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Wilson Phillips
"Wilson Phillips"

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Year of Release: 1990

track listing
  • Hold On
  • Release Me
  • Impulsive
  • Next To You
    (Someday I'll Be)
  • You're In Love
  • Over And Over
  • A Reason To Believe
  • Ooh You're Gold
  • Eyes Like Twins
  • The Dream Is Still Alive

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    Wilson Phillips
    "Wilson Phillips"

    The female trio of Wilson Phillips consists of daughters of famous rock stars. Two sisters, Carnie & Wendy Wilson are the daughters of Beach Boys' Brian Wilson. Chynna Phillips is the daughter of John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas & Papas. (In looking at the album cover, Carnie Wilson is wearing the hat, Wendy is the brunette on the right, and the blonde is Chynna.) Their self-titled album Wilson Phillips is an excellent album, and from it, it produced 3 Number One songs: "Hold On", "Release Me," and "You're In Love".

    Considered the best type of music to categorize Wilson Phillips is Adult Contemporary. Featuring soft-pop with beautiful harmonies, this album proves the fact that children of famous rock stars can follow in their parents' footsteps. {The most recent child of a famous rock star is Bob Dylan's son, him being the lead singer of The Wallflowers.}

    Wilson Phillips starts out with their first two Number Ones: "Hold On" and "Release Me," two great pop-sounding songs. "Impulsive" is another song that received some minor radio airplay, and like their Number Ones, it has a great pop sound (yet it has a more rock sound to it) and nice harmonies. "Next To You (Someday I'll Be)" is a bit moody and has a more rock ballad feel, and it has a feeling of another famous Wilson sister duo, Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart. (Obviously, no relation, of course.)

    Another pop/rock number, "Over And Over" features the same formula as before: A song with pleasant harmonies with a pop/rock beat. "A Reason To Believe" is a remake of the song made famous by Rod Stewart. It has a nice pop-rock beat. "Ooh You're Gold" is compared to the pop-rock beat of Roxette, having a danceable beat.

    "Eyes Like Twins" has a Madonna sound to it, as it features (like previous songs) great harmonies. The album closes out with a song that should of received radio airplay: "The Dream Is Still Alive," a song about how friends from years ago have grown up and lose touch with another, but the dream of seeing each other again and reliving the old times is still alive in their minds. (The nice reference to Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" is a nice reference: "Not so long ago in a Purple Haze; People dreamed out loud, they were not afraid."

    Wilson Phillips is a great album for those who enjoy Adult Contemporary and pop rock fans alike. And the amazing fact of this talented trio is that they are daughters of fine rock artists, something we don't always see. (Wouldn't it be something if the children of John, Paul, George and Ringo got together and recorded something? Wasn't "Something" a Beatles song?)

    To get away from the whoopla of hard-rock/heavy metal and/or the hardcore of rap, Wilson Phillips is an adventure in getting away from the common sounds of today's popular music, where their songs are fresh, and their harmonies can't be beat.

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