on 19 February 2016
I am a little dissapointed, I remember Paula at the height of her career, in the late 80s, and early 90s. I bought this album more out of nostalgia than anything else. I admit most of the song on the album I had not heard of, but her biggest hits, like Straight Up, Opposites Attract, and Knocked Out are on here. The rest of the songs are ok to good like Blowing Kisses in the Wind,but there is nothing great. The best thing about this album m is it's value for money. I would happily have paid the £5 for all the songs I truly liked getting 13 more decent songs for an extra pound I can't argue with. However I can't see this bringing any new fans to Paula.
on 29 March 2010
It's amazing how you can fool the world into thinking you're so much more accomplished and talented than you are if you surround yourself with all the right sound mixers, dancers, technicians, producers and engineers. The talent of Ms Abdul has always been foremost as a dancer-even her judging on the dense American Idol is questionable-not least cos who is she to comment on musical ability.
Her voice is also a thin, whiny, infantile squeal-there's more body on a cast-off rattlenake skin, but somehow she got the right groove and perfectly written words to deliver one of the best songs of 1988 in the dynamic 'Straight Up'. Clever, hip-shaking and the voice held together for those four minutes. Nothing would ever be that perfect again, but the singles from her rather good first album are still worth more than you'd think-namley 'Cold Hearted' and 'Knocked Out'.
Her wretchedly bad deservedly career-killing 2nd album is represented here also-thankfully it's only with the singles, like nice 'Rush Rush' and tender 'Blowing Kisses In The Wind'. The absurd 'Vibeology' is fun-and better than Madonna's truly abysmal 'Like A Virgin' and the dumb 'True Blue', but still daft as hell. But that doesn't save the sickly and puke-inducing 'Will You Marry Me'-title says it all-and 'no I bloody won't!' Though Emilio Estevez did-for 5 minutes. Until he heard this no doubt!
Naturally her last and ignored album from 1995 has its representatives-and the Eastern-sounding 'My Love Is For Real', funky enough 'Crazy Cool' and 'If I Were Your Girl' are improvements on the generally weak 1991 singles from the 2nd album. But the pointless tune for Beverly Hills 90210 'Bend Time Back Round' is another embarrassment, though thankfully not a single, yet this album is worth owning, after Abdul's only good album 'Forever Your Girl' and it's still dirt cheap, I'd recommend that first as it features none of the ill-conceived immature nonsense that followed it-and very little to cringe over, apart from the voice. 7/10 then for this and 8/10 for her only good album.