Fading Shades (Review 1)

[Fading Shades Cover]

by Robin Wessels June 22 1995

I think this is not a good album of Sandra's. I can't call this a Cretu album because almost all the music and also a big part of the lyrics are written by Jens Gad and I don't think the music is getting better when he writes. I think Cretu must stop collaborating with Gad and write the music on his own again, so that the next album will be a Cretu album again, like all the other previous Sandra and Enigma albums. I don't like most dance music, even if Jens Gad writes it.

The track listing is as follows:

Fading Shades (part I) {none}

Track Length
1:02
Music
Jens Gad
Lyrics
none
Comments
This (is) a(n) instrumental interlude.

Nights in White Satin {..***}

Track Length
3:34
Music
Justin Hayward
Lyrics
Justin Hayward
Comments
This is in my opinion the best song from the album.

Son of a Time Machine {...**}

Track Length
5:01
Music
Jens Gad
Lyrics
Michael Cretu & Klaus Hirschburger
Comments
This is a bit in the style of old Michael Cretu music, mixed with some new influences.

Won't Run Away {....*}

Track Length
4:14
Music
Jens Gad
Lyrics
Jens Gad & Klaus Hirschburger
Comments
This is an uptempo dance song, like most other dance music that is made in these years. I'm not a big admirer of this kind of music.

Tell me More {....*}

Track Length
3:15
Music
Jens Gad
Lyrics
Jens Gad & Klaus Hirschburger
Comments
As for Won't Run Away.

Will You Whisper? {...**}

Track Length
4:13
Music
Jens Gad
Lyrics
Klaus Hirschburger
Comments
This is a more slow song, but it isn't compareble to the same kind of songs from previous albums.

Invisible Shelter {..***}

Track Length
5:20
Music
Jens Gad
Lyrics
Michael Cretu & Klaus Hirschburger
Comments
This is after Nights in White Satin as the best song on the album. Although it is also a dance song, it is much better then the other dance songs from the album, and it has a beautiful intro, a bit in the style of Jean-Michel Jarre. Sandra only sings the chorus of the song. I don't know who sings the verses, (but) it doesn't sound like Cretu's voice so I think it may be Jens Gad, but I've never heard him sing before, so I'm not sure of it. (there isn't anything mentioned about it in the CD booklet)

You Are so Beautiful {...**}

Track Length
4:38
Music
Jens Gad
Lyrics
Jens Gad & Klaus Hirschburger
Comments
As for Won't Run Away although this one is a bit better.

I Need Love '95 {...**}

Track Length
3:28
Music
Michael Cretu
Lyrics
Michael Cretu & Klaus Hirschburger
Comments
This is a remake of the song from the Close to Seven album. It sounds a bit slower, but I prefer the original version.

First Lullaby {..***}

Track Length
4:20
Music
Michael Cretu & Jens Gad
Lyrics
Michael Cretu & Klaus Hirschburger
Comments
This is a slow song, it's been written as a lullaby for her twins, which she will get in the middle of July. This is the only new song on which Cretu co-wrote the music, and it is also one of the best songs on the album.

Fading Shades (part II) {none}

Track Length
1:06
Music
Jens Gad
Lyrics
none
Comments
As for Fading Shades (part I).

As a whole I would rate the album {...**}.

My grading system is as follows:

  • {-} Disgusting
  • {.....} Bad
  • {....*} |
  • {...**} |
  • {..***} Good
  • {.****} |
  • {*****} Fantastic
  • {none} This song hasn't been graded

Review slightly altered for English readability by Gavin Stok.


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