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The albums have been graded on the most common grading system used in
Finnish schools. Where 4 is the worst, and 10 is the best. The final score
for the album is most of the times the average for all of the tracks, though it can also change if the reviewer wishes so. The Super Eurobeat Non-Stop albums will be reviewed as full collections, and the individual songs won't be reviewed, unless they are completely new. Though Euromach and JGTC albums for example will have complete song by song reviews.
The grading system simply goes as ie. 4- (3,75), 4 (4), 4+ (4,25) and 4½ (4,5) and the next one again would be 5-. A simple system we have over here in Finland.
Super Eurobeat 018
1.King & Queen - King And Queen (Saturday Night Version)
With a new record company like A-Beat C trying to score a hit must've been
a real job. Though this song really blew the jackpot. A new title with a
self titled song, that works like a dream. Disco hits have never been this
fun, and the vocals are perfect for the song. The female vocalist throws in her
best vocals for the song and this track is seriously bound to be
remembered for years and years to come.
Rating : 10
2.Toby Ash - Go Go Rock Me (Go Go Mix) (Time)
After a brilliant start the album takes a turn to the old times. The song
is from 1991, and it really does sound like it. The sounds have an 80's
touch to them. The chorus is pretty catchy due to the female vocals, but
the rest of the song can't greate that same edge. A rather boring song in
Rating : 6+
3.Jilly - Fly (Mix Version) (Time)
The level picks up a bit when a bit more upbeat song is presented. The
vocals sound good and the rather calm chorus works well. The extended
versions of songs like these in my opinion don't work all that well, when
the backgrounds are rather non-existant and all you hear is the same synth
over and over again. Still much better than the previous song.
Rating : 7+
4.Karen - Nothing's Gonna Take My Love From You (Club Mix)
And then we're treated to another classic song from eurobeat history. This
song has appeared on multiple albums and it has a gained the status of a
real treasure. The song has really good vocals and the chorus is
recognized by most eurobeat listeners for sure. Not as bit as King And
Queen in my opinion, but also very good.
Rating : 9
5.Billy Mappy - Get It On (Mix Version) (A-Beat C)
A calm intro with mainly piano as the only instrument sounds good, but the
song goes into a lot worse direction when the verses start playing. They
sound way too tedious and I was thinking this track would be another
disappointment, fortunately the chorus and the c-melody make up for the
crappy verses and in the end, the song is rather good actually.
Rating : 8-
6.Danny D - Speed It Up (Long Version) (Made Up
And then we have a representer of one of the early-stage labels that
dropped out when the real form for SEBs began to morph. This track has a
real 80's tone to it, but this time in a good way. The sounds have a
really nostalgic feel to them and the whole song seems like something I
could've heard as a lil' kid. A decent song by all standards, though the
nostalgic touch adds a bit of a plus to it.
Rating : 7½
7.Valentina - Honey (A-Beat C)
For some reason this song reminded me of Wham! the minute I first
listened to it. The track just has somehow a similar sound to it. The
melody is rather beautiful and the nice harmony of the beat and the
acoustic instruments make this song sound very distinctive from general
eurobeat. A good song.
Rating : 8
8.Norma Sheffield - Touch Me Touch Me (Basic Mix) (A-Beat
More of the same again, the similarity to some of the older eurobeat songs
is so obvious that I couldn't really like this song all that much. There
isn't anything awfully wrong with it, but seriously you can clone a song
so many times without making it obvious. A decent melody and a decent
chorus, but still they weren't enough to make me like the song.
Rating : 6+
9.Debby Lawson - Love Me Longer (A-Beat C)
An upbeat song for a change, and these are really refreshing in the middle
of the sea of similarity. This song sounds a bit like a kid's song with
repetitive and simple sounds, but it didn't bother me at all. The track
has at least a very mature vocalist who sounds good and she manages to
give this song a nice boost, also a good chorus.
Rating : 8+
10.The Big Brother - Don't Go Breaking My Heart (A-Beat
Dave Rodgers' distinctive vocals are the first thing that jumps up
when you listen to the song, and this time I am only count it as a plus. I
might not be the biggest fan of his voice, but it does have a really
distinctive sound which can be good for the music. In this early part of
SEB history, good vocalist are pretty hard to find and Dave at
least can make the song stick out from the crowd. And vocals aside, this
song works nicely as well.
Rating : 8½
11.Leslie Feat. Rick Wild - Fire Desire (Slash Beat Mix)
And the speediest song is left to finish the album off with style.
This track has strangely effective vocals and the chorus is really catchy.
The sounds are a bit more variable than with most of the other songs on
the album which also adds a nice touch to the song.
Rating : 8½
Final Words :
Super Eurobeat 18 is a pretty typical album from its days, the sounds are
pretty primitive, but still the beat is there and the vocalists manage to
give the music a nice energetic touch. The King & Queen and
Karen songs are real classics and make this album worth of getting,
but the general level of the album isn't all that high. Although if you
enjoy a more nostalgic feel and a bit slower pace then you might really
like this album. But I prefer the newer generation more.
Final Score : 8
Reviewed by Bore