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Raw Like Sushi

Neneh Cherry

1989

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Neneh Cherry should have been HUGE. Buffalo Stance was, and is, huge because Buffalo Stance is a 5. Nenah was ahead of her time because damn does album still have it all. To paraphrase a lyric from "Love Ghetto", she hit a home run. Actual rating is a 4.5. All of the songs are good, they all just pale in comparison to the magic of Buffalo Stance.

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5

AWESOME

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4

This one had some bops for sure. Hiddem gem.

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this is the most 1989 album ever recorded. four Danger Zone bass patches out of five

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Some of the song material is very specific. For example, not sure how I feel about the procreation anthem of "The Future Generation". Still, it's got great energy and Neneh shows she can hold her own lyrically. Does sound pretty dated though (I can pinpoint what year this was made, same with "Pretty Hate Machine"). Favorite tracks: "Buffalo Stance", "Inna City Mama"

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5

Can't believe I've not heard this before. Love it!

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5

Great album, confident and fresh and smart, making it OK to like hip hop when you are a metaller

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5

TOPÍSSIMO

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5

Oh! This album was on heavy rotation when I was a teenager. I always loved the attitude and the swagger. And I realise now that this album influenced so many of my future explorations in music (soul, jazz, hip hop). I don’t think anyone else was making music like this and the album was a wrecking ball to the charts - all those ballads and Kylie, Stock, Aitken and Waterman. She sang about subjects nobody else was - feminism, safe sex, motherhood - not a bunch of lovey dove nonsense. I really think Neneh Cherry is a hugely inspirational and influential figure - sassy, London/ European / American, kick ass, feeling, mixed heritage and proud - a great singer and classy rapper. Incredibly talented and underrated. I hesitated when rating the album - if I give this album five stars, am I really saying this album is up there with the White Album or Hunky Dory? You know what? I don’t know. And I don’t care. This is five stars for me. I love this album.

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5

Loved this.

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5

Started strong with a nice bop. Not a fan of the middle part of manchild. Surprised by how much I liked phoney ladies. I actually liked a lot of this album. Pleasant surprise. 4/5 I listened a second time, it gets up to a cool 5 because I felt good about it. I'm still thinking about this album the next morning. Wow

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5

Absolutely slaps. Love this era and genre. Buffalo Stance is definitely the standout.

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Damn what a trailblazer. Watched her Buffalo Stance performance she did on Top of the Pops while pregnant, what a badass.

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1/28 Great, eclectic 80s genre-mix of an album. Standout Tracks: Buffalo Stance, Inna City Momma, The Next Generation, Phoney Ladies, Outré Risqué Locomotive

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Cool late 80s vibes. Hear a lot of things that would shape early 90s hip hop. Definitely her own style. Should come back to this one

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Sehr Gut!

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4

pretty iconic 80s dance music, some songs were a bit dragged out and didn’t have a great sound listening 40 years later, but a really clean classic funky hip hop sound that makes ya wanna dance ;)

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Such good hip hop beats, OG female rapper

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4

this album was surprisingly good! lot of catchy songs, and the beats had me moving through the entire album

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Un disco muy chill, fluye bien, me gustaron mucho algunos beats, sus sintetizadores. Me dio toda una vibra janetjacksonesca e incluso, ya hacia el final, en el Sukka mix de "Buffalo Stance" se oye algo como "Does this sound like Janet Jackson?". Diría que este es un álbum que sí se quedó mucho en vibras ochenteras, pero no lo escucho anticuado. Es hip-hop poposo, con algunas salpicadas de crítica social, "Buffalo Stance" es una muy buena canción, también "The Next Generation" y "So Here I Come" me gustaron; he de aceptar que me dio un poco de risa el español en "Kisses On the Wind". 8/10

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Again, it was good but songs were long and the album didn’t really feel like it needed to be an album. 7

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Another 7 where I considered an 8, but I just can't see myself ever wanting to relisten to this even though it was pretty fun the first time.

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I really enjoyed this! Bit high energy but fun. 8 for me

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Pretty corny but a fun listen overall 7/10

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Pop, rap, freestyle, funk, destellos de house, breakbeat. Pensaba que iba a estar ya muy passé la producción, pero incluso en los momentos más aywey tiene mucho charm. Grande por lo que representó, pero también grande porque tiene buenas rolas.

