Tangerue / Strange Affair

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This mysterious disco act put out several records in the late '70s under the guidance of producers Ed Strauman and Bruce Weeden, as well as Juliano Salerni. Much of the fare is unimpressive, with throwaway ditties like "Dance With Me" and "Everynight, Everyday" possessing neutral rhythm sections, bland melody lines, and forgettable group vocals. A few cuts have a creative edge, such as the salsa-spiced "Tangerue" and the vibrant, funk-drizzled "No, No, No," but even they are quite derivative in their Salsoul-inspired arrangements and Chic-esque voices, respectively. Overall, the Tangerue brand of disco is mood-setting and sublime -- something like a scaled-down version of Silver Convention, if not with the strong melodic and party-starting qualities of Chic or Vicki Sue Robinson's music. The strings, horns, and vocals are all substantial, but the material they have to work with is generally unchallenging and lackluster.

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