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Spellbound

Paula Abdul Audio CD
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US born pop singer-songwriter and dancer Paula Abdul, best known for her the slick videos for her series of 80s synth/funk hits, the best known of which was "Opposites Attract", in which she dances with a cartoon cat.
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  • Audio CD (15 July 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin America
  • ASIN: B000000WHR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant bouncy R&B funky pop! 14 Dec 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album is great. If your not a fan of early 90's R&B/Pop then stay clear. But if you are this is an absolute must. 'Videology' is addictive as is the sexy 'Rush Rush' the only real UK hit off this album. Any smoother and that track would be whipped cream. 'Promise Of A New Day', the opener is another high point of the album. Fan's of her first album will definatly enjoy this strong follow up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming collection of songs 6 Dec 2002
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Spellbound was a worthy follow-up to Forever Your Girl, comprising as it does a charming and diverse collection of songs. It includes a dash of rap in the form of Rock House, nice ballads like Rush Rush and blowing Kisses In The Wind, great dance numbers like To You and U, and some funk in Vibeology. All the songs on this album bear the stamp of Paula's characteristic passion and dedication - The sprightly U was written by Prince. This album amply demonstrates Abdul's multifaceted talent: her total creative involvement and passionate commitment to her music are evident throughout. It will have you tapping your feet and singing along in no time.
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1.0 out of 5 stars You'd have to be 'Spellbound' to like this 22 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
If ever there was a shining case for a one-album 'act, this chirpy, largely talentless dancer with the weak shriek of a voice is it. By pure luck of the late conveyor-belt 1988 S/A/W approach to music, she appeared with a whole garage of producers, mixers and engineers in tow that worked round the clock to disguise her many failings (thin, weak, squeaky, charmless voice, no identifiable sound, no musical use beyond the dance-field, inability to play an instrument and write lyrics) and made the first album a resounding success, (mainly because she was American and a white Janet Jackson) but it did have some cool, memorable and killer tunes on it. But there's no 'Straight Up' or 'Cold Hearted' here-in fact not even the weakest one on 'Forever Your Girl' has a near-sister here!

