Giant Steps

The Book of Pride

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Brits Colin Campsie and George McFarlane released albums under the names Grand Hotel and the Quick before landing brief Top 40 success in 1988 with the name Giant Steps. The hit "Another Lover" was a catchy piece of dance/pop fluff, and The Book of Pride, the album that followed, surrounded "Another Lover" with similar R&B-flavored pop tunes.

Unlike other '80s one-hit wonders, Giant Steps actually recorded more than one decent song. The album's opener "Steamy" is pure Minneapolis soul, and "Into You," the duo's only other chart single, is Scritti Politti-style romantic dance pop at its finest. In fact, Campsie's vocals are remarkably similar to Scritti's Green Gartside; both possess cute, squeaky tenors capable of evoking romantic longing while maintaining a sly, "inexperienced boy-next-door" sexiness.

Unlike Scritti Politti, Giant Steps isn't able to maintain an album's worth of memorable material. "Do You Still Care" is a hackneyed ballad, "Same Planet Different World" is an unbearably childish attempt at funk, and "The Book of Pride," like much of the album, is forgettable dance pop. But there are a handful of great tracks on The Book of Pride, and while they might not be worth the price of an entire album, at least the one-hit wonder known as Giant Steps had more than ONE good song to its credit.

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