Tuesday, August 5, 2014

TABOO-The Same Word (1988)


In my mind, there is no kind of music from my favorite decade that will ever be taboo when it comes to me listening to it, and that includes the synthpop group who even calls itself TABOO. They should not be confused with the German Eurodance group that goes by the same name, and while I'm thinking about it, I have no clue where this synthpop group called TABOO originated from. All I know is that I've gotten hooked onto them as well in a very short amount of time, thanks to me listening to one of their hit songs that was part of an assorted music playlist: "Prego". No—this song has nothing to do with the popular spaghetti sauce brand (although I bet a song about it would be kinda funny!); it's a romance song about the songwriter being in love.....with a woman named Prego? Had no idea that 'Prego' was a name for the woman. The first time I heard it, I was drawn in by the thunderously suspenseful melody and the equally-intense rock sound against the middle tempo of the vibrating, synthesized beat. Loved it instantly! Even before I heard TABOO's lead vocalist singing the lyrics, and once I did hear him singing, I liked his voice a lot—that characteristic new-wavish voice that's perfect for these types of songs. I especially like hearing him when he sings the only line that keeps playing in my head over and over after the song's done: 'ti amo Prego' (that 'ti amo' translating to 'I love you' in Spanish, although 'Prego' looks to be more Italian to me). So once "Prego" became a new addition to my 'Favorites Mix', I naturally wanted to hear whatever else by this mystery band, and that lead me to get the second of their four studio albums, "The Same Word". Of course, I had to have a few more helpings of "Prego" in the midst of my listening, but I could go for seconds—and thirds even—with a few other tunes as well. "This Is The World" is slightly another one of my 'important songs for the people', and I love how the lyrics in the main chorus switch up near the end with them singing the title line 'this is the world' in Spanish: 'este es el mundo'. "Dance Dance": Of course, a song with the word 'dance' in it twice would have to be a nice dance/pop song, though I have been trying to figure out what the 'big white light' is that they sing about in the lyrics. I always like songs with haunting melodies and eerie arrangements, and that's what attracts me to Track #7's "Just Like Anybody Else" and the concluding track, "Adieu", which features several people chanting in unison at the beginning as if they were part of the Borg Collective from the "Star Trek" series before the energetic rock kicks in (no idea what they're singing about here, actually, but I like how it all sounds). Not quite the Borg Collective on the track before it—"Secret Person"—although the monotonic vocals do remind me of DEPECHE MODE. Some love songs are just pure fun&mdsash;especially when put to a catchy 80's synthpop beat—that that would be the album's opener, "You & I". Those quirky new-wavish vocals? Yeah, they're heard here majorly throughout the whole song—kinda soft and hushed at some moments; kinda gritty and rough (hair band rough, to be more specific) at other moments. Ironically, the cover artwork to this album pictured above resembles that of a 'do not enter' road sign when, in fact, there's absolutely nothing that should be off-limits about it:

1. You & I
2. This Is The World
3. Jerusalem
4. Prego
5. Dance Dance
6. Nobody Knows
7. Just Like Anybody Else
8. Secret Person
9. Adieu

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