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Welcome To The Pleasuredome

Frankie Goes To Hollywood

1984

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Welcome To The Pleasuredome

Rating

3.05

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5

I really enjoyed this. It was weird, trippy, indulgent, all the things that can be annoying and make an album less enjoyable potentially, but this one hits the mark. A really unique and cool experience.

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You know, I really liked this a lot. More than I thought I would. There’s a very cinematic feel to it, maybe kind of a broadway show feel. You’ve got kinda synthy stuff like Relax, you’ve got bossanova on the San Jose cover, there’s a Born To Run cover, there’s a skit or two. I’ve listened to it like 3 times in a day because it flows together so well even though it might not be the BEST.

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Peak 80s

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Now this was unexpected! After the opener there was a 13 minute song and I got very nervous but the rest of them leveled out and I actually found a ton that I liked on here. Obviously Relax is a classic but I really enjoyed Two Tribes, Born to Run, and San Jose (which I think is a bit from who's line is it anyway). The album cover looks way better on Apple Music, this looks like Picasso went to the Queen Mary's and had his life changed.

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Relax un clásico. War pues otro clásico.

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Relax is a classic but the album really drops off in the second half

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Back to the '80s baby! Of course, the only song I know from this group is "Relax," and thankfully that is on here. Somehow I never picked up on how sexual that song is until hearing it in the context of the album. There are also some covers, like "War" and "Born to Run," and I enjoyed those. Overall, I like their style and enjoyed a handful of songs, but this didn't strike me as anything special. Favorite tracks: Relax, Born to Run, War. Album art: Pretty cool art cover, though the picture framed on this site is different from the one I see on Apple music. I like the colors and art style of this one though. 3/5

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3

Woof this is all over the place. Horrid title track, great songs that would probably sound better covered, very dated, and interesting album experience touches. Too confusing for anything but a 3.

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This was very different to what i expected. It starts out like quite a decent dance record. Inexplicably throws in a few covers which add very little. Then the latter part of the record goes nowhere until the massive hit "power of love" comes on. Not sure how much of a coherent album it is but its fucking mental and mostly enjoyable if only in parts. 3/5

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5

Could’ve done without the Springsteen cover

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5

Fun and eclectic, lots of classic rock singalongs with interludes of weird narration or groovy instrumentals.

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5

Wow, I didn’t expect to like this nearly as much as I did… really solid listening experience. The originally songs were fun jams and even the covers were really original takes on those tracks. Overall thoroughly enjoyed this and I might check out more of their stuff. Favorite Tracks: “Welcome To The Pleasure Dome,” “Relax,” “War,” and “The Power of Love”

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I'm biased

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- strong musicianship - kinda out there but also poppy - wildly explicit lyrics, truly shocking

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Just the perfect pop album. Doesn’t sound in the slightest bit dated it was so ahead of its time! Classic!!

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great!!!

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I had sort of decided this wasnt for me as I am not a massive pop fan, however this is an amazing album full of great records

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Genius.. Well mainly

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Thank you for welcoming me to the Pleasuredome

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5

Fantastic, varied synth-pop album.

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My wife says she feel like I was cheating on her with Spotify while listening to this.

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9/10 cool maximalist gay 80s synthpop. a little uneven and tiring

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Really good album! I really like "Relax" from my entrance into new wave. The entire album's vibe really resonated today. I enjoyed the covers as well. Solid 4 stars!

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Wish I could give it a 3.5. At times unique, at times an 80s kid’s wet dream.

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Definitely one of the better pop-funk-disco albums of the 80s.

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this was actually very great, very very 80s, very cheesy, very talented and very varied

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didn't realise the title track was sooooo long...

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Some pretty darn good tunes.

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Groooooovy. RELAX

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4/5 That album was mostly good!

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Loved this album....great memories Relax & Enjoy!!

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A pretty good album with disco-style calm songs.

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It's definitely a more advanced pop album when compared to the rest of the 80's

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Love this album

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Crazy album. A 13-minute epic right at the beginning, a couple of covers I wasn't expecting ("War" and "Born To Run"). End of the album was a bit weak, but otherwise a fun album.

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Kinda sick actually. Very sexual, but some bangers in there nevertheless

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Brilliant, singles like relax and the power of love are enough to make this thing timeless

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Pleasantly surprised by the musicality in the album. Another deep dive from what i thought was a one-hit wonder reveals another solid artist.

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Spooky vibe Jungle sounds lets goo Baby we were born too run - wat een schijf also is het deze waar Michel Wuyts aan dacht bij de finish van Van Aert bij de Amstel Gold Race?

