Sunday, September 21, 2014

NINE YARDS-Where Do We Go From Here? (1999)

ORIGINAL POSTING DATE: September 21, 2014

There are a number of different directions where my music-listening explorations could've gone today: back to the awesome 80's, back into the largely-uncharted realm of Italo-disco, back to the 90's Eurodance era..... But what I've been missing for a while now is hearing some good male vocal harmony, and I got plenty of that while getting acquainted with the short-lived British r&b trio that called itself NINE YARDS and their only known album, "Where Do We Go From Here?". And besides that, my heart was just in the mood for something nice and smooth to ease out the remainder of my Sunday evening. It's always a cool when artist can sing about a variety of meaningful topics besides the usual ones about sex and romance, and that's why five tracks in particular on this album really got my attention, including the first two: "Money" and "One Day (To Live)", respectively. With the opener, the British trio break it all down in their raw, down-to-earth way and reminds us about the simple fact that everyone's got money on their mind and their mind on their money in some form or another. As for the latter, it's about living it up, and living it up to the fullest should the hypothetical of having only one more day to live on this earth become reality. And actually, it ties well to the opener, as they'll certainly need a lot of money to do all of the international traveling and the other adventurous, daredevil things they sing about in the lyrics. "The La La Song" isn't a spin on THE DELFONICS classic "La La (Means I Love You)"; rather, it tells a warming story of memories and events that takes you back to a past life. Friends are the subject on the album's concluding title track, and I believe it has qualified for your next 'Slow Jam Of The Night'. Well, it may not be one of your usual quiet storm tunes to set the mood for a night of love-making in the bedroom, but I found these lyrics so touching: 'we gotta stay strong, we gotta move on', which sound especially great with the trio's superb acapella harmonizing about halfway through the song. But THE jam on here that goes the whole nine yards and towers above all the rest is their beautiful dedication to the one who brought them into this world: "Mother". Makes you proud listening to them here. Couldn't help but to reflect upon a similar song of motherly dedication that I've heard countless times: BACKSTREET BOYS' "The Perfect Fan". Immediately got the notion that a friend of mine could've used "Mother" as a theme song for a special Mother's Day production she directed earlier this year, yet she opted for a selection from BOYS II MEN's diverse music library. With all of this being said, the British trio does stay within mainstream parameters and deliver a few selections about romance and heartbreak that you can groove to: "Loneliness is Gone" being my favorite of the batch, plus "There's No Love" and, one that's truly from the heart, "No Man" (as in, no man who can love like they can). So now, where do you go from here? To downloading this album and listening for yourself, of course, and you don't have to go very far to get it:

1. Money
2.One Day (To Live)
3. Loneliness Is Gone
4. Why Do You Cry?
5. Don't Say Goodbye
6. There's No Love
7. Always Find A Way
8. In Need [Interlude]
9. Matter Of Time
10. The La La Song
11. No Man
12. Spread Love [Interlude]
13. Mother
14. Where Do We Go From Here?

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