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What a Life Import

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1985 album for Aussie new wave act.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Pleasure And Pain
  2. Don't You Go Walking
  3. Good Die Young
  4. Sleeping Beauty
  5. Motion
  6. In My Life
  7. Casual Encounter
  8. Heart Telegraph
  9. Guillotine Day
  10. Dear Diary


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 11, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Australia
  • ASIN: B000008F4C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,579 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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What A Life is, in my opinion, the best of The Divinyls releases. Much better than their breakthrough self titled 1991 effort. Christina Amphlett's angry and demonic voice blazes through this disc like a bat out of hell. From her schoolgirl confessions on "In My Life" to her pleadings with an abusive lover in "Pleasure And Pain", her vocals are downright saucy. At her best, she sounds like an angel with hell scorched wings on the haunting "Dear Diary". To put it plainly, there is NO voice today like Christina Amphlett's. This cd is out of print in the US, so snap it up before it becomes unavailable forever!!! A great price, too.
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Before Nirvana, before Godsmack, before Alanis, before anybody considered alternative nowadays, there was Christina Amphlett and the Divinyls, period. This album was made in 1984, when many of todays "alternative" band members were still in diapers.
It is also one of the rare albums, you can play front to back without skipping any songs.
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This is one of their best album with solid drumbeats and juicy guitar riffs. I especially love "Dear Diary" and imagine a storm at night with her raspy yet velvety voice soaring into the sky. Chrissy was a great singer and performer.
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The second of 4 in a row! They opened International Day at US Festival & blew everyone else away ( a young Mike Hutchence & INXS were a distant runner-up) & have rocked every song on every record since!!! This is as-good or better than "Temperamental" (the next in line - 1988) & includes one of my Top Ten Songs of All Time "Guillotine Day". Christina Amphlett is at the height of her powers & Mark McEntee is rock solid from front to back. If this album doesn't make you dance you don't deserve a butt!!
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WHAT A LIFE is the most sonically diverse Divinyls record. It ranges from the sleek Pleasure and Pain, to the raw guitar rock of Guillotine Day and also includes some more experimental sounds on Dear Diary. This is partly due to the number of producers who worked on it - including Mark Chapman (Blondie) and Gary Langan (Art of Noise). It's definitely worth a listen - Pleasure and Pain and Sleeping Beauty are two of their best ever songs.
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The second full-length album by the DiVinyls, this is the 'International' Edition of "What A Life" that was released for the world at large and not the original Australian version, which is apparantly unavailable anywhere on CD. The two differ in this disc's exclusion of the tracks 'Talk Like The Rain', 'Old Radios', 'Para-Dice' and 'What A Life', and the abscence of 'Don't You Go Walking', 'Motion' and 'Casual Encounter' from the old original version. This disc is perfect in the songs it has, but somehow somebody has to get those other tracks out on CD format.

Onto the disc at hand: "What A Life" is definately the most New Wave-ish of the DiVinyls's albums, mixed with more of a power rock/hard rock style than New Wave usually has (I'm not really an expert on the style but I have heard and liked some of it). And it's quintessentially DiVinyls, having that unique intangible that's at the core of all their albums, whatever style they're playing, that's always taken bits and pieces of the best of so many genres and subgenres until the DiVinyls almost constitute their own genre.

"Pleasure And Pain" is one of the least typical musically of the group's output, probably because ('cover songs' excluded) it's the only one they've done that none of the band members wrote or co-wrote. It's a great song though, very well written and distinctively performed, about a woman trying to find a way out of an abusive relationship. It's got this poppy beat, strange for a song of its subject matter, but Christina Amphlett's vocals hit all the right notes emotionally and it, like other tracks before and after this album, debunks the notion among critics that DiVinyls only do one kind of lyrical material. "Pleasure And Pain" helps show their true versatility musically and lyrics-wise.
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Australia has produced some fine bands (Bon Scott's AC/DC) & some absolute rubbish (Men at Work), but none can compare to Christina Amphlett, "The Wonder From Down Under" & her band Divinyls. This is the best of their releases, a truly amazing experiment in powerful, energetic Punk/Pop that has never been duplicated - & judging by the state of music these days - never will!!

This is one of my favorite albums of ALL TIME! "What A Life!" is one of those rare examples of a record that kicks ass from opening note to glorious conclusion; every song, every chord, every lyric intelligently crafted by talented musicians who know how to get a point across to the listener without being pretentious or overbearing. Amphlett's delivery is caustic yet invigorating, raw yet poignant, sweet & sexy yet sinister all at once - a feat only a rare few can attain. Each tune has its own unique identity, yet they blend together seamlessly as if parts of a "concept" album. The instruments accent each other perfectly, & when combined with Amphlett's power they resemble a hard-rocking blues band more than a punk outfit (a la Patti Smith or Concrete Blonde). This record must be listened to in its entirety to get the full impact - cherry-picking is for 80 IQ & under lame-oids!

MTV & VH-1 classify Divinyls as "One-hit Wonders", which shows how much they know about music! Trust me - this band is HOT!! I highly recommend EVERY DIVINYLS RECORD, but this is the best of the best! Do yourself a favor & add "What A Life!" to your collection - you'll never watch music television again!!
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