I remember channel surfing once and landing on a Simply Red concert — a band I'd never paid much attention to — and adding their "Greatest Hits" to my music library. It turned out the album was far from new, but it was new to me, and I played it as often as any new album I like. Yet, selecting new music to buy often feels like a blind tastes test. One hit song on the radio is usually all you get as a sampling, unless you borrow an album off a friend.
Attempting to actually review a CD seems to present a whole host of other problems. How do you review a R&B CD if R&B isn't you "thing?" Yet, that question never seems to come up when we offer our opinion on a book or movie. Besides, I figured my effort to write a review once a week would go much better if I included music on occasion, so I gave Maze a shot.
The better of the two albums I had the chance to review from Maze was "Can't Stop the Love." The first song, "Back in Stride," was the best of the bunch, offering more rhythm and livelier music. There's just something in Beverly's voice that I don't like in the slower songs, which is avoided here. The title track and "Too Many Games" also stood out for me as a step above the rest.
Maze's "We are One" started out strong with "Love is the Key." It moves a little bit, wakes you up, and doesn't over do what seemed to feel like Cool 'n' the Gang leanings, which nobody admits to ever having liked. Seven smooth songs followed, none distinguishing itself from the other.
So, though I wouldn't add these to my collection, I'm guessing they're worth a listen for R&B fans.