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Beauty And The Beat

The Go-Go's

1981

Beauty And The Beat

Album Summary

Beauty and the Beat is the debut album from Californian new wave band the Go-Go's. Released in 1981 on the I.R.S. Records label, the album reached number one on Billboard's Top LPs & Tape chart in March 1982, bolstered by its two big Hot 100 hit singles: "Our Lips Are Sealed" (no. 20) and "We Got the Beat" (no. 2), initially released in 1980, but in a different version. After a long and steady climb, Beauty and the Beat reached number one in the album chart dated March 6, 1982, the week before "We Got the Beat" entered the Top Ten of the Hot 100. The album stayed at the top for six consecutive weeks, and ranked second in Billboard's year-end Top 100 of 1982 (behind the self-titled debut album of Asia). The LP sold in excess of two million copies, and was RIAA-certified double platinum, qualifying it as one of the most successful debut albums of all time. Critically acclaimed, it has been described as one of the "cornerstone albums of American new wave".The title is a play on the European fairy tale "Beauty and the Beast".

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Rating

3.35

Votes

4767

Genres

  • Rock
  • Pop
  • New Wave
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5

Well, this one took my by surprise. Everyone knows The Go-Go's big hit "We Got The Beat" of course. That's where my knowledge of them ended until today. This is considered a cornerstone Nu Wave band but damn if it doesn't sound like a poppy punk album to me. A freaking great one at that. I found myself absolutely cranking this one and loving it. No negatives. Haters be damned, this album is fire. Loved it.

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5

A classic. Not just an 80's classic, not just a new wave classic. A classic. I could bump this all day

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4

Very refreshing! A upbeat, feel good rock-pop album with many catchy songs. Individual songs could be a bit longer

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3

The songs kind of sound like they’d be used in some Jimmy Neutron montage

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“Beauty and the Beat” by The Go-Go’s (1981) Not familiar with this album. I’ve heard of this group. This album is pop. Musically, very simple, reminds me of The Archies and every other commercial pop group of the late 1960s. Instrumentals are plain. Lead and backing vocals lack talent. Poor diction and pitch control. No power. No vibrato. Songs seem to be written specifically for singers with limited range. Good engineering and mixing. Well-produced. Actually these are the talents on display in this album. “Lust to Love” had the potential for a powerful, driving rock song, but the vocals and instrumentals weren’t up to it. Almost every song ends with a too definite slam on the tonic. I wanted to say “cha cha cha” after each one. Lyrics are sappy. Even when they strain to sound profound, the “pony” and the “watusi” are so desperately retro. Cringe. I can only think of one reason why any record label would have wanted to sign them. 1/5

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5

Super fun and Joyous.

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5

Classic 80s vibes!

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5

Aw New Wave. You make my heart go Oingo Boingo.

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5

Omg how did I not know these people? I knew half the songs already, classics!

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5

Great pop rock album from beginning to end!

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5

A few songs I recognized and new ones I'd listen to again. All around just sounding nice and happy.

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5

I'd never heard of this band before, but this was excellent.

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5

This album is yet another example of why the 1001 journey is great. Because the album is great…and I never would have listened to it otherwise. The consistency of the tracks is remarkable. They are high energy, and there isn’t a bad one, nor even a mediocre on IMHO, in the whole lot. I wouldn’t say any individual track is amazing on its own, but 11 very, very good tracks on a row is elite. Belinda Carlisle’s, who I hadn’t known started out in The Go-Gos, vocals are wonderful as are the harmonies with the backup vocalists. The instrumentalists each stand out at various moments throughout the album. However, the bass guitar deserves the most recognition to me. It and the drums are the driving force behind this boot-sole-to-the-chest pop album. I can’t believe this is the first, and still only, all-female band debut album that topped the Billboard where the band wrote all the songs and played all the instruments. There are a couple qualifying categories there, but this fact is still insane to me. That alone has to make this one of the most important female albums of all time. 🤘🤘🤘🤘🤘

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4

New wave goodness. Wild that this was recorded nearly 40 years ago.

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4

This was a really fun album to listen to. There were some songs that I had heard before. The new wave sound took me back to playing grand theft auto vice city. This was praised as being one of the first new wave albums.

