Dare to Love

Dare to Love

by Jimmy Somerville


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You may not know his name, but you'll probably recognize his voice. Since the death of Klaus Nomi, Somerville has reigned as the best white falsetto singer in pop music; his soaring voice propelled Bronski Beat and the Communards to respectable chart positions (especially in Europe) during the 1980s, and his return to musical activity finds him in excellent form. Dare to Love doesn't really break much new ground for Somerville. He's still working the club floor with disco-inflected dance-pop, and his melodic sense is still as strong as ever -- from the airborne melodic lines of "Heartbeat" to the down-and-dirty funk of "Alright," this album is a smorgasbord of pure pop pleasure. Listen carefully to the words, though, and the experience gets a bit darker. Somerville's lyrics have always been unabashedly homoerotic, and while most of the tunes on this disc are given over to sweet, wide-eyed declarations of romantic devotion, there's a rather nasty leather-boy undercurrent to "Alright" that risks turning off listeners of any sexual orientation ("The blood had dried by the morning light"? Eww.) More disturbingly, the title track appears to be a celebration of statutory rape: the protagonist has been imprisoned "because he dared to love" (the implication being "because he dared to love a man"), but the lyrics make it clear that he's in jail more specifically because he dared to love a minor. We're clearly supposed to sympathize with him, but those who find sex between adults and children problematic might have difficulty doing so. Pretty song, though.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/24/1995
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0042282854025
catalogNumber: 828540

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jimmy Somerville   Primary Artist,Vocals
Flash   Bass,Guitar
Jules Shear   Background Vocals
Geoffrey Williams   Background Vocals
David Beebe   Drums
Andy Duncan   Percussion,Drums
Sally Fenton   Strings
Chyna Gordon   Background Vocals
Sally Herbert   Violin
Kick Horns   Horn,Group
Victor Johnson   Bass,Guitar
Carol Kenyon   Background Vocals
Paul Lewis   Background Vocals
Jeremy Meehan   Bass
Glenn Nightingale   Guitar
Leo Payne   Strings
Chris Pitsillides   Strings
Audrey Riley   Strings
Matt Rowe   Keyboards
Jonn Savannah   Keyboards
Sonia Slany   Strings
Phil Spalding   Bass,Guitar
Sian Bell   Strings
Gary Butcher   Guitar
Jayne Harris   Strings
Trevor Conner   Background Vocals
Anna Ross   Background Vocals
Christopher Tombling   Strings
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Albert Hammond   Composer
Holly Knight   Composer
Paul Gommersall   Engineer
Stephen Hague   Programming,Producer
Matt Rowe   Programming,Producer
Henry Binns   Engineer
Paul Gomersall   Engineer
Sam Hardaker   Engineer
Adrian Bushby   Engineer
Simon Gogerly   Engineer
Chuck Norman   Programming
Richard "Biff" Stannard   Composer,Programming,Producer

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