Admittedly the singles: slushy and twee 'Rush Rush', New Orderish 'Promise Of A New Day' and the career-killing and ungrammatical 'Vibeology' and the nice but flop single 'Kisses In The Wind' are takeable, if a comedown in instant quality of the tunes from the debut. But they're the high points in this embarrassing mess-and all three of these would do better as edited versions of a hits collection. The rest of the album is a charmless, embarrassing, directionless, punch-free barrage of weak-powered noise. If she was attempting to be all political on the naff and stupid 'Rock House' it failed horribly, the title track song is not spellbinding at all (it actually has the line 'your kisses against my wishes' in the chorus-oh dear!), 'U' is a weak Prince offering, 'To You' is listless pop-pap, 'Alright Tonight' had a promising verse and a neat latin feel but then that dumb, drunken football chant of a chorus screws it into the kiddie's sand-pit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This album leaves me "Spellbound" even now! 15 Dec 2003
By Distant Voyageur - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The title to Paula Abdul's 1991 sophomore couldn't have been better. This album in my opinion is a great artistic quantum leap forward from her excellent 1988 debut "Forever Your Girl" which while great, it has dated very quickly in its sound. "Spellbound" on the other hand has really held up surprisingly well over the years since its release and today it is a stunning classic. I got my first dose of her music when I was a young kid listening to Chicago's B96 and hearing all the barrage of awesome dance music from that period and recall hearing "Opposites Attact" and "Promise Of A New Day" on the radio around that time. I was forever hooked on her music afterwards even though it would be seemingly entire eons before I would discover that these were by Paula Abdul. After finding out who these songs were by, I had to go and get them on CD and "Spellbound" was the album I got containing the latter. For the greatest moments on this album, there's something about them that just really evokes a lot of emotion in me that few other albums do. "Promise Of A New Day" is by far the finest track not only off this album but also among Paula's greatest musical achievements. Just the spine-tingling keyboard chimes at the beginning combined with the electric bass gives this song a very electrifying and powerful feel to it. I've had strange dreams of hearing this song in my dreams for some strange reason. I don't know what it is about this track but WOW! This song has unbelievable power that I can never get enough of listening to it. Perhaps it's because it brings back a lot of excellent memories that I had around late 1991 through 1992 that this song just touches me like few others. It's also interesting to think about it as music radically changed almost overnight after this album came out going from the house techno pop of the previous two years to straight-out grunge rock by the year's end. I enjoyed both styles but techno-house has held up better in my opinion but let's not change the subject of this review.
This album isn't perfect though. There are some moments though on this album that it begins to hit some speed bumps so I'll get through them to get them out of the way. "U", "For You" and "Alright Tonight" don't really do much for me. With the song "U", the rock and techno elements clash instead of merging and the result is a less than great track. "For You" while occasionally interesting feels like a reject from the "Forever Your Girl" sessions and is too short in my opinion. "Alright Tonight" kind of stagnates in my opinion with its somewhat unappealing stab at a more tropical style. These three songs are not bad at all by any stretch of the imagination but they don't quite rank up with the others in my opinion.
However that is made up though with the ballads on this album. The number one single on this album "Rush Rush" is the greatest ballad that she has ever done in, trashing any other slow song of hers. This has a very haunting and moving tone to it and haunting violins and while her voice isn't necessarily golden, it perfectly fits on this powerful and moving song. I also enjoy this song because it brings up great memories of my life around 1991-through early 1993. It's still amazing that this powerful ballad knocked Michael Jackson's "Black or White" out of the top spot on the charts. That's saying a lot. "Vibeology" is just sheer fun with its rumbling bass lines and heavy dance hooks but the track suffers from relatively insipid and utterly silly lyrics that can be a bit jarring at times. However, if you can bypass the vapid lyrics, this is an absolutely fabulous track and is just loads of fun. However Like a previous reviewer said, it was lyrics like this that would ultimately close her career. "Blowing Kisses In The Wind" is another good song with a slightly orchestral sound to it although not on the powerful level of "Rush Rush". The album comes to an excellent close with the final track "Will You Marry Me". This song is definite beauty with a jazz-piano vibe and a dramatic and dreamy melody. The song is about a girl proposing marriage as opposed to a boy usually proposing the same thing. Yeah it's corny but the musicianship and the unique melodic structure are just excellent and negate the corniness.
I've read right and left that some have labeled her as the Britney Spears of the 1980s. Well you know what, I couldn't disagree more. Paula Abdul blows every post-1993 teen pop singer right out of the water and into the trash. Can you imagine Britney doing something as powerful as "Rush Rush" or intoxicating and powerful like "Promise of a New Day"? I didn't think so. Okay, maybe parts of her first album may have some girly-esque elements that bring Abdul close to Britney territory but even then, the slick pop and solid hooks of both FYG and "Spellbound" puts her entire oceans ahead of any of today's teen pop idols. On this album, she did a great job at sounding sexy without crossing the line into vulgarity, something that many of today's younger artists don't seem to know how to.
Much of Abdul's music has dated very quickly and has also been sadly been forgotten by many but if there is any album of hers that truly lasts through the ages, it's definitely this one. She has done a marvelous job and I highly recommend that you purchase this unbelievable classic. I haven't been more proud of purchasing an album in years and today, it's now an album that holds a special place in my life. It's just a shame that this underrated lady's career evaporated after this album's time wrapped up but I've heard that she may put out another album in the near future. I hope it's true and perhaps she could put out that album that could rival "Spellbound" with its power but it remains to be seen for now. This CD is one of the relatively uncommon occurrences when a truly excellent and creative album goes platinum and "Spellbound" is one of those instances. It's sad she went right down the toilet both commercially and artistically after this.
Until then, just put this CD on and have a swell time. Just be careful not to come down with big nostalgia attacks like I have listening to this marvelous treasure of a classic. Enough said, just go and buy this CD today!
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Give Love, You Get Love 16 Jun 2005
By Kevin Killian - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
When I was young and in a vulnerable place in my life, Paula Abdul's music meant a great deal to me and helped me to see thr bright spots in a dark cloud that was then passing over my life. Paula didn't have the greatest voice in the world, but engineering technology helped her over the hump. Her dancing style seemed so original, but she taught it to Janet Jackson first, and Janet did it better than she did, so that oddly enough Paula seemed like a clumsy imitator of Janet's moves, and her voice seemed even weaker than Janet's. The truth is that both of them are great, but for different reasons. And nothing will replace the masterpiece that is SPELLBOUND. I love the graphics on the cover that show Paula under attack by the kind of typeface that Prince used to use to show emotional distress. This is the period when she was experimenting not just with different techno beats, but with different photo looks too--partly caused by fluctuating weight gain and loss--remember the video which anamorphically stretched her out so she looked like she was eight feet tall?

"Rush Rush," the great hit single, had a romantic video of its own with Paula pursued by heartthrob Keanu Reeves; some cynics disputed whether Keanu, who looked so stoned in the video, even knew he was being photographed at the time. It is one of the key ballads of the 20th century, right up there with "If Ever I Would Leave You" by Lerner and Loewe, "But Not For Me," by Gershwin, and Cole Porter's "Night and Day." RUSH RUSH brings it all home, and it's not just about sensual longing, it's about philosophy and the pull of narrative and the way story-telling is the key to a long life:

"Here's my story, and the story goes: you give love, you get love, and more than Heaven knows." The music perfectly complements the words and imitates the adrenaline rush of that moment when you fall in love for the very first time. For me it represented the moment when someone I loved died, a miserable death of a tragic disease. I would sit in his room and play RUSH RUSH over and over again until he felt momentarily at peace. The lamp was set low so the shadows played over his face and his twitching hands. We had a joke that someday Paula Abdul would burst into the room eight feet tall and extremely thin. Or perhaps Keanu might just fall in.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PAULA IS IT 29 Sep 2003
By Pop_Fan01 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I always loved Paula even when I was very young, I remember hearing COLD HEARTED SNAKE and I would think I love this woman. I own two of her albums now her GREATEST HITS and this album SPELLBOUND. I love this album more than anything...it is a top in my collection...Her ballads are strong her dance cuts are hot, her upbeat R&B sound shines. Paula was the original Britney only she has talent that is put on her albums. This is a great inprovment from her excellent debut FOREVER YOUR GIRL. Paula I will be FOREVER YOUR FAN, just for the greatness you show on your SDOELLBOUND ALBUM.

