Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Lovari-No Holding Back (2012)


ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: July 24, 2013

My ongoing 80's flashback has taken me to an unexpected yet very familiar place tonight. Let's start with the familiar: the New York City dance/pop singer Anthony Lovari, who returns to "The Music Spectrum" with his latest album, "No Holding Back", after I'd featured him previously on my the former site, "The Music Conflux". Gosh, that seems like ages ago! And then the unexpected? That would be my latest music surprise: his sparkling, scintillating cover of Debbie Gibson's memorable chart-topping ballad, "Foolish Beat". This could, perhaps, be the first ever cover of that song that I've heard, but somehow, I don't believe it is. At the very least, it's the first time I've heard it covered in this New Millennium, proof yet again that there are some of us out there who desires to keep the awesome 80's alive! I advise the new Lovari listeners out there that it may take you a while to get used to his high falsetto, but boy is that fluttery falsetto terrific on "Foolish Beat"! I've played it at least a half-dozen times already, so I may as well declare my latest surprise as my latest music addiction, too! I think it would've been so great had he and Deb collaborated together and made it into a duet! Almost even sounds like the former teen sensation as he's singing those unforgettable lyrics to the familiar melody, and I especially like that ringing register he does with his voice during the last line of the bridge that ends with 'now you're gone.....'. Besides the remake of that golden oldie, there's an equally scintillating performance on the mid-tempo groove, "Still In Love", which is a duet, as it features the amazing, soulful voice of an Anny Jules as the guest singer. Everywhere else on this album, there's a party going on, and the New York singer gets some assistance in laying down the hip-hop on the opener, "Keep It Movin'", plus "Yearning" (which is another I really like because of the nice groove and the beat, plus it's one where Lovari's falsetto works very well against the melody) and "Oh Nah", where three more guest vocalists bust out with their slick rap lyrics on their respective tracks. The album's most thrilling moment—from a club goer's perspective—would have to be the high-energy club cut, "I Wanna Be Loved", which trumps the remake of "Foolish Beat" as the album's #1 overall! The production is simply fabulous—from the buzzing techno, the bass line and the ambient melody in the background—and Lovari's lofty falsetto voicing the romantic lyrics gives the song an inspiring, heart-warming glow. The bass is much groovier on the club cut that follows: "Right Here"; although it took me a few moments to embrace this one, it did eventually grow on me, as the repetitive lyrics of the main chorus—'the beat is mine'—ended up being too catchy to ignore:

1. Keep It Movin'
2. Who Do U Think?
3. Oh Nah
4. Carnal Need
5. No Holding Back
6. Still In Love
7. Foolish Beat
8. Yearning
9. Sober Today
10. Down For You
11. Get Over
12. You Stole My Heart
13. I Wanna Be Loved
14. Right Here
15. Take It To The Top

2 comments:

Chris Kepford said...

Lovari is a here to stay talent! Look forward to seeing his carrer skyrocket

Chris Kepford said...

Lovari is a here to stay talent! Look forward to seeing his carrer skyrocket