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Andy Bell - Non-Stop

Andy Bell, Non-Stop

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

ANDY Bell takes temporary leave of his Erasure duties with his second solo album, Non-Stop – a collection of songs that allow him to change his vocal register and experiment with a darker, more soulful side.

The results are decidedly mixed. While the departure from the gleaming glam-pop of Erasure is welcome, the transition isn’t entirely convincing.

There darker sound is still synth based but evocative of ’80s influences such as Depeche Mode and early New Order, without really matching the quality of either.

Lead single Call On Me is a kitsch pop offering that’s just too bland and forgettable, and this pretty much epitomises the album as a whole.

Bell’s more soulful vocal style, meanwhile, doesn’t always convince either… and drains the tracks of a lot of life. Subject/Object is a classic example of this, as is the bland Will You Be There?.

Some of the processed beats and synth melodies, on the other hand, are no better than Stock, Aitken and Waterman material from the ’80s… and are presumably aimed at the Ibiza fixated, ’80s adoring mainstream. It’s designed to lend Bell a nocturnal, disco-glam appeal, but doesn’t really achieve that.

The odd track wins you over, such as the moody, atmospheric Slow Release, or the Perry (Jane’s Addication) Farrell co-written Honey, If You Love Him (That’s All That Matters)… but even its ‘highlight’ moments struggle to justify that description.

Download picks: Slow Release, Honey, If You Love Him (That’s All That Matters)

Track listing:

  1. Running Out
  2. Call On Me
  3. Subject/Object
  4. Say What You Want
  5. Will You Be There?
  6. Slow Release
  7. Touch
  8. dhdq
  9. Honey, If You Love Him (That’s All That Matters)