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Martika


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 1 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026KH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. If You're Tarzan, I'm Jane
2. Cross My Heart
3. More Than You Know
4. Toy Soldiers
5. You Got Me Into This
6. I Feel The Earth Move
7. Water
8. It's Not What You're Doing
9. See If I Care
10. Alibis


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Format: Audio CD
People this girls been around since she was a little girl! If I recall she was a cast memeber on Kid's Incorporated, I tthink Allanis morrisette, jennifer love hewitt, and people like that came off of that show, it's was like mickey mouse clubs competition, Anyway Toy Soldier is a biography, appearently she lived a very Drew Barrymore type of childhood, as in strung on cola at 12 years old, anyways thought id put my 2 cents in as well as I remember, Toy Soldier is Next to perfect, cant say that for the rest of the album though,
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By M. Smith on May 10 2004
Format: Audio CD
AT [...] you can hear her cd and buy it. her music is even better than before.
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Martika's 1988 release was dance pop music at it's best. Here, you're served with savvy electronic beats with rock breaks, solid vocals, and very significant lyrics. In my opinion, I do not agree with what one of the reviewer on [...] said about her vocals: "Not just the Madonna wannabe she is often remembered as", and "Her voice is thin and a bit limited, but she surrounds herself with producers who understand how to put a sheen on a great pop gem." Her voice in my opinion, is not thin and limited. She at times reminds me of Stacey Q, but with better vocals, and better dance hooks. But I do admit that at times her high pitched voice can be repetitive. I recommend this to fans of pop music between 1987-1989 era. you won't be dissapointed.
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Unless you're an old-school goth, it's generally not a good sign for your breakthrough hit to be a somber dirge about depression and hopelessness. Unfortunately, Toy Soldiers is by far the best offering on this album, followed closely by minor hits like Cross My Heart. Like many other followers of the pop scene, I've often wondered why Martika never hit it big, and after listening to her entire self-titled album, I have to conclude that she just never had the material. Most of the songs sound like they were cranked out by a machine, and the album gets *really* banal near the end. Additionally...and it's kinda tough to admit this...she's not that great a singer. When she's working within her range, she's fine (probably the main reason Toy Soldiers was her breakthrough hit), but you can clearly hear her straining on some songs, especially See If I Care.
Nonetheless, this is decent pop, and definitely worth it if you can get it cheap (and you can ALWAYS get it cheap on cdnow.com!). Just don't get any illusions about a comeback, at least not with the kind of songs here.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Martika's the best! Dec 29 1999
By J. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have had this CD four 10 years and I still play it all the time. She has such a unique voice and "Toy Soldiers" is in my opinion the best song ever recorded. It is so amazing and different than anything I have ever heard and her vocals are so brilliant."I Feel the Earth Move" rocks and "More Than You Know" is so fun and catchy you have to sing a long. Martika will never be forgotten and everyone who loved 80's pop needs to own this CD!
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
A forgotten diva... Sept. 8 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Maritka is by far one of the most underappreciated pop singers of the last 10 years. Her velvety voice and killer looks grabbed the attention of many pop fans with her first release. This album is pure pop fun, though her sophmore effort "Martika's Kitchen" is by far the superior album, songs like "If You're Tarzan I'm Jane", "See If I Care" and "More Than You Know" exempliphy pop music, while the dance version of "I Feel The Earth Move" will get you moving. More sophisticated tracks like "Water", "Toy Soldiers" and "Alibis" proved that Martika was and is a talent that we must look out for. And we will do so next year when she releases her 3rd LP for RCA.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
"TOY SOLDIERS" IS A GREAT SONG! Jan. 17 2002
By J. Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
You know what,I never even knew Martika existed.Until(don't laugh) I was watching VH1's "Where Are They Now?" and this young unknown girl came onto my screen.I was then informed that that
unknown girl had a #1 hit in 1989 with a song called "Toy Soldiers".Huh? I wondered,"who is that? I never heard of her!"
