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Hard Machine

Stacey Q

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While the club sound Stacey Q and producer Jon St. James established on 1986's Better than Heaven was insinuating, it showed limitations in the context of a full album. Though commercially not nearly as successful, this sterling follow-up set broadened Q's musical horizons, adding more evident touches of pop and R&B in the production and arrangements. The subtle, midtempo "Don't Make a Fool of Yourself" brings to mind early Madonna with a bit more sophistication; the new-wave-tinged "The River" is an intoxicating melting pot of rock guitars, club beats, lush vocals and poetic lyrics; and the quiet closing number, "Another Chance," builds so smoothly that it seems criminally short. And Stacey Q may not have the best voice around, but she employs several stylistic approaches that lend themselves well to the musical contexts — whether it be an understated coo on the aforementioned "Another Chance" or a more driven, semi-belting vein on the cheery "After Hours." ~ Justin M. Kantor, Rovi

Biography

Genre: Pop

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

Best-known for her '80s dance-pop smash "Two of Hearts," Stacey Q's Madonna-ish look and youthful age helped her appeal to teens as well as clubgoers during her relatively brief time in the spotlight. Born Stacey Swain, she first began performing as part of the Ringling Brothers Circus, and joined a synth pop outfit called Q (named after the James Bond gadget man) in the early '80s. As the focus of the group shifted to its new vocalist, their name was changed to SSQ (for Stacey Swain), and they landed...
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