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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy This - It's Brill, 17 Oct 2001
This review is from: Killing Time (Audio CD)
This is one of those undiscovered gems that not many people know about, but those that do have a cracker. Tina performs all the songs wonderfully and you have to wonder why she's not a consistent top 10 artist, other than her songs with Sash!
Do yourself a favour. If you like great songs, some dancey (Killin Time, Forever), some quite slow (Turn Back Time, Breathless), sung superbly, buy this. If you don't, buy this anyway. You'll love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tina is an underrated talent!, 21 Aug 2007
This review is from: Killing Time (Audio CD)
This album has to be one of PWL's best produced albums of the 90s. A more mature sound than the Steps material, this album is a great mixture of dance, drum and bass and some ballads.
Tina's voice really stands out, and works really well with the moody trance dance tracks. One song recorded for this album "Deeper Shade Of Blue" was promoed but shelved due to Tina's dislike of the song, and was released by Steps, who had a UK Top 10 with it. Ultimately it's not on Tina's album.
Strangely the album flopped in the UK as did the singles "Angel" and "Forever". However in Australia the album went gold reaching No 21 on the chart, with the singles "Pray" and "Forever" both reaching Top 10.
It's a shame Tina hasn't had more success in the UK, as this is one of the best dance albums from that time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Killing Tunes more than Killing Time in an otherwise talent-free wasteland of musical death in the late 90s., 8 July 2014
This review is from: Killing Time (Audio CD)
The worst thing happened to music in 1998 when the great Kim Wilde had her completed album cruelly and rudely locked away in an MCA (now Universal vault) in which it has remained ever since (typical songwriting and publishing dispute bull that only seems to affect the best women and those over 35), but of course, that's not counting all the other rotten things happening to music, which since 1990, had started to worsen every year, and with the advent of the horrific career-killing X Factor and grim reaper Simon Cowell, plus the never ending equally vile return of Madonna ('Ray of Blight' more like) alongside the toxic barbies of both sexes, and the c/rappers of so old and not new still enveloping the world of song in a death cloud, 1998 was as low as it could get at that point (even Ace of Base's worst album as a unit was done that year, almost all artistic integrity compressed out of it by their label), but a glimmer of light appeared, got brighter and she was called Tina Cousins, and even more gratifying, she was a Brit. Admittedly this album was released in 1999, but even then, that year would only have been notable for the few 80's artists with a record out to cherish, most notably Big Country's great swansong "Driving To Damascus".

She burst into the scene as the tunefully ( unusually for a dance record) vocal purveyor of techno tune 'Mysterious Times' from instrumentalists and producer's Sash, and this song, while the biggest and best song on here, is still in rather cracking company. The biggest shock is, while it's dance heavy, none of that old 2 Unlimited rule about dance equalling one repetitive rhythm-free beat padded out by an irritating squeal of just one stupid word or line repeated over and over applies here, these are songs, constructed songs, built around melody and signposting a vocal style to cherish. In fact if you only get any one record from 1998, here it is, yet it must be said, what else was there to get?

While I initially cringed with fear and dread over the defunct old music poisoner dinosaur Pete Waterman's names being among the credits, and it recorded at his death-studio no less, he is virtually absent fro proceedings, as songs like the smokey, utterly elegiac 'The Fool Is Me' (check out that killer chorus line: "You're a melanoma and you burn"!) and haunting 'Until The Day' pointing to a more characterful, individual approach share space with more typical pleasantries like 'Breathless'. Amazingly this album managed to see five single releases, even after huge hit 'Mysterious Times' appeared on it, and while the intriguingly stop-start approach of 'Killin' Time', romantic 'Angel', driving urgency of 'Pray' and 'Forever', and less impressive choice of last single 'Nothing To Fear' all managed the Top 50, none saw the chart life they deserved over all the tuneless, plastic bilge scumming up the non-charts, and while they managed No.15, No.20, No.45, No.46 (with the last unsurprisingly failing to chart), that, while a good strike rate for a first album, was hardly what they deserved, but they and she were clearly too good for the UK scene in 1998. Even worse, despite the album having that killer Sash song, plus enough chart entries for the rest, the album went even lower, appearing at No.48 and then probably dropping then out! You can help right a belated wrong by buying it now!

