M+M / Martha and the Muffins

The World Is a Ball

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Continuing as a duo, augmented by the cream of the crop of studio musicians, Mark Gane and Martha Johnson connected with new producer David Lord, and returned to England to record this album. It's a different sound from the prior release, Mystery Walk, but once again, one of the charms of M + M was that one never quite knew what to expect from them. The album is full of interesting sounds, and wonderful songs. Mark Gane demonstrates his singing ability on the beautiful "Stuck On the Grid," and Martha Johnson continues to use her voice to full extent on "Song In My Head," the somber "I Watch, I Wait," and the somewhat angry "Don't Jump the Gun." The production is somewhat loud for M + M, and the sounds are not nearly as layered as previous releases. However, strap on headphones, and one is treated to some interesting effects and sounds sprinkled throughout. Overall, a pleasant, hard-sounding pop album with dance overtones; there is enough here to keep avid fans interested and win over some new listeners.

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