of Tom Waits' "Ol' 55", which is OK, but doesn't add anything to the original whatsoever, and probably only recorded as a result of a record company directive, to promote the work of their labelmate to the Eagles' by now sizable audience. Next track "Is It True?" sounds just like one of the band's Country-Rock rivals - America - more sugary numbers, and the closing hit single "Best Of My Love" is just plain wussy.

So, on the strength of this album, the Eagles' music doesn't do much for me, the only aspect I find appealing is Don Henley's very distinctive voice. The group don't seem to be held in much regard amongst contemporary music-lovers either, for although they were big in their day, their music hasn't proved durable, and they're nowadays mostly perceived as squeaky-clean 'Corporate Rockers', a sorta Country-Rock equivalent of other 'corporate' acts, such as Fleetwood Mac and Dire Straits.

Rated:
by Reviewer: bluemoon

Posted: Friday 25th Apr 2014 7:16 PM

starburst