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"One Second"

© Mercury Records

Year of Release: 1987

track listing
  • La Habanera
  • Moon In Ice
  • Le Secret Farida
  • Call It Love
  • Hawaiian Chance
  • The Rhythm Devine
  • Santiago
  • Goldrush
  • Oh Yeah
  • Dr Van Steiner
  • Si Senor The Hairy Grill
  • L'Hotel

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    "One Second"

    Yello -- the duo who made the song "Oh Yeah" as one of those songs you just had to have. That "Ohhhhhhhhhhhh Yeahhhhhhhhhhh.. Beauuuuuuuutiful.. Smoooooth... huh huh huh" was in your head, and you just had to chuckle, the way it sounded. It was in many movies, most notably Ferris Bueller's Day Off (Matthew Broderick), and The Secret Of My Success (Michael J. Fox). Yello consisted of the duo of Dieter Meier and Boris Blank. Electronic music best describes Yello's music, as another electronic music duo comes to mind -- Kraftwerk (Ralf Hutter and Florian Scheider). Yello was from Switzerland; Kraftwerk from Germany.

    Where Yello's electronic music focuses more on the dance rhythms, Kraftwerk was more electronic with computerized sound. Yet, on Yello's One Second, there are definitely comparisons to that of Kraftwerk. One Second proves to be a very powerful album, in sound, and in electronic music. And to point out on the electronic dance rhythms, One Second was released in the late-1980s (1987), easily fitting the musical dance and Pop of the 1980s decade of music. The music here, especially on some of the instrumentals, could easily fit the TV show Miami Vice soundtrack.

    The album leads off with "La Habanera" -- it has a more Latin-styled sound, Latin Electronic Music. "Moon In Ice" definitely sets the groove, and is powerful. Kraftwerk gets the comparison on "Call It Love," and also on "La Secret Farida"; it has a more German sound, just as Kraftwerk was, from Germany.

    "Hawaiian Chance" is another powerful track, having the electronic dance rhythms, and could fit the soundtrack to MIami Vice. "The Rhythm Divine" is more laid back than the other tracks, ambient, with vocals by Shirley Bassey. Does that name name sound familiar? The James Bond movie Goldfinger theme.

    The next two tracks are upbeat, and techno music, or even world music: "Santiago" and "Goldrush." "Oh Yeah" is next, and for those who remember this song. "Ohhhhhhhhh Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhh..."

    "Dr Van Steiner" is more of a song from a movie soundtrack. And, like many of the songs on this album, powerful. "Si Senor The Hairy Grill" has a more Rock sound, maybe even Punk Rock. Ambient, German'ish, spooky for the last track, "L'Hotel."

    There isn't one bad track on Yello's One Second. It's basically something for everyone. The electronic upbeat tracks are worth listening to. If the musical styles of Synth-Pop (as in Kraftwerk), techno (definitely flavored throughout the album), new wave (that is a question mark; new wave has different meanings in sound), and ambient (more on the movie soundtrack side, and on that notion, another German band that has just a touch in comparison -- Laibach). Fans of Duran Duran just may like this album also. This is a very powerful album. "Oh Yeah" is the standout track, yet the other tracks are powerful in sound, and for those who enjoy these styles of music (especially electronic), One Second will be a very entertaining album to listen to, and enjoyed. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh Yeahhhhhhhhhhh.. It's that good.

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