Super Eurobeat 142
1.Lisa Lion - Big On Emotion (SCP)
New names have lately been surprisingly good, and this time we're again
treated to a real treasure. SCP is steadily gaining more and more
experience as the releases have excellent production values and almost all
of their vocalists seem to be from the better end. Lisa Lion
another new name who has gotten a very catchy and energetic song with some
excellent hooks in it, excellent vocals, the lyrics don't make much sense
but that's irrelevant, an awesome intro for this SEB.
Rating : 9+
2.Sym 1 - Rock Over Emotion (Time)
The catchy and energetic mood changes into a slightly different style, but
the energy is still very much present, even though this song doesn't have
the same edge as the previous one did. The vocals are the Achille's heel
of this track, they sound quite muffled and leave you with the feeling
that the song was mastered in a hurry.
Rating : 7+
3.Karen - Free Love (A-Beat C)
A rather boring intro doesn't really manage to have any effect either way,
but when the song bursts into action it really starts to shine. The song
has very energetic backgrounds, but the vocals aren't that catchy and I
think the song could've been even better if the vocals would've been more
energetic and they would've definitely suited the sounds and the melody
perfectly. A good song, just some small improvements here and there
would've been nice.
Rating : 8+
4.Mad Max - Criminal Fire (Delta)
Speaking of energy, this song offers a load of it. The song has really
simple dance-backgrounds that at first sound pretty lame but once you
listen to the song more the sounds start to sound quite good and they work
quite good where they're meant to be, nothing really new or thrilling,
Rating : 7½
5.Ace Warrior - Mad About You
Ah the good old A-Beat C guitars are here, and even the vocals mention
guitars, can it get more A-Beat C than this? The song really is a very
typical A-Beat C production but this time that's a good thing, the song
has a really speedy melody and the vocals work well, again a good song but
it doesn't offer much to cheer for if originality is discussed.
Rating : 8-
6.Rose - This Is My Song (For You) (Time)
Rose specializes in 'slow' eurobeat songs and while most of the times her
songs aren't all that special, this time she's managed to get an
impressively catchy song. The mid-tempo in the song works very well and
the musicbox effects in the backgrounds give the song a distinctive tone
to it. Good vocals, and overall a marvellous song.
Rating : 9+
7.Susan Bell & Brian Ice - Spread Your Wings (A-Beat
This song has a strange feel to it, the track sounds boring for the most
parts, but the simple sparkles of hope are in the backgrounds that have
some cool tricks here and there. The vocals remind me of an another duet
did some years back and the song is a lot
similar to that athmosphere. Not a bad performance at all, but it's just
Rating : 6½
8.Babby One - Jingle Jungle Boy (HI-NRG Attack)
As far as HI-NRG Attack goes, I'm a fan, but I never really liked Babby
all that much. The songs have excellent melodies and wonderful
sounds by the label, but the vocalist just doesn't sound very pleasant to
my ear. This track is very good as a track and the only problem is the
vocalist, really this would've been a marvellous song for some female
HI-NRG Attack artist, for example Claudia Vip
would've made this
into a real classic.
Rating : 9
9.Susy & Dave - Get In Love (A-Beat C)
A cool intro sounds good, but thn the song just starts getting worse and
worse slowly. The vocals are pretty bad and the sounds in this track are
so transparent that you barely even notice the melody from there. Strange
that a duet this powerful got a song this crappy...
Rating : 5½
10.Keith Roland - Heaven (Time)
Covers seem to be the keyword for the 140's SEBs. This is of course a
cover from Bryan Adams
and practically everybody should be familiar
with this current song. I love my eurobeat, but seriously this song has
been covered so much better by different artists like DJ Sammy
this song sounds kinda dragging and the vocals don't got the edge that the
original ie had. A good song of course, but the cover could've been also
Rating : 7
11.Kevin Johnson & Cherry - Crazy Game Of Love
And from the rather common moods we get into really energetic and upbeat
kind of eurobeat. Delta has had a lot of songs like this lately (for
example the previous Cherry
song) and it's really fun to hear them
rev it up a bit. These upbeat tracks manage to lighten up the mood a lot
and it's always interesting to hear duets.
Rating : 8+
12.Scream Team - Horror Fantasy (SCP)
Some songs are just born to be classics. I can't really say much about
this song other than: This kicks ass, and the word 'classic' is on
everyone's lips. I'd say that different kind of 'themes' haven't been used
in eurobeat history enough and tracks like these are very easily
recognizable when there are a gazillion songs dealing with fire or love,
everything about this song works like a dream, a job well done SCP.
Rating : 10
13.Powerful T. - I Feel Wild Tonight (A-Beat C)
Some more guitars, I was fearing for the worst, but surprisingly the song
turned out to be quite different than most of the Powerful T.
productions. Something about the melody and the sounds right away reminded
me of the song by Lolita
titled You Can Fly! You
Can Fly! You Can Fly!
which had a very similar kind of touch to it.
This track isn't very catchy but it has enough edges to make it a song
worth of listening to more than a couple of times.
Rating : 7½
14.Drama - Shake It Up (Delta)
An acoustic piano intro sounds soothing, and when the synth takes over the
track takes an U-turn for the right direction. The track may not be
anything very special but the melody works very nicely, the vocals sound a
bit odd on top of the backgrounds but after a while you get used to them
and the song starts sounding decent.
Rating : 7+
15.Melissa White & Ace - Rainin' In My Heart (SCP)
More duets, they also seem to be a big thing these days. This track at
first sounds quite boring and it really takes some time before it starts
growing on you, there are some nice hooks and the vocals are the strongest
part of the track, though Ace
easily steals the prize for the
better vocalist from these two.
Rating : 8-
16.Mega NRG Man - Get Another Chance
From time to time I get a feeling that they should just dump the old
titles like Mega NRG Man
, Dave Rodgers
and just start from a clean table with new titles, which would really
change the style probably for the better. This track at first seemed
pretty dull, but after a few plays I began believing that perhaps it's for
the best if they keep these golden oldies in the mix, so the younger
generation won't get too rowdy, oh by the way: an excellent c-melody.
Rating : 8
17.Crystal - Walk A Mile In My Shoes (Delta)
Okay and we're getting close to the end when the album touches rock bottom.
This track is pretty 1 dimensional and I can't really come up with a lot
of positive things about it. The vocals sound dull, there's no real melody
in there (or if there is one, then it's really well hidden) and the track
left me feeling plain empty like I didn't even listen to any song at all.
Rating : 5-
18.Marko Polo - Hai Hai Hai (Dance Across The Nations)
The album manages to rise its level at the end once more as
throws in yet another great track.
This track has 'hit' written all over it and when you listen to the track
you just have to sing along to the vocals. The track has an incredible
amount of edge to it, as the vocals, sounds and the melody all form a
rather perfect package. Definitely one of Marko Polo
's best (if not
the best) songs.
Rating : 10
Final Words :
After the previous album I was quite surprised about how uneven the level
of this album is. It goes up and down like a yo-yo and there are pretty
much evenly bad songs and good songs. The best tracks have very much
potential for the future non-stops and the best albums, but the line-up
songs are on the other very unnoticable and easy to forget. I'd recommend
getting SEB141 much more gladly than this one, only for real SEB fans.
Final Score : 7½
Reviewed by Bore