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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 179
1.Jungle Bill - Danger In Chinatown (HI-NRG Attack)
So for the 2nd album in a row we have HRG as the grand album opener. I
wasn't necessarily that convinced by the Mad Cow song on 178, but
this time around it's Jungle Bill who hits the bullseye with an
energetic, aggressive and over all very catchy track. The song features
all around very basic elements, but the arrangement of the song is done
with good taste and even though it isn't the most memorable song from the
label, it manages to be very catchy and fun to listen to. The track does
suffer a bit after you play it heavily for a longer time, but it's very
good in small doses.
Rating : 9-
2.Irene - Let's Fly Together (SCP)
Quite frankly I have to admit that I wasn't even looking forward to this
song for some reason, even though I did love the debut song by Irene
a lot. The fact I had basically no expectations for the song were mainly
the key factor which made me fall in love with Let's Fly Together
so much. The vocalist has improved a ton and the pitch has been lowered a
lot so you can actually recognize that it's not the junior member of the
Kiki & Fancy-club. The song has a very energetic melody backed up
with cheery and catchy sounds that keep the music flowing with power that
is rarely seen in female eurobeat songs. Definitely a winner from SCP.
Rating : 10
3.Magika - Dancing To The Moon (Time)
So this album features quite a few new titles again, and to no surprise
it's Time who pushes forward more titles to refreshen their image. The
song starts off with a relatively dull intro but suddenly bursts into a
happy synth-faire that keeps the pace fast and mood bouncy. This type of
Time I have been missing for quite some time, the few peaks we get here
and there have been to my taste and now if they only got Emmanuelle
to sing the vocals for stuff like this I'd be even more happy. Dancing
To The Moon is an all around nicely arranged piece with all the key
elements eurobeat needs, yet it doesn't suffer from a bad case of
repetition which is always welcome. A powerful chorus backed with nice
Rating : 8½
4.Daniel & Cherry - Bach Is Back (Delta)
After reading into some of the feedback the album in general has receieved,
I've noticed that quite a few people seemed to be disappointed by this
track, to my amazement. I found myself totally in love with the song the
first time I heard it, and after even more airplay I've noticed that it
doesn't seem to lose one bit of it's edge. The song features really
awesome vocal work by the new vocalist Daniel and of course
Clara, great organ-style synths, a wonderful chorus and pretty unique
lyrics (in a way). The song doesn't sound like your every day song due to
the special type of synth and male & female vocalists, which in my eyes at
least counts for a very big plus. The song doesn't quite reach the level
of Chemical Love, but it does beat the various older duets such as
Rating : 9
5.Erika - Fever & Music (Time)
About everyone surely notices the flashbacks to Music Fever with
the song, which I must admit is a very masterfully clipped part to boost
this already very effective song. As I already mentioned with Magika,
the more bouncy and energetic type of female Time is what I usually enjoy
the most, and Fever & Music is definitely just *the* the thing I
have been waiting for. The vocals done by Elena Ferretti have been
manipulated a bit and she's been given a rather youthful type of edge to
her voice which sounds very awesome especially in the chorus. A bouncy
feel-good song that one could expect from titles such as Go Go Girls
or Lolita, just done the Time-way.
Rating : 10
6.Three Of Spades - Dancing With A Reptile (A-Beat C)
A-Beat C is really losing it, I know we have had funky and bizarre song
titles in the past. Go Go Girls used to be the base foundation for
any bizarre tracks and this new title seems to be dipping a bit into the
same pool, but only comes out with a mediocore faire. The melody in the
song is not at all bad and at times I noticed myself jammin' to the tune,
but the arrangement and vocal work somehow seem to take away the actual
edge from the potentially good melody. The vocals in particular suffer
from a weird dose of unimaginativity and lack energy all around. The song
is not a total waste, but it just seems to be missing the actual key
elements that make eurobeat effective and fun to listen to.
Rating : 7
7.Digital Planet - We Can Be Heroes (A-Beat C)
The fans of previous DP songs might be a bit enstranged by this funky
piece that has no funny lyrical work, nor aggressive guitars to keep the
old flame burning. The song seems to have been influenced by some more
widely known pop artists. I could imagine the song to be arranged slightly
differently and it would fit some American pop/rock band very well. The
song just doesn't really bring much justice to the Digital Planet
title in comparison to the previous titles, no energy, no power most of
the old and effective trademarks are gone, sadly.
Rating : 7
8.Toby Vale - Heartbreaker 2007 (Time)
After hearing the clip for this specific song I was quite alarmed at how a
song I already disliked could go even more wrong. I have to take some of
the words back, since the remake actually works pretty effectively in the
end and also even beats the original song which was lacking in so many
fields. The vocal work in particular shines out with this version plus the
fact that some of the more boring parts of the original have been heavily
edited to a more modern and aggressive form that pleased me a lot more.
Catchy, aggressive and very well produced song, just a shame it had to be
a song I disliked as the original one.
Rating : 9-
9.Dany - Love Is Like A Fever (Time)
So, we're already at the 4th Time song on the album and they've done a
marvellous job this time around, can the fair breeze keep blowing from now
on? One could hope so, since Dany is yet an another strong
presentation in the spirit of Mr. Dall'Ora. A beautiful song that
has a very very strong Norma Sheffield feel to it, only a bit more
energetic and electric, the way I would like Norma to be. Lovely
mix of calm summer winds and strong beats, if this is the new type of
direction for Time I'm more than glad to welcome such.
