Picks and Pans Review: This Is Where I Came in
At their peak, the Bee Gees were a chocolate-chocolate-chip sundae in a lake of hot fudge; their latest is a simpler dessert, like an apple. With one crucial difference: Millions of people will buy apples this year. Not that the new CD is bad, but the Bee Gees seem adrift. Too old to be Eminem, too white to be Baha Men, too talented to be Puff Daddy, they can't keep up with the trends of the last 10 seconds. Even the cover shows their picture hanging in a gallery, like an artifact. Careening from electronica to music-hall plucking, they succeed best in ballads like the elegant "Loose Talk Costs Lives." But musicians born when "Night Fever" was on the charts are aping '70s glam. Maybe it's time the Bee Gees reminded them how it's done.
Bottom Line: "Stayin' Alive" on life support