"The Morning After" is a terrible album full of uninspired, soulless R'n'B grooves that were probably rejected by every third rate diva in the music business before finding their way to Deborah Cox. And yet, this stinking musical turd houses two of my favourite songs. "Absolutely Not" and "Mr Lonely" are veritable gay classics. I find it truly baffling how someone can create such fabulous tunes and still be happy to dump something as tired and boring as "The Morning After" on their fans. Bizarrely, this kind of inconsistency has become something of a habit for Deborah. She can be brilliant (eg. "Nobody's Supposed To Be Here" and "Same Script, Different Cast") but spends most of her time churning out complete crap. Go figure.
That's enough negativity. Despite all of the above, I'm actually quite a fan! Deborah has an exquisite voice and a knack for working with some of the best producers and remixers in American dance music. If only she would devote an entire album to the dance floor and deliver more corkers like "Absolutely Not" and "Mr Lonely". The former is something of a theme song for the gay scene in Sydney. I seriously can't remember a night when I've gone out and not heard it. It feels like every second drag queen on Oxford Street has mouthed the classic lines "should I wear my hair in a ponytail? Should I dress myself up in Chanel?" - If any song deserves to be called a drag anthem, it is "Absolutely Not". The other decent cut from "The Morning After" is "Mr Lonely", which was fabulous in its original form but made even more delightful by Hex Hector. I've also thrown in a remix of "Up & Down", which is barely recognisable and vastly improved in its remixed form.
You can purchase "The Morning After" from all the usual online retailers. The fabulous remixes can be found on iTunes and on Deborah's rather fierce remix album.