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3,8 Waar is die pleasuredome en hoe geraak ik daar?! (ik wil gaan met men lads, where they@?) Album is een vibe, nummer van 13 minuten stoorde mij niet omdat het leuke sounds had. na het einde had ik wel het gevoel dat er paar nummers een beetje filler waren. Niet persé een album dat ik ooit nog volledig ga luisteren, maar ik ga wel zeker nog vaak een paar nummers luisteren! Relax en The power of love fatte bops!

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Welcome to the pleasuredome is echt een bop. RELAX ook . Eerste helft was echt goed. Album in totaal was wel iets te lang waardoor tweede helft minder boeide..

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bastante chulo la verdad aunque es larguísimo además tiene la canción esa de Relax que es muy famosa está guapa

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Uhhhh has relax on it Do be pretty groovy idk I liked

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6

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Aesthetic

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No sabía que "Relax" era de acá y me parece muy buen hit. Un disco con altibajos, aunque quizá rescate más lo bueno, porque no suena mal y de pronto se antoja como una chispa experimental, de repente parece entre Tears for Fears y Duran Duran. Creo que tiene es todo ese dramatismo, que yo he aducido como representativo de Queen. Otras canciones que me gustaron fueron "Two Tribes", "San Jose" y la cursi "The Power of Love". 7.5/10

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Muy chistoso, se ve que hubo buena producción, un sonido muy de su época. Pues me gustó en general, tiene variedad, aunque si tuve que dar un skip por ahi, mis favs fueron sobre todo las primeras canciones hasta Relax, don't do it,. Tararararartara, relax...

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some things i love: the bass - great tone, and man, can that guy rip. the liverpool/merseyside stuff - totally a personal thing, but liverpool is definitely special in my world, so hearing that accent was awesome. the rest of the album was a great snapshot of pop music in 1984, for sure. also, the contemporaneous cover of Born To Run! never heard it before, but it totally rocks.

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Interesting

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💥

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Sweaty. Basically lots of different versions of Two Tribes (no bad thing!) and some utterly redundant cover versions which ruin the tone of the album and stretch it out too much.

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Whilst I have kind of heard of Frankie Goes to Hollywood I didn't realise that the absolute classic "Relax" was by these guys! Welcome to the Pleasuredome is an amalgamation of what I think the 80s would've sounded like. Full of deep synths and electro dance pop goodness. Best: Relax; War Worst: Tag

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A great album that seems to encompassing of everything 80. Synth pop, new wave, some prog rock esque sounds, a 15 minute song on the first half, couple of covers and sandwiched by two of the biggest 80s songs with Relax and Power of Love

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A shockingly engaging album with various movements and genres well blended into a single album. I was impressed by the several famous singles and covers, and while some may describe the structure as messy sounding, it kept me interested from beginning to end.

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I was fourteen when this came out and was too cool listening to Pink Floyd in my Led Zeppelin t shirt to give it the time of day. Of course I knew some of the songs but listening to the album was a joy. Clubby, dancey and a pivotal statement in Gay culture. I love it!

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Quite the song writer. I'm impressed. I really expected them to be a one hit wonder where everything else sucked. But these guys are good.

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I had heard Relax many times before but didn't know anything about this band. Now I know. There are more great songs on this album.

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More like Loose Swingqueens

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Absers bangers. Can't think of a better band to come out of Liverpool

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Ended up quite liking this after not being sold on the first track. High energy with some proper good tracks all the way through.

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Those cover songs we’re a bit cringey, but Relax was one of the first songs that I was aware of in the zeitgeist Of the MTV heydays. Love that.

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FGTH were MASSIVE. Relax and Two Tribes sound like a huge outburst of rage against the system. Great Britain in 1984 - Thatcher’s sweeping social reforms, massive unemployment, miners’ strike, troubled in Northern Ireland, deepening North/South divide and genuine fear of nuclear obliteration - an absolutely awful time to be anything other than obscenely wealthy. And here were a band from Liverpool, making loud, raucous, frenetic music, as maximalist as the excesses of the Tory government but this belonged to them - we’ll sing about sex, we’ll sing about war, we’re blatantly queer and we’re going to be huge. And they were. Radio 1 banned Relax from the airwaves - it made no difference - the song hit number one, followed by Two Tribes (with Relax now occupying number two in the charts - practically unheard of) and Power of Love. Three hit singles. And for a short while, these Lads from Liverpool ran the country - not the fascist regime in Westminster. Anything was possible. Perhaps that explosion of energy explains the shortcomings of this album. The hits and a few other tracks aside, synth pop cover versions do not an album make and perhaps the interference of Trevor Horn meant the creative spark was diminished somewhat when the band tried to make more music. Not a classic album, then, but an important one. Never forget what this band meant. Frankie Says Relax, yeah?

