Fun bunch of non-VGM listens today (busy day at work = lots of headphone time)
Christina Aguilera/ST - Great voice, keeps trying to add soul and isn't really effective. Really wanted to like this, but I liked the voice more than the songs.
Christina Vierra/ST - Madonna wannabee, but a good one. Very 80's album. According to discogs, her only album.
ELP/Brain Salad Surgery - I have heard these were one of Uematsu's influences. I can hear it in the bass/synth/guitar combinations. I'm not really into the whole progressive rock thing, so a lot of the songs tended to drag too much, but bits and pieces were awesome. Karn Evil 9 didn't disappoint, aside from the last part of it (I have a copy with it broken into 4 tracks).
Berlin/Count Three and Pray - Nothing on here as great as "The Metro", but solid 80's pop/rock. Vocals are kinda drowned out by everything, not unusual for these guys. The love theme from Top Gun is far from this group's highlight.
Bryan Adams/Into the Fire - Between this and Reckless, I enjoy Bryan Adams way more than I should. The dude knows how to do hooks.
Yaz/Upstairs at Eric's - I love Alison Moyet's voice. I love the synthpop production on this album. Have been sitting on this one for months and it didn't disappoint.