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4

Big love for The Beauty And The Beat! The gorgeous and bad ass 80s new wave rockers stole my heart in high school and still give me a rise when I hear their music. Fun album!

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4

Un excellent album de la part de ce groupe de gonzesses survoltées. Le titre How Much More a d'ailleurs été choisi comme générique de l'émission Petits plats en équilibre présenté par Laurent Mariotte et accompagne aujourd'hui à merveille les passages très télégéniques de cuisson au four.

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4

Pretty good, consistently strong tracks. "Our lips are sealed" > "We got the beat". Revolutionary in 1981 I'm sure, though listening in the modern day it sounds a little samey.

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This was a fun album! After listening to this, I can now hear the fingerprints of The Go Go's on many more modern bands, including one of my favorites, Harvey Danger. I assume this album made the list because it was one of the first albums with this sound, which, with a 1981 release date, would make sense to me based on my limited musical knowledge Also, great album title. My personal enjoyment: 3/5 Did it belong on this list: 4/5

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A crisp packet floating like gossamer in a gentle Spring breeze, but filmed with a faded neon filter and replayed at x3 speed. Yum.

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5

I like the go gos

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5

Really enjoyed this. Early stages of pop punk at its best

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5

yup!

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5

4.5

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5

Musicianship, hooks, energy. Perfection

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5

An album so great, they never even tried to top it. "Beauty and the Beat" sounds like 1981, yet somehow timeless at the same time. "Our Lips Are Sealed" is a classic opener, letting all 5 members shine and setting you up for everything. And the rest of the album is full of absolute bangers. I'm surprised this didn't have at least 4 more monster singles. The Go-Go's would throw out a few more albums, even have some more hit singles, but their long overdue Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame election is because of this album. Truth be told, there's an argument suggesting Belinda Carlisle had a more successful career than the Go-Go's. I don't necessarily agree with that; Carlisle had more hit singles (including a number 1 in "Heave On Earth"), but I couldn't come up with a title of one of her solo albums to save my life. But this album is still as close to a perfect blend of new-wave meets power-pop as you'll ever hear.

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5

Led Zeppelin is beloved for a reason. I think legalization will help resurrect them a little.

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5

Absolutely loved it

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5

I can see how they are so influential.

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5

Really great album! Got two listens within 24 hours, a rare feat. Released in 1981, it's part of a (new) wave of change in pop music. The songwriting is good and the tempo is enjoyably up-beat. Good dish-washing music.

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5

Solid album

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5

I love the Go-Go's! This album is a perfect slice of nostalgic pop heaven.

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5

we got the beat :D

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5

Great Album, nice to sit back and listen to some more unknown GoGo's songs that isn't just we got the beat.

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5

This was a fun album to listen to. My favourite tracks were Our Lips Are Sealed and Can't Stop The World.

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5

The start of the "girl band" in rock, this album is pure pop/rock joy from start to finish.

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5

Great!!!!!

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5

Contains Our Lips Are Sealed and We Got The Beat and no filler at all. Jane Wiedlin en Belinda Carlisle released excellent solo albums and the other Go-Go's albums are great too, but this album is perfect. Catchy guitar songs, lots of hooks, some kind of new wave blueprint for many 90s alternative rock albums, but what I like most about their music is that -just like the Ramones, Blondie, B-52's - they mix their guitar songs with 60s pop influences, which combined with excellent vocals really makes their music stand out.

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5

AMAZING. Top notch. Every song was so fun. I was wondering how I knew the words to every single song, but then I remembered that my mom used to play this album for me all the time when I was a kid! Love it.

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5

The Go-Go's are one of the original all girl pop punk bands. What a joy to listen to this album in full. I was already across their two main hits in Our Lips Are Sealed and We Got the Beat, but the whole album was full of great songs that really makes you feel like you're a part of their girls club, in the best possible way. Best: Our Lips Are Sealed; We Got the Beat Worst: Skidmarks On My Heart

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Rating: 10/10 Best songs:

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5

A great album or the right album at the right time, that is the question. Nonetheless, the only album written and performed by an all female group to go to number one. Holds up well as tightly written, imminently catchy, well produced pop songs. While it frequently gets categorized as new wave (and often referred to as a cornerstone of the genre), it is more good old fashioned power pop. That is probably responsible for its enduring appeal.

