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on 5 November 2001
This is the follow-up album to their masterpiece - Youthquake!! Unlike Youthquake, this album has heavy Stock, Aitken & Waterman influences all over it, as it was recorded just before the peak of SAW's success in 1986. It is laced with structure and brilliantly professional crystal clear production. As with most SAW productions, the album has 4 or 5 really strong tracks (designed as singles) with some 'throw away' numbers to finish the album off.
This album is no exception, however, unlike most SAW acts, Dead or Alive solely wrote all of their own material. SAW simply had a hand in production. This album had a number of high energy classics, in particular the successful top 20 US Hit - Brand New Lover, and the top 20 UK Hit - Something In My House. Other standout tracks include Hooked on Love and Son of a Gun
One thing you do notice with this particular Dead or Alive album is the lack of attention to the lyrics. Plenty of cheap throw away dancified love songs. However, Pete Burns voice and brilliant production and the unmistakable high energy sound make this a better than average collection of tracks.
Don't expect Youthquake, but expect some quality surprises especially the underrated classic - Brand New Lover...
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after the success of "you spin me round" and the "youthquake album.....the follow up may not have hit the dizzy heights of its success....but it is a much stronger album.....probably the best they have made....I always loved "nude" more.....and still love it but MBADTK has really stood the test of time better!

although a stock,aitken waterman production...it is not the cherry pop they made with kylie, Jason, Sonia ect! this is much harder sounding and you can tell the band would not give up there vision for chart success.

although the cd only has 9 tracks...4 got a single release..."brand new lover" was the first and made the top 30....the next single "something in my house" did much better and is my favourite track by them - get hold of the mortivacar 12" remix - on the cheaper compilation!!!

after this "i'll save you all my kisses" and "hooked on love" had very minor success....at the time they caused outrage because of the sleeves and lyrics....

lyrically I must say its like a dirty carry-on film with its inuendos - "you choose life on the run, so give your permission for others to fool around with my ignition" is my favourite xxx

apart from the singles..each track is really strong in its own right "son of a gun" with it whiplashes, "then there was you" which could have been a better single - I made up me own dance routine xxx
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on 16 May 2003
Dead or Alive was and is essentially Pete Burns.His greatest moment may have been with You Spin Me Round,but outta all his albums this one is by far the best.Released in 1987 Mad Bad And Dangerous..takes full advantage of the SAW production team.Hence all the uptempo tunes have that classic '80s dancebeat with almost every track standing out on it's own.Brand New Lover,Something In My House,Hooked On Love and I'll Save You All My Kisses(combine glam and goth with eroticism) kept the band's chart residency prominent thoughout the late '80s.But what about Son Of A Gun,Then There Was You and Come Inside ???...They might've been hits too,not just album cuts.However the band had basically come full circle and their sound was beginning to get dated.Their fans in England atleast had moved on.This was their last great album,before relocating to Japan and paying more emphasis on cosmetic surgery than music.So for an introduction to the DOA sound this album is where to get started.
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on 1 May 2008
Dead or Alives third album proved to be a winner - ok not in chart position maybe but with the fans and with the following on of the uptempo kicks. Already including 2 hit singles when released Brand New Lover & Something In My House in 1987. This cd could have got the recognition it so deserved if only Son Of A Gun was released as first single, but that never got released and never appears on the mix albums or hits album, but is a pure gothic gem!! 2 more singles Hooked On Love & I'll Save You All My Kisses unfortunatley didn't ride high in the charts like it's predocessors but still remain complete Dead or Alive classics to this day. Special Star is a glorious 80's anthemic track as is Then There Was You, with the melodys to die for - this album was always gonna take second stand too Youthquake, but none the less was a true 80's classic.Top Marks.
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on 2 November 2001
This is the follow-up album to their masterpiece - Youthquake!! Unlike Youthquake, this album has heavy Stock, Aitken & Waterman influences all over it, as it was recorded just before the peak of their success in 1986. It is laced with structure and brilliantly professional crystal clear production. As with most SAW productions, the album has 4 or 5 really strong tracks (designed as singles) with some 'throw away' numbers to finish the album off.
This album is no exception, however, unlike most SAW acts, Dead or Alive solely wrote all of their material. SAW simply had a hand in production. This album has a number of high energy classics, in particular the successful top 20 US hit - Brand New Lover, and the top 20 UK hit - Something in My House. Other standout tracks include Hooked on Love and Son of a Gun.
One thing you do notice with this particular Dead or Alive album is the lack of attention to the lyrics. Plenty of cheap throw away dancified love songs. However, Pete Burns voice and brilliant production and the unmistakable high enerdy sound make this a better than average collection of tracks.
Don't expect Youthquake, but expect some quality surprises especially the underrated classic - Brad New Lover...
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on 30 September 2014
Every track is a killer. No weakness anywhere. DOA at their best in my opinion.
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on 1 March 2003
'Youthquake' was obviously their best known work but this follow-up is well worth a listen too. It's less polished but still delivers a fistful of great pop tunes in Dead or Alive's trashy pop disco style.
Stock Aitken Waterman were still on production duties at this point and so you know pretty much what you're getting with this. Pete's vocals are great as always and there are some great tracks such as 'Brand new lover', 'Son of a gun' and 'Special star'.
The biggest criticsm I could level at this album is the weak version of the excellent 'Something in my house' which is included here. Otherwise, if you like high energy pop with a bit more balls than your average Stock Aitken Waterman puppet (remember - Dead or Alive actually write their own songs), then I see no reason why you wouldn't love this as I do.
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on 4 May 2016
The songs are amazing, well crafted. I have full respect for this band and what they did. If you don't own a Dead Or Alive record, I would highly recommend you start with this.
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on 4 November 2015
Vinyl perfect. Thank you.
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