Monday, June 17, 2013
Altered Images - Bite
Side one begins with “Bring Me Closer”; it charted at number 29 in the UK. This one opens with a funky bass groove from Johnny McElhone, driving drum beats by Stephen Lironi and a string arrangement by Tony Viscontie that give the song a very disco feel. It definitely puts me in the mood to dance when I hear it.
“Another Lost Look” shifts back to a sound a bit closer to the band’s roots. The later CD release had a live version of the song which had been used as a B-side for the last single release.
The next track, “Love to Stay”, peaked at number 46 on the UK charts. I really like the synth rhythm opening and how it bounces from audio channel to audio channel. It sets up the track’s swing very quickly. The original album cut runs over five and a half minutes; the later CD release only has the single version which is considerably shorter. I like the album cut as the music has room to breathe and flow.
Clare Grogan‘s vocal performance pays tribute to 60’s girl bands on “Now That You’re Here”.
Side two opens with “Don’t Talk to Me About Love” which went to number 7 on the UK charts. Again, the original album cut is a good bit longer than the single version that came out on the later CD. What I like about this one is the blend of the current 80’s sound with classic elements from the 70’s and 60’s too. As those are some of my favorite music decades, the combination really works for me.
The danceable “Stand So Quiet” has another interesting string arrangement that supports the guitar grooves of Tony McDaid.
“Change of Heart”, the last single, only reached number 83 on the UK charts. Peter Vettese’s bouncy keyboards and the backing vocal harmonies of Bernie Michael, Leroy Osbourne and Morris Michael really give this one an up-beat 60’s surf sound.
The final track takes the tempo down slightly for the introspective “Thinking About You”. I like Andy Hamilton's smooth saxophone solo near the end.
Bite turned out to be another surprise for me as I only really knew one song from it previously. I realize that by this point, Altered Images had changed directions as a band and perhaps it was this direction that might have led to the breakup. For someone like me, though, who really likes good pop music, this album was quite a joy to listen to.