We will admit that this is a sentimental choice for the PoP recommendation for this week but what the hey …
Barry Gibb is the proverbial Last Man Standing. Just turned 70, Gibb survives his three brothers Andy, Maurice and Robin, who have all passed on. The Bee Gees effectively ended when Maurice died in 2003, aged 53.
Thus, this new album from Barry Gibb is significant as representing the first recorded music from a Gibb brother since the Bee Gees’ final studio album, This Is Where We Came In. Still a bit of a family affair as the new album was made with his sons Stephen and Ashley (who co-write the songs with Gibb).
And based on the 12 tracks here, Barry Gibb has lost none of his singing or songwriting chops. That familiar voice still rings out confidently and the melodies hit home each time.
Apart from the undeniable emotional appeal for diehard Bee Gees fans, songs like the gorgeous ballads “Star Crossed Lovers”, “Meaning of the Word”, “Cross to Bear” and “The Long Goodbye” (a tribute to his brothers), will satisfy any lovers of melodic rock.
The rest of In the Now, consist of upbeat mid tempo R&B-infused rockers with the title track and “Grand Illusion” the highlights.
It is a comeback album that resonates for anyone who would give it a chance but most of all, if like us, you absolutely loved The Bee Gees.
Buy now at iTunes.
… still there’s more …