This Is Serious

This Is Serious

by Marilyn MartinMarilyn Martin


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Marilyn Martin's second album, This Is Serious, found the Southern pop
ocker continuing to work with producer Jon Astley, who had done some producing on her self-titled debut album of 1986 and produced most of this LP (except for some tunes that were produced by either Terry Brown or Patrick Leonard and Michael Verdick). Martin wanted a different production style for her sophomore album, and she got it -- while her first LP had a very slick, high-tech, synthesizer-driven sound, This Is Serious favors a more organic production style than its predecessor. This Is Serious doesn't sound as programmed as Marilyn Martin, but in terms of the songs themselves, this 1988 release wasn't all that radical a departure from her first album. Martin was still a commercial, radio-friendly pop
ock vocalist, and her appreciation of R&B continued to assert itself. Even though This Is Serious is very much a pop
ock record, there are hints of R&B on spirited, infectious tracks like "Try Me," the title song, and the single "Possessive Love" (which Madonna co-wrote). And that isn't surprising because Martin was quick to point out that she grew up listening to R&B extensively. This Is Serious had the makings of a hit, but surprisingly, the album turned out to be a commercial disappointment -- which resulted in Atlantic dropping Martin. Even though Marilyn Martin is the more essential of her two albums, This Is Serious is also quite enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/30/2007
Label: Wounded Bird Records
UPC: 0664140181427
catalogNumber: 1814
Rank: 34273

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marilyn Martin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Donna De Lory   Background Vocals
Jay Gruska   Musician
Jeff Bova   Musician
Sharon Celani   Vocals,Background Vocals
Richie Close   Musician
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion,Musician
Nathan East   Musician
Anton Fig   Musician
Don Gerard   Background Vocals
Gina Haire   Background Vocals
Jonathan Moffett   Musician
Phil Palmer   Musician
Michael Tempo   Musician
Arnold McCuller   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jai Winding   Musician
David E. Williams   Musician
John "4 Daddman" Robinson   Musician
Bobby "Blanco" King   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jon Astley   Producer
Terry Brown   Producer
Greg Droman   Engineer
Patrick Leonard   Producer
Michael Verdick   Producer,Engineer
Bob Defrin   Art Direction

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