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5

How much do I love this album?! I bought the cassette in 1983 and it has been one of my favorites ever since. "Our Lips Are Sealed" is one of my all-time favorite songs of the 80's. Every time I listen to it I fall in love with it all over again. "We Got The Beat" is right up there with it. But no one should miss songs like "Lust to Love", "This Town", "Fading Fast", "You Can't Walk In Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)", "Can't Stop The World." Actually no one should miss listening to this album from beginning to end. It is so satisfying to hear "Lust to Love" after "Tonite" leading into "This Town" and it makes me very happy when I do. The album is great and I never tire of listening to this. I'm so glad to see this album on this list!

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5

I have memories of bopping along to this on cassette while driving my mom's car in the summertime, wearing white Keds with no socks. I've definitely always thought of it as pure pop fun. But how great to listen to this with grown-up ears and hear such aggressive musicianship! This band ROCKS! The bass! The drums! These women have SWAGGER! I have a renewed love, admiration, and gratitude for The Go-Go's today.

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5

I don't have a specific memory of every listening to this album in it entirety before, but I certainly remember when it was on the charts. It is full of great tracks by talented women...and lots of fun!

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5

I loved this when it was new, and it still sounds so good!

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5

Loved it!

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5

I like girls who rock (..сказала дрю берримор, а я чувствую то же)

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5

Always been a fan of the Go-Gos. Some of it is pure bubblegum pop, but there's some solid rock and near punk in there too.

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5

Practically flawless. A solid collection of songs with some real standouts.

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5

Insane hooks, so much fun

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5

I freaking had so much listening to this. Automatic is a fucking banger. The whole album made me want to go to ethyls.

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5

I really like how upbeat this is

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5

Classic that was new to me. Couple big hits and the song automatic is where the band automatic got their name

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4

Really catchy songwriting and punchy arrangements. The first 'pop punk' album?

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4

Such a fun album

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4

Classssssic

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4

I liked it

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4

Very fun.

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4

A classic for sure, and pleased with the results overall on how it affected women in rock music.

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4

Great, catchy, emotion-filled 80s pop.

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4

Another rock entry with female vocalists and I am here for it. The simple harmonies they employ with multiple vocals is great. The sound is slick without being overproduced. Great album through and through.

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4

Great fun, reminded me of a pop version of Hole. I had no idea Jane Wiedlin and Belinda Carlisle were in a band together. Will be listening again.

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4

Liked them when I was a kid, but really never listened to this full album. Really good.

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4

love my 80s jams, and this album has a bunch - C

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4

it was such a bop. perfect new wave album with female leads. underrated honestly. last part dragged a bit as they all began to mesh together, but overall quality album.

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4

Very groovy. Liked a lot. Made me smile

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4

Had a great time listening to this one.

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4

Okay, I'm ready. This is pretty easy to listen to... Lips ages really well... we got the beat, not as much. Some pretty strong songs mixed in, make this enjoyable.

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4

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4

Fun! Very poppy, very upbeat - I didn't know this group was Belinda Carlisle's origin story! Fave track - "Automatic", maybe? "You Can't Walk In Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)" is fun too...

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4

I actually really enjoyed this one.

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4

It was a fun album, the hits were definitely the highlight though

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4

Our Lips Are Sealed is surprisingly solid lyrically for a pop song. I liked the album more than I thought I would and only knew their two hits prior to listening.

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4

Very pleasantly surprised. Really expected cheesy 80s pop and, while there we’re definitely strong elements of that (especially in the vocals), it some really solid tracks. Favorite tracks: “Lust To Love,” “This Town,” and “Automatic”

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4

Fine a bit thin. A couple of the tracks are filled but a couple are real bangers.

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Quality

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4

Upbeat and sometimes hypnotic. Great to listen to when you're cleaning up around the house.

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Upbeat!

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4

Really liked this. It grabbed me in the first 15 seconds and didn't let go. Every track is catchy, melodic and fun. Apparently it is 'new-wave'. I'm not entirely sure what that means, but I would describe this as danceable, exuberant pop music played on guitars, with a bit of a punk edge. If this is what new-wave is, then I like new-wave. 4.5/5.

