Bourgeois Tagg – Yoyo

Bourgeois Tagg - YoyoThe album was my first exposure to Brent Bourgeois, and though it’s uneven in many places, it’s one of the last great breaths of pure pop music in the late 1980s. This was the second album for the combination of Bourgeois and fellow songwriter Larry Tagg, and also the last. And despite my affection for Bourgeois’ later works, Tagg wrote two of my favorite songs on this album, the joyous and well-harmonized “Best Of All Possible Worlds” and “Waiting For The Worm To Turn”. These two songs exude the best vibes of the catchiest Beatles and ELO tunes, while still bringing their own unique sounds to the mix. Bourgeois’ contributions include the somber and depressing “Coma” (about someone whose alcoholism has left him in – you guessed it – a Rating: 3 out of 4coma), and the sleeper-hit single “I Don’t Mind At All”, a simple yet majestic statement in acoustic guitar and string quartet that made a brief showing on MTV at the time of its release. The latter was written by Bourgeois and guitarist Lyle Workman, who also collaborated on “Let His Love Into Your Heart” on Bourgeois’ 1994 contemporary Christian debut.

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  1. Best of All Possible Worlds (3:58)
  2. Cry Like A Baby (3:25)
  3. Pencil & Paper (4:03)
  4. Out Of My Mind (4:02)
  5. 15 Minutes in the Sun (3:46)
  6. Waiting for the Worm to Turn (4:02)
  7. I Don’t Mind At All (2:33)
  8. What’s Wrong With This Picture (4:23)
  9. Stress (4:13)
  10. Coma (4:14)

Released by: Island
Release date: 1987
Total running time: 38:39