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Buffalo stance!

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Heart reminded me of BUSTED from Phineas and Ferb

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in a normal situation, I don't know if I would have enjoyed it as much, but I was vibing this shiiiit

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4

Fun album. It sounds exactly how I think 80s-90s transition should have sounded like.

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My immediate reaction was to file this under the most 80s pop ass 80s pop ever, but despite its pervasive radio-friendliness, it really belongs in its own niche nestled somewhere between Salt-N-Pepa and Massive Attack. There are moments where the lyricism feels as of its time as the delightfully dated synths, but Cherry comes across emphatically on the microphone be it rapping or singing, exuding a confidence that most MCs would kill to have. My only real knock against it is the thematic redundancy that stands out listening to these songs back-to-back: there's a three-track stretch after the opening singles that all tread in the same youth/parenthood waters, and it probably would have been better off spread out a bit more. Key Tracks: Buffalo Stance, Manchild, Outré Risqué Locomotive

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Extremely catchy

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Sounds great, my kind of thing. I didn’t know how varied her music is, and different from the radio hits Manchild, Woman and 7 Seconds.

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Buffalo stance...wow so good. Such a fun vibe, this chick can rap and her confidence oozes.

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Love this album. Eminently danceable. And thought provoking. This album got me through that summer. 4.5.

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So many memories!

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Disc d'estrena d'alta volada, començant amb 'Buffalo Stance' i 'Manchild', les dues millors cançons del disc i del millor de l'r&b de finals dels 80. També destaquen 'Inna City Mamma', 'Love Ghetto' o 'Phoney Ladies', però sobretot l'actitud i personalitat de Neneh Cherry, que ja no va poder igualar aquesta fita (fins al 2021 com a mínim), però aquí la seva estrella brilla amb molta força

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I enjoyed the music but the lyrciss were a bit basic.

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This is kind of like a female inversion of Beastie Boys MCing, in the best possible way. This was a lot of fun to listen to, provocative and tongue in cheek the whole way through

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Salt 'N Pepa meets Prince?! Hell yeah. The sound is definitely of it's time, but we all need some cheesy hip hop in our lives! My top pick is of course 'Buffalo Stance' but I also really liked 'Manchild', 'Love Ghetto'. and 'Outré Risqué Locomotive'. This is more of a 4.5 - I think a 10 star scale would be better!

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What's 'e like? WHAT IS 'E LIKE? Buffalo Stance is a six (all hail Bomb The Bass), the rest is a three-star pottage of late '80s production tics, and none the worse for it.

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Like Madonna, but way cooler

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Lekker album! Heerlijke popmuziek, goede zang, vrolijke muziek. Precies zoals ik 80s popmuziek voor ogen heb. Geweldig!! ****

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Classic in its day. Very good now. 4/5

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Hadden die plaat thuis, goede teksten

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Funky and catchy. Absolutely not a genre for me, but this album somehow won me over - so a 4/5 from me is probably a strong 5/5 for somebody who's generally a fan of hip hop. Heart's my favorite track because it sounds like a Phineas and Ferb song.

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Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Buffalo stance, Love ghetto

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Had no clue what to expect with this one. Very 90s angsty rap feel. A couple songs I liked the vibe of, but not something I'd listen to regularly.

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I liked it when she wasn't doing that terrible 80s rap

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3

Decently fun album with a wide range of styles and instrumentation. 5/10, probably sounded more modern on release than it does today.

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No lo sé, Rick. El sonido característico de los 90s me gusta, está cool, pero también, como diría Maria, es como estar escuchando una hora de lo mismo. Canción favorita: Love Ghetto. Mood: early Will Smith vibes

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Good, really enjoyed listening to it. ***

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3

Good album. Same genre/style as Janet Jackson or Shelia E.

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No conocía a Neneh Cherry, la verdad, pero pues tiene un sonido muy ochentero en la línea de lo que hicieron Janet Jackson y Paula Abdul. Me entretuvo pero no agregué ninguna canción a mi playlist personal

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Enjoyed more than expected. I was unfamiliar with her

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Not easily classifiable as a whole, Raw Like Sushi is one of the most soulful and "hip-hop" albums considered neither R&B nor rap.

