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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.
Super Eurobeat 199
1.Domino & Virginelle Feat. Mega NRG Man - Super Eurobeat (Go
Opening the album again with a Super Eurobeat-titled track is
fitting. Combining 3 of the Go Go's Music biggest names together
seems like a really fitting collaborations for this very album. Super
Eurobeat sounds really upbeat and energetic with the flavors of
various older eurobeat tracks infused into it. Tomas Marin's
vocal work blends together perfectly with the higher pitched women,
which is even slightly surprising since they are so distinctively
different. Would have been maybe a bit nicer to hear more of Tomas'
voice, now the women reign throughout the song. A perfect album
opener to wrap up an another decade. Powerful chorus and hearing
Virginelle again definitely made me happy.
Rating : 9+
2.Eurogrooves All Stars - Super Eurobeat (Eurogrooves)
The light synth uses 'Comeback'. It's not very effective... I love how
Eurogrooves really have made an effort with this song and the
chorus is definitely from the better end, but sadly the verses and synth
just sound repetitive and tired. With this song it does feel like the
producers were trying hard to redo 150 or the other hits, but it
still feels slightly worn out. Stripping out the great chorus and
placing into a different context might have been better to really make
the title sound as fierce as I was hoping it to be.
Rating : 7½
4.Andrea Feat. Sergio - Barbie Girl (Eurogrooves)
Well, I have been waiting for a while now for this track to make an
eurobeat entry. Now I'm not sure if I should have been waiting, or I
should have been dreading for the day. Barbie Girl is without
doubt one of the classics of bubblegum pop so one would imagine it'd
work fine in an upbeat eurobeat setup, alas no. This cover just sounds
irritating in every way. The pitched vocals sound out of place, the male
rapping has no flow to it and the horrible horns just seal the whole
package. An absolutely legendary song has been raped and left for
vultures to pick on.
Rating : 5-
5.Krystal & Dima - Let The Music Play (Dima Music)
I get how this collaboration theme forces the labels to produce duets
and I do love Avex for doing it. Unfortunately not all duets sound
natural and effective. Let The Music Play on the other hand
actually flows by perfectly and the chirpy mood makes it easily
approachable. It's not too common to hear Davide's vocals in a
more happy setting, but he really pulls it off well with Krystal.
A positive lil' song that is fun in small doses.
Rating : 8½
7.Aleky - Eternity (Dima Music)
Where the collaboration is with this song, I do not really know... If
Santamaria appearing as a writer is what makes it enough of a
collaboration I guess that seals it off, also Overhead Champion's
name appearing in the booklet might have something to do with it all.
Eternity does sound slightly different from the usual material so
maybe the writer really had something to do with the finalization.
Vocals make the song really enjoyable since it does come off sounding
bubbly and full of positivity, the kind of sincere joy you don't always
find in music. Upbeat, catchy and a great chorus, all the pieces are
Rating : 9+
16.Norma Sheffield - Here It Comes The Sun (A-Beat C)
I guess Plum's visit with the writers made this a collaboration
as well. Norma Sheffield has had her own style for so long, it's
easy to figure out what we get this time as well. Here It Comes The
Sun sounds fairly odd though, her vocals sound pitched and something
about the production makes Francesca sound like she was
10-years-old. Nasal singing is never an issue for me, but when a
vocalist suddenly sounds completely different from the norm it does feel
strange. Song is blessed with a nice melody and those simple sounds that
one identifies with Norma are all there. Nothing surprisingly
new, but a fun song and better than most of the tracks I've heard by
Rating : 8+
17.Nuage - Before Tomorrow (Sinclaire Style)
So Nuage figured it was time to pack up her bags and try her
wings under Sinclaire this time around. Before Tomorrow
sounds so thoroughly like a Sinclaire production it's not even
funny. The metallic hollow synth makes it move right at the beginning,
as if it was making sure nobody confuses this with an A-Beat C
production. The sounds fit Denise's vocals quite well, but when
the song itself can't create much of an edge, the results are fairly
weak. I was trying my best to like the song, but the only part I really
do enjoy is the chanting towards the end when the track is already about
to change... and even that could be due to me subconsciously figuring
it's time for something else. Not a complete failure, but far from the
instantly memorable performances in the past.
