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P!NK  "the truth about love" cd, 2012

Wow! 2012, time flies!
anyway
sixth of eight, I own them all, huge fan!
worst thing about the album is the cover, I don't like it.
three featured artists, Lily Allen, Nate Ruess and Eminem.
loving just about everything on this one and liking the remainder.
some pop, some ballads, and a couple of rock tracks.
I LOVE THIS ALBUM

I dont have a favourite so one of the singles randomly picked:



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CULTURE CLUB  "colour by numbers" vinyl/cd 1983.

their second of six
I own the first two
ballads, gospel, r+b, soul, pop all done to perfection.
crystal clear production.
ten million plus sales worldwide and thoroughly deserved IMO.
big hits, Karma Chameleon, Church Of The Poisoned Mind.
the thing that really makes this album are the powerful yet  soulful
backing vocals from Helen Terry, she left them after this one, so did I.
this would, without a doubt, in my list of top 5 albums of the 1980s for sure
loving  eight of the ten track, liking the other two.
I LOVE THIS ALBUM

favourite, the third single.
why was this not released in the US as a single???
if youre not familiar with the song give it a go, its a ballad not his usual pop style



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MICHAEL JACKSON  "bad" cd, 1987.

seventh studio album
35 million sales
nine singles off it including 5 US #1 hits.
solid album of pop, rock, funk, soul and dance.
lyrics are getting really personal here as he is starting to comment
on the media's relentless intrusion into his personal life and 'fake news'
to sell newspapers, but that said, like it or not, the dude was starting
to become erratic in his personal life.
all up though, as much as I love Thriller, this is a superior album in just about every way.
I LOVE THIS ALBUM

favourite: superb live version





and the superb 'short film' video:



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MADNESS  "total madness" cd, 2009.

only really needed this one as it came with a bonus dvd of their videos.
started off as a Ska band from London, evolved into a pop group.
were never really big outside of the UK as their subject matter was strictly British.
album contains 23 tracks, 21 of which were singles, and most of those were sizable
hits in their homeland, the remaining two tracks were/are band album track faves.
pretty hard for me not to love this this as I can relate to a lot of the songs from my formative
years in the UK as a child.
I LOVE THIS ALBUM

I don't really have a favourite track by these guys but I do love this one:





Naughty boys in nasty schools
Headmasters breaking all the rules
Having fun and playing fools
Smashing up the woodwork tools
All the teachers in the pub
Passing 'round the ready-rub
Trying not to think of when
The lunch-time bell will ring again.


Oh what fun we had
But, did it really turn out bad
All I learnt at school
Was how to bend not break the rules
Oh what fun we had
But at the time it seemed so bad
Trying different ways
To make a difference to...


The headmaster's had enough to-day
All the kids have gone away
Gone to fight with next-door's school
Every term, that is the rule
Sits alone and bends his cane
Same old backsides again
All the small ones tell tall tales

Walking home and squashing snails. 


Oh what fun we had
But, did it really turn out bad
All I learnt at school
Was how to bend not break the rules
Oh what fun we had
But at the time it seemed so bad
Trying different ways

To make a difference to the days. 


Lots of girls and lots of boys
Lots of smells and lots of noise
Playing football in the park
Kicking Pushbikes after dark
Baggy trousers, dirty shirt
Pulling hair and eating dirt
Teacher comes to break it up

Back of the 'ead with a plastic cup. 


Oh what fun we had
But, did it really turn out bad
All I learnt at school
Was how to bend not break the rules
Oh what fun we had
But at the time it seemed so bad
Trying different ways
To make a difference to the days.
Baggy trousers, baggy trousers, baggy trousers
Baggy trousers, baggy trousers, baggy trousers


and their infectious almost instrumental Ska debut single:



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SIMPLE MINDS "glittering prize 81/92" cd 1992

well that was a painful listen!
a compilation.
got a couple of their singles on vinyl from back in the late 1970s, a couple from the
1980s and this album.
was never a big fan by any means.
most of the songs on here sound dated but I still love this one (regardless of sounding like U2)!!!
I DO NOT LIKE THIS ALBUM



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MICHAEL JACKSON  "dangerous" cd, 1991

his eighth solo album
32 million worldwide sales
more eclectic than his previous effort with dance,pop,R+B,soul, industrial, funk and jazz influences.
nine singles off it including another five #1 hits.
like or love half this album, the rest I can take or leave no problem.
I LIKE THIS ALBUM:

favourite:





love his videos and love this 11 minute epic for the lead off single:



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LISA STANSFIELD "real love" cd, 1991

UK blue eyed soul singer.
second album of eight, I own a couple.
so pop.
not as good as I remembered it to be.
not really disliking anything but not loving anything neither.
has a lovely voice its just that the songs are a bit bland and much of a muchness but...
I LIKE THIS ALBUM

favourite and biggest hit:



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ONE DIRECTION  "take me home - yearbook edition" cd, 2012

UK boy-band
second album of five
over ten million worldwide sales.
given to me by one of my step-daughter's to listen to...
I begrudgingly accepted it as to not offend her.
was more surprised than I thought I ever could be by these guys.
a very, very good pop album that exceeded all expectations.
I LOVE THIS ALBUM

favourite:



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MADONNA "the immaculate collection" cd, 1990.

seventeen track compilation.
from when she still had some credibility.
album sold 31 million copies worldwide.
about half this album sounds dated to me, the rest is still bloody good pop!
I LIKE THIS ALBUM

favourite:



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BEE GEES  "their greatest hits: the record"  cd, 2001

never know where to put these guys, pop/dance, easy listening, folk???
anyway,
two disk set, forty tracks.
theyre one of probaby a handful of artists who a forty track set would be justified.
love just about every track on here, really like the remainder.
classy set from this Aussie trio.
I LOVE THIS ALBUM

no favourite track, first one that came up on YT when I typed in their name:



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