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UPDATE 03/03/2010: It is now two days shy of 10 years since I wrote the review above. I just listened to PGTW in the car on my way to work today for the first time in a while, and I have to say that this album sounds every bit as great to me now as it did then. While the songs still retain all of their goofy sparkle and charm, I couldn't help but notice the sadness and bittersweetness underlying the bright surface of the songs much, much more than I used to - all part of getting older, I guess.Read more ›
Pop Goes The World is a concept album, and the music flows beautifully throughout it. The sounds, the creativity, and just the whole package are wonderfully presented. Synth pop? Sure! But the best of its genre without doubt. And call me a sissy, but there are points where I get teary-eyed because the music hits me in strange places.
Oh, and if you call me a sissy, I'll beat the crap outta you.
Overall, this is one of those albums that you can buy for yourself, or buy for your kids. It has an honesty and conviction that is lacking from lots of music today. Listen to it with your kids - or be a kid and listen to it.
You want this album. Trust me. You will be better for having listened to it. Kudos to Men Without Hats: aural ambassadors of our Neighbors to the North!
MWOH signed up producer Zeus B. Held (no, I'm serious... he actually went by that name) to help put this album together. Zeus did a fair amount of producing with remix albums for Gary Numan, Alphaville, Dead or Alive, Erasure, Simple Minds and a slew of other 80's electronic and experimental groups. Add some studio musicians and you get a more acoustic album than the previous MWOH records.
Does that mean no more synth-pop? No way. You get two really catchy dance tracks on this album. The most famous one, Pop Goes the World, is a really great song and has a real catchy melody to it. The other track, Moonbeam, hit the clubs back in the 80's pretty strong and was the purist of the two in regards to that genre. They still sound very different than Safety Dance, but at the same time they sound a lot more polished musically and better produced.
Just about every song on this album is worth noting. On Tuesday has Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull peforming on flute and is as much a song of ambience as it is rhythm and melody. A great song to relax to. There are some really good piano ballads on this album with the reflective Bright Side of the Sun and the lightly angst-ridden Lose My Way.Read more ›
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One of my all-time favorite albums. Finally got several on CD and gave one to my niece.Published 2 days ago by Paul Brinkman
With a title like Pop Goes the World, one may think that MWH will be singing about nuclear war. But look at the wonder in the baby's face on the cover, and perhaps there is some... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sanityclaus
This review is just for the song Pop Goes The World as available on Digital download and made available to Amazon Prime members. I have this song on CD. Read morePublished 12 months ago by E.Z.
Love my music, though this sounds a little different than what I remember.Published 19 months ago by L. Lund