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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 106
1.Go Go Girls - Go Go Dance (A-Beat C)
This song along with Do You Wanna Dance were some of the very first
songs I heard when I got into the eurobeat scene, and I can remember how I
was swept away by the energy and the speed. And still, even after a really
long time I still value these songs to the maximum. There's not much to
complain with this song, as the vocals suit the band perfectly and the
vocals roll smoothly, a magnificent display of skill by A-Beat C.
Rating : 10
2.Domino - To Say To Do To Kiss (A-Beat C)
We're treated to yet another awesome display of art by the wonderful
Domino this track is rather perky and it has similarities to previous
hit songs like Tomodachi Big Friend, this song isn't perhaps as
cheery and the chorus takes a bit more serious tone. Though the chorus is
clearly the best part with this song and it creates a really catchy web,
you're bound to get stuck on. A wonderful song over all, everything
Rating : 9½
3.Triumph - Baby Revolution (Time)
The line of kinda stupid song titles continues again with this song.
Couldn't they come up with any kind of better lyrics for the song, as the
track has an immensive amount of energy and somehow the title just doesn't
suit the speedy mood at all, even a XXX fire wouldn't have been that bad.
The lyrics aside, this is a catchy song that works mainly due to the nice
harmony between the effective backgrounds and the mellow vocals.
Rating : 8½
4.Pizza Girl - My Superman (Delta)
When you hear the name Pizza Girl you just know you're getting high
quality music. This is possibly the only eurobeat title that hasn't so far
even once let my expectations down. With so many different kind of songs
I'd consider it a really magnificent job. This track is by any means just
as good as her other songs, with a really catchy chorus and cool
backgrounds. The vocals are plain brilliant and the song leaves a nice 'gotta
listen to it once more'-feeling.
Rating : 10-
5.Norma Sheffield - I Like You So Much (A-Beat C)
Where as the previous artist isn't stuck with a formula being repeated
over and over, we can't say the same bout our good old Norma, her
songs are very similar all the time and I still haven't really loved any
of her songs. The problem with her songs is that they are A) really calm (without
having any real hooks, as calm songs can work too) B) boring (this applies
to quite a lot of them) or C) Unimaginative (the same formula being
repeated over and over), and this song didn't let my expectations down: We
have another calm song that sounds dull and imaginative at the same time,
so we get all of the 3 options for the prize of one, yay for Norma!
(notice the sarcasm here...)
Rating : 5
6.Thomas T. - High Satisfaction (Time)
And after a really deep dive from the high level beginning we're lifted
back up by a rather surprising song by Time. This time we get a really
energetic song that has way too speedy backgrounds for a standard Time
song, but that's just a good thing. This song is really catchy and the
sounds really have a lot of balls. A nice song, though not a bull's eye or
Rating : 8½
7.Helena - Love Is My Paradise (Time)
After a refreshing performance by the same label we're pulled back under
water. What's up with some of these artists who can't seem to let go of
that broken record they've been playing for ages. This song is not
bad by any means, but when compared to Norma for example we're
moving on the same grounds, though there's a bit more idea in this song,
and the c-melody sounds nice.
Rating : 6
8.Leila - Play The Game (Delta)
A cool intro starts another Delta hit for this album, and now we get a
cool song with interesting moments. The vocals use partly robotic vocoder
effects and they sound nice as they're not used very often. The track is
pretty mid-tempo and only the chorus and the c-melody speed up a bit, and
they are the best moments of the song. The guitars playing in the
background during the verses sound also really nice.
Rating : 8+
9.Toby Ash - It's My Life (Time)
When rock and eurobeat meet we're treated to results like this song. The
mixture of the regular eurobeat beat and the rock-style guitar riffs at
first always sound a bit confusing but once you get used to them, they
start sounding really nice. The best part bout this song is that it fuses
two styles into one seamlessly, and in addition the chorus is really
Rating : 8½
10.Karen - If Only You Feel (A-Beat C)
At one point I thought that Karen and Norma had the same
problem, but fortunately Karen has managed to get rid of the
Norma-syndrome. This track though ain't one of those songs, here we
have another basic eurobeat song that is rather mid-tempo and sounds a lot
like some other song I've heard before. A decent chorus manages to save
this song a few points.
