Picks and Pans Review: Spirits Having Flown
If Too Much Heaven is your idea of just enough music, then this LP’s for you. If, though, you grudgingly feel the Bee Gees should really be singing Too Much Money, then it may cloy a little. Half the LP runs to innocuous, though catchy, ballads like Heaven. Nobody should be offended—or thrilled. The R&B half contains some classic Bee Gees boogie; the album’s opening track, their current single, Tragedy, is one of their finest ever. When those upper-register Gibb harmonies match up with a deep, dramatic synthesizer sound on the bottom—weaving through novel chord sequences—the effect is dazzling. But it becomes stale after three or four cuts in the same vein. Then there’s that falsetto. In Stop (Think Again), in fact, their vocals sound like Alvin and the Chipmunks doing James Brown and the Famous Flames. The Gees, as any late ’60s music fan knows, are brilliant singers. Unless they’re now trying to corner the canine market, however, why all those tunes at such annoyingly high frequencies?