Picks and Pans Review: Moulin Rouge
Remember those lushly harmonized melodies the Bee Gees spun out in their folksy first life 10 years ago—Holiday, To Love Somebody, Massachusetts? Well, the present has gone back to haunt the past. Three lady singers (dressed, in an album-cover spoof, like the Gibbs on the jacket of Children of the World), have contorted these and three other Bee Gee bygones into fine, heavy-gauge dance music with the help of some pulverizing disco production by Michael Zager. Of course, if you liked these numbers in their pristine original form, you'll just get a Saturday Night Headache. Still, what is disco but one rhythm, some string/synthesizer riffing and the license to bend any music to fit a commercial formula? The Bee Gees originally showed the way. No sweat—they still get royalties. Melodic rape aside, Moulin Rouge is creditable disco.
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