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Different Light [Import]

Bangles Audio CD
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1. Manic Monday
2. In A Different Light
3. Walking Down Your Street
4. Walk Like An Egyptian
5. Standing In The Hallway
6. Return Post
7. If She Knew What She Wants
8. Let It Go
9. September Gurls
10. Angels Don't Fall In Love
11. Following
12. Not Like You

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Japanese only paper sleeve pressing features all new 2009 remastering and includes one bonus track, Manic Monday (Extended Version). Sony.

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Bangles ~ Different Light

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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest pop recordings of the 80s Aug. 31 2007
By Louis TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This album, released in the middle of the 80s, was a career-defining moment for the Bangles. After the mild reception of their great debut "All Over the Place" (loved by critics but virtually ignored by radio stations, and thus a low seller), the band decided to polish their raw, 60s influenced sound and to record material that, while contemporary, would still remain true to their musical roots. And the result was stunning.

While harshly criticized by many for turning the band into a slicker pop band, the selection of material here is impeccable pop in the best possible way. Each song perfectly blends in, and there is not a single bad track here. The public mainly remembers this album for its two huge hit singles ("Manic Monday" and "Walk like an Egyptian"), and to a lesser degree for two other moderate hits ("If she knew what she wants" and "Walking down your street"), but there's plenty more to enjoy here. The emergence of Susanna Hoffs as the band's most identifiable trait is obvious on this album; however, it's the ever growing musical presence of bassist and singer Michael Steele that gave the band a whole new dimension. Her sultry vocals on their cover of "September gurls" are amazing, while her moving self-penned dark ballad "Following" was a predecessor to the entire revival of acoustic music that eventually would occur in the subsequent years. And Debbi and Vicki Peterson also turn in the goods, mostly on the bluesy "Return post" and the sun-drenched closer "Not like you". The vocal harmonies of the foursome are flawless on every single track, lifting "Different Light" well above the usual stigma unfairly attached to most of the music that came from that era; in fact, you might say that their 60s influenced vocal harmonies became the trademark of the band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Bangles album Jan. 28 2004
Format:Audio CD
In the synthesiser-dominated eighties, the Bangles (along with a few others) provided a contrast with their guitar-driven rock music - a throwback to the sixties but with an eighties edge. The Bangles recorded a lot of upbeat fun songs so did not always get the credit they deserved. As this album shows, they also recorded some wonderful ballads.
This is my favorite original Bangles album. It contains two of the three huge international hits that everybody remembers the Bangles for. Manic Monday is an up-tempo rocker. Walk like an Egyptian is a novelty song that (to some people) destroys their credibility but I love it. This album also yielded two lesser hits, If she knew what she wants (the first single off the album) and Walking down your street.
The band wrote most of the songs but Prince wrote Manic Monday, while September gurls is a cover of an Alex Chilton song. Alex originally achieved success with the Box tops but he wrote September furls while he was leader of Big star.
Apart from the great songs already mentioned, there are many wonderful album tracks here including Following, In a different light and Not like you. While Susannah sings lead on the big hits, this album proves that they all have outstanding voices as they all get to be lead singer on at least two songs.
Anybody who loves guitar rock of the type that was common in the sixties and early seventies will surely love the music of the Bangles.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best FEMALE group EVER.. Nov. 8 2003
By RICO
Format:Audio CD
Its just another manic monday and walk like and egyptian were jams of 1986 in 4th grade I could not get enogh of these songs, The bangles need to get back together and doit agian, this a must have cd, plus there different light album ,including in your room with the mega hit eternal flame..There the best female group of all time..
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2.0 out of 5 stars Return Album? Nov. 9 2003
Format:Audio CD
This is basic pop music. There's two good tracks where's a woman singing: "Man*c Monday" and "Walk Like an Egyptian". Other tracks were so terrible, I wasn't able to listen them! If you want serious good pop, there's Kylie Minogue who is the best female vocalist in the world! Try her instead of this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars If she knew what she wants Aug. 24 2004
By Erica Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Being a product of the '80s, I grew up on girl groups like Bananarama, the Go Go's and The Bangles. The Bangles were my favorite girl group, or in this case band. My first exposure to The Bangles came via MTV and radio (when they actually played music that didn't make me want to toss my cookies, let alone play any music). The Bangles' music was irresistably infectious and addictively fun to sing along to. The band originally started out as a garage band back in the early '80s but when their original bassist Annette left, Michael Steele was brought in thus cementing their place in music history. The band didn't really break out until the hit "Manic Monday" from their second album "Different Light". The song was written by Prince who went under the alias Christopher. The ideal theme song for those who hate dragging their butts into work on Monday mornings (i.e me). I still love the song to this very day. "Different Light" may be polished pop/rock but you cannot deny its hooks and sing-along choruses. The music in the '80s were about fun and that is what this album is about I think. The only song I really didn't care for was "Walking Down the Street" but otherwise I love the album. I still love listening to "Walk Like an Egyptian", just a fun, playful pop/rock song. It's a shame that the producer David Kahne was being a major buttwipe and didn't allow Debbie play drums or sing one of the verses on this song (according to the band's Behind the Music story). Still I loved hearing the women harmonize on this song. My favorite single off this album? It has to be "If She Knew What She Wants". The most beautiful song on the album has to go to the plaintive, sparse ballad "Following" in which Michael Steele sings lead vocals on this haunting acoustic ballad. For me, "Different Light" still holds up well after almost twenty years later since its release. I hope Sony gives this album (and the band's other albums) a remastering treatment in the near future. I still get such a joy listening to one of my favorite bands from the '80s.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shine A Light July 19 2001
By P Magnum - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Bangles' first album was full of shiny songs steeped in 60's British Invasion sounds. For their follow-up, Different Light, the band added some modern twists to the music for a more modern sound. The results turned into the biggest album of their career. The first single from the album, Jules Shear's "If She Knew What She Wants" is a sugary song with some great vocal harmonies. The song was a Top 40 hit, but it was the album's second single that would propel the band to superstar status. "Manic Monday" was penned by Prince under the pseudonym Christopher. It was said that Prince loved the band's first album and was enamored with Susannah Hoffs so he wrote the song for her. Whatever the reasons, the song is a perfect piece of pop bubblegum that practically drips with sunshine. The song peaked at number two, but was to be outdone by a song that is pure 80's, "Walk Like An Egyptian". The song with its goofy lyrics and equally goofy video surged to number one and was the number one overall single for 1986. The song is generally ridiculed, but one can't deny that it is catchy as hell. Other good songs include the luminescent "Walk Down Your Street", "Not For You", the title track and a pretty good cover of Big Star's "September Gurls".
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Bangles make Manic Mondays more bearable. Sept. 18 2001
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The second album of the "Bangles Trilogy" continued with Different Light. This release is more refined than its predecessor, All Over The Place, with none of the raw Beatles sound present. Still, it has earned a place as one of the best 1980's albums.

