It's That Girl Again

It's That Girl Again

by BasiaBasia
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It's been 15 years since Basia Trzetrzelewska and her partner and collaborator Danny White issued the criminally under-heralded The Sweetest Illusion, her final album for Epic. Since that time, she's popped up on a few instrumental mix albums and as a guest vocalist on Matt Bianco's Matt's Mood, but other than compilations, this wonderfully inventive singer and songwriter of adult contemporary music disappeared from the scene. It's That Girl Again showcases the Polish songstress in a variety of settings over 13 new tracks. A host of crack session players join her core band, including White -- her co-writer on most tunes -- Mark Reilly, guitarist Peter White, and a chorus made up of Basia's family and friends. The set opens with "If Not Now Then When," a clever reintroduction to Basia's sound with a slew of new ideas including the use of bossa nova rhythms. Guitars and acoustic keyboards permeate the mix rather than some of the more synthetic '80s and '90s sounds of her earlier records. The lyrics are the same, positive, emotive tomes about honesty, fulfillment, intimacy, and determination she has always employed. "A Gift" is a surprisingly candid tune, about taking another's love for granted and becoming aware of the error before it's too late. The languid acoustic and electric guitars, the gently skittering loops and hand percussion all flavor a lyric of uncommon candor. "Everybody's on the Move" is true, big dancefloor modern funk that is ripe for dozens of remixes. In essence, while on some level hers is a sound close to the one that garnered her platinum album sales in decades past, there is plenty that is new here, including much more sophisticated rhythms, a more adventurous use of Latin, jazz, and Brazilian (particularly the latter) styles as they meld seamlessly with her brand of Eastern European pop, and a more poetic and focused way of writing lyrics, all wrapped up in that gorgeous voice of hers and in White's arrangements. This is as welcome a comeback record as any we've heard in recent years. In fact, It's That Girl Again goes so far as to make us remember just how much we missed her in the first place.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2009
Label: Koch Records
UPC: 0099923459224
catalogNumber: 4592
Rank: 100525

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Basia   Primary Artist
Peter White   Guitar
Julian Crampton   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ian Kirkham   Saxophone
Mark Reilly   Background Vocals
Kevin Robinson   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,French Horn,Background Vocals
Andy Ross   Guitar
Fayyaz Virji   Trombone
Danny White   Keyboards
Marc Parnell   Drums
Paul Booth   Saxophone
Danny White & Linda Nail   Keyboards
Polish Chorus   Ensemble
Paul Booth   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Mark Reilly   Composer
Kevin Robinson   Composer
Andy Ross   Composer
Basia Trzetrzelewska   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Audio Production
Danny White   Composer,Audio Production
Danny White & Linda Nail   Composer,Producer

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It's That Girl Again 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
NiceFLGuy1963 More than 1 year ago
I have waited for a few years to hear Basia once again. I am THRILLED that her and Danny have come up with an album that is so fabulous. It was WELL worth the wait. I look forward to the next album. I highly recommend this to anyone.
Beejcctx More than 1 year ago
Basia, who gained notoriety during the 1980's with such chart toppers as "Time and Tide" is indeed BACK with a new album. With a three octave range, personal lyrics and a smorgasbord of styles - both danceable and emotionally powerful - Basia is a true musician of the world. Her return to the music scene is a welcome breath of fresh air. All of the songs on "It's That Girl Again" are each unique entrees with their own energy and distinct vibrant Basia style - yet still feeling completely part of the entire catalogue of wonderful music she has given us over the years. You won't be disappointed, for after all this wait, it's that girl again - the incomparable Basia.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lively - I have trouble sitting still while listening to her CD. I chair dance at my computer. This is my first experience listening to Basia and it was well worth stopping to listen at Barnes and Noble near me.
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