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Strange Animal [Import]

Lawrence Gowan, GowanAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (November 19, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sbme Import
  • ASIN: B000007VXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cosmetics
2. Desperate
3. City Of The Angels
4. Walking On Air
5. Burning Torches Of Hope
6. Keep The Tension On
7. Guerilla Soldier
8. (You're A) Strange Anima
9. A Criminal Mind

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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4.6 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Remarkable October 15, 2004
By Brit
Format:Audio CD
I first heard of Gowan because he was a member of Styx and I was really getting into their music (this was obviously recently. So, one day, while discussing several serious matters with a fellow Styx fan, we got to talking about Gowan and she convinced me to buy "Strange Animal". I did and I was blown away. Gowan is such a talented artist and he has such a knack for catchy melodies. As a teenager from the US, I think that everyone should at least be introduced to his music, because it is so spectacular. All together, Gowan is one of my all-time favorite artists, and what he does is truly an art-form. If you're looking for a great album for any occasion, get Gowan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPER February 16, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I love this album...it is a classic and a must have for anyone who likes 80's pop. Not only was it great for its time but songs like criminal mind could still get airplay today if released.
All in all one of my favorite albums. Oh and now that Gowan is the new frontman for Styx, hopefully he'll be rockin it out for years to come.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gowan May 21, 2004
By ~M
Format:Audio CD
Gowan is by far one of the best artists to have ever walked the face of the earth, NOT JUST IN CANADA, but all over this globe. Gowan was the first musician I started listening to, and was my very first tape, I was 4. I'm 23 now and though I like other bands such as NIN, I still listen to Gowan and find Strage Animal to be one of the most original albums ever made and very different compared to the other junk music that other 80's bands were releasing. Gowan was not a typical 80's band, his lyrics spoke of war, the potential darkness of the human mind, and human suffering, while other bands were singing: 'Everybody Wang Chung Tonight', 'The Locomotion' ,'Jump For My Love' and other boppy meaningless songs such as these. My favorite tracks are 'Guerilla Soldier', 'Keep the Tension On', 'Burning Torches of Hope', and my ultimate favorite of any of Gowan's songs is 'A Criminal Mind', which is one of the best and most unique songs to have ever been made. Strange Animal is a masterpiece anyone who finds music important should have.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I first heard this album over 10 years ago thanks to a Canadian cousin who borrowed my WalkMan and left a tape of Lawrence Gowan's Strange Animal in it. I didn't want to give that tape back. Last year I got to meet Gowan and see him in concert several times - AMAZING - and this is the album that started it all for me - ABSOLUTELY one of the best albums in my music collection!
If you pass it up you'll definitely be missing out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Canadian Rock Legend December 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Lawrence Gowan is probably one of the best singers that you've never heard of. That is, if you haven't seen him with Styx on their latest tour. This is an album that put LG on the map with great songwriting, strong vocals, and excellent musician ship. I recommend "Lost Brotherhood" featuring Alex Lifeson of Rush and "Best of", which features Healing Waters, his tribute to Princess Diana.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Gem From The 80's. June 20, 2003
Format:Audio CD
'Strange Animal' was the big hit from this album but I think the best tracks are 'Cosmetics' and 'City Of The Angels'. Gowan has very good voice range and the musicians are incredible on this recording. If you have it, dust it off and play it again. If you don't have it, you're missing a very good recording.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Incredible! August 7, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Gowan is a tremendous talent. This cd is only a sample of his superb works. If you ever get the chance, you must see him live...he is the ultimate showman! STYX is lucky to have him as their new frontman.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is he Canadian or Scottish? July 5, 2000
By marwood
Format:Audio CD
What can I say?After reading the previous reviews I was surprised at how highly rated Gowan is across the Big Briney.In Scotland no one has heard of Larry Gowan-what a waste!Imagine a more mellow Rod Stewart backed up by Peter Gabriel's band(Marotta,Rhodes,Levin)and you have 'Strange Animal'.Off-kilter backing and powerfully melodic songs help the album sidestep the morass of anaemic AOR.'Keep the Tension On','A Criminal Mind','Cosmetics'-all songs that reek of class without pandering to rules of generic pop.Pin-sharp hooks,lithe instrumentation- Recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD!
This album is so good! I love so many songs on it! A great quality album, with a great singer, and great back-up band!
Published 3 months ago by Ryan Cassidy
4.0 out of 5 stars dated but worth the listen
This album is a classic "one-off," an assertion substantiated by the delete-bin albums Gowan released subsequently. Read more
Published on March 21, 2009 by Montague Withnail
5.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing
-Cosmetics
-Desperate
-City of the Angels
-Burning the Torches of Hope
-Keep the Tension On
-Guerilla Soldier
-(You're a) Strange Animal
-A... Read more
Published on February 25, 2008 by lucedays
5.0 out of 5 stars Lawrence Gowan
The first song catch my attention is "Strange Animal" and I feel I am the strange animal that need to approach with caution. Read more
Published on July 8, 2006 by Artemis
5.0 out of 5 stars I agree Lawrence Gowan is the Man!!
great Canadian music!! A must have for nay Canadian music fan!! A must have for any 80's music fan!!
signed
Gowan fan from Ontario
keep rockin' Lar
luv ya
Published on January 13, 2003 by shalowater
5.0 out of 5 stars THE MAN!!!!
I just recently dug this out of storage and great memories came to mind. This is an awsome album for anyone who likes anything 80's. Read more
Published on February 16, 2002 by chris whidden
5.0 out of 5 stars Strange Animal is the BEST!!!!!!
I remember the first time I ever heard a Gowan song. It was in 1985 and the radio was playing "City of the Angels". Read more
Published on August 22, 2001 by Rock_2525
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff from Canada
This was the first album I ever bought. I now realize I had better taste in music when I was 10 than I do now. This is my favorite album. Very classy and well produced. Read more
Published on February 26, 2001 by Ross
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