The Bee Gees
made a commercial comeback outside the U.S. with 1987's E.S.P. and its single, "You Win Again." One
, on the other hand, had an improved chart showing in the U.S., while sales fell off elsewhere. The Bee Gees
are remarkable pop craftsmen -- "It's My Neighborhood" is a canny, if blatant, rewrite of Michael Jackson
's "Beat It," for example, and it only reminds you that Jackson
's falsetto whoops owe something to Barry Gibb
. And, say what you will, "One" and "House of Shame" are convincing pop music. ("One" was a Top Ten comeback hit that topped soft rock radio playlists.) This stuff works as pop for the same reason "I've Gotta Get a Message to You" and "You Should Be Dancing" did: the melodies are catchy, the hooks are deathless, and the vocals convey emotion over meaning. It may be weightless, but it's polished.