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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000008CWT
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #421,857 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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80s Pop, Hi-Tech AOR

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Alex on July 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the first album released by the great synth pop band- Animotion. This contains the top ten hit (1985) "Obsession" as well as the top 40 hit "Let Him Go". Fun, Fun, Fun delivers well... a fun feeling, as well as "Open Door". The cold and chilly ballad "Tremble" is definetly a keeper. Animotion uses great instrumentals, boasting great guitar suqences, drums as well as well as the keyboards. Astrid Plane & Bill Wadhams deliver great vocals in all the songs. In my Opinion, the second album "Strange Behavior" is better, yet with the hits "Obsession" and "Let Him Go", you can't go wrong.

P.S. The version of "Let Him Go" on this CD is very different than the one on Obsession: The Best of Animotion. The instrumentals on this one boast mostly guitars, and less keyboards. On Obsession: The Best of Animotion "Let Him Go" is greatly synthesiezed. The Obsession: The Best of Animotion version, in my opinion is better.

This album is often confused with the 1989 release "Animotion". Make sure to ask your seller which version they have. The 1989 release, is good too (if you want both)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lone Wolf on January 3, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Most of the reviews here state that this is the group's debut but in reality this is actually their last album & it was released in 1989. By the time this album was recorded, most of the original band personnel had departed which left only lead guitarist Don Kirkpatrick & keyboardist Greg Smith to carry on. Actress/dancer/singer Cynthia Rhodes was brought in to take over lead vocals for Astrid Plane & I think she does a really good job here. Her voice isn't quite as strong as Astrid's but it's still really good. Paul Engemann replaced Bill Wadhams as the male lead vocalist & his voice is also very decent & meshes well with Rhodes voice.

The songs aren't bad either. There is lots of fast paced dance music to be found here along with a couple ballads. The big hit was the catchy "Room to Move" (written and originally performed by Climie Fisher)& it was the group's 2nd & final Top 10 hit. It along with the powerful romantic ballad "Calling it Love" also made it onto the [My Stepmother is an Alien] soundtrack. They are the 2 best songs here but there are other quality tracks to be found as well. "The Way Into Your Heart", which Rhodes co-wrote with her husband - singer Richard Marx, is a pretty catchy mid tempo track & probably coulda been a single. "Send It Over", "Best Mistake", "Do Like I Do" & "Ground Zero" are also decent tracks & definitely worth a listen.

So to sum it up, if you're a fan of the group or good pop music, you should def checkout this album cuz it is a better than average release with lots of good songs & good music. It is also a good continuation of the group's earlier work. Unfortunately, it would be their very last album. But at the very least, it was a solid one with some memorable songs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alex on July 29, 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you have heard some of the other material in the Animotion catalog you may be reluctant to purchase this album as the sound of the group changed dramatically between the making of "Strange Behavior" and this self titled album. Several of the groups members left and the group took a turn to more pop-infused songs. That is not to say however that the album doesn't deliver some good songs...

"Room to Move" is intensely synthesized but has a fun and upbeat groove. "Calling it Love" is actually a pretty good pop ballad that uses powerful vocals laden with synth bass and percussive flairs to give the song a light and pleasant feel. "Message of Love" and "House of Love" use a similar formula to achieve a decent, but not spectacular level of emotion. "Ground Zero", "Send it Over" and "Do Like I do" are OK in the sense that they are fast and fun but lack any serious musicality. The two remaining songs, "Best Mistake" and "The Way into Your Heart" are probably two of the better songs on the album, just below "Room to Move" and "Calling it Love". "Best Mistake" is an overall good song because of it's use of powerful vocals and effective synth beats and bass. "The Way into Your Heart" has an almost jazzy feel to it, especially with the addition of the trumpet and horn section, making it one of the best songs on the CD.

Essentially, although "Animotion [1989]" doesn't compare in the slightest to the bands superior older material, this album shouldn't be overlooked as it is a fun and generally well done late 80s synth pop album.
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