Super Eurobeat 116
1.Robert Patton - Rock In Japan
It's not every day you hear a kick-ass album opener by Time. This time they
present us with a really energetic and catchy song that is pretty much the
embodiment that is Robert Patton
he seems to be able to break through the
Time-form easily as he has done quite a lot of songs that are unlike the vast
majority. This song is very heavy on guitars, but that's pretty typical to
so that's nothing new. A good chorus and good simple sounds make this
an efficient album opener.
Rating : 9-
2.Go Go Girls - Cyber Dance
When discussing the Go Go Girls
you can't avoid the use of the word 'Dance'
in their songs. I at some point wondered how many songs they made as I can right
away pinpoint many... Cyber Dance, Do You Wanna Dance, Go Go Dance, Dirty
Dance, The Beat Of The Dance & Dance On A Volcano
to begin with, so at some
point I wondered that with similar titles like these why am I not mixing them up?
The answer is simple: The Go Go Girls
songs are distinctive and different
from each other, even though they have the similar energy and similar vocals,
the songs still manage to amaze by their differences. And this time we hear
another song that is typical on all fields, yet very catchy and effective, not
the most memorable one but still very well done.
Rating : 9+
3.Tokyo Future - Listen To Eurobeat
The people doing Eurobeat really do know what the music is as they constantly
keep on repeating the genre's name in the songtitles and the lyrics. The classic
song is possibly the most memorable one, and Delta tries to
reproduce another hit like that when they want us to Listen To Eurobeat
And by all means that we do, but we're not talking about another classic song
unfortunately. The song is pretty typical eurobeat on all levels, the song works
pretty well but doesn't leave a very huge print on the mind. Fun for a while,
not for a lot of heavy airplay.
Rating : 8+
4.Norma Sheffield - Your Body Call
What I can't comprehend is that why do they even fit Norma
on the albums
so often as she generally just makes the level go down. Yet this time I am not
here to whine, as this is possibly one of the most upbeat and energetic songs
she's done (and no, we're not talking about huge amounts of energy, but on
levels, this is rather energetic). The intro is pretty
speedy and sounds great, and as the vocals and the melody kicks in we're taken
back to the calmer grounds but fortunately the great c-melody brings the speed
back and the faster moments are clearly the best part about this song. A good
song on Norma Sheffield
levels and not that bad in comparison to others
Rating : 8½
5.Giselle - My Love Is Happiness
Another marvellous intro by Time, it seems that they use all of their talent in
doing cool intros for their songs. Once the intro is over we just get a lot of
basic beat and a huge dose of synths. The track sounds good from time to time,
mainly the intro, chorus and the c-melody and that's at least a huge portion of
the song, but the verses on the other hand are actually quite bad and don't
sound good at all. Rather mediocore, not much more to say.
Rating : 7-
6.Madison - Dangerous
The typical Delta-eurobeat is again here, and in every sense I can think of. The
song has energy, the basic beat, the basic synths, the basic pointless lyrics
and decent vocals. The track isn't bad though, but the real problem is that the
song sounds so similar to many other songs and I can't really find much of a
special edge from this song, the chorus is the best element in the song and it's
easy to sing along to the dangerouses.
Rating : 7+
7.Mr. M - Crazy
The level of the album seems to have notched down a bit and this song just
carries with the same. What we know already, is that Time uses a lot of acoustic
elements, and the basic beat: Conclusion, one more song that goes by without
lighting any kind of a spark what so ever. Not bad, nor good.
Rating : 6½
8.Powerful T. - Wild On The Street
The album gets better as we're treated to the wonderful vocalist from A-Beat C.
The song is also heavy on the electric guitars which is not a huge surprise, and
also the vocals going from one end to the other is something we've already
gotten used to. A killer chorus is the main player for this song, the verses
aren't very effective but when the chorus along with the c-melody works really
well the results are all positive. A good song, but not the best one by
Rating : 9
9.Za-Za - Come And Go
This album has had a load of cool intros and this song follows on the lines, and
unlike some of the previous songs it manages to break free from the 'only a good
intro'-pattern. The track has a really energetic melody and the vocals flow in
pretty damn well. The only problem with this song is that the backgrounds are
really transparent and light, so they just slightly back up the vocals and don't
really create a huge edge.
Rating : 8+
10.Mike West - Pop Musik
The album surely hasn't so far managed to impress by any originality what so
ever, and when Avex has picked up songs like these what can you expect? I had
slight expectations from the song as the intro sounded cool (yet again) but the
song turned out to be just a speedy song without any actual kind of a melody.
