Dancing in the City

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Although history tends to refer to them as one-hit wonders, Marshall-Hain actually scored two hits; the first, the title track of their one and only album, is the biggie, a rolling dance number that split its musical exuberance with the gorgeous sadness of Kit Hain's vocal, and became a massive hit all across Europe. But it's the follow-up, the string-driven "Coming Home," which truly marked Hain (if not her musical partner, Julian Marshall) out for future glory, a heartbroken ballad that flirted with the U.K. Top 40 in late 1978. Released in the U.K. as Free Ride (which was probably a mistake), Dancing in the City is very much a child of its times, largely locked in a late-'70s dance-pop vibe, veering towards the jazzy feel of the opening "Different Point." But "Dancing in the City" remains a classic, and the reggae-tinged "Real Satisfaction" and cod funk title track at least show off the duo's versatility. And then there's Hain's closing "Back to the Green," a slice of naked balladry that -- lined up alongside "Coming Home" -- shows us exactly where she would be heading once her solo career got underway.

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