The classic pop hit "Too Shy" is a great song: It boasts a foreboding intro, a throbbing bass line at the start and a quirky synthesizer before Limahl's androgynous "Hey girl!" wail kicks in. And of course, the repetative and breathy chorus makes the song. Amazingly, all the other songs on this obscure but outstanding album have the same intriguing musical elements.
Interestingly, the title track song, "White Feathers," might be better than "Too Shy," as is the case with other tunes on this record. On "White Feathers," Limahl nostalgically sings about the friends from his past, and belts out the noble, drunken, somehow romantic line, "One more shot and then down I go my lady, down I go just maybe." For such a young band at the time, Kajagoogoo put forth a weighty vibe when necessary.
Kajagoogoo, a new wave pop band to the tenth degree, were weird but good. The lads had a real sense of style and cool hooks all over. If you enjoy pristine pop music, your ears will perk up to every tune on this album. Some might condemn Kajagoogoo for its ultra-tight 1980s sound, stilted electric drums and the keyboardist's nonstop synth work. But you've got to hear this album for what it is; not all rock music is raging guitars, loud percussion and a screaming lead singer -- and this is coming from someone who loves hard rock music.
As for the songs, "Magician Man" contains a childlike curiosity for the profession it speaks of, with a chorus that features two separate lines oft repeated -- a trick this band was good at. The song "Kajagoogoo" (yes, the band named a song after itself) is a buoyant, high-energy affair as the band members spell out K-A-J-A-G-O-O-G-O-O like excited male cheerleaders at an '80s pep rally. "Ooh To Be Ah" is a spectacular song about the glamorously rich and famous living the cosmopolitan life all over the world, a song that should have been released as a single in America, since it had the potential to perhaps elevate this band past its mere one-hit-wonder status. Indeed, "Ooh To Be Ah" was a big hit in England, deservedly so, after the gigantic "Too Shy."
The jilted love song with the heavy bass, "Hang On Now," WAS released in the U.S. as this band's second single, only to flop miserably. Rounding out "White Feathers" is "This Car is Fast" and "Ergonomics," two tunes that qualify as the ultimate sing-along anthems on this pop masterpiece, as if there weren't enough. Though silly in message and tone, they're fun songs nonetheless. The last song, "Frayo," may be Kajagoogoo's most artistically accomplished effort. With clever and challenging lyrics about civil rights in Denmark, plus formidably hollow keyboard work in the middle of the song, it's truly a standout.
Once again, if you like the song "Too Shy," and you don't mind synthesizers working in place of guitars, you won't regret purchasing this CD.