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CD REVIEW: Michael Man'gia - Virgins
By Ben Ohmart - 05/21/2007 - 10:34 AM EDT

Artist: Michael Man'gia
Genre: Goth Pop
CD Review:
Good ep. A piano album which is much like Elton John's depressed side. Imagine George Michael and Elton John having a kid, then hiring Rick Wakeman to co-write 2.5 of the 5 songs here. The vocals are a bit hard to hear, but the tunes are catchy and will stick with/to you.

'Don't Cry' is a beautiful piece of memory. The voice is 1 more instrument. It's like going back to Ireland or a small mid-western town, and standing on that hill you played on as a child. And you remember the good times. And you're sorry they're over. But you're glad you lived them. Okay, that doesn't quite fit the lyrics, which go 'picked up your letter, read it today / said dear friend once a lover, can we still be friends / nothing in it, empty as can be / used to love you, when you loved me'. Still.

'Higher' indeed reminds me of some of Wakeman's prettier ballads. With vocals.

I was puzzled by the title of the album, which isn't one of the name of the songs. But the bio which came with it explained away all that. 'The title Virgins came when I noticed that all these songs are boys and girls, and had a life-force of their own.'

This here's a good teaser to what I hope will spring into a full 60 min. album someday soon. If you like U2 or some of the brighter modes of goth, you're going to go potty over this guy. Wickedly entertaining start to a new recording career.


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