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Andy Wickett & World Service

Creatures of Love

Review by Gary Hill

While everyone knows of Duran Duran with Simon Le Bon as their singer, Le Bon actually replaced Andy Wickett in that group.  This is Wickett's current project. If you come here expecting music that sounds like Duran Duran you will probably be disappointed. While this doesn't sound like his old group, it definitely has a distinct 1980s sound to it in a lot of ways. That's merged with retro soul textures, psychedelia and glam to produce an effective and entertaining release.

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Track by Track Review
Border Song
Intricate acoustic guitar opens this cut. It works out from there in a rather Beatles-like bouncy kind of pop rock arrangement.
Make It
A slower moving number, this is more of a soulful ballad. The harmonica and organ both add a retro texture to the piece.
I dig the 80s pop rock vibe of this cut. This album starts soaring later, and there is some falsetto work in place. This is one of my favorite tunes here. It has some intriguing changes through its course
The Good Die Young
There is a trippy kind of vibe to this in some ways. It has some cool guitar work built into it. It also has some catchy hooks. It's another standout tune.
A driving pop rock vibe is the concept here. There is a bit of Latin horn work later in the song, and some female vocals lend something extra, too.
Pop rock with some world music in the mix, this is another energetic and catchy tune.
Ain't No One
I bit more of a hard rock edge is heard on this number. It's a tasty cut taking things in a different direction. It has a rather lush production and a lot of energy and fire.
Children of the Night
Pop rock, psychedelia and more merge on this cut. It's another accessible piece.
Creatures of Love
The title track has some definite glam rock in the mix. It makes me think of David Bowie quite a bit. It's a classy number that's among the strongest here. A dropped down movement later is a nice touch.
Preacher Man
Harder rocking and driving, this is another cool cut. I dig the guitar solo section on this thing.
Take Me to the City
There is a lot of cool instrumental work on this rocker. It's another standout with a great old school rock vibe. There is some killer hard rocking guitar, and the bass work is particularly noteworthy. There is a cool shuffling movement at the end with some real soulful kind of vocals. That serves as the outro.
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