Label: Warner Bros. Records - WB 56 841 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Pop Rock
In an attempt to radically change his image, Todd Rundgren and Utopia were recruited to reinvent teen idol Cassidy for the new wave '80s.
Its My Life - Shaun Cassidy - Wasp wound up essentially remaking Rundgren's Faithful album with lesser-known cover songs, looser arrangements, and Shaun on lead vocals. Like Faithful, WASP is an eclectic selection of covers, mixed with typical Rundgren originals, all delivered with adventurous, uniformly fine vocals from Cassidy.
The opening take on Bowie's "Rebel Rebel" is indicative of the futility this album sometimes falls into: Cassidy La Balançoire - Maud Lübeck - La Fabrique fine in his lower register, but Rundgren adds a munchkin-like second lead vocal, turning the song into near-parody.
Similarly, "Shake Me, Wake Me" is nearly ruined by synthesizer tweets and synth drums, and "Once Bitten, Twice Shy" sports a playful tack-piano that undermines Cassidy's edgy delivery. Throughout the album, though, Cassidy's expressive vocals redeem material that is hampered by production quirks.
And most of the Hank Williams - Movin On rises above the dated arrangements, which mar some of the best selections. WASP is a gutsy album for Cassidy and, when he's not being Its My Life - Shaun Cassidy - Wasp by his producer and backup band, a fine showcase for a talented singer.
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