Hodgson, Roger / Hai Hai
Artist Hodgson, Roger
Title Hai Hai
Format CD
Released 1987
Label A & M Records
Tracks
1. Right Place (4:04)
2. My Magazine (4:41)
3. London (4:12)
4. You Make Me Love You (5:08)
5. Hai Hai (5:29)
6. Who's Afraid (5:00)
7. Desert Love (5:28)
8. Land Ho (4:08)
9. House on the Corner (5:23)
10. Puppet Dance (5:18)
Notes With this release,Hodgson dove head first into the '80s sound, both with production and instruments. Gone was the music of Supertramp(long, drawn-out prog/art rock pieces), and in its place, '80s dance-pop, not unlikeWang Chung. Hodgson wanted to leave the past behind him, and with the help of top session players (including drummer Jeff Porcaro), he seemed to want to branch out and experiment with other forms of music, such as reggae, pop, dance, and synth pop. The problem is that for the most part, it did not work. The songs lack the melodies that he is capable of writing, and the lyrics are at times juvenile and embarrassing (for example "Who's Afraid," or "My Magazine"). He may have had the best intentions, and he may have been trying to say something, but the poetry reads like a bored high school student wrote them. And while he hints at experimentation with other forms of music, he does not go far enough. For example, the listener is left with the small flavor of reggae without the structure or commitment to go all the way with the sound. The brief shining moments harken back to the Supertramp days, including a song he wrote with fellow Supertramp member Rick Davies in 1974 (the highlight of the album, the brilliant and moving "Land Ho"). He relies way too much on technology, and the music comes off as sounding cold and distant. What could have been beautiful melodies are lost in the heavy electro beat production and arrangements. For such a talented artist, this album is a big disappointment.

(c) 1987 A&M; CD 5112

All songs written by Roger Hodgson,
expect "Land Ho," written by
Roger Hodgson & Rick Davies (1974).
All songs C 1987 UNICHORD MUSIC,
Administered by Almo Music Corp. (ASCAP),
except "Land Ho," C 1974 Dick James Music.
Lyrics Used by Permission.
All rights reserved.
Reproduction Prohibited.