Fly Again is a seriously unchallenging Euro-dance mishmash where double cheeseburger dripping doses of keyboards and post-production studio gimmicks only serves to reinforce the fast food mood. With saccharine lyrical messages ("The Wonder of It All") being the order of the day the groove moves through a series of faux-R&B club jams ("Broken") that seem to suggest that banal hypnosis is enough to keep your booty shaking. And just when you think Kristine maybe onto something with a smouldering old school soul piano ballad intro on "Living out Loud" a seriously phat snyth-bass burp shape shifts the beat back into four to the floor mode.
Actually it's all too hideously Hi-NRG with repetitively bouncy throwaway fare ("All that Really Matters", "Crazy Life") struggling to keep any listener's attention span. Sure the sassy street funk ("Letting Go"), moody smooth jazzy mid-tempo shuffle ("Bittersweet") or toe-tapping retro R&B excursions ("Big Big Band") do occasionally flow but these are invariably overshadowed by an obsession with bland disco-mutation. But what about the 2nd disc of Chris Cox's "continuous mix" featuring extended mixes and remixes? Well 44 minutes of reverb delayed choruses, high on the happy side layered house grooves and sci-fi synthesiser swathes just doesn't cut it. And just what Ms. W is doing on prestigious rap label Tommy Boy remains utterly perplexing.
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