The famed group that brought you Only In The Night, Give Me Your Love , You Will Smile Again is back with a brand new album. The Moment of Truth a mix of old style freestyle, Euro pop and electronic dance pop music. Something for everyone that enjoys a dance pop mixture.
The Moment of Truth is a culmination of two years of work by The Voice and features collaborations with their former producer Lewis Martinee (Expose, Pet Shop Boys, Germain Jackson), as well as Peter Marr (London Exchange) and Fro Sosa (Nuclear Valdez). Features eleven new original songs as well as two covers The Man Who Sold The World (David Bowie) and Domino Dancing (Pet Shop Boys), which The Voice originally did the backing vocals for.
New Album By The Voice In Fashion Reviewed
The Voice In Fashion have a history that dates back to the mid 80's and had some Billboard success with the track "All We Need". The band consists of two members, David Hanono and Salvador Hanono and are based in Miami in the states.
They have just recorded a brand new album called "The Moment Of Truth" and I have been sent a copy which has been getting plenty of listens prior to reviewing it.
The opening track on the album is a cover of David Bowie's "The Man Who Sold The World" and it gets a very impressive electronic makeover with a dance vibe. A version that would certainly go down well in clubs. This version is how I would imagine the Pet Shop Boys would sound if they had covered the song. A great start to the album.
Track 2 "In The Heat Of The Moment" has a more soulful feel to it which works well, some neat rhythm parts in this song. It's a track that grows on you the more you hear it.
"I Catch Myself" reminded me a little of Prince, excellent vocal treatment and a track that is spacious with plenty of room for all aspects of the instrumentation.
"Round Your Finger" is another track that reminded me of the Pet Shop Boys, has a similar feel to their song "Domino Dancing" which by coincidence is a track that has been recorded for this album by the band. It is really interesting that so far all the tracks have a different feel which makes for great listening and the trumpet in the last third of the track works so well, something I would never imagine saying! I really do like this track.
Next is the title track of the album "Moment Of Truth" which is very atmospheric with the heavy drum treatment and haunting synths and gentle melody parts. The guitar in the track blends well with the rest of the sound. I must say I like their use of rhythm in their songs, it sounds so powerful without being over the top. Another impressive track.
"Partner In Crime" has a superb feel to it, starts off almost as a ballad before a throbbing sequencer takes the track to Dance territory with a strong chorus, excellent vocals on this track and it is such a beautiful track, the best compliment I can pay this track is that if someone like Duran Duran had recorded it, it would be a definite hit, love it!
"Dance Of Love" again has a warm feel to it, a mid tempo track that has some great synth sections and wonderful rhythm parts (Again!), they excel in song construction, that is for sure. Probably my least favourite track on the album thus far but after a few listens has started to grab my attention.
Now the next track "Gates Of Heaven" was the first track I heard by The Voice In Fashion" and instantly loved it, a brilliant slice of synth pop with a fantastic chorus, a superbly produced song, it will instantly grab you. Another great track for the dance floor, a great lesson in how to write and produce the perfect pop song, an outstanding track.
"Perfect Lie" is a gorgeous ballad with acoustic guitar, beautiful pads and simple synth melody and it works so well. The vocal on this track is also very impressive, continues the trend of varied tracks on the album. A wonderful and well executed ballad.
"Redeem Yourself" is a track that was recently included on my Radio Show and is a punchy electrofest! An upbeat catchy track and sing-a-long chorus, a great choral middle 8 section. A fantastic track that would certainly go down well in clubs.
The upbeat pace continues with "Keep Away From The Heat" which has so much going on, throbbing bassline and sequencers again punctuated by guitar and synth hooks and of course a great rhythm section. A powerful sounding track that will again fill the dance floor.
The final track on the album is a cover of the Pet Shop Boys track "Domino Dancing" a track I think is very difficult to cover but they have done a brilliant job, a great bassline sound and the keyboard parts are excellent, a more stripped back version than the original I would say but the way they have approached it is top class and very brave. Pet Shop Boys are one of my favourite bands so I feel I am qualified to give an honest opinion on this cover version and I think they have pulled it off without a problem. A superb take on a PSB classic.
The CD includes a bonus track "Keep Away From The Miami Heat" which is a re-working of "Keep Away From The Heat" and is a superb version, this version is dominated by a Kraftwerk style beat and a more reserved synth backing track and it works really well. Very impressed with this version!
An accomplished piece of work with plenty of variety and some stunning tracks. It is an album that certainly exceeded my initial expectations, but they have delivered a well produced album full of well crafted songs which I am sure will appeal to all generations, it has a modern day feel to it and it's pleasing to see they have retained the most important ingredients of a pop song, great melody lines.
A pleasure to listen to 9/10
What the Clive from When In Rome says about this album:
Just wanted to say a massive thank you to the boys at The Voice In Fashion in Miami, FLA for sending me not one, but two copies of their fabulous new CD! The Moment of Truth is absolutely brilliant and now I want to do a cover of 'Perfect Lie' (stunning tune!) as they all are!
One of the 15 iTunes reviews:
Good music it timeless !!!! *****
Alex J AKA Big A!!!
Older and wiser and with the benefit of many years of influences, both musically and just living life. The Voice in Fashion are back and with their first full length album. Guys, never give up the dream. Music is timeless. A good song is a good song. Congratulations on getting these recordings out for the enjoyment of all of those who may be nostalgic for the days of the Miami Freestyle boom, but we don't need to dwell on the past to enjoy an album that is as fresh sounding as anything coming out today. Your influence on the genre can still be felt today !!