A Gem - By Henar
Mr. Natural was the
first album the Bee Gees recorded in the USA with the producer Arif Mardin. It's a
transition album in which they tried different paths, though still with the piano and
strings dominating their sound. It's one of their least known works, and though for many
it lacks the strength of Main Course, it's an album full of little gems. It will surprise
you if you give it a chance. I can only say that it's my favourite Bee Gees album.
The opening song is Charade, a slow tempo song with both Barry and Robin singing
lead. I liked it a lot the first time I played this album, but when I listened to the
second track, Throw A Penny, forgot a bit about Charade. What a great song! Again
both Barry and Robin are on the lead. The song could be defined as a ballad, but very
different from their ballads from previous albums. It shows a strength lacking in other
slow songs of theirs. I only skip that bridge that goes "Listen to the wise man as he
And wanna listen to the Bee Gees rock'n'rolling? Then listen to Down The Road.
Love this track too, and the live rendition they made of it in the 1976 tour is even
better than the studio version. One more proof that the Bee Gees were moving on a
different direction. I don't mean that their previous albums were not good, they were just
Voices is a folk ballad, well, Robin's part sounds folk and Barry's pop. Another
wonderful song, the only problem with it is that it's a bit too long and kinda repetitive.
Another track I love anyway.
Next comes Give A Hand, Take A Hand, a country-like ballad with Barry singing
lead. My favourite part is the chorus and those wonderful harmonies. The lyrics are really
And what can I say about Dogs? Do I repeat myself if I say that I love this
track too? I never get tired of listening to this song, especially the verse that goes
"Are you following me / Just like Moses to the sea? / Do you think I'll give you
freedom in the end?"
The title track, Mr Natural, is another favourite of mine. It's about a lost
love. The combination of their voices is perfect and so is the construction of the song.
Haven't you listened to it yet? What are you waiting for?!
Lost In Your Love is the next track. Again a ballad with a country-like sound.
Not my favourite, though this doesn't mean I don't like the song, cause I do. It's only
that this album contains some songs that I like very very much. I never skip any song when
I play Mr Natural, though some songs get replayed before moving on to the next
one and some don't, that's all.
I Can't Let you Go is another track that gets replayed. I wouldn't know how to
define this song. Mid tempo; love its melody, its chorus, Barry's voice on it, everything!
Do you want another instance of the Bee Gees doing rock? Then Heavy Breathing is
your song. Love it too, yeah! Listen to the "Hey, I'm so, so tired, so, so tired /
And I don't know where I'm gonna start" part and tell me if you don't love this song
The last track has nothing to do with Heavy Breathing. Had A Lot Of Love Last Night
is the slowest song on this album. What a great intro! I never liked the rest of the song
too much, but now is one of my fave tracks.
I can't think of any other album by the Bee Gees or by any other band where I like
every song on it. That's why I always say this is my favourite album. And from a vocal
point of view it's the Bee Gees best album ever. The falsetto was already present, but
just as backing vocals, perfect!