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4

Bright, breezy, catchy..... like a prototype Kenickie without the snot nosed attitude. Enjoyed it immensely

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4

Tiene muy buenas canciones, su problema siempre ha sido que lo sacaron con una producción muy popera, les falta la fuerza que tenían en directo.

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4

Loved it bb

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4

They really do have the beat.

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4

Our Lips Are Sealed is amazing. The rest was listenable!

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4

"How much more" was my favorite non-hit track. I also liked "You Can't Walk in Your Sleep" and "Can't Stop the World"

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4

- feels like classic 80's - female beach boys - soundrack for a teenage movie where the outcast listens to this - very fun, DRUMS

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4

Nice, saw them in concert in2018

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4

catchy stuff. didn't expect to listen to the entire thing in one go at 730am. also didn't expect i'd start cleaning during it. feeling energized

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4

This was a super fun album. Great early pop-punk songs and really well produced. This record casts an unacknowledged and long shadow on guitar pop bands to follow. 3.5/5 Favourite track: "Skidmarks on My Heart"

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4

A great mix of late 70s punk and early 80s pop, kind of bridging the gap between bands like the Buzzcocks and mainstream radio. A perfect summer listen. Fav Tracks: Our Lips Are Sealed, Skidmarks On My Heart, Lust to Love.

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4

surprisingly nostalgic for me even though I didn't know that the songs I knew were by the go go s.

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4

Definitely fun to listen to! It was like a cross between the cool pop girl bands from the 60's and crossed it with punk/new wave. The harmonies are fantastic, the songs are well crafted and the hooks are everywhere. Great upbeat listen. Still love Our Lips ar Sealed.

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4

Enjoyed it!

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4

Blending surf-rock with pop in a catchy package this album has multiple major singles and paved the way for future efforts.

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4

Really enjoyed this, 80’s cheese but in a good way. Proper euphoric pop and a great opening track.

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4

Really good.

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4

Many interesting motives, rhythms and melodies that influenced modern generation punk and indie rock

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4

Very consistent sound with the same style of guitar and drum throughout, the hits are obvious (our lips are sealed and we got the beat). Title is aptly named. Lots of fun drum fills. Second half feels more interesting than first. Hidden gem: you can't walk in your sleep (if you can't sleep) 4/5, pretty fyre

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4

Love it. Sounds like summer. Super good vibes.

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4

Great punk rock

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4

Kind of punky, didn't love the singers voices but there were some songs I.e. Tonight and Fading fast that I really liked

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4

New Wave all the way. Nice riffs, harmonies, bass lines, vocals by Belinda, girl power in the 80s ... plus I had quite the 11-year-old crush on one of the guitarists. 3.85 stars

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4

I listened to this album a couple of times and while I did enjoy it, there wasn’t anything in particular that stood out to me except Automatic and Skidmarks on My Heart.

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4

I feel like more of these songs should be classics. They're catchy, well-written and work well at high volume. The production sound is kinda shrill though. Popularity of the songs on Spotify *fades fast* after We Got The Beat, which is a pity because the songs there are also really good! Top 3 for me are Fading Fast, This Town, Skidmarks On My Heart, with close runners-up We Got The Beat and Automatic. The singer sounds like the guy from Japan, but a tad less like she's suffering.

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4

This album was a whole lot better than I'd thought it'd be, very groovy and 80's. 9/10.

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4

Beauty and the Beat by The Go-Go's is a beautiful album with many songs that would make you dance at any time. However, until track six they seem to be a bit monotonous and if you don't pay attention you might say you're listening to the same song. But its slower tracks are the ones that stand out above the rest and being that it came out 40 years ago, it's a valuable gem in our music.

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4

Good poppy rock, they have their sound locked in pretty well. Everyone should be familiar with the singles from this album, overall a good album I probably wouldn't have heard otherwise.

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4

a good pop album

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4

surprisingly modern, ditzy and clean 🧼

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4

Vacation still their best song

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4

Aside from Our Lips Are Sealed and We Got The Beat, I don't think I'm too familiar with the Go-Go's. What a shame, because this album was fun and full of sunshine - with the occasional moment that made my heart ache for some reason. Very very nice.

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4

4/5 well that was a surprise! good album! Amazing title pun as well!

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4

we got the beat

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4

Great Album - love the Go Go's.

