Czech Republic - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 14 - 12/14/97
EMI - Monitor
The original lead singer for Laura and Her Tigers (Laura a
jeji tygri), Ilona Csakova left the band around 1992 to embark on an
ambitious - and disastrous - project involving Michal Horacek and Martin
Kucaj. That resulted in probably the most expensive Czech video
accompanying possibly the worst-selling Czech CD of all time.
Since then, she settled into a comfortable solo career singing
somewhat middle-of-the road pop and starring as 'Sheila' in the revival
of musical Hair. Thanks to her rendition of I Will
Follow Him coming on the heels of Woopie Goldberg's film
Sister Act, she became once again a favorite on the Czech
television music-video shows.
Her current release Pink doesn't stray too far from the bubble
gum pop she's been exploiting since. Based on the Michael Bolton Dictum
(If it made money once it will make money again), producer Roman
Stefl alternates his own originals with hits from the sixties.
And so the album opens with his huly-gully Pink and the
vaguely tropical Leto (Summer), followed by a bouncy Trini
Lopez-like rendition of Pete Seeger's If I Had A Hammer. Things get a
little odd on Svatba pod Bezdezem (Wedding Under the Bezdez
Mountain) which mixes into the sixties bubble gum some rap from the
nineties and the remake of the Bee Gees' hit Massachusetts
that contains a droning male vocal, possibly by the album's
From there on Ilona engages the autopilot, save for Vrat se zpatky
domu (Come Back Home) - easily the most interesting cut on the
album. Here at last she has a chance to express some other emotion than
just happy bounciness. But even then, the overall mood comes out rather
subdued. This is not fair, she announces flatly as we trudge
on to the end, alternating Stefl's disposable pop with Pata
(Petula Clark's Downtown) and Tenhle kluk (Just
One Look already made famous by Doris Troy in 1962 and by Helena
Vondrackova & Marta Kubisova in 1963.).
Pink just doesn't cut it. In my opinion, Fluff would
have been a better title.
Copyright © 1997 Ivan Sever