StoneBridge - Can't Get Enough [Deluxe Edition]
Possibly due to the huge success of recent singles Put 'Em High and Take Me Away, Hed Kandi have decided to re-issue Stonebridge's debut album with an extra CD of remixes. Imagine, if you will, Friday night; lippy being applied and white wine sipped across the land.
The original release (CD1) makes for mildly diverting pop - rather than the sort of stylish dance music one suspects the people involved think they are making. From the moment the title song slides in on a Bille Jean style groove, it's clear originality will not be this record's strong point, especially as it's immediately followed by a track bearing a similarity to Shakedown's At Night, and later Deeper Love, which must count as one of the most unsubtle homages ever (to Aretha Franklin's A Deeper Love, obviously). Otherwise, the aforementioned singles are (a) a fair representation of the album (naggingly catchy, well-produced, more than a little cheesy) and (b) about as good as it gets. Stonebridge shows a workmanlike proficiency at this sort of thing, although, the less said about his excursions into Latin house (Clorophilla (Put A Little Love)) and lazy summertime hip-hop (Let's Loze It), the better.
The remix CD kicks off with a decent chill-out take on Put 'Em High and ends with a harder Ferry Corsten edit of Freak On. In between there isn't much divergence from the sort of sounds found on CD1, just with more of an eye on the funky house market. It's a nice sweetener for those who don't already own the original release, and makes this an ideal "getting ready" package if feelgood dance is your bag.
Take Me Away video
Karl Wareham's Can't Get Enough review