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The albums have been graded on the most common grading system used in
Finnish schools. Where 4 is the worst, and 10 is the best. The final score
for the album is most of the times the average for all of the tracks, though it can also change if the reviewer wishes so. The Super Eurobeat Non-Stop albums will be reviewed as full collections, and the individual songs won't be reviewed, unless they are completely new. Though Euromach and JGTC albums for example will have complete song by song reviews.
The grading system simply goes as ie. 4- (3,75), 4 (4), 4+ (4,25) and 4½ (4,5) and the next one again would be 5-. A simple system we have over here in Finland.
1.Mister Max - My Energy (Boom Boom Beat)
The album kicks off with an unique intro, the intro though turns into a
rather common eurobeat song, that has some cool jigs in the backgrounds
and the c-melody works marvellously, but still it doesn't manage to
improve the general level of this song enough to make it a great song. Fun
to listen to, but not very longlasting fun.
Rating : 7+
2.Baby Energy - Boom Boom In My Heart (HI-Site)
The album's level rises a lot with the 2nd song, as a different label that
isn't heard on other eurobeat compilation series displays their first song.
Baby Energy sounds a lot like materials that HI-NRG Attack could
release, very cheery and not very complicated with the melody or
backgrounds. A good song none the less, I at least don't need acoustic
symphonies to be thrilled by a song.
Rating : 8½
3.Mister Tom - Sex Bang (Boom Boom Beat)
The mood of the album slightly changes as a bit more serious song kicks
in. This track has a very solid beat that is catchy from the very first
seconds and the vocals sound good too. The track has a certain Mega NRG
Man feel to it, though the sounds are totally different but I still
thought of NRGie when I first heard this song. A good song with an
excellent c-melody and catchy vocals.
Rating : 8½
4.Chemical Boy - King Of Fire
Another new label that produces very typical eurobeat, and I wouldn't
really have noticed any difference if this was presented as a song by say
Delta or A-Beat C. A standard eurobeat song that manages to sound okay,
but doesn't really leave that 'gotta play it again'-feeling.
Rating : 7
5.Romeo - Tokio Night (HI-Site)
Wow, well if the previous song had a similar tone to it, this has an even
more similar tone to the common eurobeat tracks out there. But this time
it doesn't really matter, the melody is good and the chorus works
marvellously. The vocals seem to fade quite a lot at some parts and they
seem to vanish from time to time which seems a bit odd, but apart from
that the song works really well, could've been more distinctive.
Rating : 9-
6.Laurie - Game (Boom Boom Beat)
And then we're treated to the real blast on this album. Laurie (if
this is the same Laurie) did an ancient eurobeat album back in say
1993 or so, and the style between that slow and tedious eurobeat with this
style is like day and night. This track is extra catchy and the
backgrounds are as cool as can be. The vocals suit the song like a dream
and the song leaves you with the 'gotta play it again, and again, and
again, and again...'-feel. The song has a really solid bass-line that is a
bit out of the common eurobeat fashion but it suits the song well.
Rating : 10
7.Cyborg - Cybernetic Fire (Vibration)
The album takes a dive deeper with this song, we're treated yet to another
standard eurobeat song that works alright in every sense you can imagine,
it's not bad nor good. It actually didn't really bring any feelings what
so ever in my mind, a very transparent song that goes by without you
Rating : 6
8.Fire Man - Dancing In The Dark (HI-Site)
At first this song seemed rather tedious but a few replayes earned it a
lot more credit. The backgrounds are pretty thin and only the c-melody
gives the sounds enough space to really rev it up. The vocals are due to
the arrangements in the leading role and they work quite well, specially
the chorus is catchy and sounds very good after you listen to it a few
Rating : 8-
9.Debbie Key - Never Ending Love (Boom Boom Beat)
The moment I heard this song it struck a Deja Vu-nerve in me, I have
absolutely no idea why, but I had a feeling that I'd heard this song
before, or then it just sounds a lot like some other song. The song has a
pretty standard sound to it, yet it manages to work well. The vocals sound
like Vanessa or Norma Sheffield and work really well, in
particular the chorus is fun to listen to and the sounds boost up the song
to a new level.
Rating : 8½
10.Lady Princess - Queen Of The Night (HI-Site)
The first really hyper song on the album, but at the same time not a
really distinctive or special. The track has a really hyper synth-line in
the back and that's pretty much the main background sound heard during the
whole song. The whole song relies on the vocals to create the edge, and
they succeed in them quite well. The c-melody is the only part where the
backgrounds kick in well and you actually notice them.
