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5.0 out of 5 stars Runaway Horses will run away with your heart, 28 Nov 2002
This review is from: Runaway Horses (Audio CD)
When I heard the first single from this album, "Leave A Light On," I knew it was going to be a huge hit. When I heard the whole album, I thought it would sell like hot cakes. I still cannot explain how the first single disappeared so quickly and the album as a whole was woefully neglected. Belinda Carlisle is my favorite pop singer, but you don't need to adore Belinda to know this is an incredible album when you listen to it. There is just a warm flowing rhythm to these wonderful songs that washes over you and makes you feel happy and content. Every song I listen to seems to be my favorite Belinda song ever, and then the next track plays and I think that one is the best ever. Listening to Runaway Horses should silence any music critic who ever questioned Belinda's singing ability.
As if the passionate, energetic "Leave A Light On" were not perfect enough already, it also includes a Slide Guitar solo by the incredible George Harrison. When Belinda sings "hold on tight" in "Runaway Horses," it is good advice because this song can truly run away with both your imagination and your heart. "Vision of Love" is just beautiful--warm vocals, great lyrics, great music. Belinda's voice conveys layers of heart-felt emotion that she never before expressed so fully. "Summer Rain" is one of Belinda's best songs ever, with beautifully sweeping choruses that take you to the railway stations she sings about to watch her true love ride away never to return. "La Luna" is a passionate love song with a distinctly Latin feel to it, accentuated by the sounds of a Spanish guitar and Gypsy violin. "(We Want) the Same Thing" is a rocking track with a strong and steady beat. "Deep Deep Ocean" (featuring George Harrison on six string bass and twelve string guitar) is another emotion-laden track wherein Belinda years for her true to love to open up completely to her. In "Valentine" Belinda sings about the love she cannot help but feel for a man who is "someone else's flame," asking only that he look her way and realize the depth of her feelings for him when his current relationship fades. It's probably my least favorite song on the album, but it is still an emotional, beautifully compelling song. "Whatever It Takes," featuring Bryan Adams singing backup, is yet another great song about true love; she promises to do "whatever it takes" to come through for and stay hand in hand with her soul mate forever. As is her wont, Belinda closes the album out with a soft, sweet song called "Shades of Michelangelo." This final track, co-written by Belinda and Go-Go pal Charlotte Caffey, slowly fades away, leaving you breathless yet warm and comfortable as this incredible CD ends.
This one album is better than most artist's greatest hits collections. Every song is well-nigh perfect and can touch your heart deeply. The one line "How can someone let their love go unspoken?" from "Whatever It Takes" particularly stands out to me because it gave me inspiration, comfort, and confidence at a time when I really needed such feelings. I will certainly not let my love for this CD go unspoken because it is not only Belinda's best album, it is one of the best albums ever recorded period.
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Initial post: 25 Jun 2014 19:20:09 BDT
A stonking album, her best, but the last 4 tracks should have been singles over 'La Luna' and the frivolous and candyfloss title track, and the album version of '(We Want) The Same Thing' is horrific, and ugly piece of tuneless punk, utterly lacking the slick and sophistication all over the album. "We want" an overhaul and thank God it was given one, it could never have been a single otherwise. A real pity it wasn't kicked off and the single version put on when the album re-charted in the wake of its success.
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