Today I rescued 3 CDs from a fate unknown. So, here’s the first of them – the 1991 follow-up album by Martika called ‘Martika’s Kitchen‘. Does this album serve up a banquet of tunes, or does it cook up a stink? Read on…
Firstly, this album has had the touch of Prince on it.
Apparently she approached him, and this ended up with her having the title track Martika’s Kitchen written solely by him (and it certainly tells), and three co-writer credits.
Second track Spirit is also highly musically reminiscent of Madonna‘s Vogue (released the previous year), but it’s lyrics aren’t as catchy, and I can’t begin to imagine how you’d dance to it.
This album didn’t replicate the success of her debut eponymous 1988 album, Martika, although it fared better outside the US.
The big hit here, is the Prince co-written track Love… Thy Will Be Done, which you can definitely imagine Prince singing, but Martika’s breathy vocals and the soft backing track really works wonders.
Where is Martika now?
What became of Martika? Well, obviously ~that~ Eminem track was yet to happen (sampling her ‘Toy Soldiers’ hit), but she’s still recording and touring – here’s the Martika official website.
Listening to it for the first time, here in 2014, gives me something that has really dated. Some of the tracks are quite simply forgettable, and I wonder whether I would have felt the same if I had heard this album 23 years earlier when it was new.
- My POP RESCUE 2014 RATING: 2 / 5
- 1991 UK CHART POSITION: #15
- POP RESCUE COST: £1.00 (rescued from a Poundland – they had multiple copies)