I Don't Speak the Language
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By Andre S. Grindle - Published on Amazon.com
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As with many people I knew Matthew Wilder only from his 1983 smash hit "Break My Stride",a song I loved from that era. But I knew nothing about this accompanying album. Upon hearing it I became aware that Matthew Wilder was definately one of the 80's pop dynamos that got away. He ended up releasing only two albums,the second of which didn't far as well and written off as a bit of a one hit wonder. But all you have to do is take one listen to this CD and you'll find out that this man was more then capable of delivering a high quality album of catchy,original pop songs. In a world of white R&B,jazz,funk and caribbean/reggae influenced artists of the same era such as Teena Marie,Paul Simon and Robert Palmer Wilder fit right in-even bringing in some great musicians such as Paulinho DaCosta and bassists Reggie McBride and Alphonso Johnson along for the ride. Many of the songs have a light island flavor but each has it's own flavor. After hearing the classic "Break My Stride" again we're treated to Wilder's other hit which is almost forgotton-the modernized Motown hand clap session of "The Kids American". My favorite song here is the title song,a soft mixture of electronica and calypso that really brings out the best in Wilder's wondeful falsetto. "Love Above The Ground Floor" is the one song on the album that has the strongest reggae influence but also turns out to be a pleasant pop/R&B song as well. On "Worlds Of The Rich And Famous" Wilder tries his hand at a heavy funk jam and more then holds his own. "I Was There" is the only tune here that easily fits into the new wave rock sound of the era while the spacy ballads "Ladder Of Lovers" and "Dreams Keep Bringing You Back" both are similar,and followed by a reprise of the title song to conclude the album. The R&B/caribbean style of the music here even follows a very loose concept,which lyrically explores an escape from the taudry realities of everyday life through dreams,travelling and personal experience. So you didn't think anything this complex or artistically satisfying could come from a one hit wonder?If so I strongly encourage you to give this album a try!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
I agree totally with the previously reviewer. This is a fantastic CD. It use to be one of my favorites when it first came out. I particularly like "Break My Stride" and "I don't speak the language." I could listen to those songs over and over again as I use to. I listened to the CD it again today with the thought that I would not like it anymore and that it was time to give it away. I am glad I decided to take a listen again. It is so nice. It is just great pop music. I can't believe Matthew Wilder did not go on to be a huge pop star
By Rosemary - Published on Amazon.com
This is one of my all-time favorite albums - I forget how I came across it, but I never tire of listening to it over and over. The one song Break My Stride was a hit in the 80s but the rest of the album is even better, in my mind. I have misplaced the original CD I had, and this is the second time I have had to replace it - I wear them out! My taste in music usually runs to folk, and classic rock - but this is just so special I love it!!
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Rio - Published on Amazon.com
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Great, was scratched though :(