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mis a part le fait que toutes les chansons sont les mêmes j’ai bien aimé

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Some great songs of their time.

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That 80’s ass bass, fun, and the Pleasuredome track was my favorite. Also never knew the band behind Relax

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Spotify. Ok listen. Fave song “Relax” is a classic but also enjoyed the “Born to Run” cover

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Sometimes enjoyable, sometimes tedious.

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Started off funky then once we got to the Bruce cover downhill from there

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3

Bit self indulgent at 1 hour long. Seemed to run out of ideas and resort to odd cover versions in the second half

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Did not listen all the way but still a classic typical album

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Pretty fun and interesting. Big, epic sounds.

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I had high exceptions. But, outside of a couple of memorable hits, was not thrilled, especially the lame covers.

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Really a very weird album from a pretty weird band. The wild misinterpretation of the breakout hit is funnier in the context of the whole thing.

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Weird covers. Lots of fun.

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Enjoyed more than I expected. Surprised by the cover of Born to Run. Strangely hearing shades of Pink Floyd in the ballad of 32.

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some surprising covers, not terrible

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I thought the album was interesting, but "Relax" was the only song that I could see myself wanting to listen to again.

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There were a couple standout tracks, however it was very average overall.

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Relax is pretty much the only reason this is on here I thought

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Bien aime, j’ai reconnu plusieurs tounes classique. Ca m’a surprit. 3.75 tres eclate

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Eh, it's alright. Too slow of rock for my liking, but it wasn't bad.

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Nicely structured album with interesting songs, but I can't get over the strongly 80s sound. 5/10, cool that they had an impostor band for 2 years

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Classic 80's type music. "relax" by far the most popular song on the album and didn't know it was by them - thought it was Duran Duran. Lots of electronica and a few covers. 6/10.

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The was the last ‘double’ album on vinyl that I bought. Like most double albums it would have been terrific if they combined the 10 best tracks onto one album. The remaining 10 tracks were a bit self indulgent. 😄 Love the Born to Run cover, completely random.

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Gotta admit that Relax is a pretty iconic 80s dance tune that I played about a kazillion times back in the day. Also Despite the goofy narration over War, the bass line has chops and there are some good covers of Born to run and San Jose. But overall this is like watching the original Lethal Weapon or Diehard movies, it’s pretty dated and doesn’t hold up well today

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Pionero. Pop-dance sin estridencias

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Weird, mad, powerful, bombastic and epic. Some very interesting covers too.

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Apologies for the hiatus. I'm back in business!  This was a strange one for me to review. I remember having Frank Goes to Hollywood on vinyl but the cover of this one wasn't at all familiar  and I can't imagine buying any records after this one.  It turns out I had an EP (is that an anachronism or did EPs tag along with the vinyl resurgence?) The EP had four tracks and all four were cover versions.  Just kidding - only cover was WAR.  On the vinyl EP, the artwork that surrounds the spindle hole had a head shot of Ronald Regan and the spindle  hole went right through his forehead. Execution style!   The EP was the right amount of Franky. I really don't get why they felt it necessary to make a double album. The title track is over 13 minutes and is nothing other than a far too long introduction to the next song, Relax. It's like having half a dozen burgers as an appetizer before a dover sole main course. I also think there are a few too many cover versions on this bad boy. This led me to think about when cover versions are OK and not OK. Allow me to get distracted; think of it as giving my ADHD some love.  Johnny's musings on cover versions: 1. In the 60s multiple cover versions were done frequently so covers were OK then. No limits. 2. Cover versions are also OK when it's jazz because, well, they don't call them covers - they're standards. (I never bought into to that "rose is a rose . . ." nonsense.)   3. A cover is good when it uses a completely different genre than the original. I'm thinking of Syd Vicious' version of My Way. Ditto for Paul Anka's cover of Smells Like Teen Spirit. It does exist! If you haven't you should give it a listen. It's particularly funny given what Syd did to Paul's song. Perhaps Paul groups grunge  and punk in the same tent so was satisfied with this touché. 4. You can cover a song that isn't a hit or top of mind. I'm thinking Nina Simone's and later Bowie's covers of WIld is the Wind and Jason & the Scorchers cover of Absolutely Sweet Marie although Jason also meets Rule 3. 5. One cover version per album is also allowed cause wtf let's not be too rule orientated - he says on Rule #5 of 9 lol 6. No limit on  covers on live albums. It might be the only chance to hear them.  7. I would give a 5 star rating to John Lennon's Rock and Roll album from the mid seventies which was entirely covers.  But this album is exempt since its cover versions were the music that influenced the most influential musician in our lifetime. (Wow that's a fucking statement and a half! But I still don't like Fame.)   8. Other than that, fuck off with the cover versions! 9. I reserve the right to exempt other cover versions I like. I'll say the cover of War is OK. The song itself isn't played particularly well but the Reagan voices make it OK. (Rule 9) But why would they cover Springsteen? Born to Run was a smash hit less than a decade earlier. What exactly did they do with the song that made them think: "Yeah Baby, let's slap that brother on our first album"?  Ditto for Fury,  San Jose and Ferry. I was going to say ditto Power of Love but this a an original! I was sure it was a cover. Now I need to find whose version of the song I like.  I really liked the hits (Relax, Two Tribes) when the dance floors found them back in the day so I can't rate this too low but there are some seriously low points.