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'Chocolates, bananas, doughnuts and salami Ain't gonna fit cause you're full of bologna' Extremely tame lyrics on this album. Fun enough to listen to but man, the lyrics / style haven't aged particularly well haha

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3

Surprisingly enjoyed it. Not a 4 because I wouldn’t really listen to it again, buts it’s still good

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3

Not bad. Few tracks I’d go back to which is more than can be said about others on the list. I don’t think it’s aged particularly well. Feels very ‘early 90s’.

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Very listenable, was surprised that I liked it at all since this isn't my normal hard rock style of music.

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This was an interesting listen. I had no expectations going into it, and was pleasantly surprised. Cherry is a decent rapper and a better singer. I do think this album would’ve benefitted from some editing - every song seems to be trying to do everything, and some of them are all over the place. “Buffalo Stance”, “Manchild” start the album off strong, then it’s weaker through the middle with a strong finish on “My Bitch”. Oh also, it’s interesting that a couple of members of Massive Attack helped write “Manchild” - it sounds almost like a proto-Massive Attack song.

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was pop ok

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Very 90s

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Liked it more than I thought I would. Manchild and Phoney Ladies are the highlights. Not a fan of the LL Cool J inspired rapping.

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Decent 80's pop with tons of early hip-hop influences. Fun little trip.back.in time for me with this one.

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Very 80s hip hop

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3/5

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Good 90s club music, but I can easily see why she's classified as a 1HW.

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It's got some bops that's for sure. Had never heard of Neneh Cherry before, and while this isn't really my kinda jams, I didn't mind having it on in the background.

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3.5, this was pretty good. I was expecting it to fall a bit more on the hip hop side than the pure 80s vibe it had. Very very tempted to bump to a 4, but would I seek it out to listen again, eh probably not though that's not meant as a slight on the album

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I give this a 4/5 for being such a nostalgic album. Such a great time in my life when I lived in the Netherlands and this was the hottest album at the time. I listened to it many times back then and loved it. Now, it has been many years since I've heard it. It isn't quite as good as I remember, but I loved hearing it again. 3/5 overall.

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A lot more enjoyable than I’d expected. It held up really well.

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Interesting mix of pop/hip hop/ r&b Fav tracks: Buffalo Stance, Inna City Mamma

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Enjoyable in an "of its time" kinda way. Don't think it's one I'd return to though.

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Weirdly quite enjoyable

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Pretty good, but not great. The songs tend to go on too long, and maybe one or two songs could have or should have been cut. I do dig the late 80s hip hop vibes though. I'd probably give it 3.5/5 if I could, but alas. The first song was the best.

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Quite enjoyed this. Good singer, decent rapper. good songwriting but there is a but of filler here. 3/5

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kinda fun

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Respectable but very 80s sounding hip-hop. Not my thing. Definitely Prince meets Michael Jackson.

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Like the combination of influences/genres here and nostalgic for alot of the synth tones but somehow it doesn't coalesce as an album for me.

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Reminded me of Paula Abdul, pretty good 90s rap feel.

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Bon, engagé. Ca sonne bien et j’ai aime pour le moment. 3.75. Je ne m’attendais pas a aime

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imm sorry, i know this album is very drag and gay culture but i didnt vibe with it

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Buffalo Stance & to a lesser extent Manchild are decent tracks, the rest leaves a lot to be desired, she was definitely on the cutting edge of what would be later early 90s era pop/hiphop

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kõik lood suht ühesugused.

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Some great energy and messages here, but the tracks could've used some editing -- cut everything by 1-2 min and this would be a much tighter, catchier album

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4

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overall not great, but Buffalo Stance is badass

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Not my style. Repetetive melody, uninteresting lyrics.

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I have no idea what's going on. But this sounds like it was a banger in the 80s. Good for her?

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Stupid

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No didn't like this one either. Sounded like the soundtrack to a rubbish 90s film.

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Mix of good and awful

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Ik heb er niet zoveel mee.

