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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 174
1.Dave Rodgers - Make Up Your Mind (A-Beat C)
Okay, to kick off an album like this is really not the way to go... We've
heard quite a few remakes lately and while most were at least sufficiently
nice, something always seems to screw up the whole show. We all learned to
love this song when it was performed under the Wain L title, yet
this time the grandmaster takes the lead and tries to burst some energy
and modern sounds to the song. I really agree with the majority (majority
being the roaming crowd complaining at the forum) about the fact that
Dave should not have sung this, but on the other hand I do give credit
to the renewed sounds as they sound majorly wicked. Whenever I stop for a
while to enjoy the sounds I get rudely awakened by the vocals which is
disturbing to say the least. So to say it simply, I'm torn between two
with this song. It's on the other hand nicely modernized, but then again
performing it by a different vocalist just sounds too much. I'll actually
withdraw from grading it as it's just too much of a mess in my ears.
Figure it out for yourself.
Rating : N/A
2.Annalise - Day After Day (A-Beat C)
A-Beat C has been definitely giving Annerley a lot of space after
she stepped back into the spotlight a year ago. Annalise has been
featured on nearly every SEB after her comeback which indeed has been
refreshing as I've mostly enjoyed her songs, but I have to say it's all
starting to seem slightly repetitive _already_. I know I'm guilty of
pointing fingers at various names that appear often on albums and while
Annerley has been only around for a year again it seems like she's on
every single album. Day After Day is a slightly different style for
her, yet still in the good old safe format. Her vocals sound good as
always, but the song is slightly suffering from the recent A-Beat C
syndrome that lacks the punch and uniqueness most of their older materials
had. The chorus is nice to the ear and the sounds are all right, but
unfortunately that's about it. All about this song scream general to me
after a while and that's what it is.
Rating : 7+
3.Time Force - Love Me In The Heat Of The Night (Time)
Another Time presentation, another song filled with the generic words in
the title and lyrics. Yet this is not the very typical level for Time
lately which is a really good thing. This song packs a mighty fine punch
with the aggressive sounds and melody that work surprisingly well.
Vocalwork isn't too impressive as they just can't give that same sort of
energy into the song as the song otherwise offers. Vocals aside this song
has very aggressive sounds, killer chorus and a very catchy mood over all.
Nice Time presentation.
Rating : 8½
4.Ciao Ciao - Shadow In Your Smile (HI-NRG Attack)
I'll do a bit of quoting here (as a slight follow up to the previous SEB):
"Maybe I've just grown to accept the fact that they won't offer any
non-pitched female vocals for us"... What I said back on 172. And the
label just had to prove me wrong right after and actually offer a song
that is even less pitched than about anything we've heard from them in
ages. This time the vocal work is just plain awesome and you can actually
grab some unique sounds and styles from the vocalist. This may just be one
of the most revolutionary HI-NRG Attack songs in a few years, the song is
very unique by it's sounds, the vocals are just brilliant, the melody
works perfectly and the song even doesn't seem to have their typical silly
lyrical work included. Plain awesome, really would love to hear more of
this kind of HI-NRG Attack.
Rating : 10+++
5.Mega NRG Man - Black Jack (A-Beat C)
Tomas struck back on the last volume with the awesome In The
Sunrise and he's again here with more NRG to offer us. I am probably
just dirtyminded but the title of the song reminds me of a something
X-rated no matter how I think of it, and the lyrics just always boost up
my weird mental images. Black Jack is a rather exemplary song from
the male type of A-Beat C in all forms, it's nicely produced, good energy
and great vocals but even with all the good sides it can't really stand
out of the crowd as well as its predecessor. An all around nice song in
the typical Tomas Martin level.
Rating : 8
6.Kelly T. - Take Me To Heaven (A-Beat C)
The newcomer on A-Beat C makes her 2nd appearence after her debut on 166.
This time around she's been treated to a really aggressive song á la older
Lolita or Virginelle. The first time around when I was
listening to Take Me To Heaven I kept having flashbacks to the
golden 120s decade with the awesome A-Beat C hits like Lucky Tango
and could easily place this song during that era. The song features
excellent sounds and a catchy chorus which are the main foundation to keep
this song going strong. Kelly's vocals aren't maybe as strong or
catchy as some of the longrunning veterans but she's showing good signs of
becoming another recurring name on SEB with this song. Take Me To
Heaven is an all around great example of how well A-Beat C can perform
at their best, though I maybe would've loved it even more if Elena
had sung it.
Rating : 9½
7.Phil & Linda - Into The Groove (Time)
A duet, nice, hunh? Or, maybe, not? Seriously what the F*** is up with
this song.... It makes me feel so weird every time I hear it. Everything
about the song sounds offkey to my ears, the vocals are really weird, the
sounds feel totally out of the place and I can't really dig up any kind of
a proper melody from under all of the chaos. Really really funky song, not
sure at all what to think about it. A chaos is what I'll call it. Not my
cup of pepsi.
Rating : 7- (?)
8.Candy Taylor - Sweet Sixteen Girl (Delta)
Delta's performances just keep on going steady with their newfound energy.
Sweet Sixteen Girl sounded good to me even before I had even
actually heard the song, I just for some reason was sure I'd be getting a
great track this time around. The song is a synth lead faire with
backgrounds that really give the spotlight for the vocals that are the
most obvious hook the track has to offer. Nice production, good vocals and
a catchy melody, all ingredients for a steady hit.