Rating : 9
10.Norma Sheffield - Do You Wanna Fly (A-Beat C)
Can't touch this, du du du du... Hard to not recognize Norma from
the song, since it's all around like every other she has done. If you know
that you like Norma, you will like it, if you know you don't, you
won't. I tend to skip this one and am still having a lot of difficulties
trying to listen to the song fully.
Rating : 6½
11.Queen 26 - Don't Let Me Be The First (Delta)
The disco beats seem to be keeping Queen 26 busy, since she's here
again with yet an another Kylie Minogueish track. The song has a
very strong SAW style like other people have already mentioned, but it
doesn't quite easily compare to all of the other songs from the same title.
The thing that strikes me about this song is that it somehow sounds rather
dull, but also unique at the same time. The very simple type of sounds
make the track lose some of the edge I think it could have it if had some
more energy and action going on. Either way a nice presentation and so
much fun to listen to.
Rating : 8
12.Christine - Summer Ski (SCP)
I know it's summer and the sunny songs are what I'd really love to hear as
well, but for some reason it just doesn't work very well this time around.
The song has a slightly similar feel to it as some of the Pamsy
songs that I wasn't too fond of. Vocals done by Chrinstine are as
nice as always, but sadly only the chorus really stands out from the song
as the rest of the track just flows on like summer clouds. A track that
could have been so much better if it had been sped up a bit and a strong
beat was there to back the calm synths.
Rating : 7+
13.Lucya - Follow The Rainbow (SCP)
The very powerful and beautiful ballad that Lucya did back in the
150s is always where I get taken back to when I hear this song. Follow
The Rainbow is like the long lost cousin that ate a bit too much
ritalin. A very beautiful melody has been given a breezy and thin type of
sound world around it, that might please the people who don't want every
eurobeat song to be about speed and energy. I can already imagine myself
driving around Finlad this summer with this song playing. A song with a
Disney-esque feel, like you could forget about the world around you and
just listen to the beauty of the melody.
Rating : 9
14.Powerful T. - I Want You (A-Beat C)
First Digital Planet lets me down, next one to do the same is the
Not so Powerful T.. People immediately expect to get guitars,
action and most of all power, but this song just doesn't offer about any
of these. The fact that this is already the 5th song during the 170s says
something, since it's somewhat rare to hear the male acts appear as much
as this (Go 2 excluded in all forms). Elevator eurobeat, quoting
myself for the fact that I can't think of much else to say.
Rating : 7
15.Mega NRG Man - Red Light And Sex (Go Go's Music)
If A-Beat C sucked majorly on this album (again), the new spin off label
does the exact opposite and blows the jackpot with this superior song.
Tomas Marin offers just what his name promises with this song that has
such an aggressive guitar-influenced edge it's impossible to not like it.
The song features typical macho lyrics that fit Tomas' voice very
well, plus the fact the rather unique kind of gimmicks used here and there
in the song somehow seem to boost the vocals even more. GGM just keep
going strong, now if only they got a default of at least 2 songs per album.
Rating : 10
16.Daniel - Frontal Impact (Delta)
Oh my, oh my, I'm getting... Whoa. I must say I didn't notice Daniel
having such an awesome voice in the previous song we got. This track on
the other hand does about everything correctly. His voice sounds so god
damn good it's a crime. The way he sings the chorus keeps looping in my
head all the time and the sexy chorus does wonders to one's mind. An
amazingly catchy song from Delta that reminds me of the classic type of
Delta from the early years, á la Delta Queens.
Rating : 10
17.Remy Panther - On The Road Again (HI-NRG Attack)
So HRG have the 3rd album in SEB history with 3 songs, is it just me or
does it really feel like their level has also increased? The songs still
seem to lack a bit of unique-edge but the tracks seem to be on a slightly
higher level than before. This song is not all that special or unique, but
it still sounds very fun and catchy. Just like many of the HRG songs from
the Euromach era that I didn't instantly fall in love, but slowly built a
love-relationship with. This song is probably going to become even more of
a favorite by time, but I already admit liking it.
Rating : 8+
18.Franz Tornado & Mozzarella Girls - Sucka Sucka Pizza (HI-NRG
This is JUST the 2nd song with Pizza in the title so far, I actually
would've thought our loved italianos would've done more in the past but I
seem to be imagining things. Sucka Sucka Pizza is just as crazy as
one can expect from the label with really fun vocal work and a rather "full"
bass sound. The extra guitars and female vocals here and there give the
track a really nice boost as well. I must say I am in love with the song
and am definitely going to be looping this more and more in the future.
Rating : 9+
Final Words :
Well like I stated on the forum earlier, I wasn't honestly expecting to
get a better album that 175 was, but 179 really did put up a good fight.
The album is all around very well balanced and the only real down side is
that A-Beat C are in a real bad state on this album. Delta, Time, HI-NRG
Attack and Go Go's Music presented the best the album has to offer and SCP
had their highlights as well. Not a typical album based on the labels for
me, but still a very well done album that is even backed up with a very
VERY strong Remix cd. A very good way to end this decade and we can only
hope for the best for the 180s. And of course the big 180 in August, I've
ordered mine. Have you?
Final Score : 9
The Best 3 Songs
- Irene - Let's Fly Together
- Erika - Fever & Music
- Mega NRG Man - Red Light And Sex
The Worst 3 songs
- Norma Sheffield - Do You Wanna Fly
- Powerful T. - I Want You
- Digital Planet - We Can Be Heroes
- Time & HI-NRG Attack in general, keep this up!
Reviewed by Bore