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Pink Bubbles Go Ape
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2003
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I love this CD - I personally feel that it is the ultimate evolution of the "classic" Helloween sound, both heavy & melodic. Number One, The Chance, Mankind, Your Turn, & Kids of the Century are all amazing songs. Mankind may even be my favorite Helloween song of all time. Heavy Metal Hampsters is probably the only weak point, and the reason is self-evident. I find that Helloween album reviews are often misleading, because "Pink Bubbles" & "Chamellion" seem to be almost universally loathed by the headbanger contingent, but they are by far the most sophisticated and creative efforts that the band has ever had. If you are only interested in thrash, you won't like this CD. If you love music, this CD will make your regular rotation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This by far isn't my favorite Helloween album but it has it's moments. This 2006 Remastered/ Expanded Edition of Pink Bubbles Go Ape is still worth it even if you have the original especially if you don't have all the singles with the bonus tracks (which are only 4 tracks, there should have been more on this). Anyways this version definately sounds better than the original.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2003
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Underated,pure and simple,this album's great,although a few of these song's are lame,mainly the Pink bubbles one,Heavy metal hamsters,and Number One.Now as far as I'm concerned two and a half song's out of eleven isn't bad,considering the fact that I think all of the new Helloween stuff suck's.And Queens Ryche to me alway's sucks...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2009
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This a a good album by Helloween, the first without Kai Hansen (and better than anything realeased in the Andi Deris era...)

There are awkward moments (like "Heavy Metal Hamsters"), but the opener "Kids of The Century" and "The Chance" are real killers.

A good album to get, since this edition is also remastered.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2012
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Yeah, this is not one of the Keeper CDs; but that does not mean it is a boo-awful mediocre CD.

This CD is criminally ignored and under-rated. Yeah, the band slowed down a little bit than the "Keeper" CDs,
but just b/c they slowed down a little on this CD, does not mean they sold out or it wasn't worth listening to
as so many negative reviews here on Amazon.com want you to believe. Just b/c a band slows down a little bit
does not mean they still can't rock anymore. There are 3 joke songs on this CD: "Heavy Metal Hamsters", "I'm Doing Fine Crazy Man", and the very short intro "Pink Bubbles Go Ape title song", but even those songs are still very good if you sit down and listen to them.

There are outstanding songs on this CD that are just as good as anything on the "Keeper" CDs. I mean, it is Michael Kiske singing on this CD! The man can sing a little kid's song or a Christmas song and it would sound amazing! So, there is nothing wrong with the singing talent on this CD.

I was surprised of how heavy "Kids of the Century" song was. That song is just as heavy as any song on the 2 "Keeper" CDs. Absolutely check out: "Kids of the Century", "Back on the Streets", "Number One", "Goin' Home", "Someone's Crying", "Mankind", and "The Chance".
The one and only song on this entire CD that I did not like was "Your Turn". It just did not fit the feel of this CD. Way too slow of a song. I am surprised "Your Turn" wasn't on the next CD that came after this one called: "Chameleon". "Chameleon" CD was nothing like this CD at all, but that's another story for another time.

If the "Pink Bubbles Go Ape" CD had came out from any other Power Metal band, even today it would be considered as a masterpiece of a CD, but b/c it comes out from Helloween; it is automatically ignored and overlooked. Go figure?!

This whole CD has Power Metal written all over it, and a lot of fun catchy songs too. Even though it is a strange and weird CD cover to it, but underneath the cover is a great piece of Power Metal that you really can't go wrong with it. Definitely buy this CD, you won't be disappointed.

A dedicated Helloween fan. \m/
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 15, 2012
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Ahh... Pink Bubbles Go Ape... the title alone reveals that Helloween were taking a bit of a different direction with this 1991 release, but believe me, this was a good thing! While I like their earlier, more straightforward metal albums as much as the next metalhead, this album, much like 1993's Chameleon, is a breath of fresh air! No other band sounds as cool or unique as early 90s Helloween.

