Review of Deja Vu by Giorgio Moroder
I can’t think of many 75 year olds still active in music (how old is Tom Jones?). I can’t think of any that are actively releasing music and in danger of harming the charts. Add to the equation the element of creating contemporary music. The likelihood of finding such a person would be tantamount to finding somebody saying “that Adolf Hitler chap, he was nice wasn’t he” or in a more standard way its rarer then hen’s teeth.
Well prepare to find that elusive hen’s tooth as Giorgio Moroder is exactly that (minus the Hitler quote). You may not know his name, but you will recognise his tunes. Among the most exceptional in the Italian’s back catalogue is the 1977 synthesised album Feel Love by disco legend, Donna Summer. So integral was his input in to the whole scene, many experts class Giorgio as the godfather of disco. The whole scene could have been very different without his influence.
But how can a 75 year old Italian be relevant now? Surely this will be a nostalgia filled, yet dated disco album.
So there are hints of a substantial past, with hints of Chic and Flashdance among others. However there are some genuine pop bangers on here with great hooks that will etch on you cranium. The addition of a heavy hitting supporting cast in the shape of Kylie, Sia and girl of the moment Charli XCX ensure there is a nod to what has made them successful.
Highlights on the album for me include the title track with features Sia, Diamonds (a hard hitting EDM banger) and Back and Forth. The collaborations are necessary to add currency to the album and they do lift the production. Charli XCX in particular was strong in her vocals and was also a highlight.
Whether or not Giorgio Moroder is here to stay and well placed for future albums of this mould remains to be seen. However as a piece of music this is a good listen, not great but good. I would suggest a listen and you will be pleasantly surprised. If one lesson is to come of this, talent doesn’t discriminate on age. You don’t lose genuine excellence.