Walk the Moon

Walk the Moon

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Walk the Moon had one single with slick hooks and a chorus catchy -- or annoying -- enough for Top 40 radio in the late '80s. The track was "Daddy's Coming Home," and it will likely trigger memories of "smash it or trash it" programs on pop stations. "Daddy's Coming Home" probably wasn't well-liked by radio listeners, because it disappeared immediately. However, a band can't be blamed for trying, and Walk the Moon tried hard on its self-titled 1987 LP, but the group's efforts were in vain. "Daddy's Coming Home" has a sinister guitar riff to provide the song with an element of danger. Unfortunately, the vocals of Alain Johannes and Natasha Shneider are grating; whenever they try to harmonize with one another, the din pounds the ears like a sledgehammer. On "On Your Lap," Johannes and Shneider struggle to express emotion in their voices, but their singing is flat and hollow. The lyrics on Walk the Moon are clich├ęd and superficial; lines like "I want the steam of your hot kiss/A polar bear I can hold, say, sleigh, hey" and "Move on, groove on baby -- live on" are embarrassing even for disposable pop music. Producer Dave Jerden beefs up the group's sound; however, the album limps along like a wounded animal.

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