Echoes – Ancient & Modern (Decca)
Esteemed producer Trevor Horn – aka ‘the man who invented the 80s’ – has gathered an eclectic mix of singers and paired them with songs that, on paper, shouldn’t work. Tori Amos opens Echoes with a beautiful version of Kendrick Lamar’s Swimming Pools (Drank), accompanied by piano and violin. Rick Astley, singing Joe Jackson’s Stepping Out, sounds like a better version of himself, and who’d have thought synthpop star Marc Almond with Pat Benatar’s Love Is A Battlefield would be a success? Even Toyah isn’t so annoying with her version of Relax.
Horn, who can actually sing, gives his own rendition of Roxy Music’s Avalon, while Cars hit Drive might seem too subdued for Steve Hogarth – but still, there isn’t a note out of place. This isn’t just another compilation album, it’s a chance for Horn to show that when it comes to music production, he simply does it better than everyone else.
words LYNDA NASH