Out Of The Blue
HotPotato wrote:Love. Debbie. Gibson.
She was the epitomy of pure pop energy when she first came out, embodying wholesome innocence with talent and creative ownership beyond her years - and above all an ear for a catchy tune.
Shake Your Love was her first big UK hit and I also instantly fell in love with it. It came at a golden age of pop when suddenly over the course of a few months an onslaught of pop goddesses emerged for the first time. I remember thinking at the time wow, this moment is really special, as I clutched my pile of 7" singles of Belinda Carlisle's Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Tiffany's I Think We're Alone Now, Taylor Dayne's Tell It To My Heart, Kylie Minogue's I Should Be So Lucky and Debbie's Shake Your Love.
Debbie's debut album is still one of my all time favourite's from any artist - it's SO. GOOD. Shake Your Love, Only In My Dreams, Out Of The Blue, Play The Field, Fallen Angel...so many punchy pop classics.
is also one of my all time favorite albums from ANY artist! EVERY song is just pop heaven. Her record breaking #1 hit Foolish Beat, the infectious Out Of The Blue, Only In My Dreams, Shake Your Love and Red Hot... The beautiful Fallen Angel and Between The Lines. The playful Staying Together and Play The Field.
HotPotato wrote:Her second album for me isn't quite as stunning as a whole but I adore the frantic title track Electric Youth, classy US number one Lost In Your Eyes, We Could Be Together (especially the campfire mix), and one of my alltime Debbie faves is the Dub mix of Over The Wall, which was the b-side to We Could Be Together.
As you, I prefer the first album, but I can listen to her second album any time as well. The beautiful ballad No More Rhyme, the fun of We Could Be Together, the sing-along-songs Love In Disguise and Helplessy In Love, the up-tempo's Electric Youth and Should've Been The One. And yes, the campfire mix of We Could Be Together and the iconic #1 hit Lost In Your Eyes.
HotPotato wrote:3rd album Anything Is Possible underperformed and I think it was a mistake to split the album into an uptempo and downtempo side and could have benefitted from a few song cuts, but contains some of her best uptempos - the slinky title track, the fiery One Step Ahead and punchy opener Another Brick Falls.
I agree that the album as a whole is too long and would have been stronger with less tracks. On the other hand, fans seem to love different tracks, so which songs to lose is hard to say. I do like the idea of having 8 ballads and 8 uptempo's. Favorite uptempo's Anything Is Possible (one of my all time favorites, such a positve message), Deep Down (I was thrilled when Debbie did a cameo and it was played in my favorite series back in the day: Beverley Hills 90210), Another Brick Falls and One Step Ahead. But the ballads are what makes this album so loved by me: Sure, Try, In His Mind, Where Have You Been... Love them soooo much!
HotPotato wrote:By the time her 4th album Body, Mind, Soul arrived her star had waned but that is my joint favourite album with her debut. I adore naughty first single Shock Your Mama, the sultry Losin' Myself and the empowering When I Say No, but there isn't a dud song on the album, much better than it's predecessor for trimming any filler tracks.
I love the naughty video that goes with Shock Your Mama. But the sexy Losin' Myself is one of her best songs ever IMO. I can't believe it wasn't #1 around the world. It was Debbie grown up and still writing amazing songs.
HotPotato wrote:Think With Your Heart is also a very pleasant album to listen to, low on potential hits but containing classy adult contemporary cuts Didn't Have The Heart and For Better Or Worse, sassy Dont'cha Want Me Now and album highlight, the superfun and theatrical if all too brief Too Fancy.
Yes, it is low on potential hits. But I love the concept of the album as a whole. It's what Tapestry was to Carole King. This album is full of beautiful songs with stunning orchestral arrangements. And as a tribute to Carole King it has the best cover version I've ever heard of Will You Love Me Tomorrow.
HotPotato wrote:Moonchild isn't bad but the only standout tracks are Only Words and one of my alltime Debbie faves, the fab ballad duet Cry Tonight, which I always think would be great early on in Act Two of a Debbie Gibson musical. Anna-Jane Casey's vocals are stunning though almost too similar to Debbie's and I can't help but wish she had found a name to duet with - had her beef with Tiffany ended years earlier this would have been a delicious duet for them with their voices contrasting perfectly. I can really imagine her on the line 'Can't believe there's someone new...'
First album I don't agree on with you. To me Moonchild (or Deborah
as it was originally named) is one of my all time favorite Debbie/Deborah albums. The single Only Words, the fab duet Cry Tonight (never knew she had any beef with Tiffany though), the gospel tinged Butterflies Are Free, the catchy Where I Wanna Be and Just Wasn't Love, and my favorite Naturally.
HotPotato wrote:Seventh album M.Y.O.B. (Mind Your Own Business) isn't great but I do like Your Secret. Since then the quality of her voice has suffered a little, with stage performances making it a bit shouty and strained and not as pleasant as it used to be, but that is to be expected over time. Still, she has such a stellar back catalogue I constantly dip back into her work and I'm thrilled she is so high on this chart.
I agree it isn't great. One of my least favorite Debbie/Deborah albums. Yes, Your Secret is nice and a typical Debbie uptempo. I also like the fun of Knock Three Times.
You didn't mention Colored Lights: The Broadway Album
. I prefer Debbie writing her own songs, but it is nice to have her highlight her musical career.
I even own her CD Ms. Vocalist
, which was only released in Japan. As it was released in 2010, I think we really could use a new album soon. I am also thankful for the 10 CD / 3 DVD box set she released last year. One of the best singer/songwriters we have, who is underappreciated big time.