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4

We Got the Beat is the least interesting song on this album. I didn't expect it to be so packed with legit tunes. Best track: Our Lips Are Sealed

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4

Great album. Very new wave/ punk sounding. Great songs.

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4

Un album qui a particulièrement plu à mon compère roblumière, lui étant je le rapelle président du fan club des groupes de pétasses. 4 mois après les New York Dolls, c'était donc au tour des Go-Go danseuses de faire chavirer le coeur de notre ami, qui s'empressa de se munir de son vernis à ongle pour lancer cet album. Je dois bien lui reconnaitre que cette fois, cet album était excellent.

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4

Good

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4

fun! lorelai!

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4

Fun, energetic and musically detailed beneath the poppy surface. I wish I would've listened to this before

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4

Engaging and fun music, liked this

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4

Great pop rock album, so far I've loved the whole tracklist. Great drummer, catchy tunes.

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4

4 odlicno, zabavno

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4

Sorprendentemente hueno, guardado. P: 8 T: 4 G: 8

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4

Well this album was quite the bop - quite the toe tapper Noteworthy track: Lust To Love

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4

Digging it. Good vibe, good beats, good pacing. Really solid and would definitely listen to it again.

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4

Still a real gem and a new wave/pop icon. Maybe a little lightweight to quite attain masterpiece status for me but a strong 4

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4

Like a poppier, bouncier X?

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4

this slaps, especially for the 80s

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Un disc de pop com aquest només podria haver sorgit en un període com el de 1978-1982. Abans la producció no hauria estat igual de poderosa, i després hauria quedat massa edulcorat. Les cançons també hi són, però no hi ha cap single que domini el minutatge; és tot plegat un excel.lent disc de pop en el millor sentit del génere. Belinda Carlisle cauria més endavant en les urpes dels 80, malgrat algun que altre gran tema. Però aquí, ella i la banda brillen de forma espectacular

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4

This album is just fun. Don't know how anyone wouldn't like it.

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4

-”We Got The Beat” is pretty darn catchy -”Automatic is pretty cool as well, the start-stop bits are notable and the main riff is very psychadelicy. -The alternating bass drum/lyrics and guitar riff bit in the chorus is very nice in “Skidmarks On My Heart.” Also some great drum fills in there. -Overall solid album, not mind-blowing, but very pleasant. The songs have enough energy and enough going on to keep it interesting.

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4

Thought this was excellent throughout. Very uplifting.

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4

CUTE AND FUN BOPS. Look, after a year of mopey boring british new wave, and stomach churning thrash metal, it's really great to hear an album that is nice and fun and cute.

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4

You know me

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4

i was impressed, i feel generous, 4 for you!

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4

Very enjoyed this one

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4

Really enjoyed nice and upbeat

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4

Classic new wave pop.

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4

Fun one.

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4

Strong Blondie-vibes!

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4

This album has aged vwry well. Young, raw energy is still fresh and makes me feel happy and optimistic.

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4

Очень понравился женский рок-ен-ролл. Погружает в атмосферу 80х

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4

Yeah they were pretty good. I like the opener.

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4

The album title is fantastic. The music: feel-good-rock with a west coast vibe. It succeeds in that respect and is gernerally a very easy listen. The mood and tempo is very similar in most of these songs. Still, it's a worthwhile listen. Highlights: Lust to Love and Fading Fast. 4/5

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4

Never gave these lyrics a close listen before. There's more than meets the eye here. Quality rock songs paired with clever lyrics. Great bass playing too. Favorite tracks: You Can't Walk in Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep), This Town, Our Lips Are Sealed

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4

Really fun album to listen to! New wave/pop from the 80's with a lot of quality. Was very surprised. Favorite tracks: * Can't Stop The World * Our Lips Are Sealed * You Can't Walk In Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep)

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4

This is a shockingly good album. Some great pop bops (We Got the Beat), but some great darker tunes (Automatic). I feel like with a little modern production this could be an all time album?

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4

2/23/22 Wish I had this album on a Friday! Such a fun and upbeat listen with two songs I already knew which is always fun! A little too 80s for my daily music taste, but definitely enjoyed it Favorite Song: We Got the Beat

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4

Very fun pop album with some classics (We Got The Beat). Would listen again.

