1. The recording style and instrumentation of the folk-rock 15 Minutes sounds straight out of the 80s, which, I suppose, so is Manilow. Kinda.
2. Vintage disco with Manilow semi-rapping. He hasnt had to Work the Room in 30 years, so this just feels wrong. Startin in sweet with a rockin beat / Show em I can really ride is an utterly indefensible line.
3. Bring on Tomorrow is such a cornball ballad that I couldnt get through it. Twice. Pulled up Copacabana online to remind myself why Im listening to 15 Minutes.
4. My computer froze when Now Its for Real came on. More 80s-style folk with anthemic chorus.
5. Psychedelia from the 60s morphing into Motown? What? Also, not addressing the creepiness factor to the lyrics of Wine Song.
6. Hes a Star is the first song that actually sounds like Manilow. Lounge-ready pop with some energy, telling a story with the lyrics. The touch of distorted guitar to make him feel modern is totally forgivable.
7. Whats the hang-up with wine on this disc?
8. From YouTube to Manilow, Nataly Dawn of Pomplamoose has completed some sort of success story by guesting on Letter from a Fan / So Heavy, So High. Manilow goes all Meat Loaf on this one.
9. Everybodys Leavin is 38 seconds long.
10. Billy Joel is checking through his catalog to make sure he didnt write Who Needs You? And thats for multiple reasons. Cant make it through.
11. More neo-psych: They loved you like pagans / And followed your climb / The strongest, most beautiful one. The chorus, however, is passable. The news clips outro proves that Manilow is as uninterested in subtlety as ever.
12. While the lyrics to Slept Through the End of the World are maudlin, the acoustic songwriting is pretty good (Neil Diamond, anyone?). Incidentally, I went through a phase where I had nightmares that I actually did that.
13. Just 44 seconds long. Are you getting tired of this shtick yet? Youre not the only one.
14. Wake up / Train wreck / No navigator / Sooner or later / All up to you.
15. Reprise of title track. Feels more like a haunting than a déjà vu.
16. Straight-up, enthusiastic disco that sounds more natural than anything else on the disc. Nevertheless, Everythings Gonna Be All Right is a straight-up lie. Stephen Carradini