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2 Unlimited are perhaps best known for their annoyingly catchy hits 'No Limit' and their debut smash 'Get Ready For This.' This is not one of the more widely discussed albums, but there are some fine tracks on here which are worth giving a nod to.
Title track 'Real Thing' is a fiery dance workout, with some storming vocals from singer Anita. The track builds to a frantic chorus, which has one of those insane synth riffs which buries in your head. It is one of the stronger songs on the album.
'Here I Go' is much in the same mould, working up a sweat with some pulsating vocals and a wicked little bassline which makes you want to get up and start chucking your arms all around. There is also a rap section on this one from Ray, who delivers it with an air of sophistication and ease. The dark synth stabs give the song a slightly sinister edge. Definitely worth inspecting.
'Info Superhighway' sounds different from their usual stuff, in that it is not so in your face. The vocals are grating on this one, but the backing track is more mellow and the lyrics are quite engaging, citing how technology is changing.
If you thought ballads were out of the question then think again, as the last track on the album, 'Nothing Like The Rain' ticks this box. Anita struggles to pull off some of the higher notes, but the song is actually quite strong. Had it been sung by someone like Whitney, it probably would have been a big hit!
'Face To Face' is a plodding affair with a basic riff and by the numbers rapping from Ray. The chorus is also limp.
Thirteen tracks, boulstered by some funky artwork, this will appeal to fans of nineties dance music