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all right; kind of medium New Wave sound. probably a 3. Pretty decent! Quite a few covers, but I like their versions!

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Actually pretty fun, some good tracks: relax is a classic. Some of the lyrics are a bit much, but I suppose the album title warns of that

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eh, it's okay I guess. All the sex sounds are pretty cringe

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Nice 80s vibes idk

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I was a teen in the 80s and this album, especially the song 'Relax,' are about as much an integral part of the 80s soundtrack as I can remember. At the time, I was mostly a hard-rock devotee but I do remember enjoying this music, synth-heavy as it can be. It's catchy, fun, and even interesting at times. I had forgotten it was also political at points, which adds something to it, as did some of the controversy they stirred up; e.g., unabashedly gay, which was still somewhat rare in the 80s, and doing covers of songs that ticked off some people, which I think is healthy in many ways. Good stuff.

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Funky as hell!

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Definitive 80's glam - huge production, great bass lines and tone, FM synth goodness everywhere. First half of the album is absolutely incredible, but the back half of the album loses steam. Favorite Song: Relax

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Musicalmente ci sono delle parti interessanti e alcuni brani sono divertenti ma altri sono veramente brutti, anche a causa del sound. Per me sarebbe un 2,5 ma do un 3 per la simpatia.

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In conclusione: Sono partito un po' prevenuto perché comunque mi aspettavo una cosa molto kitsch. Da una parte lo è ma l'evidente autoironia mi ha fatto stare simpatici la maggior parte dei pezzi. Diciamo che il rapporto quantità di riferimenti al sesso omoerotico/canzone è chiaramente molto alto ma l'ho trovato molto meno irritante di notorious big perché appunto fatto con uno spirito giocoso e anche un po' sixties make love not war. L'album è lunghetto ma non mi è pesato troppo perché devo dire che i pezzi sono molto vari e li ho trovati molto ben arrangiati, a tratti certi pezzi avevano un po' dei vibe Toto. Anche la produzione nonostante l'influenza ottantina che comunque è forte l'ho trovata non troppo fastidiosa. Non è un album che risentirei probabilmente e non credo di essere il target, però secondo me è un album migliore di come si presenta.

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I really liked some songs, but overall the album seemed a needlessly too long.

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Interesting album. High production value with some good covers.

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Album: Welcome to the Pleasuredome Artist: Frankie Goes to Hollywood Year: 1984 Best Track: Welcome to the Pleasuredome Thoughts: This one started pretty strong - sounded like it was building to a synth-powered disco concept album. Deflated a bit later. Catchy though.

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2nd track is a long journey. seems they are copying some of their songs from other people? 3/5 album. 40% of the album was good.

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3/5

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From when albums were stories front to back still. 80s groovy trippy cinema? Was running when Born to Run cover came on so that was cool. Probably won’t listen again. The 13 minute song was a bit much.

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I knew "Relax" was the second real track. What I didn't know was that the title track was over 13 minutes. They kept teasing me. Everytime I thought "Relax" was going to pop up, the title track wasn't done it, and it kept sounding like they were going to transition at any second. The main highlight is "Relax", but there are some decent covers here. Some tracks like "San Jose" or the guitar solo in "The Ballad of 32" stand up as an entirely different genre to keep the experience fresh. There's humor thrown in between the tracks. That being said, the main appeal to a lot of tracks is the production synth which gives it a distinct 80s identity, but I felt a bit underwhelmed. I honestly can't see how "The Power of Love" topped the UK charts. But then again, so did The Lady in Red around the same year so maybe people were losing good taste... Anyway I wish the album ended with something more hi-nrg.

