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GIBSON STARTS TO FADE INTO THE BLUE WITH ELECTRIC
on December 9, 2001
Debbie Gibsons second effort into the pop arena came out in 1989 entitled "Electric Youth".
Though the CD went triple platinum here in the states like "Out of the Blue", it was the onset of her singles becoming less than hits.
Gibson reached her peak into the pop world with the first cut on the album entitled "Lost In Your Eyes" which incidentally became Gibsons last #1 and Top Ten hit. She debut in the Top 40 with "Lost In Your Eyes" making it her highest debuting chart single ever, this was the beginning of the end.
Gibsons second single "Electric Youth" stalled at No.11, then came "No More Rhyme" which fared worse stalling at No. 19. Then the 4th single "We Could Be Together" failed at No. 71.
Gibsons debut album "Out of the Blue" was much stronger than "Electric Youth",...in my opinion her label rushed Gibson to do a 2nd album, and it shows. Though a good album, not strong with the hooks and melodies of "Out of the Blue".
Atlantic her old label only cared about making quick money off of Gibson knowing her star would soon fade in the Billboard Pop Chart arena.
"Electric Youth" the album is good the strongest cuts by far are the first 3 singles released from the album along with "Over the Wall" and "Shades of the Past" - the later should of been the 4th single instead of the campy "We Could Be Together".
The album as a whole was very mundane with middle of the road to nowhere songs as "Love In Disquise", "Who Loves Ya Baby" and "Silence Speaks A Thousand Words". These are by no means weak songs just middle of the road songs which lacked the hooks of "Only In My Dreams", "Shake Your Love", "Out of the Blue", "Staying Together" and even "Fallen Angel" which should of been released as a single.
"Electric Youth" was just a middle of the road album that luckily kept Gibson on top a little longer.
Today Gibson still has a flourishing pop career with her latest installment entitled "MYOB" which came out 3/2001, which unfortunately radio is not grasping, probably due to her previous Debbie years. Otherwise it is her best album to date with R & B influences, strong ballads, and a Sade-ish side with vocals in top form, besides her latest pop efforts Gibson is having a growing broadway career with her latest efforts starring in "Gypsy" with Betty Buckley and "Cinderella" with Eartha Kitt.
Deborah Gibson is the pop star that keeps on giving, as for "Electric Youth" it is fair pop. I say either go "Out of the Blue" or for the new milennium check out the new hot Gibson style with "MYOB".