GREATEST REMIXES, VOL. 1
Clivilles & Cole (Columbia 48840)
If the names Robert Clivilles and David Cole don't ring any bells, it's probably because you know them by their initials -- the "C" and "C" in C+C Music Factory. But as Clivilles & Cole's "Greatest Remixes, Vol. 1" makes plain, the Factory isn't the only place these two have toiled, for the two C's have been the brains behind the beats on Seduction's "Two to Make It Right," the Cover Girls' "Because of You" and Chaka Khan's "Clouds" -- all of which are given slammingly insistent rethinks here. But the album's best moments are its oldest and newest: the vigorously soulful "A Deeper Love," and a tastefully revamped version of the house classic, "Do It Properly."
BLACK EYED MAN
The Cowboy Junkies (RCA 61049)
All it took was one listen to "The Trinity Session" to realize that the Cowboy Junkies had a great sound -- resonant, low-key and packed with emotional power -- but after 1990's disappointing "The Caution Horses," it seemed as if that was this band's only asset. Fortunately, "Black Eyed Man" proves otherwise, as the Junkies score with songs that are just as wonderfully evocative as the chemistry between Margo Timmins' singing and her brother Michael's guitar playing. Better yet, the band manages to expand its horizons without compromising its musical identity, slipping a funk undercurrent into "Murder, Tonight, in the Trailer Park," adding jazzy flourishes to "Oregon Hill," and fleshing out "If You Were the Woman and I Was the Man" with bluesy clarinet and a John Prine cameo.