The Prince-penned "Manic Monday", has become my favorite song here. OK, it was Prince under the pseudonym Christopher, but who's quibbling? He knows how to write a killer song and the Bangles know how to make it to a megahit! I loved it when it was overplayed on radio back in 1986, I loved the accompanying MTV video, and that song has a special place in the DJH pantheon. 1986 was the year I graduated high school so that too has something to do with it. I'll tell you, everytime I hear those opening keyboard notes followed by that keen bass, I feel myself tugged back through the mists of time to that glorious period called the 1980's.

"Walk Like A Egyptian," an 80's classic in its own right, became the Bangles' first #1 single. This is one of those songs that upon first hearing it, I thought, "Whoa! This deserves to be a single." It was their third from this album. From the shaking of the tambourine, to the frenetic rhythm and drum assault, to Vicki, Michael, and Susanna taking over lead vocal duties with each verse, and the rocking guitar solo inbetween Michael and Susanna's bits, it's magical.

The single I thought should've done better than merely cracking Billboard's Top 30 was the second single, "If She Knew What She Wants". Now there's a song that really deserved to reach the top spot. I'm still unsure whether I prefer this to "Egyptian". This song, with its splendid Rickenbacker guitar intro and Susanna's wistful voice, with backup harmonies by her bandmates, was penned by Jules Shear, Aimee Mann's then-beau.

Lead vocals distribution? "Let It Go" is the only song here where all four sing together. "Walk Like An Egyptian" has Vicki, Michael, and Susanna taking turns with lead vocals. By fate or design, Susanna sings three songs, namely three of the four singles. Michael Steele finally gets to sing on "September Gurls", a cover of the Alex Chilton song, and the ballad "Following." Her vocal is impressive and emotionally potent. That leaves Vicki with three--, the title track, "Return Post" and "Angels Don't Fall In Love", and Debbi with two--"Standing In The Hallway" and the album's closer, "Not Like You". Uh, that makes twelve songs then, and pretty much evenly distributed, I might add.

Other bits of honorable mention: "Walking Down Your Street" is another worthy single, with vocals by Susanna. And "Angels Don't Fall In Love" opens with a blistery guitar attack that are repeated after the chorus.

Michael's solo vocals on her two songs are impressive, and have a soft yet vital quality about them. "September Gurls", has a slight countrified feel to it, while "Following", a song about confrontation. Michael so effectively evinces sadness and bitterness in that song.

With the exception of the 4+ minutes "Return Post", all the songs range from 2:30 to 3:49. Hopefully, music listeners who are too much rooted in today's music will take time to see the Bangles in, well, a different light.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible album Feb. 5 2000
By Leina R. Mojica - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is an incredible album with a lot of cool and interesting songs, like "Not Like You" and "In a Different Light." Vicki and Debbi Peterson rock!... Of Susanna's songs, I have to lean towards the one written by Prince: "Manic Monday." I can't help it; it's a song I grew up listening to. A very pretty song... I think Michael really shines here with her playful rendition of "September Gurls". Also, her voice has a really dark tone, making "Following" one of the most moving songs I've ever heard... "Let It Go" is the best song and, disappointingly, also the shortest. Their four-part harmony here is brilliant.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their BEST! Sept. 17 2002
By Tracy Deaton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Ultra-commercial, but SO fine, includes some of their best songs: the gorgeous group composition "Let It Go," "September Gurls," "Angels Don't Fall in Love," "Not Like You," "Return Post," "Walk Like an Egyptian," the gorgeous "Manic Monday," & the haunting "Following."
Yeah, they ca$hed in with this 1. But I think they earned it. I've played this album thru a couple thousand times, & it STILL holds up.
& if U love this album as much as I do, U really should find a copy of the Go-Go's TALK SHOW....
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