After the huge success of his self-titled debut album, Aldo Nova defied his record company, which basically wanted a carbon copy for his sophomore follow-up, and made a very loose concept album touching on themes such as dreams, imagination, and paradise. Subject...Aldo Nova still featured hooks and melodies galore (and an emphasis on keyboards and synthesizers), but the format was different. Perhaps this style curve confused listeners, and as a result, Subject...Aldo Nova sold far fewer copies than its predecessor and only went gold. (Nova also claimed Portrait didn't promote the album properly.) Three impressively spasmodic synthesizer segments -- "Subject's Theme," "Armageddon (Race Cars)," and "Armageddon" -- open Subject...Aldo Nova and lead into its highlight, "Monkey on Your Back." This disturbing anti-heroin song features a midtempo, menacing throb thanks to relentlessly roaring drums, bass guitar, and rhythm guitar and slow, sustained lead guitar fills. "Hey Operator" and "Cry Baby Cry" are carried by infectious choruses. "Victim of a Broken Heart" is the album's obligatory power ballad. Subject...Aldo Nova isn't as good as Aldo Nova, but Nova had the courage to try something a little bit different.
Performance CreditsAldo Nova Primary Artist,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Kevin Carlson Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Soloist
Billy Carmassi Primary Artist,Drums,Tom-Tom,Vocals
David Sikes Primary Artist,Bass,Multi Instruments
Chuck Burgi Drums
Steve Buslowe Bass
Denis Chartrand Piano
Neil Jason Bass
Neal Jason Bass
Technical CreditsAldo Nova Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Kevin Carlson Sound Effects
Billy Carmassi Sound Effects
Denis Chartrand Arranger,String Arrangements
Dwight Druick Composer
Jeff Hendrickson Engineer
David Sikes Sound Effects
Clay Hutchinson Engineer
Val Azzoli Executive Producer
Tony Bruno Composer
Oscar Guzman Artwork
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Subject...Aldo Nova based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I love those songs and very good to hear all the time. It will take you back to the 1980's. Very good love music.