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Cosmic Thing

October 1, 2011

  Song Title
Cosmic Thing
Dry County
Deadbeat Club
Love Shack
Channel Z
Follow Your Bliss

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  • Original Release Date: June 23, 1989
  • Release Date: June 23, 1989
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • Copyright: 1989 Reprise Records
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  • Total Length: 47:16
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  • ASIN: B001LYX1JQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (305 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,089 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "Tacky Little Dance Band" Hits The Big Time February 16, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The B-52's began life as a self-described "tacky little dance band" out of 1970s Athens, Georgia--and they sounded like musical refugees from a Twilight Zone episode that Rod Serling thought better of. But the band touched a techno-nerve, and before too long they had a record deal and a cult single ("Rock Lobster") that actually made the charts. But for all their fame, The B-52's very glitchy sound never had much in the way of airplay, much less big-time sales... until the release of COSMIC THING.
COSMIC THING spawned two major singles. The first one to hit--and the one that remains most durable--is "Love Shack," a truly bizarre but extremely infectious mix of funky rhythm and catchy melody dominated by Fred Schneider's ultra-silly, ultra-clever pseudo-rap--the song was and is a tremendous amount of fun, and while it lacks the truly weird edge of earlier B-52's cuts it remains one of the best dance party cuts I've ever come across, something that will get you on your feet faster than you can say "Bang Bang." The second hit, "Roam," was more specifically pop--but pop with a B-52's twist: a covertly sexy lyric and Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson blasting out unexpected harmonies from beneath their dueling beehive hairdos.
But COSMIC THING has more to offer than just these two cuts: everything here is extremely well done. The downbeat "Dry Country" has a seductive swing to it; "Deadbeat Club" is super smooth; "Topaz" is a remarkable little thing, sweet and sour all at once; and the largely non-vocal "Follow Your Bliss" wraps up the set on an unexpected but effective note.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna reveals her true depth as an artist August 27, 2002
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Like a Prayer could very well be Madonna's most important album; marked by maturity, honest emotional content, superior musical form and style, and overall quality, it is a remarkable achievement by an artist whose earliest work was dismissed by some as throwaway pop. Perhaps no other album I own starts off as strongly as this one. Like a Prayer and Express Yourself make one heck of a one-two punch. This is the Madonna I like the most--brave, strong, unafraid of controversy, and willing and able to rock your world. Personally, I found the controversy over Like a Prayer and its video to be quite overblown, but it certainly did nothing to hurt album sales. The gospel background vocals gives the song a powerful, full sound that only reinforces the driving beat and mass appeal of the song. Express Yourself is a Madonna statement song--Madonna knows all about expressing herself, and the song does inspire you to be yourself and let others know what you are thinking.
Love Song is a song I can take or leave. At the time, Prince and Madonna were pretty much the king and queen of pop music, and it was really something to hear them team up on a duet. Unfortunately, the song has little substance, and Prince overplays his peculiar, distinctive voice and style. Till Death Do Us Part is, in my opinion, the best song on the album. It has meaningful, important lyrics, yet its tempo makes you tap or sway along with the music; it almost moves too quickly, achieving a perfectly vibrant, energetic pace, and the chorus is just wonderful. Promise to Try is a slower song with beautiful lyrics and a graceful sound, offering yet more proof that Madonna is a real singer with great vocal skills.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to, wait, scratch that June 27, 2000
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In 1989, the B's suddenly returned with a completely new image, revitalized and full of a bunch of Nile Rodgers/Don Was-produced dancepop. And hey, despite the obvious cries of "sellout!" that are perfectly deserved, this is still a very good album. It's most heavily remembered for the hit "Love Shack," which is an infectious song that suffers a bit from constant overplay and an overlong running time (it doesn't need that "bang bang" part at the end at all), as well as the gorgeous, solid pop song "Roam"("Boooy Mercury, cruisin' throoough every degreeeee"). For the most part, the songs on here are very well-written in spite of their slickness ("Bushfire," "Channel Z," "Deadbeat Club"), the only real gripes being the kind-of-dull studio creation "Dry County" and the fact that on the catchy title track the band tries to mix a political message ("Don't let it rest on the president's desk!") next to lyrics like "SHAKE YOUR HONEY BUNS!" Still, overall, an album well worth buying and one of the better releases to come out in the overproduced year of 1989.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Madonna Guide. February 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Madonna has 7 full length studio albums out there, which one to buy first? Well, they're all great discs, excluding the dated and naive debut. While Like A Virgin and Ray Of Light are definite contenders, I always like it when an artist takes a risk. Madonna did just that in 1989 with Like a Prayer and then did it again in 1992 with Erotica. However, Like a Prayer is tighter, more cohesive than Erotica. Like a Prayer is the first time Madonna expressed deeper emotion in her lyrics, and it was the first time her music was no longer Spice Girlish. Songs about religion, death, divorce, camraderie, childhood, love and self-respect fill this wonderful disc. It's true, as the people before me have attested: There is not a note wasted on this cd, all the tracks are great. Sure, the duet between Prince and Madonna could have been left off, but it adds more flavor to the cd's rich well of songs. It's worth the money to have this in your music collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome
this was my second copy of this CD played the last one to death, one of her best albums love it
Published 15 days ago by Christopher Still
5.0 out of 5 stars 1989
This was a tumultuous year marked by an album that echoed some of the trials and tribulations of that year for me.
Published 1 month ago by Mel B
2.0 out of 5 stars It's not like it used to be...
I know most readers here will think I'm too anal about picking on small details but I must say that the reason why we buy vinyl records nowadays is that we have the memory of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Nerrian
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna fan
This was the first record I remember listening to when my mom played her music. I'm an early 80's child and Madonna (and especially this record) is my earliest, musical memory. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Rebecca Butler
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite B-52's album.
This is my favorite out of all their albums, although I love them all. This album brings me on a journey through my emotions, and reminds me to enjoy life. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sean LeMay
5.0 out of 5 stars Old favorite
...been loving this album since it came out. (I had the cassette). B52s are one of my top favorite bands. If you're a 52s fan, you should get this so you can trash your cassette.
Published 3 months ago by Guy Bennett
4.0 out of 5 stars Controversy!!!
The music stands the test of time. This was a major change for Madonna as she was evolving from a "poppy" artist to (attempting to) be taken more seriously. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Aparato SuperSonico
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun with a message
I was cleaning out my cassette collection and discovered this gem of an album. I decided to get the CD version since it was one of my favorites years ago. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Michael Dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars The Deadbeat Club Roams Over To The Love Shack.
If you knew anything about the backstory behind COSMIC THING (the death of founding member Ricky Wilson a few years before; the subsequent musical floundering), this 1989 release... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gregor von Kallahann
5.0 out of 5 stars Madonna's Journey Into Musical Artistry Begins
This is the album that started it all. Before Like A Prayer's release, Madonna was known as a sweet-voiced singer with catchy but shocking pop tunes and controversial videos. Read more
Published 6 months ago by kthelibra
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