Gary Barlow - Open Road 
Music Disc Reviews Audio CD
Written by Jason Karsh   
Tuesday, 13 January 1998

Arista Records
| Performance 2.5 | Sound 6 |

I can't tell you how often I've wondered where really bad Top-40 music comes from. Out of what hit-making-machine in the basement of what record company comes an evil like Hanson? Does anyone actually know, or is there a level of plausible deniability? Well, suffice it to say that I may not have discovered the all-important, end-all-be-all answer to my query, but I have made some progress. Does anybody remember a group called 'Take That'? They were a New-Kids-On-The-Block-esque pop band that broke up a few years back. And one of those Thats was--and still is--Gary Barlow. My answer then being asexual reproduction.

You can begin to imagine what this album sounds like, can't you? Can anybody say Jon Secada? Of course you can. Yes, this album is recorded well and it sounds almost palatable, which is all radio normally goes for anyway, but I have other advice. I say stay away, far away, if not for yourself for the safety of those you love. (By the way, if this guy's more popular than Jewel within the next six months, don't hate him because he's slated to be the next David Hasslehoff.)

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