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After Dark

Andy Gibb

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Album Review

After Dark found Andy Gibb beginning to run out of steam. The album was very similar stylistically to its predecessor, Shadow Dancing, but it didn't have as consistent a set of songs. Nevertheless, there were a number of fine moments on the record, including the singles "Desire" and "I Can't Help It," that made it worthwhile for dedicated fans, even if it was clear that Gibb's career would not be able to survive in the post-disco era.

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Andy's the melody -- Barry's all the harmonies

OK…let's get this right. Because I don't dig the "legend" of this album floating around.

The MAIN melodies: THAT is Andy's voice singing. Andy had always done his own multi-part harmony back-up vocals. Not this time. As media's reported, he was in a bad way during these sessions and couldn't (or wouldn't) deliver. So Big Brother/Producer Barry steps in and does the backup/harmony vocals. Barry-in-the-background is all over this album and perhaps even a bit overpowering (e.g., "Falling in Love With You" and "Warm Ride").

So maybe that's why some believe they're hearing Barry on the MAIN melody, too. Or that Barry's mimicking Andy and singing the lead vocals.

Nope. Not so. Listen more closely. That very distinctive voice on the main melody line in every single song here on "After Dark" is…Andy.

So bravo Barry (presumably) for getting the lead vocals out of Andy in the studio...and for salvaging the project by taking over the duty of back-up vocals Andy had always done before…but couldn't for this one.

I still think the album's great with catchy hooks, masterfully designed harmonies, with weird chord progressions and key changes.

Poignantly, "After Dark" would turn out to be a testimonial as to how people -- including ONJ -- came together and rallied to prop-up a gifted performer who was hopelessly undermined by drugs. Something originally "fun" creeped up on him, completely took over and stole his life. By age 23, Andy Gibb's recording career was over.

NOT GOOD

This album saw andy gibb on the spiral from hell...by the time this came out, his addiction to coke had taken a toll on his voice, so believe it or not, the voicde you hear thru most of the album is Barrys, because even with all the technical studio garb, they couldn't get andy's voice to the sound that they wanted..so sad...true talent wasted...

Third album

An excellent album. The best of Andy's album. Greats hits and more good songs. But why don't have in i tunes some Andy's videos? Please Barry Gibb, you can help.

Biography

Born: March 5, 1958 in Manchester, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s

Once the Bee Gees experienced a career revival with the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack in 1977, the Gibb brothers' younger sibling Andy began his own solo career. Following his brothers' disco style, Andy Gibb's first three singles ("I Just Want to Be Your Everything," "(Love Is) Thicker Than Water," and "Shadow Dancing") all hit number one. Three more consecutive Top Ten hits followed, cementing his overnight sensation status. Despite the number four "Desire," Gibb's streak of Top Ten hits began...
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After Dark, Andy Gibb
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Pop/Rock
  • Released: Feb 1980

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