CD 15 Minutes [Barry Manilow] (CD 7046687),
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15 Minutes [Barry Manilow]

  • 1. 15 Minutes
    2. Work the Room
    3. Bring on Tomorrow
    4. Now It's for Real
    5. Wine Song
    6. He's a Star
    7. Written in Stone
    8. Letter from a Fan/So Heavy, So High
    9. Everybody's Leavin'
    10. Who Needs You
    11. Winner Go Down
    12. Slept Through the End of the World
    13. Reflection
    14. Trainwreck
    15. 15 Minutes (Reprise)
    16. Everything's Gonna Be All Right
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 09202

  • Credits
    ProducerMark Hulett; Michael Lloyd; Barry Manilow
    EngineerMichael Lloyd; Barry Manilow

    Lyricist: Enoch Anderson.
    Personnel: Barry Manilow (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Michael Lloyd (guitar, keyboards, programming, background vocals); Laurence Juber, Tim Pierce (guitar); Jim Cox, Matt Rawlings (keyboards); Gregg Bissonette (drums); Carmel Echols, Judith Hill, Kye Brackett, Keely Vasquez, Muffy Hendrix, Melanie Nyema, Bill Santos, Navanna Holley, Ron Dante, Randy Crenshaw (background vocals).
    Audio Mixer: Michael Lloyd .
    Recording information: Peppertree Studios, Palm Springs, CA; The Complex Studios, Los Angeles, CA; The Studio, Beverly Hills, CA.
    Arrangers: Michael Lloyd ; Barry Manilow.
    Like Here at the Mayflower before it, 15 Minutes -- Barry Manilow's first collection of original pop tunes since that 2001 record -- is a concept album, this time chronicling the ups and downs of fleeting fame in the 21st century. The concept is modern and, appropriately, so is some of the music on this 16-track collection. Most notably, Manilow not only rides a tightly wound drum loop on "Work the Room," he also raps, a development nearly as disconcerting as the cuss he slips into its chorus. So, don't let it be said that Manilow shies away from risks on 15 Minutes, but he's still Barry, and he still favors sharp songcraft and melodies so ingratiating they unwittingly worm their way into the subconscious. Nevertheless, ballads take a back seat to sprightly pop throughout 15 Minutes and he comes up with some of his liveliest numbers in years here, highlighted by the Sedaka-esque bounce of "Who Needs You" and the slowly escalating "Winner Go Down." These may be the snappiest songs here, but 15 Minutes offers something unexpected: here, Barry Manilow is trying hard to deliver serious, sharply crafted pop, and even if the album doesn't entirely work, it's hard not to give him considerable credit for his ambition, not to mention the couple of cuts where it all clicks. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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