And it's a shame I didn't.Because Martika shoud've been a bigger star.
I recently listened to "Toy Soldiers" and fell in love with it.
What a great song! A haunting ballad about a friend's drug use
that really soars.That's what a good pop ballad should be,I think.That song is a certified gem,folks!
Me being a nostolgic of the late '80s and the early '90s,I was
promted to buy this unknown diva's 1988 debut.I'm happy to say that that was a good choice on my part."Water" and the Carole
King cover "I Feel The Earth Move" are great,but not as great as "Toy Soldiers",though.
Well,nearly 13 years after "Toy Soldiers" hit #1,I'm wondering if Martika(who was in her late teens when "Toy" became a hit) is contoplating a new recording carrer.She was a way better songwriter than her peers at the time.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Not bad debut from Martika Aug. 11 2003
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was gazing at the cassette cases at a store, and some Mexican worker there suggested Martika, another singer in the Cuban-pop genre. So, Gloria Estefan did not have a monopoly in that area. Anyway, I ended up getting it four months later, especially after hearing the first two singles. Nice voice, nothing spectacular, but something that could vocally make dance music palatable. Call her music a Latin version of the Jets, early Madonna, and Expose rolled into one. Some of her music mirrors Taylor Dayne's Tell It To My Heart, released the previous year. Other times, I hear Bananarama mixed in. The first four songs are actually not bad, and hints at a great sound despite its derivativeness.
"If You're Tarzan, I'm Jane" sports a pounding and running Bananarama-type beat. She's Jane, huh? Well, she definitely ain't Cheetah, for sure. Ha ha! Now yes, there are some trite moments, such as the monologue where she says "If you were Romeo, then you can bet, I'm gonna be your Juliet." That's countered by a naughty line in keeping with the jungle theme: "I wanna swing on your vine."
"Cross My Heart" is one of those Taylor Dayne-ish (Danish(?)) numbers given the high-pitched opening keyboards. Again, the chorus lyrics are a bit trite: "Cross my heart/hope to die/may lightning strike me/if I'm telling a lie/ZAP!" Just kidding--that last word doesn't occur.
Martika herself co-wrote three songs. One of them opens with Jellybean Benitez/"Lucky Star"-style synths. That song is "More Than You Know", which was the first single. Not bad, as it reached the Top 20. The chorus has a slightly-tinged calypso-pop beat.
Then, "step by step, heart to heart, left right left, we all fall down." "Toy Soldiers," a haunting pop ballad on drug addiction reached #1, not bad for her second single, which she co-wrote.
"You Got Me Into This" could easily fit on a Jets Cd or Taylor Dayne's Tell It To My Heart, as it reminds me of "Cross My Broken Heart" and "Prove Your Love."
Then comes a bouncy, techno-dance, electric guitar version of Carole King's "I Feel The Earth Move." I'd already heard the original from Tapestry and wasn't that offended by so many dance covers of vintage 70's classics. Given that Bananarama do cover songs on their albums, I wonder if they were kicking themselves at having Martika beating them to this cover, because it doesn't look out of place on a 'rams album.
"Water" is the third Martika co-composition. She even nears Gloria Estefan and even Madonna in some parts of this funky mid-paced number that has an fantasy-like quality in the verses. However, the lyric "I want to dive so deep into you I might drown" did catch my attention. Really good number.
The funk is turned on in "It's Not What You're Doing". And the dance floor will come alive with "See If I Care", which is "Lucky Star" meets "Prove Your Love" with catchy hooks in the chorus. Despite the cold shoulder-like title, the chorus goes, "Hold me/see if I care for you/.../cuz I betcha I do." Good single material.
"Alibis" is about one of those two-timers. She feels so resignedly tired and fed up in the spoken word intro: "So tell me, what's your excuse this time?/No never mind, I don't wanna hear it!" Cool lyric: "Your license to my heart has met its expiration date."
Martika's sound is largely in part to producer Michael Jay, who not only did a lot of the songwriting but also the arranging. Not a bad entry in Latin-dance-pop 80's music.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
TOY SOLDIERS Oct. 8 2000
By Knyte - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Toy Soldiers...great song. Just get the CD for that song. Put it this way, the song makes the album worth owning, and was one of the best songs of the summmer of 1989, along with the other pop hits of the time. Let me take you back...I'm a shameless nostalgic yes...music does that to you.
SO - Martika gets my vote for having a really great song from her time period. Should get remade. Thanks for reading...

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