The vocals are kind of mellow and don't fit the song very well, and only managed
to leave me cold.
Rating : 6
11.Allen Cox - Funky Baby
Yet another title I thought would be the opposite gender it turned out to be.
This time we get more guitars, more beat, more synths, a huge surprise of course.
After the intro and the female vocals are over the song takes an U-Turn back to
the boredom. I like how the c-melody manages to set loose from the boring theme
the rest of the song has, but it's only a small portion of the song,
unfortunately yet another unoriginal song and a boring one at it as well.
Rating : 6
12.Kim Loren - Happy News
From Kim Loren
I've always had a bit more hope than from other Time
artists, as she's done some nice songs, but well I guess even she can't escape
the wrath of Time. This song is pretty upbeat and well can you expect anything
else from a song that has happy in the title. This song suffers from the biggest
flaw with eurobeat in general: originality. I love the genre, but from time to
time I understand what some people complain about eurobeat, how it all sounds
alike, and well when songs like these are released I can agree.
Rating : 6
13.Karen - Lookin' At The Sun
More from the previous one came from. A-Beat C generally has a habbit of making
their big names' songs original and different but Karen
has suffered from
a long list of songs that are okay but just don't stick out from the crowd. This
song has a serious Eurobeat Disney tone to it, and I could hear similarities to
the awesome Lolita & Domino
song You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!
Though this song is just boring in comparison. But not bad when compared to the
previous 3 songs.
Rating : 7+
14.Toby Ash - Feeling Of The Night
As a slight surprise it's Time who manage to lift the level back to the general
SEB level. This track starts out with a rather typical intro, and the song also
flows on sounding very unoriginal (which is a flaw of course). But the song has
a rather good melody and also the vocals function pretty well. The c-melody
sounds yet again great and the whole song as a package works pretty well
considering the level of the album so far.
Rating : 8
15.Suzy Lazy - Da-Du-Ri-Dan
This title is almost legendary when eurobeat is discussed and no wonder with
true jewels in the past. This song starts out with an exceptionally cool intro
and even the song carries the good level with a very very upbeat song. The
vocals are plain nonsense and the songtitle probably has nothing to do with the
rest of the vocals, just some silly saying they came up with. An excellent
chorus (though the Da-Du-Ri-Dan
starts to get repetitive very quickly)
and the c-melody also works well making this one of the better songs on this
album, but not a legend like Din Don Dan
Rating : 8½
16.Nik Key - Burning Fever
This song is definitely one of the biggest confusions for me. I began listening
to it and didn't first take a look at the booklet, I was 100% sure it would be
Mega NRG Man
but then as a huge surprise it turned out to be something
else. The typical elements we know from Mega NRG Man
are present but
they're all good and this song also works really well. The intro is really
energetic and catchy, the vocals sound awesome and in addition the song has a
killer melody, so this song easily sticks out from the album.
Rating : 9+
17.Dave & Karen - Living In Peace
Peace in the songtitle, calmness ensues, or does it? This song is also one of
the songs in the Eurobeat Disney lines, as I somehow combine Karen
that series everytime I hear her. Anyways this song is pretty upbeat and
midtempo, which works pretty well, but when the song itself isn't very good you
can't expect a whole lot. An okay duet again, but we've heard many much better
ones as well.
Rating : 7+
18.Ayumi Hamasaki - Audience (Euro-Power Mix)
The album is finished off with one of the most legendary
songs (in my opinion that is). Her voice sounds
beautiful as always and this song itself is plain terrific. The melody is cool
and when we're moving on J-Euro grounds we get to hear more variety in the
sounds anyways, and that's a good thing considering how this album has been so
far. A great way to end the album, and for anybody who loves
this is a definite hit.
Rating : 9+
Final Words :
The series takes a dive deeper with this album. The level of the album in
general is pretty low and the only few peaks up and down don't really make the
album a whole lot better. There are no real huge hits on the album and the
amount of bad songs is pretty overwhelming. I'm just going back and forth if I
should take the ½ away from the album's final grade, as I really didn't like the
album a whole lot. But in the end it was decent, so I guess I'll compromise and
give the album a 7+. Not very good when compared to the other albums from the
110's. Don't get it, if you're not a hardcore fan or anything.
Final Score : 7+
Reviewed by Bore