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Listened to on 2/22/22 4.5/5 Favorite songs: our lips are sealed, can’t stop the world, you can’t walk in your sleep If I had a getting read my montage in the 80s, I would absolutely want it to be set to this album. It’s so fun and upbeat and perfect to sing into a brush while teasing your hair

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4

Banda bem legal, uma mistura de pop e rock bem interessante.

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4

Really nice and fun sounds

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4

love the drums, harmony. definitely captures a certain moment in time. live cuts on the deluxe version show they are definitely punk.

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4

pretty good high energy pop stuff

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I came to know The Go-Go's a few years ago when they reunited and opened some shows for the B-52s and was surprised to find out that they were the first band in which Belinda Carlisle, whom I already knew, was. Although it's impossible to compare their talent, because they are really talented, with the sheer originality of that other Athens band, I can see where the choice comes from. The Go-Go's are an all-girl band from Los Angeles that incorporates the tradition of girl groups into their own blend of punk-new wave. Beauty And The Beat was their debut album. During the years, I heard several versions of the first song, Our Lips Are Sealed, co-written with The Specials) and I still don't know which one is my favourite, as it really is an awesome song. Almost title track, We Got The Beat, is a 50s spy movie soundtrack vs Ramones mashup that works wonders. Skidmarks On My Heart has that space/surf guitar that's always fitting. A little bit of jingle-jangle on How Much More. This Town has that twangy guitar thing over a thrashing riff and lyrics that portray the decadence in LA at the time, really powerful. Fading Fast somehow foreshadows Belinda's solo career. Automatic has a stomp that really sounds automatic.  Beauty And The Beat is probably not a 10/10 for me, but it had an impact at the moment it was released and so many pop elements to enjoy that it is still a vital listening. I will surely come back to this album in the next few days. 

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Love it! They got the beat!

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Great album. The hits are two of the very best of the era. However this is NOT an album of filler after the hits are done, in that way it reminds me of The Romantics debut album, both are choc full of fabulous songs from beginning to end. We got the Beat got this 60 year old ass off of his chair dancing around the room like no one was watching. Thankfully no one was except for my dog. 4 🌟

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Wasn’t expecting much but I just love this kind of raw direct music. Nice one

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Fun and bubbly throughout. There are a lot more telltale signs of their time in the LA punk scene than I recalled. The little semi-tone line ends remind you where they came from before they added that poppier sheen that Jane Weidlin brought in.

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Belinda Carlisle and Jane Wiedlin? What is this, some kind of super group? Odd that I’ve not listened to them before. All pretty cool and I’d like to slip it a 5 but nothing that stands out as a massive tune.

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Loved it, very female empowerment. Does feel a little repetitive for an entire album.

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I had only really listened to We Got the Beat. The rest of the album was surprisingly solid. Feels like there were some punk rock influences underneath an otherwise bright sound.

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"Beauty and the Beat" is a historical new wave record, not only because it's celebrated as so, but also because of its importance as the debut of one of the most important and celebrated all female bands of all time. It has a raw fun feeling throughout, adding some pop and punk elements to match Belinda Carlisle high pitched voice with some effective instrumentation. "Our Lips Are Sealed", "This Town" and "We Got the Beat" are songs that shows the power of a band destined to influence a generation to come.

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4,5

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Catchy, enthusiastic, iconic for that time. Listening makes me feel like I'm experiencing a day in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

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These songs are catchy, fun and some of them really rock! While "Our lips are sealed' is a gentle introduction, "How Much More", "Tonite" and "Can't Stop the World" all kick ass. I cant help but feel like Green Day must have been partially inspired by this melodic punk-rock and don't see how Dookie could happen without this album. It defintiely sounds like a product of the 80's and is not exceptionally deep, but I thought it was an enjoyable listen overall.

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Just a really fun pop album with great songs and catchy lyrics!

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Wait a minute, WHAT? Are you saying that "We Got the Beat" and "Our Lips Are Sealed", two S-tier tracks, are on the same album? That's some amazing shit right there. Though not every track hits hard, the whole thing is enjoyable. Great music for doing anything with purpose, even if it's just washing the dishes. Powerful, brash vocals. You go (go), girls!