People never cease to astound me with their utter lack of receptivity over decent artists and tunes, yet any old piece of slut-bore rubbish, or tone-deaf idiots sporting guitars and anything c/rapped and they'll take it! Well, take it elsewhere already, and preferably to a black hole and throw it in.

Tina would go on to make a second album, which did even worse, not even charting at all, not helped by the fact it has many covers and took a full seven years to appear, by which time who would care, but she'll still probably remain knocking about for some time and let's hope so. Australia, particularly seems to love her, and like Kim Wilde before her, the UK doesn't appreciate its own past talent, preferring the later robotic barbie/howling/swearing ill-formed rubbish girls of today instead. Tina dumbed down to spend time with the more brainless examples of what passes for "music" with an Abba tribute the year following this album, needless to say she was the best thing about it.

One hopes she won't disappear entirely, but she should really knock ongoing covers on the head ('Sex On Fire' from idiotic Kings of Leon was her first "new" song of this decade), they do not a forwarding career necessitate or propagate. After such an undervalued, yet artistically and timely pleasing start (and following dance/trance songs by other acts like Lange showcased a certain amount of musicality and oxygen left in the genre), that's no way for a talent like Tina to be Killin' Time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a mild modern dance then this album, 8 Jun 2000
This review is from: Killing Time (Audio CD)
is proberly the one for you. Although not many people know about this album, I knew what kind of music this Album would contain because of such songs as Killing Time in 1999 and of course the Massive Sash Hit Mysterious Times back in 1998. It is fair to say that about 95% of this album is Top quality but a couple of songs are out of context with the rest of the album, and so do let this album down a bit, but overall you will be very pleased with this Album if you purchased it, I am.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This album is worth every penny, some very good tracks, 16 Feb 2000
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Although not many people know about this album, it really is worth adding to your collection. There are some superb tracks on here, probably the best being Forever, with other good ones being the singles Pray, Killing Time and Mysterious Times with Sash! There is a mixture of great pop tracks and slower songs which combine to make a very impressive album in my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent album!, 14 Dec 2003
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tina cousins voice has one of the best female voices ive ever heard! and this album is such a great album, i brought it years ago and i still listen to it all the time.. theres not one bad track on it.. actually im on this site to buy another copy because 'shock horror' my one got scratched so i thought id write a review while im here, if ur thinking about getting the album then what r u even thinking for?? just buy it!! i cant recommend it highly enough.. obviously its no good to people who dont like dance tracks (especially korn and sepultura fans!! hehe) but some are quite mellow songs.. i guess this album could appeal to allsorts of people.. old and young.. im 30 and i love it!! anyway what r u doing still reading this?? just go and buy it.. now! go on! go! hehe
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why dosn't everybody have this album???, 26 Jan 2001
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This is an excellent album with a great mix of tracks, mostly dancy. I can't pick a favourite track because they are all so good. Tina Cousins is hugely under-rated in England (although she is English her singles and the album have done better in Australia, I believe). Although some of the tracks are similar in style to the SASH! tracks she is best known for performng on, and which some may think are quite cheesy, many are far superior in my opinion. There are also some great remixes of the album tracks available as singles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Best, 17 Aug 2003
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anwy (Nice, France) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Killing Time (Audio CD)
Tina Cousins is in my opinion the best singer ever. She's got a stunning and beautiful voice and her songs are very enjoyable. This album is mainly dance, with great singles such as "Killing Time", "Forever" (great Trance/Dance tune), the hit "Mysterious Times" and "Pray" (a very beautiful and incredible sond).
"Angel" and "Nothing To Fear" aren't dance but they're not slow either and very good too.
The reason I don't put five stars is because the album contains a few songs I don't Like. I think "The Fool Is me" is horrible, but other slower singles are not bad. "Turn Back Time" and "Live And Breathe" are wonderful ballad ala Celine Dion, and are very soothing.
It's a shame Tina is not very known, because she deserves it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a great album!, 4 Nov 2000
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This review is from: Killing Time (Audio CD)
It's got a number of UK hits on it, including the No.2 "Mysterious Times". If you like pop-dance, you'll love "Forever", "Killin' Time" and "Nothing To Fear", as well as some more. There is a couple of pop-radio tracks like "Breathless". I think there are a few fill up tracks during the end which don't really sound like the singles, but this is a good record if you like pop-dance and pop.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good album, 10 Mar 2014
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A good album with some really good tracks that I havent heard for ages,with some tracks she performed with sach in the nineties
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