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MP3 Music, February 24, 2009
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While not all the material stands the test of time ("From The Heart," "Shot In The Dark"), the majority of the album is solid as an adorable, fun nod to the girl groups of the '60s, mixed with the lush pop sounds of the '80s.
Carlisle's finest moments are her stunning, loving cover of Freda Payne's "Band Of Gold," "I Never Wanted A Rich Man," and the album's ode to the ephemeral nature of romantic love "Stuff and Nonsense."
Also, this album sounds more akin to the Go-Go's work than any of Carlisle's other solo work, so most Go-Go's fans should enjoy this collection.
Sadly, the bonus material rings more than a little redundant, with three additional versions of "Band of Gold," and all of them inferior to the album version. However, the extended version of "Mad About you" is pure pop Heaven.
Bottom line: Belinda Carlisle fans and Go-Go's fans should find this CD wonderful listening.
When I first saw her in the "Mad About You" video, I'd never even heard of the Go-Go's. Fortunately, I was able to catch up in time. Now there was a woman I found unimaginatively beautiful! Anyway, those opening basslines. And that's Duran Duran guitarist Andy Taylor doing that guitar solo in the song's middle.
The bouncy "I Need A Disguise" is another singleworthy song, co-written by Susanna Hoffs that's got a tight slick beat. "Shot In The Dark" is another song that's an even better candidate for the dance floor.
Case of singles chart injustice No. 103039: "I Feel The Magic" is another one of those singles that deserved to enter the Top Ten, much less the Top Forty. As it turns out, it didn't. This despite a familiar and welcome sugary voice on background vocals: Susanna Hoffs. Sheesh!
In watching a documentary on the making of this album, bandmate Charlotte Caffey remarked on Belinda's perceptive ability to notice song similarities. According to her, "I Never Wanted A Rich Man" sounded like something Rod Stewart would do. Yes, Belinda, it sure does.
She does a tasteful cover of Freda Payne's 60's classic, "Band Of Gold" As for ballads, she does best on "Since You've Gone" and "Stuff And Nonsense".
Belinda gets a lot of help from a lot of big names. Much of it comes in songwriting credits. Her ex-bandmates, Charlotte Caffey and Paula Brown (Jane Wiedlin's Go-Go's successor), come to the rescue here, as does Susanna Hoffs. All three help out on backing vocals as does Jane Wiedlin.
So, is this CD great? Hey, I ended up not speaking to a then-good friend because he dissed it. That was back in 1986, and this album has survived its potency with age.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Belinda Carlisle's solo 1986 debut album ''BELINDA'' finally gets the treatment it deserves. I still have my original 1986 LP and the original cd, I later upgraded. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Entertainment Rob
this was one of my favorite albums from the 80s. It is so great to have it remastered. Fantastic sound quality.Published 14 months ago by J.R.
This cd takes me back. I think this is probably Belinda's best cd, It really sounds like she is having fun, it showcases her true identity, but also carries some of her background... Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Cds1975