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Tara Kemp - Tara Kemp (1991) Retail CD
Here is an artist who should not have been a flash in the pan. Tara Kemp had hit singles with the tracks Hold You Tight and Piece of My Heart, producing a somehow full-sounding and emotional form of dance music that rose head and shoulders above most of the music being churned out in the early 1990s. She also proved herself a talented singer capable of expressing a tumble of emotions in intense ballads. This album was not perfect, sporting a couple of songs I consider complete duds, but there is more than enough talent here to make me question just how and why Tara Kemp did not enjoy a longmore… and successful career.Anyone who listened to pop radio in the early 1990s heard Kemp's signature songs Hold You Tight and Piece of My Heart; both tracks received a significant amount of air time and, if I am not mistaken, worked their way into the top ten singles chart. In my opinion, these were not even the best songs on her debut album, however. One Love combines the lyrics of a great love song alongside a strong but not overpowering beat. Be My Lover is a sexy little song borne upon the vocal winds of passion which pleases the ear despite a couple of stretches with a little too much funk thrown in. Too Much has a distinctly 90s pop sound to it, yet Tara's lyrics burrow deeply into the subjects of love and life, producing a passionate track with the emotional overtones of a love ballad. Together doesn't do much to distinguish itself, but it's certainly not a song you would consistently skip while listening to the CD. I really like The Way You Make Me Feel; Tara's voice really wows on the verses, but the repetitive chorus seems to hold the song back from becoming all it could be. Monday Love is an interesting track; it opens with Tara and the backup singers seemingly practicing the chorus before someone lays down the beat and starts the track up with full force; this song might make you want to dance, but the lyrics don't quite measure up to the intensity of the chorus. I really do not care for two of the tracks on this album. Both of them barely even qualify as music in my opinion, as both are really just funky mixes of music with no singing whatsoever. While you may well be able to groove to Something to Groove To, the constantly repeated phrases "Her name is Tara, by the way" and "You liked it? I liked it" on Tara by the Way could drive a man mad if he listened to the song too often. Still, setting aside these two disappointing tracks, you are still left with eight songs (I am not including the short prologue and epilogue, which are really just musical pieces of Hold You Tight) that can touch your heart or make you want to dance or, more often that not, do both at the same time. It is unfortunate that Tara Kemp's too-short career has been all but forgotten now, as she was an artist who seemed to have what it takes to really make a name for herself.
|2||Hold You Tight|
|3||Be My Lover|
|6||Tara By The Way|
|7||Piece Of My Heart|
|9||Way You Make Me Feel|
|10||Something To Groove To|
- Tara Kemp - Tara Kemp (1991) Retail CD
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