Rating : 8
11.Max Casanova - Don't Stop Moving (HI-Site)
The keyword for this album so far has been 'standard'. The songs are okay
and some good too, but there are generally a lot of songs that sound like
a dozen different songs, and yet again we witness this effect. This song
doesn't really earn a lot of praise as it doesn't offer anything new what
so ever, the melody sounds like something I've heard before, the vocals
are decent, nothing thrilling and the sounds... well been there, done that.
Rating : 6-
12.David - Revolution (Vibration)
Where as the previous song had a lot of problems with sticking out from
the crowd, this song battles with the same problems but this actually
manages to do it. The song has some nice moments due to the backgrounds
and even if the vocals aren't very catchy they suit the song in general.
The best moments are when the melody is heard well and the simple, yet
nice sounds are heard. Not a huge deal, but still an okay song.
Rating : 7-
13.Mark Foster - Man On The Moon (Boom Boom Beat)
From the first seconds of this song I knew this would be an improvement in
the level of this album. This track has very distinctive sounds (at
eurobeat level that is) the song is really upbeat and has an excellent
c-melody, the soundsa re cheery, yet not annoying. The vocals suit the
song, though they aren't the best part with the song and could've been
better as well, now they just work as an improvement for the song.
Rating : 9
14.Knick Knack - Your Love Again (Boom Boom Beat)
The upbeat mood conitnues, with another BBB song that works well, though
not as well as the previous song. This song relies on the very effective
chorus that repeats the word gimme perhaps a few times too often. A nice
song to listen to, and once you learn how the gimmies go, you're bound to
Rating : 8+
15.Lisa Ferrari - Love In Music (NRJ Mania)
This song has some similarities to a certain other Lisa. I don't
really know why, but I right away thought this could be a Time-production
with Lisa Johnson as the vocalist, a similar style, and while as
this ain't as catchy as some of Lisa Johnson's productions this
song works nicely as well. The chorus and the c-melody are the highlights
for this song.
Rating : 8+
16.Joe Tempest - Shock The Night (Vibration)
The level of the album takes another dive deeper with this song. The track
is rather mediocore at all levels, the sounds aren't bad nor good, and the
vocals are pretty much the same. This is just one of those songs that go
by with no reaction what so ever.
Rating : 6
17.Mary London - Sunshine Of Your Love
An adorable upbeat intro has a lot of potential, the verses and the chorus
unfortunately blow the potential away. The song has some really excellent
moments due to the cheery intro and c-melody but apart from those, the
song is rather typical and doesn't really work that well.
Rating : 7-
18.Keki - Say Goodbye (HI-Site)
A rather calm song with this albums standards, and quite surprisingly it
works really well. The calm, yet good backgrounds sound strangely
beautiful and the vocals suit the song a lot. There are distant
similarities to Susy Wender songs as the chorus is a bit more fast
than the other parts and the whole mood is somewhat similar, a great song
that managed to surprise me totally.
Rating : 9½
19.Michael Fortunati - Into The Night (P.K.G. Euro Tech Mix)
Now we're moving at eurodance territory on many levels. The sounds have a
certain eurobeat cheeriness to them, but the song just is so much of a
mixture between these two genres that I wasn't sure which genre I should
place it into. Not the speediest song on the album, so it'd suit eurodance,
the sounds are partly eurodance partly eurobeat. Well the genre placement
aside, this song ain't very special, the only sparkle of light is the
chorus that adds up a bit of speed and edge.
Rating : 6½
20.Axel Force - I Don't Want To Miss A Thing (Red Moster Mix)
Covers are usually a bad thing with musicgenres like this. There are
many succesful covers, but this one is not one of those. The sounds are
way too cheery and the original mellow and sorta depressive mood is no
where to be heard. The chorus is the best part of the song and the
speedier touch works rather well, but if the verses don't work at all it
still isn't enough to make this a good song.
Rating : 7-
Final Words :
Well this album seriously lacked one thing: originality. The songs are
generally all good or decent, but most of them are just way too standard
to make them distinctive. There are a couple of jewels like Laurie and
Keki, and as there are no bad songs in the mix at all, the result is a
decent album. For eurobeat fans there are many better albums to get, but
if you are fan of Boom Boom Beat, then you might like this release as this
album probably has most songs on an album from this label. Not bad, but
the album just doesn't have enough strenght to work its way to the level
of the best eurobeat albums.
Final Score : 7½
Reviewed by Bore