1. The Promise Of A New Day(10/10)
2. Rock House(9/10)
3. Rush Rush(10/10)
4. Spillbound(10/10)
5. Vibeology(9/10)
6. U(10/10)
7. My Foolish Heart(10/10)
8. Blowing Kisses In The Wind(10/10)
9. To You(10/10)
10. Alright Tonight(9/10)
11. Will You Marry Me(10/10)
OVERALL 107/111 96%A
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get Spellbound! 17 Feb 2006
By Jennifer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Paula, Paula, Paula...how much you are my guiltiest pleasure! Long before I was glued to the TV with American Idol, I was a Paula Abdul fan when she released this album in 1991. I remember begging my mom for some LA Gear sneakers with the Paula logo and pom-pom laces (I got them and was the coolest kid in my first grade class) and everytime, "The Promise Of A New Day" and "Rush, Rush" would play on the radio I would turn it up and belt along to it. I was a deticated fan at only just a mere six years old. Well, times changed and Paula dissapered from my life till one day I was browsing CD's in my early teens and I stumbled upon this album. I brought it of course and got a fresh start at being a much more mature Paula Abdul fanatic!

"Spellbound" is a completely 360 from what 1988's "Forever Your Girl" offers. "Forever" is an excellent piece of late 80's New Jack/Pop but "Spellbound" introduces Paula as the quirky dance/pop queen. Some of the tunes off of "Spellbound" are off-the-wall dance-a-thons and they have a quirky yet cheese factor behind them that make them just sugary-rot-your-teeth dance music, that's fun and not to be taken seriously.

"The Promise Of A New Day" has that earthy, drum laden dance vibe scribbled all over it, plus the message is quite nice saying that there is always...well, the promise of a new day! "Rock House" is an odd political piece (I wonder who she is talking about on this track!) that is verry early 90's dance and has a thunderous effect to it. The sweet, oozing soul of "Rush, Rush" (Keanu Reeves in the video...great choice for a lead! :) is possibly one of Paula's crowning acheivements, and she shows that she can pull off a ballad without having diva lungs. Nice touch with the violin solo. The title track is quirky and insane. It has a sort of witchy feel to it. "Vibeology" is a great dance number that has some funny little voice-overs and it makes for a great video. One of Paula's best dance tracks. The Prince produced, written and performed (!!!) "U" is basically a Prince song with Paula singing it. It's odd, quirky and Prince, what more can you ask for? "My Foolish Heart" is pure early 90's dance that has a driving bass beat to it. "Blowing Kisses In The Wind" is a gorgeous, soul-stirring ballad that was another hit for Paula. Great trickling keyboard intro and Paula sings this song with great ease. "To You" can be considered filler, but good filler at best. Verry early 90's dance with some strident keyboard work throughout. The oddball of this set is "Alright Tonight", a honky-tonk stomper of a tune. I was surprised when I heard this. It's not good and it is out of place on here, and it's just a terrible song to place admid some great dance tunes. "Will You Marry Me?" is a sweet and almost sappy lush ballad. It's great for the first few listens but it grows to be very very cheesy and almost nauseating. Still Stevie Wonder (!!) saves the day when he comes in with his supurb harmonica solo.

"Spellbound" is a an album that Paula should be very proud of. It showcases her dance abilities (especially through the music videos) and now Paula gets to show off her ballad chops. Though Paula will never be remembered for towering vocal abilities a la Whitney Houston, she is not a dull performer. I find Paula's albums and music for that matter to be enjoyable, fun and totally dance worthy. My friend's laugh at me for owning this album and "Forever Your Girl" but then turn to American Idol and go "Oh, I love Paula!" Yeah, for being a sweet judge! Long before "AI" Paula had a great music career, though relatively and sadly short, it still had a great impact on the music industry and I'm glad that she is still in the spotlight today. Paula you go girl and keep your dancing shoes on!

JEN'S TOP 5

1. The Promise Of A New Day

2. Rush, Rush

3. Vibeology

4. My Foolish Heart

5. Blowing Kisses In The Wind (tie w/Rock House)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spellbound 13 Feb 2001
By "gemini_j" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Paula's sophmore effort Spellbound has some really catchy songs on here that will stay in your head all day long and keep you dancing. Those songs Im talking about, are like The Promise Of A New Day, Spellbound, Vibeology, etc. Spellbound showed some growth with Paula as an artist, and showed some really good music, however not all songs are stellar. The best songs on the album include Promise of A New Day, Rush Rush, Spellbound, Vibeology, and Will You Marry Me. The other songs are nice but pale in comparsion to these ones. This is a nice album to have, I reccomend it.
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