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The Mood Mosaic, Vol. 5: Supervixens - A '70s Modal Collection

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After putting out four volumes of lounge-oriented music, the compilers of the Mood Mosaic compilation series did an abrupt about-face on their fifth installment. Mood Mosaic, Vol. 5: Supervixens -- A '70s Modal Collection is radically different from its predecessors because it abandons lounge entirely to concentrate on disco. However, this doesn't mean it features tracks like "Heart of Glass" and "Y.M.C.A."; instead, Mood Mosaic, Vol. 5: Supervixens -- A '70s Modal Collection focuses on a series of obscure, lengthy tracks that will probably be known only to veteran clubgoers. Sadly, obscure doesn't always mean lost gem and this is the case with the often-inconsistent track listing of this compilation. The first half of the album is loaded down with run-of-the-mill disco tracks: Marta Acuna's "Dance Dance Dance" suffers from a repetitive melody and a weak, wobbly-sounding lead vocal, while Hiroshima's "Lion Dance" is a snoozy bit of jazz-disco that relies too much on the novelty overdubbing koto solos over a throbbing dance beat. Despite these frequent dull spots, patient listeners will be rewarded with a few solid disco gems if they can make it to the second half: Black Devil's "Follow Me" combines rhythmic programmed synthesizer and live drums in a way reminiscent of Giorgio Moroder, and Sylvia's "The Lollipop Man" is a sexily voiced and charmingly over-the-top tribute to television detective Kojak. Unfortunately, choice moments like these pop up too infrequently on this compilation and are surrounded by too much dancefloor filler. As a result, Mood Mosaic, Vol. 5: Supervixens -- A '70s Modal Collection can only be recommended to disco completists and will probably leave the lounge fans who bought the series' other volumes cold.

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