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Back in the day, there were two teen pop starlettes I had my eye on more than anyone else; one of those was Tiffany, the other Debbie Gibson! Man, how I fancied those two girls and quite sadly, would sing along with all my favourite songs by them both whenever I listened to their albums!
Electric Youthy remains to this day, one of my favourite albums of all time! Yes, it's cheesey; yes, it's a bit sickly sweet and Debbie herself has not aged gracefully (nor do I remember what it was I fancied so much when I see this album cover now) but I DO really still love this album!
Who can forget Who Loves Ya Baby? The title track that kicks this off and really sets things going! And as for Lost In Your Eyes....was I the only one who used to think Debbie was singing it just for me? Yes, okay...I know I'm sad!
There are so many great songs here I could argue about my favourites all day! Apart from the two I have already mentioned, there is also Silence Speaks (A Thousand Words), Should've Been The One, of course the title track Electric Youth and No More Rhyme!
God, listening to this again takes me right, right back! The vocals have not aged even if the singer herself might've and this is one album that, although ashamed to amit I still own in my record collection, I nonetheless never tire of hearing!
And she looks so endearing in that baseball cap and blue blazer, doesn't she. This album saw Debbie finding her feet and coming into her own for an outright pop fest. I think the title of the album was meant to embody what she was all about. Debbie was youthful and her music was full of zest and excitement.
Off to a good start, 'Who Loves Ya Baby' is uplifting and has a rousing trumpet section to make you want to sway those hips. Her vocals sound keen and tuneful and the song is a positive start.
'Lost In Your Eyes' is a calmer affair, driven by a delicious piano line, which has been crafted with care and attention. The song is steeped in sickly lyrics, but it is a perfect soundtrack for that moment when you are first falling in love and so enraptured with your other half.
The title song is possibly the highlight. It is all dramatic chord changes and it lifts at every turn. Debbie really puts her all into this, as her voice penetrates the core of the melody and carries you away on a whirlwind of energy. The song would be ideal to a fitness class to. The message of the track is all about finding it within yourself to relinquish the future, etc.
'We Could Be Together' is a song I like to return to. It is mid tempo, quite cheesy and the kind of track you could imagine Miley Cyrus tackling. The chorus is friendly and playful enough and there are some glorious backing vocals which heighten the experience.
Eleven tracks on here, this is on a par with her previous album and is a must for fans of eighties pop music. Just steer clear of the suspect cover artwork and everything will be alright!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Who Loves Ya Baby
2 Lost In Your Eyes
3 Love In Disguise
4 Helplessly In Love
5 Silence Speaks (A Thousand Words)
6 Should've Been The One
7 Electric Youth
8 No More Rhyme
9 Over The Wall
10 We Could Be Together
11 Shades Of The Past