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3.5

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“Beauty and the Beat” is buoyant, driving and fun. It might be repetitive in places, but the Go-Go’s still seem to have struck a winning formula making it worth the listen. Most of my favourites here are the peppiest: “Our Lips are Sealed” is a killer opener with notably more keyboard than a lot of the tracks here (foregrounded for commercial appeal, fitting in with the burgeoning new wave movement?) “How Much More” has a great jangly guitar lead and keeps the momentum of the opening up to the tee. Belinda Carlisle’s vocals are one of the winning ingredients across the album: bright and committed, with just the right amount of slurred punkish sneer. There’s a bit of an explosion of revived energy and inspiration at the end of the album after things seem to have settled into their lane. “Can’t Stop the World” is a last kick of adrenaline fuelled pop-rock. Also listen for the drumming in “Skidmarks on my Heart”- there are some great fills in there. There’s also an early 60s throwback guitar solo, and a winning chorus with a full wall of harmonies (bonus points on introducing a new, unrelated chord on the line “you’ve got me in FIFTH”). I also have to shout out “Automatic” for being the black sheep in this set: it’s a refreshing change of pace which moves in a slower, darker direction. The Go-Go’s doing Joy Division their way? I wouldn’t doubt it. On first listen, some of the earlier songs appear to chug along at a similar tempo with little variation in the guitar parts or drum beats. Chord progressions are recycled and lyrics are often general and vague. “Tonite”, “Lust for Love” and “This Town” all run into each other a bit, and don’t match up to the material on either side. Many punk and new-wave bands of the time, of course, made careers out of using one song in many different ways to fill out their albums. That the Go-Go’s did this as a then-rare all-female band (the first to top the Billboard 200 Album Chart) gives weight to their legacy and enduring appeal. They challenged the musical landscape and came out on top.

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Great early 80’s girl pop. Love the hits and the rest is good. 3.5 and rounding up - Some good riffs in there!

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Listening to this album reminds me of my mother. It's one of her faves, and I can totally understand why. "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat" are classics, but if I were to go for some deep cuts--- I'd take "Lust To Love" and "This Town".

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Proper fun and upbeat pop album

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My first loves. I was 8 when this came out and I was enthralled by not just the their looks but the fun and memorable pop the Go-Go's were making. This was a welcome far cry from Bucks Fizz and their ilk to my young ears

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Lots of fun. Super bouncy and driving, love the bass and surf-guitar. Think it's a little front-loaded, but not enough to not enjoy. Favorite tracks: "Our Lips Are Sealed", "This Town", "Tonite"

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Starts out with a bang with Our lips are sealed. We got the beat goes crazy too. I would call this a groovy album you can chill too even though they were going kind of hard. Also i thought the vibes sounded really consistent throughout the whole thing which just makes any album better. Good 7/10

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Guess I now have to admit that I liked The Go-Go's back in the day. Had the hots for Jane Weidlin big time. The album aged reasonably well. The hits are still fun and some of the others are also OK. I didn't know that Jane co-wrote Our Lips Are Sealed w the frontman from The Specials.

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This was just a fun bunch of songs. Would recommend and listen to again.

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A great 80s time capsule.

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Fav Tracks: Our Lips Are Sealed, How Much More, Lust To Love, Automatic, You Can't Walk In Your Sleep (If You Can't Sleep), Can't Stop The World

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Very good

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If one wanted to be reductive (and I do, because I'm feeling lazy this morning), one could say that the Go-Go's are the answer to the question "What if the Runaways were nice, wholesome girls?" The Go-Go's straddle the line between new wave and pop rock, and do it with style. "Our Lips Are Sealed" is an undeniable classic, and "We Got the Beat" is arguably the best song they ever recorded. The rest of the tracks were unfamiliar to me, but "Skidmarks on My Heart" caught my ear because of the Dick Dale/Centurians-like guitar riffs. Once again, I find myself wishing I could give half-stars, because three and a half feels right. But I've always loved Belinda Carlisle's voice, and they're a Hall of Fame band, so I'll round up to four.

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Perky punk Our Lips are Sealed and We Got the Beat are bangers Everyone in the band is just jammin hard Automatic is a cool song but feels like it's on the wrong album and slows the album down The ways the vocalists interact sound so cool

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I mean, yeah it's cheesy and all and I wouldn't say it's "good" but it is fun, and I think that was the point. Just a little below 4 stars but I'll round up.