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Meh

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Jee jee, pimpeli pom, geneeristä kasaria, haistakaa vittu 2/5 aa täs on relax, se on iha 4/5, mut muuten 3/5

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This album is has a cool sound, and the openness through which it deals with gay male sexuality in the brutality of the 1980s is interesting from a historical standpoint. However, there is no reason for this album to be a double album and contain this many covers. They did some fun things with the covers, but it feels like a waste to make this album so long and include so little original material (especially since Relax was already a huge single prior to the release of this album) 3/5

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Pretty good 80s synth pop with a few exploratory tracks, also a few well kno-I MUST KILL THE PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIAAAAAAAA

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Estamos ante una banda de singles. No está mal, pero el cover ese a Bruce Springsteen qué pedo, jajaja.

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Tecno pop

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I was not expecting this one. When I read the "synth-pop" style on the Wikipedia page I imagined something so different than what I got. It's not anything genial or like but it's like some good parts of that "New Order"'s style that are enough good for an album and a good discover.

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It’s so damn 80s. 5/10

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5/10. Not bad, but not good. Welcome to the Pleasuredome itself was fun, a lot of stuff was okay, the Born to Run cover just felt like a worse version of the original, and I really don't understand why The Ballad of 32 needed to have sex noises in the background, like do some people enjoy that in their music? Because I just don't get it. Enjoyed San Jose and The Power of Love. Also rather long.

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Hmm. Started really strong and then really dropped off. 6

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i can see how this might've been good in 1984 but i found it pretty corny and just not that interesting. 5/10

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Well this is a weird album. Dance music...politically themed...bizarre covers of Springsteen and Dionne Warwick classics. One big time hit. Too long and indulgent to rate more than 3 🌟

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Юмор. странно

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Ik hoorde simple minds en allerlei covers. Best goed.

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3rd November 2021 Actually listened on the 4th, I was in the office yesterday with loads to do and then we went to watch Neil's environment play. Podcasts etc catching up! I really liked half of this (including a lovely, punky version of born to run!) but felt a bit long. Good though.

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65 Welcome to the Pleasuredome - Frankie Goes to Holywood 16 tracks. You just think this will be their 2 big hits and then you remember the 3rd one and then the 4th and actually it's decent. It is however really dated & hasn't stood the test of time. 3/5

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I was a little disappointed with how much this sags in the middle, the covers don’t work for me

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Britisk poprock, teatralsk, stort lydunivers, dyster lyrik, svingende

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3

Singles and title track are excellent but the rest of the album brings this down to a 3.

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3

Nice to hear a whole album

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Liked this more than I expected to. I was ready to turn it off after the title track, but it grew on me after that. 2.5/5

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fine

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good new wave album, Relax is an incredible track. Album was kinda too long so it gets 3 stars instead of 3,5

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One mega hit, three average covers and some so-so filler. I liked the bass intro to “War”.

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Son los de Relax y The Power Of Love. Normales.

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Pop con sintetizadores. Unas cuantas versiones. Un megahit. Ni fu ni fa.

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Surprisingly nett. Ólíkt að hún fari í mjög reglulega spilun, en ég mun hlusta aftur.

