It is doubtful that any music reviewer with any merit could discount the importance that the B-52's had on the late 1980's music landscape. However, it is also important to note that their importance and relevance started in the late 1970's, but they were then an underground group out of Athens, Georgia and not the mainstream dance group they became with the release of "Cosmic Thing".
"Cosmic Thing", the album, is quite possibly PERFECT. Eschewing their previous self produced music, the B-52's took a chance on a cutting edge producer by the name of Don Was (now he is as well known in music circles as anyone could be). Was, formerly of the group: Was Not Was helped the 52's weave an album on a monumental scale!
There is, quite honestly, not a single song on this album that is not dynamite. The first released and first to rocket up the charts was "Channel Z". This was a song about the sad state of affairs in America, though its meaning was undoubtedly lost to most who just loved its awesome dance beat. Next released is questionable, since just about all the songs took over the top ten songs over the course of the year. "Love Shack", "Cosmic Thing", "Roam" (now ubiquitous as the theme for a brand of anti alergy medicine), "Deadbeat Club", "Bushfire", "June Bug" (as Cicadaes are known in the Southern U.S.), "Topaz", and "Follow your Bliss" were all hits at one point or another.
If you were a dance club owner in 1989, you were certainly playing the B-52's or you didn't have your finger on the pulse of America's youth.
Although the B-52's are far less relevant to today's youth, they are still out there entertaining millions and making sure that we all have something to dance to and about.
Absolutely an unbelievably fantastic album!