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This review is from: Electric Youth (Audio CD)
Debbie Gibson's outstanding writing skills flowered in full in this excellent album. Her themes are imaginative and insightful and her melodies infectious. The orchestrations sparkle and so does the friendly cover. How sad for her next album, "Anything Is Possible," the decision was to do an "adult" cover with absolutely no personality or appeal and do an album so ambitious few young people could feel comfortable with it. Gibson could have gone on to many hit albums more but with one bad production and packaging decision after another on just one album, Atlantic squashed it all. When will record companies learn to resist the temptation to keep artists growing by design and just let them do what they do best and evolve naturally? Meanwhile, "Electric Youth" is still electric and a charge of a listen. Enjoy!
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Initial post: Dec 1, 2009 6:26:44 PM PST
I couldn't agree more. I did like "Anything is Possible" myself. And though it was a sharp turn from Debbie's first 2 CDs, her initial followers had grown 1 h.s. generation older since Electric Youth. And in h.s. terms, or pop culture in general, the public's tastes change very fast. Having spent over almost 25 years w/ h.s. students first hand, I saw how passe certain things get reeeal fast! I loved the era of Gibson's first 2 CDs. It epitomized the innocence of the time compared to the more risque music that demographic would soon be inundated with in the 90s. So I saw "Anything..." as Debbie's trying to keep up with the times. She did after all have a lot of input on her direction, which is why even as an older adult at the time, I stood up for Gibson as opposed to the Tiffany's of the pop scene. Gibson was talented and did more than sing to programmed music. She produced, wrote, sang, and played instruments on all her recordings. "Anything..." would in no way drag along her long time fans. But it can also be argued had she put out another "Out of the Blue," her fan base may have outgrown her formula. I think she gambled more on hanging onto fans who were aging along with her, unsuccessfully as it turns out.
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