Michael Sembello - Bossa Nova Hotel (1983/Warner Bros)

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Michael Sembello started his career in the 70's as guitarist in Stevie Wonder's band. Later he became a session player for the likes of Jackson 5, The Temptations, George Benson and many more. In 1983 came the solo debut, "Bossa Nova Hotel", which spawned the mega-hit "Maniac" of the movie "Flashdance".

 

Despite the questionable album cover, "Bossa Nova Hotel" is an 80's lite AOR/westcoast classic. It's laid-back, synth-driven pop-rock featuring soulful vocals, solid musicianship and clever arrangements. Some songs, like "Automatic Man" and "Cowboy", sports an humorous undertone, both in their lyrical and musical content, while others, like "Talk" and "It's Over", tell the tale of lost love and heartbreak in a way that really leave a mark on you. Yes, every track has something different to offer, with the overall

emphasis always on good hooklines and memorable choruses.

In short, "Bossa Nova Hotel" is a must-hear for everyone with a love for lite AOR and westcoast music.

 

KIM PALMER

 

 

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