The Dollar Album

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With a successful debut album, Shooting Stars, in 1979 and a generally overlooked sophomore release, The Paris Collection, the following year, the U.K. duo Dollar (David Van Day and Thereza Bazar) knew it was make or break time on their third full-length platter. One of the best moves they made was bringing in former Buggles member Trevor Horn to produce a few tracks for them. Those tracks ("Hand Held in Black and White," "Give Me Back My Heart," "Videotheque," and the enormously popular "Mirror Mirror (Mon Amor)") were some of Dollar's most successful singles and brought the duo more success then their previous albums had, and rightly so. With wonderful melodies that caught the listener on the first spin, the combination of Horn and Dollar was a match made in heaven. When Dollar Album hit shelves in 1982, the string of hits had helped build their fan base and the album was a Top 20 success. The band's sound drifted closer to synth pop than ever before, which really enhanced the vocal interplay between Bazar and Van Day. Bazar's breathy vocals were as light and airy as the lush keyboards that carried the melody straight into the heavens, while Van Day still sounded as confident as ever, and this time out, he sounded like he'd actually connected to the material he was singing. Apart from the Horn-produced tracks, the rest of Dollar Album is packed with tasty pop nuggets that may not be singles material, but are far from album filler. "I Got Your Number Wrong," "Guessing Games," and "Give Me Some Kinda Magic," are certainly worthy of repeated spins, but then again, so is the whole album. [The Cherry Pop reissue includes a handful of alternate mixes that may not intrigue casual listeners but are certainly enticing for the long-time fans. As a side note, it was Trevor Horn's production work on this album that directly paved the way for his very successful career as producer over the next three decades.

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