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This apparent camp classic came and went in 1982 without so much as one week on the Billboard charts. Cher fans who dig her late-'80s power-ballad phase might like I Paralyze, an early stab at the genre (never mind the cover's new wave styling). Silly love songs from the pens of Desmond Child, John Waite, and Jacques Morali are, um, highlights, as is the way Cher's vocal, er, prowess is buried deep in the title track's mix. --Rickey Wright
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The songs have a slight rock girlgroup feel with the light hearted twangy rock tunes as "Walk With Me" and "Say What's On Your Mind" combining the new rock sound of AOR and slight new wave. Her best rocker on here is "Back On The Street Again" with signature sounds and that voice wailing. Slight ballads soar with excellent production like "When The Love is Gone" and "Games". They are much stronger then her "Take Me Home" ballads with A+ instrumentation and that fun sound that I dig. Cher's older ballads didn't have enough going on and of as much soul that was poured into them; these feel like they really have her heart. "Rudy" is a brilliant rock ballad with yearning vocals yet upbeat music.
And the song "I Paralyze". The ultimate track. A quirky dance meets rock meets party polka in way with seductive words and sex appeal all over.
I can't fully recommend the album to all because these melodies are a bit dated but they are all really good. You really have to love eighties music to appreciate this one while her Geffen albums are that badly dated and still get some radio play. Still wroth checking out, and a must for Cher fans. I think it's one of her best out of print albums.
Update: March 2004: Re-reading my review in contrast to others, I have to also point out that "When the Love is Gone" is a brillant, heartfelt, power-ballad that touches the soul of any listener who has felt love and then, sadly, to have lost it. Also, "The Book of Love" is a fun, upbeat song to listen to/sing along with.
One interesting reaction I have had lately to the album: the instrumentation is heavily synthesized and sounds suddenly to me as a bit "old fashioned". Wonder if anyone else have the same reaction? Though Cher could record almost anything and I would love it, I am not as big of a fan of "Back on the Street Again" as with the rest of the album, though I acknowledge that Cher's devoted 80's "rocker Cher" fans will find it superb.
The album deserved/deserves more recognition, as do so many of Cher's works, and no one should miss this gem. My greatest disappointment: only 9 songs.
The year 1982 was a time for BETTE DAVIS EYES on the pop charts.
At the time, most female vocalists with the exception of KIM CARNES, LAURA BRANNIGAN, SHEENA EASTON & JUICE NEWTON were being ignored by retail and the BILLBOARD CHARTS.
The superb early 1980's production on the title track of this CD comes from the musical genius known for producing the sound of the #1 hit MAGIC (Xanadu) for OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN.
You'll even get the same musical feel when listening to the title track.
This CD is really worth purchasing.
I PARALYZE reveals to the listeners yet another texture and level of the multi talented artist known to the world as simply CHER !
Most recent customer reviews
Despite the title tracks great commercial grind,the rest of this cd is pure pop surface. Cher gives her all, but the center of the lp is not to be found. Read morePublished on April 22 2004 by Ward J. Lamb
Oh Wow this Cher CD Parlyze has alot of heart and sole put into it . One of Chers Best I feel for those who like smooth upbeat music. I totally recommend this CD! Read morePublished on Sept. 10 2003 by John Mccarthy
Yes, it's an album from 1982, which is evidenced by the cover. But the packaging doesn't do the contents justice. This is one GOOD album! Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2003 by Invisiboy2001
OK, this maybe isn't groundbreaking work, but as a huge Cher fan, I love it. Fun to throw into the CD player as a little retro treat. Read morePublished on Nov. 25 2001 by Howdy
My main criticism is: Is the title song the only one she did with John Farrar (whom I adore for his work with Olivia!)? Read morePublished on June 12 2001 by scottina sue
This album is a fantastic album anybody will love this album, but for cher fans this is one you have to buy. Read morePublished on Dec 26 2000
Here on Cd is Cher's I Paralyze Album originally released on Columbia Label. It is an interesting album with the a great title song "I paralyze".. Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2000 by DANIEL FLECK
This album is a brilliant contrast to any of Cher's previous albums. The songs that I reccommended in this album of quality are, "Rudy" "I Paralyze" and... Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2000 by liam