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Runaway Horses


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  • Audio CD (Nov. 10 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000002O6H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,498 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Leave A Light On
2. Runaway Horses
3. Vision Of You
4. Summer Rain
5. La Luna
6. (We Want) The Same Thing
7. Deep Deep Ocean
8. Valentine
9. What Ever It Takes
10. Shades Of Michaelangelo

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--This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Belinda Carlisle had an excellent string of early solo albums (Belinda, Heaven is a Place on Earth, Runaway Hoses, and Live Your Life Be Free), but out of those four, Runaway Horses is the weakest. Most of the songs off Runaway are still enjoyable, but some of the material is just a bit slow for my taste. Runaway is a ballad-heavy album, but's not too much of a departure from the her other earlier solo material. Even so, I don't love very single track like I do with the other three early albums of hers. I really love "Summer Rain", "Vision of You", "Leave a Light On", "Valentine", but I wouldn't loose too much sleep at night if I didn't have the rest of the album. And to be honest, the title track "Runaway Horses" is on the boring side. The live rendition found on Runaway Live is much more energetic, so I suggest getting that instead. Too bad her Greatest Hits CD compilation doesn't have "Valentine". I wouldn't have had to buy this whole album just for that one extra song Greatest Hits didn't have. Runaway Horses is, however, head and shoulders above her 1993 flop that I wasted fifteen dollars on, and A Woman and a Man (which I do not own but have listened to). I still love Belinda, but I suppose my heart will always be with her Pop Rock incarnation of the 1986-1991 era.
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When I first got this, I was simply taken aback at how this outstripped her previous two solo albums, which knocked me dead. Any doubts I had that she would lose her touch was put to rest when I listened to this over and over during my stay at NMSU.
"Leave A Light On" is by far the best solo song she's done, this lush song combines Go-Go's pop with stylings from her first two solo albums. And guess who does the slide guitar solo midsong? George Harrison. George also does twelve-string and bass on "Deep Deep Ocean."
"Vision Of You" is the best ballad she's ever done, and the Spanish guitar by Rick Nowels enhances the wistful mood this song evokes. Her sugary voice is put into its best effect here.
"Summer Rain" is a mid-paced dance number that bursts into a crescendo with the catchy chorus. The brisk string arrangement throughout the song adds much to this, the second single.
"Shades Of Michelangelo," the closing ballad, outdoes "Love Never Dies" from her Heaven On Earth album, but struggles for top honours with "Vision Of You." This heartfelt song has idealistic musings, where she's "painting a perfect world/with shades of Michelangelo." Belinda wrote this song with her ex-bandmate Charlotte Caffey.
Rick Nowels, best known for his work with Stevie Nicks, works wonders for Belinda as he did for the "Welsh Witch." He produced the album. Even Ellen Shipley, one of Stevie's backup singers, contributes. In fact, both of them co-wrote most of the songs on this album. However, X.Y. Jones' guitar work introduced a slightly harder edge to Belinda's sound, and it's a wonder here.
Kenny Aronoff, best known as John Cougar Mellencamp's drummer, drums on most of the tracks.
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By Shane L on Aug. 14 2002
Format: Audio CD
Probably the greatest pop album ever recorded, Runaway Horses showcases that Belinda's career was only beginning with the previous effort, Heaven on Earth, and not ending. The album slid quickly off the US charts, yet reached double-platinum status in the UK and Australia, and is probably better remembered than its more sucessful predecessor.
Every song is lavishly produced, with sweeping vocals from the lady who must be a gift from the heavens, and every song is so easily single worthy. Its a shame this album wasn't promoted to death - its likely that it would be remembered as one of the greatest pop albums ever recorded, and that's saying a lot.
Leave a Light On and (We Want) The Same Thing both sport high tempo, amthemic beats that made 'Heaven is a Place on Earth' such a success, while La Luna, Summer Rain and Valentine settle for the softer approach, each telling tales of lost or unrequaited love. La Luna and Summer Rain stand as two of the greatest and most loved songs of her entire career - the latter being Belinda's personal favourite to this day.
Everyone can take something away from this album. The lyrics are beautiful, the orchestrations beautiful, and Belinda sounds every bit as stunning as she looks. Why did her US career take a nosedive after this epic? Who knows. Belinda's downfall (which began just after this album's launched when it slid further and further down the charts) is one of the music industry's greatest crimes. She has more talent in one of her fingernails than any modern day chart topper you can care to name, and a superb lineup of songs.
I guarantee anyone who buys this album will not be disappointed. It is, quite simply, of an insurmountable level of excellence. A work of musical art that does not deserve to be forgotten.
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When I heard the first single from this album, "Leave A Light On," I knew it was going to be a huge hit. When I heard the whole album, I thought it would sell like hot cakes. I still cannot explain how the first single disappeared so quickly and the album as a whole was woefully neglected. Belinda Carlisle is my favorite pop singer, but you don't need to adore Belinda to know this is an incredible album when you listen to it. There is just a warm flowing rhythm to these wonderful songs that washes over you and makes you feel happy and content. Every song I listen to seems to be my favorite Belinda song ever, and then the next track plays and I think that one is the best ever. Listening to Runaway Horses should silence any music critic who ever questioned Belinda's singing ability.
As if the passionate, energetic "Leave A Light On" were not perfect enough already, it also includes a Slide Guitar solo by the incredible George Harrison. When Belinda sings "hold on tight" in "Runaway Horses," it is good advice because this song can truly run away with both your imagination and your heart. "Vision of Love" is just beautiful--warm vocals, great lyrics, great music. Belinda's voice conveys layers of heart-felt emotion that she never before expressed so fully. "Summer Rain" is one of Belinda's best songs ever, with beautifully sweeping choruses that take you to the railway stations she sings about to watch her true love ride away never to return. "La Luna" is a passionate love song with a distinctly Latin feel to it, accentuated by the sounds of a Spanish guitar and Gypsy violin. "(We Want) the Same Thing" is a rocking track with a strong and steady beat.
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