Herb Alpert may be the first pop musician to have a signature fragrance --- at least the first American one I can think of. And Listen is entirely consistent with his musical legacy. For several decades, Herb produced masterful instrumental pop records, both with the Tijuana Brass and as a solo artist. Although both jazz and classical influences were clearly present, Herb always stuck pretty close to the melody. He wasn't a trailblazer like Miles Davis or a virtuoso like Freddie Hubbard, and he seemed less interested in pushing boundaries or exploring new textures than in making memorable and melodic records that appealed to both musical sophisticates and mainstream pop record buyers. Nothing wrong with that.
Listen takes a very similar approach. Even as the fragrance evolves, the focus is always clearly on the prominent notes of each stage --- the crispness of the lemon and bergamot providing the opening "fanfare," then giving way to the harmonious fruit and green blend of the middle notes before settling into a familiar but subtle fougere base of tonka, amber and woody musk. There's nothing here you haven't smelled/heard before, but the elements are combined in a very distinctive and concise way. For 1991, this is a somewhat subdued creation, and its understatement works perfectly with its composition. There are moments in the early stages when it resembles Eau Sauvage or Signoricci, and later hints of Vetiver and Paco Rabanne, but not enough to seem like a "clone" of any of those. Listen actually IS distinctive, just not in the overstated way that was typical of its era, and I suspect it would find more favor in Europe than in the States.
As a "light" fragrance, Listen is WAY more original and distinctive than the plethora of aquatics that glutted the market soon after, and if it were re-released with new packaging and a better marketing strategy, it might even find a new audience today.
I think the combination of fruit, basil, and geranium create a "spicy" effect (not sure if the cyclamen is playing a part here because it's quite blended). My first impression was hot chili pepper. I think this fragrance represents a successful attempt to create a Latin-American Oriental, as strange as that sounds! However you want to classify it, Listen for men is a unique and excellent fragrance in every way. Though those who prefer "niche" fragrances may feel that is blended too much, it may satisfy some of them because it is such a unique "designer" fragrance. Longevity and sillage are at least very good. Though strong, this is also smooth, with no "harsh edges." I agree with the comment that is more of an evening/party fragrance, if you are concerned with the "social implications."
Interesting blend. Minty fruits, and sweet musk. Nice and refined fruits, almost grape-like. The pyramid says carrot and I can find it briefly but it's too mixed in with the other notes like the basil. Long lasting. Good stuff!
Strong sharp fragrance best suited for men in their late 30's and up. Great for afternoon or clubbing because it’s very strong for office or casual wear. It's very long lasting so just a single spray is enough! If you wear this fragrance you'll be very far away from the crowd because few retailers carry it. If you can find this fragrance - Buy it!!!
This sure looks like the bottle of Sharper Image that I bought back in the early 1990s. If it's the same fragrance but a different name, the fragrance if very nice and spicy, with a lasting power that stays all day. I was told that Sharper Image was going to be discontinued, so I bought four large bottles at Dillards when they marked it 1/2 off. It is, in fact, a "blue-smelling" fragrance, quite nice.