The music on this album is not one-dimensional. It's at times silly, happy, sad, wistful, and majestically epic. No matter what, though, it's always emotional. The Helloween guys have always been great at expressing different emotions. It helps that they're such great musicians. I shouldn't have to remind anyone how pure and pitch-defying Michael Kiske's singing is, and guitarists Michael Weikath and Roland Grapow have fantastic technical ability. More importantly, they really know how to make a guitar sing, whether it be electric or acoustic. Markus Grosskopf and Ingo Schwichtenburg (yes, I had to look up the spelling for that) both do a great job providing complementary bass and rhythm (I especially love Ingo's drum rolls). However, there are also touches of synths here and there that create another atmospheric layer above the standard rock instrumentation.

Another thing I LOVE about this album is it's lyrics. They're incredibly relevant to the modern world, and really come from the heart. Take for example "Kids of the Century": "We're stoppin' good waves, we're losin' our trees, the future looks bright ahead. I don't wonder we'll go under in this river of lies... We're the kids of the century--we're lost in our games, no time for the memories we look in the haze..." Just in these few lines Kiske comments on the false sense of security that today's young generation (MY generation) feels as we immerse ourselves in electronic gadgetry, unaware that the natural world is being destroyed beyond repair all around us! If this doesn't describe 2012, I don't know what does... The same kind of message is espoused in the epic "Mankind." I'll just qoute a few lines from this incredible track which is one of the most meaningful, rich songs Helloween have ever written: "Animals dying for our vanity, Our world is a beautiful place to be free... Drinking the blood of the weak, it's so easy, no one hears them cry..." The musical textures of this song, along with the great lyrics, present a stunningly true, profound, and heart-wrenching message about humanity. Other songs deal with more personal subjects, like lonliness, and do it most beautifully...

As for a few more notes on specific tracks, let me just admit upfront that "Heavy Metal Hamsters" is quite a zany song lyrically, but who cares! What fun would life be if everyone took themselves all seriously all the time? ;) Anyway, in the middle of the song, there is an absolutlely EXQUISITE harmonized dual guitar section which sweeps me off my feet everytime I hear it. Also, in another quirky song, "I'm Doin' Fine, Crazy Man," there's this one section in the middle in which the guitars turn acoustic and create a sublime, heavenly soothing atmosphere that just melts me... Like I said earlier, these guys can express emotions.

So anyway, I highly recommend that ANYONE who likes passionate music give Pink Bubbles Go Ape a try. It doesn't matter what music you listen to normally, because this album kind of transcends genre. Chameleon, the other unpopular Helloween album, takes the revolutionary direction of this album even further, with awsome results. Listen for yourself and enjoy something different!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2007
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Coming out from a law-suit after their label change and a huge line-up change which leaves legendary guitarist-songwriter Kai Hansen out of the band, Helloween come back with "Pink Bubbles Go Ape". A record which was bashed by music critics due to the fact that the band changed their music to a small effect when compared to their highly praised Keeper Of The Seven Keys records.

"Pink Bubbles..." admitably has a really strange, even silly title but this is not the case with the song writing. The music departs a bit from the continuous double-bass drumming stile and is enriched with more progressive and at parts mainstream ideas. Some songs are softer than the usual tracks found on the Keeper records reminding more of heavy metal than power metal, but that's not a drawback for sure.

Without diving into each and every song, I'm going to name only the outstanding ones! "Mankind" is a great-epic and progressive song with wonderful vocal and musical variations. "The Chance" is a mid-paced heavy metal anthem, which contains some of the albums best vocals and is the most known track from this relish. "Someone's Crying" is the only song that could be categorized as pure power metal (fast double-base drumming), a truly great song, which reminds a lot of their previous albums. "Your Turn" is a wonderful rock-blues ballad with great vocals and finally "Kids of the Century" is another fast song with smart lyrics and great solos.

The new guitarists R.Grapow proves to be a worthy replacement, as his guitar playing is outstanding and he also contributes some great tracks to the album. Vocalist Michael Kiske has improved even more (if that could be possible) in both technicality and emotion delivering his best vocal performance up to that point. While the other 3 band members, especially drummer Ingo, continue to show how talented musicians they are.