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Swiat dlugi i szeroki, tyle muzyki, a lista potrafi zarzucic kolejnym wyspiarskim krazkiem, zeby bylo smieszniej z podobnego okresu, bo wydanym w 84, dopelniajac kwintesencji zartu znowu nowo falowe synthowe granie, ale tym razem jeszcze bardziej eksperymentalnie, co swietnie widac gdy wejdzie sie na ilosc odtworzen poszczegolnych kawalkow na spotifaju, wuec Welcome To The Pleasuredome jest epicka przygoda w brzmienie swiata synthu, debiutancki material grupy Frankie Goes to Hollywood pochodzacej z liverpoolu, z tego co widze sporo tam szuflowania bylo pomimo tego ze zespol gral ledwie 7 lat nie liczac kombeka w latach 2k, ale ten album nagrywany byl piecioosobowym skladem z czego dwoch panow wspieralo jedynie wokalnie zespol, co ciekawsze nie ma wsrod glownego skladu zadnego klawiszowca, a przeciez synthy maja byc grane, no i sa ale w dosc nietypowy sposob, bo sporo brzmienia pochodzi od muzykow sesyjnych w sklad ktorych wchodzi nawet producent plyty pan Trevor Horn, ktory moze byc jedna z wazniejszych postaci tego krazka, bo moze sie komus nie podobac elektronika, liryka, czy wokale, ale calosc brzmi po prostu dobrze i to nie w ten sposob dobrze, ze latwy odsluch i ciach come come chameleonie, ale na 64 minutach i czterech stronach zespol pokazuje cztery rozne sposoby jak mozna grac nowa fale, przez openingowa strone ktorej wieksza czesc zajmuje epicka ballada tytulowa, przez bardziej popowe i energetyczne brzmienie z realx, ktory jest wlasnie tym utworem ktory gdzies mogl mi sie obic o uszy w radio wczesniej, czy two tribes, nastepnie strona coverow, ktora przechodzi w zamykajaca strone z wolniejsza elektronika czesto podana prawie calokowicie instrumentalnie lub z giberyszowmi wokalami, faktycznie jak teraz bardziej sie rozczytalem na temat tej plyty, to doszlo tutaj mozna powiedziec do wrogiego przejecia, gdzie pan Horn objal dowodzenie nad kierunkiem muzycznym w jakim podazyl album, co zaowocowalo tak szerokim wykorzystaniem sesyjnych muzykow, wiec frankie idzie do holiwudow, ale to pan horn ja prowadzi, tak czy inaczej sluchalo sie tego ciekawie, bo odsluch to prawdziwy rolercoster brzmieniowy, a nowym gatunkiem ktory dzisiaj wchodzi w sklad najprzedziwniejszych okreslen muzycznych bedzie oipisujacy te plyte Hi-NRG, jak sama nazwa wskazuje chodzi tutaj o druga strone przepakowana zwawszymi kawalkami, na plejke dodam wspomniany 13 minutowy tytulowy epik i kasowy przeboj grupy, czyli relax, nietypowa plyta sama ciekawie sie slucha, ale jej czlonkowie sie w niej chowaja, a moze raczej sa ukrywami przez poteznego pana Horna

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5 for the album name, 2 for the music, so... 3 overall.

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A new disco classic

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Not bad just not for me.

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Relax, don’t do it! Whoever has made this list is really into this British synth pop stuff from the early 80s. I got to say not my favorite genre

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Always knew they were controversial from Relax; coulnt remember why so Im glad to listen to the whole album now. Great sound with the bass and synths. Reminds me of U2 a little bit. Enjoyed some of the tracks but a lot of them sound quite similar and I was glad to finish the album.

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This is a pretty remarkable debut album, not because I necessarily think it's so great, but because the structure of the thing is so nutso. Here we have a debut album, a double album mind you, the first side of which contains a short intro and a 13+ minute rambling odyssey of a title song. It turns out "Pleasuredome" really is one of the best songs on the album, so I get it. The album as a whole though is kind of all over the place. I have to wonder what the thinking was behind all of it. It's like they knew they wanted to do the whole "Pleasuredome" thing and they had just a handful of singles and other ideas they wanted to use, which necessitated a whole 2nd disk that was mostly made of filler. It's very odd and I find the gleeful lack of flow or coherent musical point of view more than a little annoying. I’m annoyed because this has all the pieces of a great album, and they don’t quite get there. This is such a weird mix of the clubby, the political, the mildly obscene and the musically grandiose, which sometimes works and sometimes doesn't. Chris Barrie's little monologues pinpoint a moment in time, but ultimately are just weird. The covers are pretty random and generally not great. That said, the beats and the bass lines are solid fun. When this album hits the right notes, it's terrific. I will add that I give Frankie credit for being incredibly brave in 1984. I still can't believe they made an album like this and it wasn't just a niche recording. It was a massive hit record. Fave Songs: The Power of Love, Relax, Welcome to the Pleasuredome, The Only Star in Heaven, Bang, Black Night White Light

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Positiivisesti yllätti ja pari ok coveriakin levyllä. Ei lähellekään kuitenkaan tajunnanräjäyttävää

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Kovin sekava kokonaisuus ja ei toiminut levynä

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Too many covers

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weird shit . other than 2 songs that were ok , wont listen again

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Meh, 2 pesme poznate

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Nicht so schrecklich, wie ich vermutet hatte. Die Synthie-Sounds nerven stellenweise. Gute 2 Sterne.

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Overly long. Too many covers, and not good ones.

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Iets te 80s en overgeproduceerd, wel wat grappige interludes ertussen

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Bleh. Concept album nonsense and cover songs. "Relax" remains a banger, but that's about it.

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Few bangers, loadsa clangers

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Eh, this album was fine I guess. Relax is a bop!

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Some decent songs, lot of covers.

