My first album PLASTIC WONDERLAND was released in 1999 and it is currently getting lots of radio play in Ireland especially on CRY104FM on MY KIND OF MUSIC with host Paddy Lane. This is really exciting!!! Sharing a current review of the album for people who have not heard it. It is a very “progressive album” and is currently playing on the radio along with my poems from my first poetry book STRINGS. My newest album CICADA was released this year and is a more electronic album……GREAT stuff happening on my new label G PLAN MUSIC, a subsidiary of G Plan Media…..I released CICADA on G Plan Music and also E. Cousins debut album AMERICAN ROADS….My newest artist HUALA from Austria will be released in early 2015…..My newest poetry book will be released in March 2015……STAY TUNED……
Plastic Wonderland, the incredible Gina Nemo.
Byline: The Book Reviewer aka The Music Reviewer
Title of Music LP: Plastic Wonderland
All songs produced by: Gina Nemo and Justin Page.
Except: Track #1 “Dreamer” produced by: Justin Page, Howie Hersh and Gina Nemo.
Track #2 “Without You” produced by: Chris Bond and Gina Nemo.
Track #14 “Don’t Take Your Love From Me” produced by: Gina Nemo.
All songs written by: Gina Nemo and Justin Page.
Except: Track #2 “Without You” written by: Gina Nemo and Chris Bond.
Track #14 “Don’t Take Your Love From Me” written by: Henry Nemo.
All songs published by: Omen Fiction Publishing.
Except: Track #14 “Don’t Take Your Love From Me” published by: Indano Music Co.
Vocals: Gina Nemo.
Backing Vocals: Gina Nemo and Justin Page.
Electric, Acoustic and 12 String Guitars: Justin Page.
Guitars: Steve Norton, Rob “Opey” Russ, Chris Bond.
Bass: Bruce Witkin, Guy Erez, Michael Vigilante, Jeff Littleton, Randy Landis.
Drums: Rob Klonel, Burleigh Drummond, Greg Gonzalez.
Keyboards: Craig Owens, Kevin King, Doug Nahory, Fuzzbe Morse.
Violin: Karen Briggs.
Cello: Eric Von Essen.
Mandolin: Marcello Berestovoy, Justin Page.
Mixed by: Maurice Gainen, Bruce Witkin, Scott Kolden, Ryan Dorn.
Mastered by: Maurice Gainen.
Art Direction and Design by: Michael Page, Liz Oakes, Omen Fiction.
Cover Photo and Inside Page: Linda Ford.
Photo Collage: all photo’s by Gina Nemo.
Except: pink coach by Linda Ford.
Back of Album Photo by: Peter Deluise.
Makeup and Hair: Dedra Whitt.
Record Label: Omen Records.
Date of Publication: 1999.
Titles of Songs:
I Don’t Believe in You
Smell the Roses
I’m Looking Through You
All That Water
I Needed You
Don’t Take Your Love From Me
“that’s what little girls are made of ..”
- Old Country Rhyme
An incredible eclectic mix of alternative and pop rock songs with a classic jazz standard (written by her famous father Henry Nemo), tucked in at the end, this music is girl rock at its best. Plastic Wonderland is Gina Nemo’s first music album originally released in 1999. Gina Nemo is a Hollywood child star, noted for her role in “21 Jump Street” who is also a musician, songwriter, poet, writer, public relations maven, television/film producer. I have previously reviewed two books of poetry, Strings andScarlet for Gina Nemo, and the music CD: Cicada, released in 2014.
This music is a celebration in modern alternative rock fusion, some of the songs reminiscent of later Beatles’ influences and others in rockabilly not unlike Ricky Nelson. The lyrics read like a girl’s confessional, the bare soul of love on love, love conflicted, love lost, girl in heartache writing tunes. These are big romance songs, a girl and her band on the American wire.
One of my favourite songs is “I’m Looking Through You” a sweet and dark rain ballad that plays in your thoughts and on. This song is a piano rock ballad, with a brilliant melody line not unlike “The Cold November Rain” by Guns and Roses. “Call her an angel from the sidewalk/ Call her anything you want/ Call her an angel from the gutter/ and let her bleed upon your tongue”.
Also, “Without You” the most fantastic melody hook, perhaps the New Age rock/country music hook of the century. “I can’t be without you”. “I Know” has a sweet melodic electric guitar lick, “you say you don’t believe me but I know/ and I know your smile tastes like death ..” the mix of heartache poetry riffs with sweet melody lines. As if painting a picture of a love affair in Americana, “I needed you” plays with rockabilly influences, “I pleaded with you/ but you just gave me a dance/ because I was crazy for you/ it makes me want to cry ..” with a beautiful new fashion/old fashioned lilt for the last line.
In “Dreamer”, “Plastic Wonderland”, “I Don’t Believe in You”, “Strawberry Lady” you can hear the influences of Beatle’s psychedelia, particularly reminiscent of Sarjeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. “Plastic Wonderland”, “just give me one reason you do the things you do/ the distance in my eyes, getting harder to read between the lines” “I Don’t Believe in You” has a sweet melodic bass line, quiet, quiet and sweet that blows into rock electronica, “I don’t believe in hell/ I don’t believe in all the things you do.”
“Smell the Roses” has a hard rock guitar wale, not unlike the style of Heart with Ann and Nancy Wilson. The hard spaces of lovelife North America “I want to make you break/ and bring you to your knees ..”
For mood music, “Breaking Down” paints the picture of the end of a love affair in a black and white Americana photograph, a girl sitting in a diner drinking a cup of coffee, probably alone, the rain outside, maybe talking on the phone. “you’re watching shadows on the wall/ when nothing seems the same/ with all the dirty rain/ I’m breaking down/ so that I can be alone/ I can be alone/ I can be alone/ o’ yah/ o’ yah/ I’m sorry too.”
“All That Water” is sweet and warm like Summer rain, it plays in warm with a quiet synthesizer. “you took away my soul/ rain against the wind that I cling to . . . “
The last song is a classic jazz standard written by her father, Henry Nemo, “Don’t Take Your Love From Me.” I picture the girl in a piano bar with a fireplace, dressed in a little black dress, languid on a baby grand, perfect with a red rose. A little bit black, a little bit blue and reminiscent of the ‘40’s as if foreseeing the end of World War II when the world was the magic after hard times. The music classic jazz, in perfect voice intonations, beautiful.
The influence of classic jazz standards in the background, perhaps Gershwin and her famous father Henry Nemo, the lyric lines are original in poetic treatise. Yet very post-modern in the angst of conflicted lovelife North America, some velvet rose that knows the wind and the rain. The beautiful melody riffs, in guitar, synthesizer and piano. A fantastical mix of jazz, country and rock/pop influences in that incredible Nemo style, that incredible Nemo magic, Plastic Wonderland by Gina Nemo.