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Raise Your Expectations is the first studio album from Animotion in 26 years. Newly reformed, with the line-up including both original front people Bill Wadhams and Astrid Plane, Animotion are back with an incredible set of original new music – and a new version of one of their signature hits, ''Let Him Go''. ''Raise Your Expectations'' is an effortless adult contemporary confection that will be sure to find new fans, as well as please those already onboard.

Animotion exploded into the hearts and Sony Walkmans of the world's population in 1985 with their global smash hit debut, ''Obsession'',
which reached number five in the UK, six in the US and similarly high positions elsewhere. The song continues to live on, being heavily synced within hit TV shows such as ''Nip/Tuck'', ''Weeds'', ''WWF Saturday Night's Main Event'', movies such as ''Hot Tub Time Machine'' and was covered by Sugababes twenty years after its original release!

The band's eponymous debut album spawned a second hit, ''Let Him Go'', which the band have revisited on Raise Your Expectations. Meanwhile, the second Animotion album, Strange Behavior, was released in 1986 and included yet another hit, ''I Engineer''. At the end of that album cycle, the band broke up and a third album, also called Animotion, was released in 1989 without contributions from any original members (although it did not break the band's hit-making run, as it generated yet another US top ten single, ''Room To Move'').

Raise Your Expectations brings the Animotion story bang up to date!

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In 1984, L.A. New Wave band Animotion released ''Obsession,'' one of the best and most iconic hits of the '80s. Their last album was in 1989, but in 2017, original members of the synthpop group will unleash their first new album in 28 years, Raise Your Expectations. Today Billboard is excited to premiere the first single from that project, ''Last Time.''
The newly reformed Animotion includes both original frontpeople, Bill Wadhams and Astrid Plane, and the first offering from the band's return strikes an effective balance between the distinctive sound of '80s pop and more modern production techniques.
''The new Animotion album, Raise Your Expectations is a collaboration between original members Astrid Plane, Don Kirkpatrick, Greg Smith and myself with producers Chuck Kentis and Joman,'' Wadhams tells Billboard. ''Animotion guitarist Kirkpatrick has been in Rod Stewart's band for over a decade, working with Rod's musical director and keyboard player Kentis. When Animotion was signed to Invisible Hands Music in London, Don suggested that Chuck co-write and produce tracks for the album. The song 'Last Time' was a late entry to the project. Chuck's son Avery Kentis often takes over his father's studio, composing soundtrack music for student films. Chuck came across an 80s influenced demo that Avery had recorded and shared it with the band. Don and I immediately took to it and added guitars, melody and lyrics. That was the genesis of 'Last Time.' Coincidentally, I was so impressed with Chuck's other son, filmmaker Noah Kentis that I hired him as director of the music video for 'Last Time.' It's an Animotion and Kentis family affair.''
The new album, which you can pre-order here, features gorgeous artwork from Jay Vigon, who created the band's original logo and the logo for Prince's Purple Rain film (not too shabby). --Billboard

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Last Time
  2. Not Your Lover
  3. They Can't Touch You
  4. Bad Review
  5. Everything
  6. Raise Your Expectations
  7. Love You Better
  8. Trust Me
  9. You Love It
  10. Surrender
  11. Let Him Go 2016


Product details

  • Audio CD (January 20, 2017)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Invisible Hands Music
  • ASIN: B015JQ8SJE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,546 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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