Rating : 6½
11.Madison - No Other Love (Delta)
Yet again Delta shows us, what they can do. We have a rather distinctive
song that has a killer intro. The track uses some nice effects in the
backgrounds. The vocals aren't anything really special, but they do their
job with honor and at least they manage to make the chorus catchy. The
song would've needed a bit more punch in the backgrounds, or more likely
the backgrounds should've been brought more to the frontstage like happens
during the c-melody.
Rating : 9-
12.J. Storm - I Wanna Be Your Rainbow (A-Beat C)
Can I just ask one stupid question : Why the hell would anybody wanna be a
rainbow? Seriously why do the lyrics have to be this moronic. I mean even
the 101 times heard love-lyrics wouldn't be that dumb, but what's the
actual metaphor for the lyrics? Is there some symbolic meaning for the
rainbow that I am not getting? Well either way, the dumb lyrics aside we
have a killer song at our hands : energetic, catchy and also the vocals
Rating : 9
13.Drama - Come To Me (Delta)
Some songs just let themselves wait for a time before they open up for you,
this song really had that thing going on for a long time. At first the
song sounded lame, but once I really got the hang of it I started to spot
the nice effects here and there in the backgrounds and suddenly the vocals
sounded great. Not a huge masterpiece but still we have a great song in
here, specially the chorus earns two thumbs up.
Rating : 8½
14.Ace Warrior - Wild Desire (A-Beat C)
The intro with guitars has definitely been ripped off some Dave Rodgers'
song... It sounded so similar, and when the actual song began I
experienced yet another Deja Vu-feeling. The song has a lot incommon with
some other song, or possibly songs. Anyways sometimes the cloning has been
done with style and that applies here, this song is catchy and has a
really catchy chorus.
Rating : 8½
15.Claire Deny - Give Me Your Love (Time)
It's always refreshing to hear some different eurobeat, and this time we
hear a song that really reminded me of the eurovision song contest for
some reason. The song has that distinctive sound all of the songs in the
contest have, perhaps it's the slightly calmer pace or the sounds. Either
way, this song may not be very longlasting but once you hear it for the
first time it really strikes you big time. A catchy song to keep you
entertained for a few days.
Rating : 8-
16.Atrium - Fire Fire Fire (Time)
What the heck has happened to the rather good vocalist Atrium has
had? We get a rather whiny sounding male doing the vocals this time and I
had a rough time trying to last through the song. The track itself is
pretty good with a nice chorus, but the vocals are even worse than Niko.
A rather typical eurobeat song, but when eurobeat is good, then I won't
complain about the song.
Rating : 7½
17.Dave Rodgers - We Wanna Rock (A-Beat C)
First of all, notice that I did not mention Dave in that review for
the previous song, as I am starting to actually like his voice, but it
really took its sweet time. I mean I've been listening to him for ages now,
and just during the past few weeks I've actually noticed that he isn't
that horrible. This song is a typical Dave Rodgers song both in
good and bad. The vocals are decent, and the backgrounds do their thing,
with guitars of course. Not his best by any means, but a decent song to
Rating : 8-
18.Every Little Thing - Pray (Eurobeat Mix)
And this new style of adding a J-Euro song to the end of the SEBs
continues here, and we're again treated to a nice song. This time we hear
a rather calm song that isn't as catchy as the previous songs we've heard
as the album closeners, not your every day speedy and energetic materials
which might be the reason why I did not find this song that interesting.
Rating : 7½
Final Words :
We're moving on the general SEB level again with this album. There are
some really memorable moments (mainly in the beginning of the album), but
we have a rather steady level with good songs thorough the album, and with
some ups and downs we get the grade of 8. For eurobeat fans this album
will probably work marvellously, but casual listeners might want to pick a
different album to purchase.
Final Score : 8
Reviewed by Bore