Youthquake - (Import CD)

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Categories
PopMusic
Category
  1. Performer
  2. R&B
  3. Dance
Mono / Stereo
Stereo
Format
CD
Producer
Stock; Aitken; Peter Waterman
Title
Youthquake
Country
USA
Notes

Dead Or Alive: Pete Burns (vocals); Timothy Lever (keyboards); Mike Percy (bass); Steve McCoy (drums).
Switching to the noted Stock/Aitken/Waterman production team, Peter Burns and crew brought it all together on an undisputed-'80s classic. Though arguably the singles hold up better in the end than the album does, there's no question that in terms of sheer hooks, fun, and drama, Youthquake is a pure pop delight by any measure. No question that the band's over the top image had a lot to do with it -- Burns in particular dressed and posed in the kind of outfits and presentations that made Boy George look like a missionary -- but all it takes is the first song to get any party going. "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" has an instantly catchy chorus, bright, kicky synth tones, and fantastic delivery from Burns, right from the opening: "And I!"
No less great is the other huge single, "Lover Come Back to Me"." When Burns commands at the end of the chorus, "Kick it right down, right down!" it's as memorable as mass media pop of any stripe ever gets. The Stock/Aitken/Waterman crew doesn't do all that much different per s‚ on this album than Zeus B Held did on the previous one. While once or twice the trio's tendency towards relative blandness gets the better of the material, most of the time it's a good marriage between Burns' overarching sense of style, and his projection and commercial aims. Where things falter is when the clich‚s creep in. Orchestral stabs weren't anything new by the time "I Wanna Be a Toy" was littered with them, while everything from sampling stutters to drum pads inevitably call to mind everyone who tinkered with them first. But just let Burns crank up his theatrical wail and amiable sense of sleaze over a good beat and melody, like the string-tinged Philly disco sweep of "In Too Deep," or his desire to "send this sloppy kiss to you" on "Big Daddy of the Rhythm," and the results beat out all objections. ~ Ned Raggett

BarCode
886972466620
Country of Origin
USA
Studio / Live
Studio
Label
Epic (USA)
Barcode
886972466620
Department
Music
Performer
Dead or Alive
Songs / Tracks
  1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)
  2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] I Wanna Be a Toy
  3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] D.J. Hit That Button
  4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] In Too Deep
  5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Big Daddy of the Rhythm
  6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] Cake and Eat It
  7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Lover Come Back to Me
  8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] My Heart Goes Bang
  9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] It's Been a Long Time
Artists
  1. Dead Or Alive
Distributor
Sony Music Distribution (
Duration
37m 3s
Video Disabled
0
Engineer
Phil Harding

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