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This album wasn’t good bang for the buck. Pleasuredome has a great start but runs about 6 minutes too long. Then you get the 2 hits on LP 1 with a cover of War. LP 2 starts with covers of Born to Run & San Jose!!! I was sure the album had finished and Spotify had started playing something else, but that couldn’t be right, because Spotify always plays something similar to what was playing, and a hard rock version of Born to Run was definitely not similar. Of the remaining tracks, I find the uptempo ones annoying and the ballads a bit more listenable.

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basic 80s with a load of covers weaker than the originals

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Only knew their hit Relax. Lots going on in their music 🎶. Also liked Tribes, Born to Run and Fury which I think are all remakes of someone else’s work. Did not like Tag.

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Lots of good ideas that are horribly executed. Comes out as an overly long and honestly kind of mediocre album.

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This album is what would be the equivalent of an 80's electropop band doing covers and singing a couple originals at a Bar Mitzvah. The concept they were going for was alright, but the execution left something to be desired.

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This album is very odd. I am not really a fan of it.

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First two tracks are really good. Two Tribes is a standout also. That War cover is atrocious. Along with Born to Run. Then followed by a bunch of really boring tracks -- almost unlistenable towards the end.

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Pretty dated average 80s fair. Relax harms my soul but Born to Run still slaps but.

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An okay album with a couple of songs I knew

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Very strange. One of the songs is literally just sex noises, wtf. Didn't like it.

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not for me

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Possibilitou eu descobrir de onde vem alguns hits dos anos 80 que aparecia nas rádios.

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I was surprised to see this pop up on the list - I of course remember the 2 big singles in the mid-80s and then nothing else about them so I'm essentially going in blind. It's a well-produced (slick) very 80s-representative album produced by Trevor Horn (who had his hand in a lot of big music of the era) and as such it plays more like a nice resume point for him rather than featuring the music or band itself. Even their two big hits in retrospect have excellent hooks but are not developed much further than that; they thankfully each wrap up in under 4 minutes. For a lot of these tracks, they *sound* good but if anything they show the shortcomings as songwriters the band had, peppered with some weird/unexpected covers ("Born To Run" "San Jose" "War" - ??). In fact the first true song on the album is about 14 minutes of decent enough music but it's not really a song, per se - it sounds more like a poorly constructed overture. Summing up - nothing at all unpleasant to listen to with some very cool instrumental passages but with a slew of those odd covers and decent-enough sounding poppy dance tunes I don't really see why it's on the "1001 list" - to me it's not much more than background music. 4/10 2 stars

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i just didn’t click with this album, i thought it was strange but to each their own

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This album was a strange one. Mostly synth pop, but with a good deal of pop rock and prog rock and even a little disco for good measure. But outside of the title track, it never really came together for me. It is something that feels like it needed a little more refinement of identity.

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Behoorlijk alternatief eigenlijk te voor mij

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Too 80's

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The portion of this album I enjoyed the most were the back to back covers of “Born to Run” and “San Jose” - but that isn’t a positive for Frankie Goes to Hollywood. I shouldn’t be thinking “Huh, I’d much rather be listening to Bruce Springsteen or Burt Bacharach than this pompous synth pop.” in the middle of your record!

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De paar hits zijn geweldige nummers, maar ik vond de rest van het album nogal een bevalling.

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De hits zijn cool, maar voor de rest vind ik de plaat veel te langdradig. En de covers voegen ook te weinig toe.

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oe a oe a...

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relax, it's just not my thing

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A very basic 80's synth-pop album. The album sounds very much the same all over. It's either the band trying to get emotional with some slowpaced love ballad or It's a faster paced synth track. Not enough variety.

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Did not enjoy it.

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Anthems cool but rest of songs not great

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They covered The Boss. Not realy good.

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Hi: The Ballad of 32, Black Night White Light, The Only Star In Heaven, The Power of Love Lo: Welcome to the Pleasuredome, Relax, Tag, Born to Run, San Jose The 13-minute title track is very repetitive, alternating "Shooting stars never stop" (they disintegrate) and "There goes a supernova, what a pushover" without much progression until, I guess the performers got bored, which to their credit, they outlasted me. Everyone has heard "Relax", and it's no better sandwiched between Welcome... and War. Tag just seems to be an unnecessary segue that talks about ejaculation...Fury starts out pretty good, but it's only a minute-long segue, and it's a callback to Gerry & The Pacemakers, so it isn't even original...then it kicks off some karaoke-like covers of Born to Run and San Jose which just don't seem to fit. The Ballad of 32 is a rather pleasant instrumental track, I wish there were more of these, because the following Krisco Kisses is frankly obnoxious and annoying, but the next few tracks (Black Night White Light, The Only Star In Heaven, The Power of Love) take a turn for the better, but the best tracks being at the end of the B-side doesn't really save this album from being mostly rubbish.