The main drawback of this album was the thin production, but now this relish offers a remaster of the original sound, thus a truly improved sound quality. The other drawback are tracks 1,5,9, but the 4 Bonus Tracks make up for that one also, especially the cover of Blue Suede Shoes.

You should definitely give this album a chance, if you enjoyed Helloweens previous relishes, as you can see how the band progresses and doesn't continue repeating itself for the sake of record sales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 31, 2004
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Coming out from a law-suit after their label change and a huge line-up change, which leaves legendary guitarist-songwriter Kai Hansen out of the band, Helloween come back with "Pink Bubbles Go Ape". A record bashed by music critics due to the fact that the band changed their music, to a small effect, when compared to their highly praised Keeper Of The Seven Keys records. All in all a memorable album, with several highlights and a stronger release compared to several of the band's future outputs.

"Pink Bubbles..." admitably has a really strange, even silly title but this is not the case with the song writing. The music departs a bit from the continuous double-bass power metal stile and is enriched with blues and rock influences and some more mainstream ideas as well. Some songs are softer than the usual tracks found on the Keeper records, reminding more of heavy metal than power metal, but that's not a drawback for sure.

Without diving into each and every song, I'm going to name only the outstanding ones! "Mankind" is a great epic and progressive song, with wonderful vocal and musical variations. "The Chance" is a mid-paced heavy metal anthem, which contains some of the album's best vocals, an infectious chorus and is the most known track from this release. "Someone's Crying" is the only song that could be categorized as pure power metal (fast double-base drumming), a truly memorable song with fast guitar solos, which reminds of the band's previous ouputs. "Kids of the Century" is another fast song with clever lyrics, another great chorus and outstanding guitar solos. Finally, "Your Turn" is a beautiful rock-blues ballad with amazing vocals.

The new guitarists Roland Grapow proves to be a worthy replacement, as his guitar playing is outstanding and he also contributes some great tracks to the album. Vocalist Michael Kiske has improved even more in both technicality and vocal control, delivering his best vocal performance up to that point. While the other 3 band members, especially bass player Markus, continue to show how talented musicians they are.

The drawbacks of this album are the production, which is kind of weak, making the vocals and the drums stand out above the rest (there is an EXPANDED-remastered edition available!). The other drawback being songs Heavy Metal Hamsters, Pink Bubbles Go Ape and I'm Doing Fine Crazy Man.

You should definitely give this album a chance, if you enjoyed Helloween's previous releases, as you can hear how the band progresses and doesn't continue repeating itself for the sake of record sales.

(The Expanded edition includes 4 bonus tracks and offers a great improvement of sound quality)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2006
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OK, horrid cover art on both back and front aside, the pumpkinheads of Helloween came up with a very interesting album here. To illustrate how varied this disc is you only have to listen to tunes such as Number One which is a strangely plaintive piece of metal balladeering and Heavy Metal Hamsters which is musically excellent yet lyrically so off the wall you start to wonder what sort of recreational substance abuse was happening in the studio. Personally I find the track funny but I'm probably in the minority on that one, many fans of a band of hitherto 'serious' musos such as Helloween would be aghast at such wilful silliness on the part of their heroes.

Other tracks that are indicative of how the band were changing can be found in Kids of the Century which rides a decent melody, but is somehow taken less seriously by the listener because one gets the impression that the band were taking themselves less seriously. With many bands that's a good thing, but here you just come away disappointed. Sort of like a restaurant that you go to and then years later realise you've never been back to, this album cranks to a decent level however doesn't seem to demand extra listens.

In summation, a finely produced, ambitious release from a band with great musicianship with the likes of guitarist Roland Grapow on guitar, Michael Kiske on vocals and once again Weikath is sharing writing duties. Chris Tsangarides produced the whole thing and this is a band that cares enough to actually credit solos on the individual songs. But it ain't the first Helloween album I'd recommend for the newcomer to sink their teeth into.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 5, 2005
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Helloween is one of my favorite metal groups. I have all their studio albums. This album is not as bad as people say it is, but it is not as great either. I would not start with this album if your new to the band. But I would add it to your collection.
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