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Top Customer Reviews
This is not an easy album. I think I must have listened to it about ten times before I "got" it. But it's worth the patience. Maybe the best thing to do is to start with the beat. Don't be distracted by anything else. Just the beat. The rest will come later.
"Loveland." Throbbing, pounding bass, the minor note, and you are there. How can you stay off your feet? And listen to Kate Pierson. She has never sounded better. Passionate. Savage. Beautiful. Angry. "Loveland?" I suppose. This is where I fell in love with Kate Pierson.
Then "Deep Sleep," which is mostly a hypnotic kind of psychadelic thing, but again with the great back beat, and dreamy sultry vocals. These women, you think, they are like sirens.
The next two songs are the B-52's at the apex of their career. Mesopotamia is again a great rock song, with the trademark brilliant female harmonies, and here comes Fred Schneider, with his hilarious, absurdist lyrics. You'll note he is a great stylist as well, contributing greatly to the beat with his vocals, in the tradition of the greatest rock'n'roll singers. The song would still be wonderful, but this sense of timing puts it on another plane.
And then we come to "Cake." There has never been a song in the history of rock'n'roll like "Cake." What is it about? It is about baking a cake.Read more ›
I don't know *what* Tom Durack was thinking when he desiccated this dripping-wet masterpiece in a 1990 remix that saps it almost completely of its original fulgent energy. Dammit man, I don't need to hear every word of the lyrics!
I'll use this as a vinyl-preserver, playing it when I'm doing dishes or in the car. But life's too short -- when I wanna jump, I'm going with the version I need to turn over in the middle.
Most recent customer reviews
I finally, finally got this on CD. Having both these EPs on vinyl as a kid in the very early 80's (along with the first two albums - masterpieces!)... Read morePublished on Oct. 8 2003
I like having the "Party Mix" on CD if for no other reason than I can blast it and not worry about turntable rumble, like in the old days. Read morePublished on Oct. 4 2003 by Tim Brough
If you like New Wave, old school dance music, etc. this is some of the best right here. Before the B-52's became full-fledged radio darlings, this music was some of the hippest of... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2002
Mesopotamia is indeed underrated. Loveland, Nip it in the Bud, Toss that Beat were all great. Cake was great too! Read morePublished on Feb. 27 1999