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  • Audio CD (March 13, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • ASIN: B0000026KH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,168 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By J. Martin on December 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I have had this CD four 10 years and I still play it all the time. She has such a unique voice and "Toy Soldiers" is in my opinion the best song ever recorded. It is so amazing and different than anything I have ever heard and her vocals are so brilliant."I Feel the Earth Move" rocks and "More Than You Know" is so fun and catchy you have to sing a long. Martika will never be forgotten and everyone who loved 80's pop needs to own this CD!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 8, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Maritka is by far one of the most underappreciated pop singers of the last 10 years. Her velvety voice and killer looks grabbed the attention of many pop fans with her first release. This album is pure pop fun, though her sophmore effort "Martika's Kitchen" is by far the superior album, songs like "If You're Tarzan I'm Jane", "See If I Care" and "More Than You Know" exempliphy pop music, while the dance version of "I Feel The Earth Move" will get you moving. More sophisticated tracks like "Water", "Toy Soldiers" and "Alibis" proved that Martika was and is a talent that we must look out for. And we will do so next year when she releases her 3rd LP for RCA.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on August 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I was gazing at the cassette cases at a store, and some Mexican worker there suggested Martika, another singer in the Cuban-pop genre. So, Gloria Estefan did not have a monopoly in that area. Anyway, I ended up getting it four months later, especially after hearing the first two singles. Nice voice, nothing spectacular, but something that could vocally make dance music palatable. Call her music a Latin version of the Jets, early Madonna, and Expose rolled into one. Some of her music mirrors Taylor Dayne's Tell It To My Heart, released the previous year. Other times, I hear Bananarama mixed in. The first four songs are actually not bad, and hints at a great sound despite its derivativeness.
"If You're Tarzan, I'm Jane" sports a pounding and running Bananarama-type beat. She's Jane, huh? Well, she definitely ain't Cheetah, for sure. Ha ha! Now yes, there are some trite moments, such as the monologue where she says "If you were Romeo, then you can bet, I'm gonna be your Juliet." That's countered by a naughty line in keeping with the jungle theme: "I wanna swing on your vine."
"Cross My Heart" is one of those Taylor Dayne-ish (Danish(?)) numbers given the high-pitched opening keyboards. Again, the chorus lyrics are a bit trite: "Cross my heart/hope to die/may lightning strike me/if I'm telling a lie/ZAP!" Just kidding--that last word doesn't occur.
Martika herself co-wrote three songs. One of them opens with Jellybean Benitez/"Lucky Star"-style synths. That song is "More Than You Know", which was the first single. Not bad, as it reached the Top 20. The chorus has a slightly-tinged calypso-pop beat.
Then, "step by step, heart to heart, left right left, we all fall down.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Johnson on January 17, 2002
Format: Audio CD
You know what,I never even knew Martika existed.Until(don't laugh) I was watching VH1's "Where Are They Now?" and this young unknown girl came onto my screen.I was then informed that that
unknown girl had a #1 hit in 1989 with a song called "Toy Soldiers".Huh? I wondered,"who is that? I never heard of her!"
And it's a shame I didn't.Because Martika shoud've been a bigger star.
I recently listened to "Toy Soldiers" and fell in love with it.
What a great song! A haunting ballad about a friend's drug use
that really soars.That's what a good pop ballad should be,I think.That song is a certified gem,folks!
Me being a nostolgic of the late '80s and the early '90s,I was
promted to buy this unknown diva's 1988 debut.I'm happy to say that that was a good choice on my part."Water" and the Carole
King cover "I Feel The Earth Move" are great,but not as great as "Toy Soldiers",though.
Well,nearly 13 years after "Toy Soldiers" hit #1,I'm wondering if Martika(who was in her late teens when "Toy" became a hit) is contoplating a new recording carrer.She was a way better songwriter than her peers at the time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maurice on January 20, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Anyone who listens to this CD should wonder why Martika never really got her true props alongside Cyndi Lauper, Tiffany, Debbie Gibson and even Madonna. The whole CD is fantastic, but the crowning glory is "Toy Soldiers". Even though this song talks about depression, it's raw, gritty message struck a chord with Martika's audience and shot up the charts to Number One. Every time I hear it, I feel as if I'm hearing it for the first time, like I did that summer of 1989. Had she been given the proper songwriters and business management, Martika would have rivaled Madonna to this very day. "Won't you come out and play with me?"....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Knyte on October 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Toy Soldiers...great song. Just get the CD for that song. Put it this way, the song makes the album worth owning, and was one of the best songs of the summmer of 1989, along with the other pop hits of the time. Let me take you back...I'm a shameless nostalgic yes...music does that to you.
SO - Martika gets my vote for having a really great song from her time period. Should get remade. Thanks for reading...
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