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Really sick one. Cool songs and vibe. Dig the surfy guitars on skidmarks

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I was really, really pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this. "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got The Beat" have been beaten to death, but fortunately and shockingly they were my least favorite songs on "Beauty and the Beat." The drums and bass really drove most of the songs, in spite of the bubbly and jangly guitars, so maybe they really do have the beat. A little bit more intensity and this would be an excellent album. It's just a tad bit too bouncy and cheerful to reach its full sound potential. But I still really enjoyed it. A couple months ago I came across the term bubblegrunge, at the time being used to refer to (as it was described on r/indiehead) "indie rock bands bringing out modern takes on power pop and pop punk... that tend to mix massive pop melodies with big energy and crunchy and/or fuzzy guitars, with the attitude and angst but rarely outright depressing lyrical content that makes up a lot of the two aforementioned genres." Beach Bunny, The Beths, Charly Bliss, and PUP were used as examples. This album kind of made me think of bubblegrunge, though, and it came with a realization that The Go-Go's likely inspired a lot of bands I like more than I realized. They don't get crunchy or fuzzy enough, and get the attitude part but not much angst. But I think they are still a bit of an inspiration for evolving sounds. According to Spotify, however, bubblegrunge isn't new. "In the mid-1990s, rock critics labeled a type of music 'bubblegrunge' because it was a poppier ("bubblegum") version of grunge, which had dominated the alternative music scene in the early 1990s. Bands like Collective Soul, Bush, Third Eye Blind, and Matchbox Twenty were all part of this genre." Ok, that makes the name fit more than the new stuff I mentioned earlier, but Bush is not that poppy, and Third Eye Blind and Matchbox Twenty kind of suck. You know what, they probably don't suck. As a 90s grunge kid, I looked down on them, but their hits were actually guilty pleasures, and only guilty in some misguided attempt to be a hard rock/grunge purist. But regardless, they are very different bands than modern bubblegrunge. Oh right, The Go-Go's. Not quite bubblegrunge (and not least because it preceded grunge), but certainly instrumental in driving punk in poppier directions. A very pleasant surprise that I will definitely revisit.

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Our Lips are Sealed was one we had on 45 with We Got the Beat! I distinctly remember the family dancing to it. So, it was very nice to revisit this album that came out when I was 6! It is even better than I remember it. The sound has actually not only held up, but sounds incredible keeping pace with some of the hottest music. It's still edgy, tight licks, and hot chicks. The guitar on Lust to Love is especially kick@$$.

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Certainly a fun album!

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Enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. Perfect blend of 80s girl pop and rock.

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The bass is in your face, the drums are fast, and the guitar lines are hooky. The vocals are distinctive. This is an album genetically engineered to get a high score from me. I like the harmony on Lust To Love. They Got The Beat is still a fun song, even if it was drilled into me from guitar hero. A great album I had fun all the way through.

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Yeah, this is pretty great! You know it's a good sign when the song an album is most well-known for is one of your least favorites on the record. I had no clue that this band had this other moody, mid-tempo side to them. "This Town" and "Automatic" are the shit. I guess you can't judge a record by its cover? I don't know, I'm still on the fence on the cover. It's either great or terrible and I can't decide. But the music is conclusively solid.

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Sugary pop meets some punky spikiness. The arrangements seem a little sparse even for the time - it's neither a big nor rounded sound - but the sweet vocals work well atop the wiry guitar work. 'We Got the Beat' rules.

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Man, I love the sound of this. I have seriously underestimated this group. Or maybe just this album. You guys ever listen to Ex Hex? Ex Hex is great, too, but owes a massive debt to the Go Go's. Anyways - Our Lips are Sealed, We Got The Beat, Fading Fast, You Can't Walk in Your Sleep. Even Skidmarks on My Heart, which is a terrible title, still works! And all of this makes me want to hear what they sounded like when they were straight punk. Anyway, enjoyed this one a lot.

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Surprisingly good!

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fun album.

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Fun album, but now seems gimmicky.

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Ya. So fun.

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This was a fun one. I like the all women vocals. Just too much fun. It's hard to rate. Is it a low 4 star or a high 3. I enjoyed it either way

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