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When You're a Boy

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CASSETTE.

1. My Side of the Bed
2. No Kind of Love
3. Wishing on Telstar
4. That's Why Girls Cry
5. Unconditional Love
6. Something New
7. So Much for Love
8. This Time
9. Only Love
10. It's Lonely Out Here
11. Made of Stone
12. Boys Keep Swinging

Product Details

  • Audio Cassette (January 29, 1991)
  • Label: Sony Music Entertain
  • ASIN: B00000EI35
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,427,149 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on February 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Susanna Hoffs was the prettiest and best known Bangle so it was no surprise that she came out with a solo album following the band's abrupt fade-out. For anyone who made mix tapes or programmed Bangles CDs sung by Susanna only, Ms. Hoffs' solo effort is a dream come true, as it is a worthy showcase for her sugary voice.
I will say straight out that there isn't too much Bangles-like sounds on her songs, meaning that she knew that it was time to go on to other things. It's more pop, but made palatable by her unique vocal stylings. The single "My Side Of The Bed" demonstrates that she could hold her own away from her bandmates.
"No Kind Of Love" and "Wishing On Telstar" are solid songs that lead to her cover of Cyndi Lauper's "Unconditional Love," which reminds me why I liked "If She Knew What She Wants."
The upbeat "This Time" could have made it on a Bangles albums with a bit of tinkering. It could also have been used by Belinda Carlisle during her Heaven On Earth phase. "Only Love" in comparison might have ended up on Carlisle's Live Your Life Be Free. Interesting how like Belinda Carlisle, Susanna moved from a rock sound to a more pop-oriented sound. Glad that ace songwriter Diane Warren had something sterling to give to Susanna.
The Doorsy organ and influence is a nice touch on "It's Lonely Out Here." And "Made Of Stone" has an 80's new wave touch in some parts. Finally, the title track is derived from her cover of David Bowie's "Boys Keep Swinging," which she does decently.
Not much filler to speak of, and a more than decent solo effort that deserved to do better.
Her album was produced by David Kahne, who produced the first two Bangles albums. Oh yes. Among the backing vocals is a certain Juliana Hatfield. That name sounds familiar.... Oh yeah, I remember now. Just kidding.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "andyambitious" on June 8, 2000
Format: Audio CD
"when you are a boy" is a fabulous album with very deep going lyrics. The melodies will catch you! The album shows that Susanna and her voice are unique no matter if she sings as the lead singer of the Bangles or solo. Every song is great, my personl fave is "My side of the bed". Check it out, u'll luv it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bobby on January 20, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a not so great release from one of the 80's biggest Icons, Susanna Hoffs. Her first failed attempt as a solo artist,after the break up of the super group Bangles. There are only a tiny handful of note worthy songs on this CD. Most of the songs are kind of Poppy, a sound that clashes with the style of music Susanna's fans associate with her. My Side of the Bed, Unconditional Love, and This Time are probably the best cuts. These songs will be more familiar to the ears of her fans.
I bought this CD knowing this. I'm a big fan and wanted it for my collection. That would be the only logical reason to buy this CD.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anton Klimov on February 8, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This album is pure magic. It's more pop than Bangles but it's incredibly stylish pop, the production is eclectic and sometimes very pseudo-60's, the song are beautiful (most of them should be N1 hits in the perfect world) and Susanna frankly never sung better than here! This album deserved to sell millions but there's never justice in show-biz. I can't think of a single pop record more criminally underrated than WHEN YOU'RE A BOY.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Glen Zimmerman on April 24, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Her sugary sweet voice resulted in many hits for the Bangles, and the quality of it certainly doesn't diminish here. However, much of the material here is bland and soulless; someone like Susanna Hoffs deserves better songs to work with. The track "Only Love" isn't bad.
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I really like this album but it took a bit of time to grow on me. The problem is that each song is so different, we never get a feel for how the album gels as a whole. The strength in this approach is that Susanna tests out different styles. If she started to sound formulaic on her Bangles songs, this CD was a chance to try something different twelve times and see what she liked best. The result is there's probably something in here for everyone--provided you like high-production dated 80's pop as much as I do. There are strengths and weaknesses in her delivery here, sometimes even during the course of the same song. A song by song analysis:

1. My Side of the Bed--is a great song all around. More mellow than her Bangles offerings, and you can just imagine how terrific it would sound backed up by the harmonies of the other three Bangles, but it's similar to their style.

2. No Kind of Love--wow, what a scorching ballad...sort of. The chorus really reaches great heights, but it might be a more interesting song if we could detect some music in it and if Sue actually sang the verses instead of crooning/whispering them. This one's almost great.

3. Wishing on Telstar--understated song with a lovely melody.

4. That's Why Girls Cry--energetic and fun but dated in an awkward way. The bridge to the chorus also needs work because it sounds uninspired.

5. Unconditional Love--rumor has it Susanna loved this song so much when she heard it on Cyndi Lauper's album, she was jealous of it, and the songwriters told her, "Susanna, we're going to write an even better song." The result was "Eternal Flame." Apparently Sue Hoffs loved this one enough to cover it here. Two things can be said about "Unconditional Love": "Eternal Flame" is indeed a better song.
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