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2.1 - not a ton to speak of. Uninspiring covers that seemed like filler. Will likely not be returning to this anytime soon.

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Really loved a lot of the bass but thought that was the most redeeming quality. Actually liked San Jose quite a bit.

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Never have I heard an album where all the songs are stuck in first gear, right on the verge of breaking through to some big musical moment but stuck instead wearing down the same melodic line and tired lyrics. Not a great sign when the most exciting song on the LP is a Springsteen cover.

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Overblown pomp

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Huh, had no idea they covered Born to Run!

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Frankie, this should be fun. I only know the hits, but those are fun, and the album cover is silly and colorful and cheerful so I'm optimistic. ...And that goodwill is entirely squandered by the end of the title track. Good lord. Relax is fine but hard to judge objectively because it was such a song of the moment, so mostly when I hear it I relive the moment. Two Tribes is also fine, I think because they keep it short. The rest of the album is pretty much an uneven mess. The instrumental is pleasant enough I guess. I like The Power of Love. Many of the rest are just annoying. The music is serviceable enough dance music, if a bit repetitive, but the lyrics, well -- probably the fact that I was just fed Public Enemy isn't helping here. Shooting stars never stop? What? Isn't the whole point of a shooting star that it is fleeting? Honestly listening to the whole album made the song Relax worse. I thought Frankie was just campy and fun. But in context the music come off as a bit more pretentious and overwrought than fun. I'm also reinterpreting the album cover as a bit much.

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Ei oikein ollut omaan makuun tämä. Se on aina huono merkki, jos levyn parasta antia on cover-biisit ja nekään ei sitten loppupeleissä ole kovin hyviä.

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It’s another one that’s not for me. Again, must have been groundbreaking at the time - great production, weird covers, an odd success story.

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Not quite get it...

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Of course I am familiar with "Relax" and Frankie Goes to Hollywood. The whole album seemed felt like what I would expect from Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Several of the tracks sound like a second or third movement of "Relax". "Krisco Kisses" is a solid example of what I did not like about this album. I did not like their cover of "Born to Run". I'm not the person that would appreciate this album. Add to it that the album is a double album (twice as long), firmly places this experience in the "nope" category.

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UK electro-synth-pop. Some solid tunes amidst the chaff and I'm sure important for the genre, but didn't hit it for me. The cover this website pulls up is way better than what spotify has.

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I would say my tolerance for corny '80s synth-oriented music is pretty high, but this still exceeded that threshold by a ridiculous amount

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I do not dig it

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You got Relax which is more of a vibe than a song. The rest of this is barely an album

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What a ridiculous mess of an album. While more interesting than the typical 80s one hit wonder, this still doesn't belong on any sort of essential listening list. Someone really needs to curate the contributors of this list better, they're including some really absurd, pointless crap. This is an evolutionary dead end. There are no bands out there talking about the influence Frankie Goes to Hollywood had on them. The entry for this album made mention of the producer and his clean production style, but that's barely a historical footnote. You can do better.

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i do not care for the kids bop style cover of born to run overall this is fine, title track kinda rocks and relax is a hit, but mostly i was bored

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Nope

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shit. those damn 80's synths did not age well anywhere

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Relax seria un hitazo, pero no entiendo la obligación de escuchar este disco entero.

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Not for me.

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Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear! Garbage!

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Relax is the only jam that I knew.

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Not a huge fan lololol

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Just too weird and random. It seemed like they had to give every song some weird intro with a person talking or odd sound effects. Some of the songs were kinda groovy but a lot of the songs sounded the same and there was also 4 song covers which is a little odd.

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i made it three songs in and it sucked

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Not a fan.

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Anche se ci sono alcune eccezioni, nutro di base una certa repulsione verso quel sound new wave e i synth a trombetta degli anni '80. Non lo so, mi sembra tutto finto. L'ascolto è stato difficile. Ho dovuto suddividere l'ascolto in più sessioni. Mi sono anche innervosito quando a San Jose il basso era tutto pannato a sinistra. Per loro sarà stata una cosa geniale. Comunque voto 1, avranno sfornato anche dei successi, ma per me non hanno un'identità.

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No. Not a big fan.

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It's long and honestly not great. Reminds me of songs I would hear in the original TMNT movies, but not the good ones. Like the classic early 80's songs. Couldn't finish it

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The 80s are the worst decade for music, and this album is exactly why. I can't do it

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All of the 80's collective cheesiness rolled into one album. I hate this corny shit.

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Not feeling it…

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I would describe this record as truly avoidable.

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Ógeðslega leiðinleg

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