Reel Life

Reel Life

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by Boy Meets Girl
     
 

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Boy Meets Girl's George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam wrote Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," so they understand how important a foundation is to adult contemporary pop -- without something to pull the listener along, the songs become just flash andSee more details below

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Boy Meets Girl's George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam wrote Whitney Houston's "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," so they understand how important a foundation is to adult contemporary pop -- without something to pull the listener along, the songs become just flash and keyboard flutter, platitudes about love and loss. And while Reel Life suffers a little bit from the over-synthesized instrumentation of its era, Boy Meets Girl more often than not pushed the right melodic buttons on this, their biggest album. "Bring Down the Moon" and "Stay Forever" are particularly strong, while the hit single, "Waiting for a Star to Fall," is just a classic. "Trying to catch your heart is like trying to catch a star" -- the urgency as it drives toward its chorus is a clinic for durable songwriting. (It's no surprise that European house producer Mylo based an entire song around a single phrase from "Waiting for a Star to Fall.") "One Street Dream" and "Is Anybody out There in Love" make good use of Boy Meets Girl's coed vocal setup, and "No Apologies" gives Rubicam a chance to show off about halfway through, right before the too-saccharine sax solo. Reel Life rides that line, pairing its feel for songwriting in a 1970s soft rock style to a synthetic 1980s slickness. But ultimately it's the quality of the songs that wins out, making Reel Life one of the better lite rock entries of the era.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/01/2004
Label:
Bmg Special Product
UPC:
0755174836121
catalogNumber:
148361
Rank:
35011

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boy Meets Girl   Primary Artist
Susan Boyd   Vocals
Denny Fongheiser   Synthesizer,Drums,Keyboards
Leon Gaer   Bass
Richard Gibbs   Synthesizer,Whistle (Instrument),Sampling
John Goux   Dulcimer,Guitar,Drums,Electric Guitar,Ebo
Thomas Hart   Synthesizer
Kerry Hatch   Bass,Synthesizer Bass
Gary Herbig   Oboe
Michael Jochum   Percussion,Bongos,Cymbals,Drums,Overdubs
Joe Mardin   Synthesizer
Kevin McCormick   Bass
George Merrill   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Sampling,Emulator,Emax
John Morton   Guitar
Shannon Rubicam   Vocals
Andy Snitzer   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Joe Turano   Vocals
Eric Williams   Mandolin
George Merril   Synthesizer,Piano,Sampling,Emax
Larry Williams   Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Richard Gibbs   Sound Effects
Rod Hui   Engineer
Michael Jochum   Sound Effects
Stephen Marcussen   Mastering
Arif Mardin   Producer
Joe Mardin   Programming
George Merrill   Producer,Contributor,drum programming
Norman Moore   Art Direction
Ria Lewerke   Director
George Merril   Producer,Contributor,drum programming
Joey Wolpert   Engineer
Tomas Hart   Programming,Producer

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