Figure in a Landscapeby John Waite
Like most singers, John Waite is only as good as the songs he sings (i.e., he still packs prime pipes), but Waite's quest for chart action often leaves him churning out demographically inspired, clinical machinations. Why doesn't anyone ever return to power pop roots? At any rate, Figure in a Landscape goes for a mature, adult contemporary atmosphere, but comes/i>… See more details below
Like most singers, John Waite is only as good as the songs he sings (i.e., he still packs prime pipes), but Waite's quest for chart action often leaves him churning out demographically inspired, clinical machinations. Why doesn't anyone ever return to power pop roots? At any rate, Figure in a Landscape goes for a mature, adult contemporary atmosphere, but comes across as competent, countrified ennui. Opener "Keys to Your Heart" gets things going in a decent direction. "NYC Girl" oozes cool urban imagery, and "Thinking About You" isn't bad. "Special One" kicks up a little dust, but never gets dirty. Lone rocker "Godhead" smokes ten years after Chris Cornell embodied the term. Classy torch-closer "Masterpiece of Loneliness" holds some heartfelt sentiment, but the other songs (including a Vince Gill tune) are yawners. Waite's sole smash, "Missing You," is a stigma that will forever haunt the singer, and that's apparent from the excessive amount of mellow numbers here. Like most stars from the '70s, Waite possesses a larger-than-life persona, and his particular style of verbosely turning bulky phrases (à la Meatloaf) remains an engaging trait. But the ever-present professional gloss doesn't make Figure on the Landscape any more distinctive, and, barring a miracle, this album won't make Waite any more of a star. Still, it's always a pleasure to hear that voice.
- Release Date:
- Gold Circle Records
Performance CreditsJohn Waite Primary Artist
Shane Fontayne Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Debby Holiday Vocals
Chuck Kentis Keyboards
Anthony Krizan Guitar,Vocals
Lance Morrison Bass
Donald Kirkpatrick Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Technical CreditsJohn Waite Composer,Producer
Chris Reynolds Engineer
Steve Barri Executive Producer
Shane Fontayne Composer,Producer
Chuck Kentis Programming,Producer
Ed Thacker Producer
Jeff Thomas Engineer
Janet Wolsborn Art Direction
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I can not stop listening to this CD. Some of John's best work to date! It has a great mix or kicky rock/pop songs and smooth ballads! ''New York City Girl'' and ''Fly'' are 2 of my favorites. Check out his website for info on him too: johnwaite.com
Great CD from top to bottom. John's voice is still great after all these years. Always be your man, Godhead and fly really stand out for me.
What can you say about the singing/songwriting talents of John Waite...the man is brilliant and very much underated. His soulfull, heart-rendering lyrics just say it all. Figure in a Landscape his latest work, opens with the up-tempo, mid-western style/pop song ''Keys to Your Heart'' and then this CD blends soft-rock ballads,pop/rock mid-tempo and a pop/country style songs right up to the last track , Masterpiece of Lonliness which just pours raw emotion and will send shivers up your spine. A must for any John Waite fans and for anyone who wants to listen to very good music.
John Waite has given the world of music a real gem with his latest CD ''Figure in a Landscape.'' Waite has the most stunningly beautiful voice that I've ever heard. He sings passionately from the heart on the eleven great songs on this CD. I loved the CD the first time I heard it, and it just gets better and better each time I listen. The songs really make you want to sing along. My favorite tracks are ''Keys To Your Heart,'' ''Always Be Your Man,'' ''Fly,'' ''Thinking About You,'' ''NYC Girl'' and ''Godhead.'' The songs are a great mix of powerful ballads and lively pop/rock tunes. A couple even have a bit of a country feel to them. You just haven't experienced great music until you've heard John Waite. Don't miss out! I highly recommend this CD to anyone who appreciates superb music.