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Pop Goes the World Import

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Canadian reissue on Polygram of the Canadian new wave band's1987 album featuring the top 20 title song & 12 other cuts.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Intro
  2. Pop Goes The World
  3. On Tuesday
  4. Bright Side Of The Sun
  5. O Sole Mio
  6. Lose My Way
  7. The Real World
  8. Moonbeam
  9. In The Name Of Angels
  10. La Valse D'eugenie
  11. Jenny Wore Black
  12. Intro / Walk On Water
  13. The End (Of The World)


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 15, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal Int'l
  • ASIN: B00000723W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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When my spirits are low, this is one of the albums I reach for - cheerful, upbeat and brimming with joy and optimism, but without becoming saccharine...not that I have to be depressed to enjoy a listen. There is a bit less emphasis on synthesizers on this album than on "Rhythm Of Youth" and "Folk Of The 80's", and the production is much much cleaner - excellent, in fact. Compared to their earlier material, some listeners might find this one a little too slick, but there is no question that the material is brilliant. This is MWH at their best. There are no weak tracks (even counting the minute long interludes). "O Sole Mio," "In The Name Of Angels" and "Jenny Wore Black" are superb songs in the same mold as the title track, "Moonbeam" and "Walk On Water" are more uptempo songs, and "On Tuesday," "Lose My Way" (featuring flute work from Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson) and "The End (Of The World)" are mellower, more lush tracks. Add them all up and you have an extremely solid and consistently enjoyable album, which really deserved more attention than it got. It's easily worth the high import price. Whether you like 80's music or just brilliant, upbeat pop, "Pop Goes The World" is a must-have.

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.
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This album is the test of whether, deep down inside, you're a cynic. There's an earnestness, a sincerity, and a thrilling honesty to the songs here. The title track is a quiet little classic, but there are many things here far better than the follow-up "Moonbeam" single. "On Tuesday" is a beautiful song by any measure, with delightfully lyrical flute work by Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, and "In the Name of Angels" should very well make your hair stand on end and make you think about all the time you've been wasting in life as you leap into action. It may sound odd but this band is kind of like the "Peanuts" comic strip set to a dance beat--kind at heart, gentle, fun-loving, and intent on saying something real, damn the fashions of the day. As you might guess from the cover, being a child at heart is a good qualification for appreciating this album--but it also offers dreams for the grown mind.
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I have my memories of the 80s. The club scene in New Orleans, the people, the music... And there was this album. "Pop Goes The World" by Men Without Hats was one of those that you might have dismissed if you only knew them from that "Safety Dance" video (sort of like how people missed some great music from DEVO by only following "Whip It.")

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!
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Men Without Hats have been known as a synth-pop group with a touch of liberal social commentary blended in the music. They were doing quite well as this kind of group with songs like Safety Dance and Messiahs Die Young, however this time around things changed. Ivan and friends decided to do a concept album and the result is Pop Goes the World. The concept was some story about a boy and a girl, but that's not what's important. While it's a very different animal than the synth-pop trio's other albums it is a very worthwhile diversion from their norm.

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.
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