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  • Audio Cassette (January 29, 1991)
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B000000WHK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,681 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Make Out Alright
2. I Touch Myself
3. Lay Your Body Down
4. Love School
5. Bless My Soul (It's Rock-n-Roll)
6. If Love Was a Gun
7. Need a Lover
8. Follow Through
9. Café Interlude
10. Bullet
11. I'm on Your Side

Customer Reviews

I love the vocals and could listen to this CD all day.
girldiver
This album is a good, not great release - my favorite being What A Life, but it is solid with some very good moments.
Beandog
There are several pretty good songs on here that will make it worth your money.
Russell Diederich

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By FLK6677 on January 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
By the time this album came out, gone were the days of Christina Amphlett wearing rat pins, frumpy schoolgirl outfits and a mass of seemingly unwashed hair. She was now a full-fledged sexpot, and wasn't afraid to show it.
That is why it was hard to dive into this album without expecting disappointment. The band worked so well before that this one, with all of its changes, had to be a step down, right? Not really.
While it's not as good as "Desperate," "What a Life" and "Temperamental," "diVINYLS" is a stellar collection of music. The songs are sleeker and sexier than before, really giving Christina a chance to show off her rocker babe charm.
"I Touch Myself," the one everybody knows, is a perfectly crafted pop song. It is disappointing, though, that this is the one they're known for as it is rather unrepresentative of their overall sound.
"If Love Was a Gun" is a beautiful slow song in which Christina goes from sounding fragile and on the verge of tears to like an enraged siren. "I hope there's an angel watching over you," she repeats with conviction, and you can't help but wonder whether she means it as a heartfelt prayer or a bitter warning.
"Follow Through" is a song that really grows on you -- at first it seems rather unexciting but after a few listens you start to feel it. It's got a mellow vibe that's complimented perfectly by Christina's pensive lyrics and subtle vocal delivery.
"Bless My Soul" is the closest thing to a real rocker here, and with its tongue-in-cheek rock-n'-roll-is-sin-lyrics, it is a lot of fun.
"Love School" and "Lay Your Body Down" are melodic, moody and sexy. If you never saw Ms. Amphlett as a temptress, take a listen to these.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By scuspiria cirulian on March 15, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The artwork was superfluous-she looked better in a schoolgirl outfit on "What a Life!" Still, the raspy tone she gives of "Bless My Soul" is something worth raising a fist to, and the horn solo on the loud, funky "Lay your Body Down" is as good as anything by the Stones. Yeah, there's enough pointless sap here, but on the rockers these guys are animals. A diverse album that is unfairly slammed as a one hit wonder-the music has tang, Cristina has a real life personality that carries the album through the dull stuff. No, I don't "Touch Myself" when I hear that song-it's good to excercise (stylishly) to when you're in the mood to embarass the more stuck-up acquaintances. No, this is not a 5 star ablum as you'll find at least one loon say about any album this side of ELO II, but it FEELS good, at least (Note to Don Henley). P.S keep it in the bedroom
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Dylan on April 22, 2008
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I bought this on cassette when it first came out and I have to admit it was definitely because I thought Christina was killer in the video and singing "I Touch Myself". I think it's great she has the courage to not worry about being seen as some kind of sexual whore for singing something so easily known for self-pleasure but instead for embracing it and actually giving it the true "touch" it needs with relation to actually singing the song - it's something that some American idols could watch on the women's side to realize that singing doesn't always mean you have to be belting out notes to prove you have a strong instrument. Other songs that really stand out on this CD are "Make Out Alright," "Bullet," "I'm On Your Side", "Love School," and "If Love Was a GUN." All connotations aside this CD is really very good and Mark McEntee on the guitar has a good feel for Stones like hooks that add to the songs. I know most of the song titles sound like they have a sexual connotation but the only one that really portrays that outright is "I Touch Myself". Many of them are very well thought out as just relationship type tunes with some tongue-in-cheek lyrics.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ms Diva on May 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was torn, but despite the fact that there are couple briliant songs on here, the whole CD doesn't quite come together well enough to give it 5 stars. I first heard the band when I Touch Myself came out, and I was surprised such an overt song would get airtime on mainstream, Canadian AM radio. The song is more than just a bubble gum pop song -- when you think about it, it's a very empowering song celebrating female sexuality, a subject that is usually considered taboo. I like Lay Your Body Down for the same reason. I'm On Your Side is one of my favorite ballads. Overall, however, even though the rest of the songs aren't bad, they aren't anything brilliant, either. A good, solid, standard rock album that you won't be disappointed in, though it likely won't warrant heavy rotation in your CD player, either.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen B. O'Blenis on October 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Yet another sparkling gem, this self-titled album FINALLY brought the DiVinyls a portion of the acclaim and success in North America that all their albums should have received worldwide. Some have complained that the sound of this album is different from previous albums, ignoring the fact that "What A Life" was a bigger departure from "Desperate" than this is from "Temperamental" and that all the DiVinyls albums have a different sound from each other. Some have even called this a sell-out. Alright, I try never to tear down other people's opinions on albums or movies or whatever, even when they're trashing something I really love, but I have to take strong issue with this. First of all, the diVinyls NEVER sold out anything, and anybody who knows anything about all the ridiculous troubles they've had with various record labels for not going along with the trends du jour knows this. This is a band that during legal arguements with one record label that prevented them from profiting from any new material they put out for a few years, contributed new songs to film soundtracks and authorised the recording and selling of live "authorised bootleg" concert performances without receiving a cent so they could continue giving their fans at least some new material. And this is a band that has always exerted more say on record covers, music videos, and so on than most bands on overly controlling 'major' record labels. Second of all, at the time this album was recorded and released, most all that was getting major airplay on radio and tv was rap, grunge, and the 'modern' style of country. No disrespect whatsoever to any of those genres, but this album doesn't exactly fit those molds.Read more ›
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