Picks and Pans Review: Still Waters
Even if you dismiss disco as being truly dreadful, there's no denying the melodic might of a great Bee Gees song. And the Gibb brothers' latest has all the commercial charm and accomplished musicianship of their best work.
For the first time, the group has relinquished studio control to outside producers who bring them into the late '90s with arrangements that are lean and effortlessly contemporary, unlike those on recent Bee Gees albums. While the trio prove they can still turn on the funk with the syncopated shuffle of "I Surrender" or the standout "With My Eyes Closed," they excel on ballads. When the three merge falsettos on romantic confections like "I Could Not Love You More" and "My Lover's Prayer," they do so with delicate tenderness, sounding as if they're on the verge of tears. Not since their '70s heyday has sweet harmony sounded quite so spine-tingling. (Polydor)