Rating : 7+
21.Black Eva & Nick Turbo - Running To My Car (HI-NRG Attack)
Duets are definitely not something that HI-NRG Attack frequently
provide, so these must be savoured. Running To My Car is your
every day faire by the label. A fairly fun chorus manages to bring all
the boys to the yard, but they're like, it's not better than yours. But
they have to change. The song has a nice mood going on for it, but the
synth just feels simply too hollow to really make one enjoy it.
Collaboration earns some extra brownie pointers, but the song itself
could have been better.
Rating : 7+
23.Dave & Futura - Dance In My Town (A-Beat C)
So Futura makes yet an another entry and this time finally with a
powerful song. Whether it's Dave's influence or whatnot, but this
track sounds finally like something her debut should've already been. A
fun track that doesn't try to take itself too seriously. The sounds
balance out perfectly for a male & female duet without neither sounding
too macho or too girly. A great chorus and a fun synth-hook make the
track rise above the other Dave duets in the recent years. Also
finally Futura's vocals show some signs of the kind of energy
eurobeat really needs the performer to possess.
Rating : 9-
24.Franz Tornado & The Tri-Star Girls - Super Eurobeat (HI-NRG
So now there's basically been a Super Eurobeat titled track by
nearly all of the labels, only a few missing. HI-NRG Attack sadly
seems to pull off the shortest straw of the bunch. Melodic structure is
really unimaginative with basically no hooks at all that'd make this
song stand proudly as a comrade to the earlier Super Eurobeats.
Sadly the song really can't excell in any of the areas which makes it
easily forgettable and skippable.
Rating : 6
27.Delta Queens - Summer Boy, Summer Girl (Delta)
So I've been craving for more of the upbeat and energetic material from
Delta women, Delta Queens provided some of that recently
and are now back with vengeance. Summer Boy, Summer Girl is a
track that instantly hypnoses you into a blissfull state. There's just
nothing wrong with this entry... The vocals are so giddy and catchy
you'll definitely sing along to the simple lyrics. Chorus is simply
brilliant with nice key changes and an excellent background to boot.
Exactly the kind of music Delta Queens are all about, memorable
and fun. Set your mind to be free and be what you want to be!
Rating : 10
28.Go 2 & DJ Boss - Superstar (SCP)
The last new entry on the album is an interesting duet with Go 2
and the talented DJ Boss. Superstar sounds instantly
memorable and like a track that'll definitely earn its place as a future
eurobeat nonstop compilation entree. Great sounds combined with strong
vocalwork are all you really need, when the song also provides some fun
extra lil' gimmicks like DJ Boss' rapping you get a really fun
energypacked piece of eurobeat art.
Rating : 10
Final Words :
While the thought of collaboration projects was really interesting at
first, the final result wasn't quite what I wanted it to be. The album
does feature a lot of really awesome old songs, but the new tracks can't
really do the kind of longlasting impressions I was hoping for. Aside
for Go 2 & DJ Boss and Delta Queens, the tracks generally
are either too generic or just nice over all. I was really having my
hopes with some of these titles so my final feelings with the album were
fairly negative. It's not a bad album and the mixing has been done very
professionally, but out of the 3 nonstop albums this one can't fight for
the top spot in any way. This is still a fairly decent way to wrap up the last album of the 190s, bring
on Super Eurobeat
200 and onwards.
Final Score : 7+
The Best 3 songs
- Delta Queens - Summer Boy, Summer Girl
- Go 2 & DJ Boss - Superstar
- Aleky - Eternity
The Worst 3 Songs
- Andrea Feat. Sergio - Barbie Girl
- Franz Tornado & The Tri-Star Girls - Super Eurobeat
- Black Eva & Nick Turbo - Running To My Car
- Domino & Virginelle Feat. Mega NRG Man - Super Eurobeat
Labels present on the album:
A-Beat C: 2
Dima Music: 2
Go Go's Music: 1
HI-NRG Attack: 2
Sinclaire Style: 1
Reviewed by Bore