Michael Moon


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Most notable for his work fronting Kansas City's the Front (later renamed Bakers Pink, only to disband and reform as the Front again), Michael Moon is the alter ego of vocalist/songwriter Michael Franano. A decent singer, Moon lacks the charm needed to make the pop ditties, like "Only You," "You" and "Hurt You," that comprise You shine (the music is no more imaginative than the titles). Chris Isaak comes to mind on "Like I Do" as slide guitars tumble over Moon's falsetto. Unfortunately Isaak's vastly superior crooning and songwriting are not regurgitated along with his sonic affectations. All the parts needed to make fine pop are there -- tightly arranged material, decent melodies, fine musical performances -- but Moon's stilted personality prevents it all from coming together, leaving You with an unconvincing, contrived sound.

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