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Mr. Natural

Bee Gees

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Album Review

Their previous album having scarcely made a ripple and now hitless for two years, the Bee Gees went for a new sound in the hands of producer Arif Mardin. The result was Mr. Natural, the sultriest and most soulful record they had ever delivered up to that time. Shedding their pop sensibilities here and singing in a freer, more soulful idiom (with a strong Philadelphia soul influence) on songs such as "Throw a Penny," and with a funky beat backing them up on a lot of this record, the group is scarcely recognizable in relation to their previous work. Mr. Natural was the liveliest, most invigorating body of music to come from the group since their debut, but it also had moments of extraordinary sensuality, most notably "Charade" and "Had a Lot of Love Last Night." In between those two bookends were the beginnings of the sound that would reach maturity on Main Course, the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, and Children of the World. Most of it is extraordinarily lively and upbeat, which was also a major change for the group; there are still some ballads here in their old style, such as "Down the Road" (which includes the extensive use of a Mellotron), but even these have a subtlety and freshness that had been lacking in the group's work since their debut. The main virtue throughout is, of course, the singing, which is some of the finest that all three Gibb brothers had ever turned in on a single LP up to that time, mated to some of their loveliest and liveliest songs up to that time. Mr. Natural generated no hits, but it was their best original album since Odessa (though also very different from that progressive-oriented double LP), and the Polygram CD reissue is one of the more successful in the label's digital remasterings of the group's sound.

Customer Reviews

One of the Bee Gees most underrated albums

This is an unusual album for the Bee Gees, which sees them moving away from their folk/rock songs of the late 60's/ early 70's and steering towards the American R&B music of the time. This album wasn't a huge success at the time, but looking back it's diffcult to see why as it's a perfectly crafted as some of their earlier albums. The standout tracks for me included the soulful ballad "Charade", "Dogs", "Throw A Penny", the rocker "Down The Road" and the funky "Heavy Breathing". Highly recommended, not just fot fans either!

Biography

Formed: 1958 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

No popular music act of the '60s, '70s, '80s, or '90s attracted a more varied audience than the Bee Gees. Beginning in the mid- to late '60s as a Beatlesque ensemble, they quickly developed as songwriters and singers to create a style of their own that carried them from psychedelia to progressive pop. Then, after hitting a popular trough, they reinvented themselves as perhaps the most successful white soul act of all time. What remained a constant...
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music, Pop, Soft Rock, Pop/Rock
  • Released: 01 June 1974

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