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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 4 (4,5) and the next one again would be 5-. A simple system we have over here in Finland.
  Super Eurobeat 089 

1.Dave Rodgers - Kingdom Of Rock (A-Beat C)
Oh boy, somebody stop me before I state the obvious. Well things could be worse though, the song is decent and it features a nice mid-piece with some violins etc. Not gonna babble a lot or this review will turn into a 'we-hate-Dave-Convention'. But like I said, could be worse.
Rating : 7+

2.Frank Torpedo - Da Ya Think I'm Supersexy (Time)
On to the next title I don't really fancy that much. An improvement from the previous track by the standard of vocals, but the song like this is pretty normal. The general style of Time isn't very catchy this time either and only the sort of good chorus works.
Rating : 6

3.Lolita - Romeo & Juliet (A-Beat C)
After two mediocore songs a title like Lolita causes an instant sparkle of hope to light up. Lolita has recently released some kick ass songs and this time she slows down a bit. Romeo & Juliet is a simple song with the advantage of actual variety in the backgrounds. The chorus is catchy and the vocals work as always.
Rating : 8+

4.Alexis - Love's Theme (Time)
I connect this song's title for some reason to Buffy (don't ask me why), but I was quite disappointed when this song turned out to be boring. The song pretty much relies on simple piano backgrounds and vocals in a mix, and they don't work at all. Not a very good start by Time so far.
Rating : 6

5.Casanova - Just For Tonight (Delta)
A cool intro with great vocals. I am not absolutely sure but does Marko Polo sing under this alias? The vocals at least sound really identical (haven't noticed it before but I could almost swear it's Marko Polo), well anyways the song is also really catchy. The backgrounds offer nothing very new but they handle their job perfectly and as the vocals finish this song, it leaves a really nice vibe.
Rating : 9-

6.Dave Simon - Feel Ya Power (Time)
More great male vocals? How can this be... Well perhaps it's just this song that makes them sound good. The track features the general eurobeat beat and stereotypical synths, but for some unknown reason they sound quite refreshing this time. A nice performence over all.
Rating : 8+

7.Suzan Bell - Till The Mornin' Lite (A-Beat C)
A new way of typing Susan Bell apparently? Well A-Beat C female vocalists have a huge similarity in their voices so they could easily fool me even if they threw in a different girl.... A nice lil' song with slightly annoying chorus, the wo-oh wo-oh gets on your nerves quite quickly.
Rating : 7+

8.Go Go Girls - Spies In The Space (A-Beat C)
Now on to the real blast from this album. The intro features the James Bond theme and as soon as the song blasts into action there's no turning back. A really energetic song, even perhaps a bit more energetic than we've gotten used to with the Go Go Girls. An excellent melody backed up with excellent vocals and even a very versatile background make this song very memorable. A bull's eye.
Rating : 10

9.Anika - Super Super Love (Time)
A calm piano intro sounds lame for the time it lasts, fortunately the piano is dropped after the intro is over and mechanical sounds take over as always. A perky song with high-pitched vocals, not the best option as the song doesn't really function that well, the chorus sounds good but that's all.
Rating : 7-

10.Vicky Vale - One Two Three (To The Moon And Back) (Delta)
Vicky Vale is an action babe, starting by her name. There's a certain cool feel to it. We've gotten used to her energetic style and that's what she gives to us yet again. The track isn't as speedy as some of her materials but it still has a whole lot of edge to it. This track shows well how the 'slower' materials can also work well.
Rating : 8

11.Robert Patton - Hot Love Games (Time)
This track took me by surprise, I've gotten used to the random level Robert Patton has in his songs and this time it's an uphill. A rather upbeat song with a great chorus, the backgrounds create a sort of a conflict as at some points they sound good but the next second they sound awful. In the end the song manages to leave a positive feeling, so that's a yay.
Rating : 8+

12.Denise - Eternity (Delta)
This song reminds me of standard pop more than eurobeat, if the beat was a bit calmer it could very well be a hit taken from some American pop-divas album. Not a huge hit or anything, but works well like it is.
Rating : 7

13.Mega NRG Man - Fire Fire (A-Beat C)
Well things are not right here, Mega NRG Man sounds quite good this time. What makes this song work so well is the excellent melody, the backgrounds are safe and familiar Mega NRG Man but if you don't let it bother you the song leaves a good impression.
Rating : 8+

14.Drama - Keep My Heart From You (Delta)
I haven't so far liked any Drama song very much, they haven't been bad nor very good either. This track happens to make a change. There's nothing specially new with it, but the happiness in it makes it rise above many other songs.
Rating : 8+

15.Max Galles - Pioneer Of Love (A-Beat C)
The intro doesn't give any high expectations but as soon as the song starts it gets better. The vocalist sounds familiar so it's probably some old A-Beat C vocalist under a new alias? Who knows, still a decent song, could be better, could be worse.
Rating : 7+

16.Valentina - Don't Leave Me This Way (A-Beat C)
Will Valentina ever changer her formula? She seems to be like a broken record (Dave Rodgers anyone?). The songs aren't bad, but they lack the final punch to make them different or special. A nice melody, but like this it's bound to be forgotten quickly.
Rating : 7

17.Niko - We Came For The Rock (Delta)
The previous texts considering Niko still apply, he is also a broken record and should find a new theme. To be truthfull almost all of the eurobeat artists do the same thing over and over, there are fortunately some names that have more variety in the songs. But again we get a song that is okay in some ways, bad in more.
Rating : 6

18.Victoria - Stay (Time)
At least the album finishes off with a really pretty song. The song was later added to the Initial D albums and got rotated on them way too much. If the song wasn't as overplayed as it is, it'd be a lot better. Even the best songs suffer from constant replay. But like I said, a very beautiful song with an excellent chorus.
Rating : 9

Bonus Disc Super Remix Collection Part 9 - Euro Classix Special Edition

1.King & Queen - He-Hey Dancin' (T.Y.M. Re-Mix) (A-Beat C)
Well nobody can deny that this song indeed is a classic. The original version has been featured on many albums and it's nice to hear a new remix, specially as it's done as well as this one. The original sounds are there and the small adjustments in length and sounds are only for the better. A great chorus as you probably already know.
Rating : 9

2.Linda Ross - Loving Honey (Red Monster Mix) (Time)
Well I haven't for some reason bumped to this track before so I don't got an original to compare to. The song is pretty long and it sounds rather good, perhaps a bit too long. Nice sounds and the chorus is really catchy. No wonder why this was picked up to be on a classic disc. The best remix out of the three.
Rating : 8

3.Mike Hammer - Heart Breaker ("B" Re-Mix) (Time) 
I bet most of you already know this song, it's been featured on nearly 20 albums and it's a true classic. The remix is okay but doesn't really add any new edge to the original, the old charm is still there but from the three mixes I'd say this one is the worst one.
Rating : 8

Final Words :
Super Eurobeat 89 is a rather mediocore album amongst other Super Eurobeats, it has two huge hits: Spies In The Space and Stay that really stick out from the album. There are a few boring songs in the mix like always, and the level of plain good songs is the standard as well. Nothing phenomenal but a basic good SEB we've come to know. There are worse out there and there are better out there, but there are even more albums the same level as this one.

Final Score :  7

Reviewed by Bore