Rating : 8½
9.Christine Feat. El Latino - Viva La Noche (SCP)
Am I the only one who keeps constantly thinking this is actually a Kiki
& Fancy song and not Christine at all? The vocals have such a
striking resemblance to the dynamic duo who'd get featured by per say
Goofy DJ. Well that aside this is a solid feelgood song that will make
you smile and feel like dancing no matter what. This song represents the
kind of SCP I love hearing the most: Happy, bouncy, catchy and simply
addictive. The extra male vocals aren't very noticable at first but after
a few replays you start to notice how they add a really nice spice to the
track. Absolutely brilliant song that deserves to be on a lot of future
Rating : 10
10.Cherry - Please Forgive Me (Delta)
Welcome back Elton John. The piano melody in the beginning of the
song has a striking resemblance to some of the acoustic tracks I've heard
Elton perform and I for one don't really wanna combine Elton
with eurobeat. This song is actually in general quite far from typical
eurobeat. The song is very light all around with mostly the synth & piano
combination pulling the weight and vocals work as an extra spice. A bit
too airy for me I guess, what goes around and doesn't come around.
Rating : 6½
11.Jungle Bill - Caterpillar Man (HI-NRG Attack)
Producing great intros for songs seems to be very common lately as so many
of the labels start off their tracks with catchy and unique styles.
Caterpillar Man starts off with a cool intro that everytime makes me
look forward to something special, too bad that doesn't apply to the rest
of the song. The track has a very solid speed going on but it's hard to
find a melody under all of the chaotic sounds and wacky lyrics. Not very
memorable nor special in any way, nor is the track particularly bad either...
Rating : 7
12.Kasanova - You And Me Forever (Time)
More piano, did I ever say I was never a big fan of the acoustic piano?
The song has that similar airy and dreamy athmosphere so many other Time
songs have lately had that it's hard to come up with much new to say. The
vocals are okay, the melody is actually pretty nice but in the end the
sounds just drag the track down no matter what. It's all just too much of
a Deja vu.
Rating : 7-
13.Paul Harris - Generation Of Love (Delta)
The past few Paul songs were catchy and very much born to be
classics but nothing lasts forever. Generation Of Love can't keep
up the level as the track returns the title back to the land of been there,
done that. Okay sounds, okay vocals, okay melody, everything is ok! But OK
is not what makes my engine purr so I'll settle with the number this album
seems to be all about.
Rating : 7
14.Digital Planet - Today (A-Beat C)
Fly aaaaaawwaaaay, fly aaawaay from eaaar! More songs with similar lyrics,
more songs with similar sounds, more Digital Planet. The fanboys of
this A-Beat C title will most certainly be pleased by this all around
solid presentation by Stefano Brandoni. I can't probably include
myself into this crowd as no matter what I did I could not make myself
like this song. The production is pretty nice, the vocals are as macho as
always and macho is what I like, but it won't make the song work as much
as I was hoping it to. Yet another 7.
Rating : 7
15.Helena - Melodies Of Love 2007 (Time)
Why oh why make a remake of a song like this, my heart cries and my ears
bleed. I disliked the original song, I disliked the acoustic remake on 129
more and I dislike this even more. Time has so much good stuff to make
remakes of, Melodies Of Love deserves to get shot in the street
really. I declare this as the worst remake ever due to the original being
horrible enough already. And the new sounds and vocals just don't do
anything to me other than irritation.
Rating : 4½
16.Fastway - Rockin' Hardcore (SCP)
Every single time I started listening to this track I could feel my feet
starting to stomp the ground helplessly, and that my fellow eurobeaters is
a good sign. It's all about Fastway in this song, energy,
masculinity and action. The kind of material he has been giving us for so
long now. Rockin' Hardcore is a typical example of his career so
far and it will surely please anyone who liked anything by him I guess. In
all its simplicity it's just eurobeat like it should be: FASTway.
Rating : 9½
17.Nuage - Give Me A Sign (A-Beat C)
The beautiful Denise is here yet again and this time she's back to
her good old midtempo eurobeat that made her a household eurobeat name.
The track follows the wellworking formula and does that with good style.
The vocals sound really pleasant to the ear and especially the chorus will
keep you hooked on. Not an instant hit like some of her songs but after a
few replays the song started to sound really nice and catchy. Time for a
2nd Nuage album soon?
Rating : 9
18.Powerful T. - Into The Daylight (A-Beat C)
Powerful T. is back with vengeance. His steady style doesn't seem
to stagger one bit which can both be a good and a bad thing. For the fans
of this kind of masculine "ID" eurobeat this track is surely a hit, but us
girlygirl lovers it might not be the best news. The sounds offer a nice
variety when there's a lot of fading in and out used to clearly separate
the different parts of the track but it also sounds a bit like the track
loses a bit of its edge on these 'downtimes'. Not really anything
groundbreaking but either way it's a pretty nice song to listen to.
Rating : 7½
Final Words :
After the great 3 albums at the start of this decade the level goes
clearly down with this album. The album is all around very generic stuff
that just doesn't stand out in any way and can't leave a mark in the
eurobeat hall of fame. The few big hits the album has are absolutely
brilliant but in comparison to the earlier albums this album just doesn't
have anything at all to say. The bonus disc on this SEB still makes the
album worth of getting with 10 classics featured in extended format. I
especially was pleased to see Dr's Girl back even with just an
extended version of one of her old hits. Also maybe this Volume 1 promises
us with some of those longlost extendeds we never heard. I demand Terry
Gordon - Boomerang!
Final Score : 7
The Best 3 Songs
- Ciao Ciao - Shadow In Your Smile
- Christine Feat. Elvis El Latino - Viva La Noche
- Kelly T. - Take Me To Heaven
The Worst 3 songs
- Helena - Melodies Of Love 2007
- Helena - Melodies Of Love 2007
- Helena - Melodies Of Love 2007
- Fastway - Rockin' Hardcore
Reviewed by Bore