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Ik was in mijnnjeugd een verknocht radioluisteraar en top 40 liefhebber. De eerste 4 nummers van deze plaat zijn blijkbaar destijds de singles geweest, want die kon ik nog woordelijk meezingen. En was leuk om weer te horen. Maar allea daarna was meer van hetzelfde of beter: minder van hetzelfde. Heel gedateerde 80's rap.

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Mja, vroeger vond ik dit schitterend. Nu vind ik de hits wel te doen, maar voor de rest erg gedateerd en behoorlijk Rick Astley gehalte qua sound.

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Afgezien van de hitjes deed het me weinig. De tand der tijd ook slecht doorstaan; klinkt erg gedateerd.

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Tja, voor mij nu niet echt een album wat je "gehoord moet hebben", de hitjes zijn voldoende voor mij

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Not for me

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Got a few tracks in, not as bad as I thought it might be. Not really in the mood for this kinda thing..

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Groovy, but, somehow this album has not aged very well. It has a very 90's pop and early 2000's pop sound.

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Not bad per se, just too familiar and too much filler.

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Really didn't like this, just because of the 80s pop sound and high cheese factor. Some of the lyrics were a bit cringe, but some were good. There were a few songs that were a bit political and I liked those because they had more depth. Maybe it would have been better 20 years later with less synth.

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Not my favorite style. Very dated sound. Lyrics don't always rhyme, even though they likely "would" if they were pronounced differently, but for some reason she didn't. Nothing in this album reached out to me as special. Did somewhat like the record scratch sound, but didn't really need an hour of that.

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Hated it when it came out. It was such a lame pop interpretation of hip hop. I thought it might have been an unfair judgement. Nope. It was totally fair. What a POS. In the Demo tracks on Spotify there was a track with a Swedish Roxanne Shanté vibe, but in a good way. It shows she had some promise. But that was it.

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Like stepping in a time machine.... fine for what it is (mix of female hip/hop and pop), but definitely not my thing.

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It's a no from me dawg

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Not into this style of music to begin with, but I’ve been doing my best to be objective on these. Unfortunately not much sounds that unique to me here. The 80s sounds in this album have not aged well imo and it’s overshadowed by a whole lot of music in 1989. Benefit of the doubt gives it 2 stars instead of 1, but I didn’t hear much to justify elevating it past 2

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Eh. Buffalo Stance is good, but one song doesn’t make an album.

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More of a 2.5 but just not much there. Very 80s and it's all very similar. Buffalo Stance was cool for some pop nostalgia but I didn't need six minutes of it. Meh.

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A couple of good tracks, but generally not me.

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Sooooo I remember when this came out and I basically feel exactly the same way now as I did then: I should probably like this more than I do, but this tracks do nothing for me. :/

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2 openers that most will recognise and like. The rest is, well... a bit shite.

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I have to be in the mood for 80s pop and synthesisers. I was not in the mood today. Full disclosure: I couldn't make it through the full thing. My review is based on the first four songs.

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All that I loathe about the 80's rolled into one dated-as-fuck sonic package.

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Not impressed. I don't like most of the music and I don't find it genre or industry changing.

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Not my favorite

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Infumable

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Not my style and the rap content was just awful

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No

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2/10 not my thing

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Made my 4 month old cry every time I hit play

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This was garbage

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I can just about see why this is on the list, but it's really not for me. Incredibly corny. The drum beats and samples are monotonous and abrasive throughout. A few tracks that I was almost liking are then ruined by unwelcome samples of whistles, crowd noises and scratching. Feels like a great example of everything that went wrong with pop at the end of the eighties. Her voice is kind of cool, but that's about it. The whole thing sounds like a novelty album. As if some kids in a popular TV programme formed a band within the show and then the producers decided to try and release some music for real. Serious PJ and Duncan vibes, though I would much rather listen to Let's Get Ready to Rumble on repeat for an hour than have to suffer through this again.

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блять какая же дженерик хуета в духе того времени написанная 10ю белыми мужиками. сейчас вообще невозможно слушать эту залупу

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I went in open minded, but I felt this wouldn't be my thing. It's got that 80s vibe, and I am really not a fan of 80s pop. I'll continue to spin these sort of albums to see if I can be surprised but this one didn't do it for me at all.

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I dont understand why this would be on this list.

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