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Agent Provocateur Original recording remastered
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|4. Growing Up The Hardway|
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|7. A Love In Vain|
|8. Down On Love|
|9. Two Different Worlds|
|10. She's Too Tough|
Certified at 3 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)
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Following the release of their 1981 album, 4, Foreigner took a break from recording for a while. The band had recorded four incredible classic rock albums, so they deserved a rest. By now, the spotlight had shifted elsewhere in the music industry, and the band wasn't nearly as popular as they once were. But this wasn't going to stop the band from rocking. In 1984, the band released its fifth studio album, Agent Provocateur. Read on for my review.
To put it in the simplest terms possible, this album is not up to the standards of the "classic four" Foreigner albums, but it's solid nonetheless. With this album (as well as the follow-up effort, Inside Information), the band shifted its sound toward something that fused classic rock with power rock. For the most part, the fusion of the two styles works. Although this album was never nearly as popular as the band's seventies albums or their early eighties effort 4, it DOES contain the band's biggest hit in terms of chart position - I Want To Know What Love Is. Sure, this song isn't the band's most popular song, but it's their only song to ever hit number one on the pop charts! Sadly though, it proved to be the only really popular song on the album. That's a shame, because it was far from being the only good one present. The opening rocker, Tooth And Nail, brings back memories of the band's earlier days. That Was Yesterday and Growing Up The Hard Way are interesting tracks in that they combine synthesizers with the band's usual rock stylings - and they greatly help the sound. The straight-up rock stylings of Reaction To Action make it another excellent song that is well worth listening to. From start to finish, Agent Provocateur is an excellent album.Read more ›
The album begins with a song as rocking as any Foreigner song, "Tooth And Nail". Cleary Lou Gramm comes out singing like he's ready to fight (in this case, to be with his woman). Then comes the beautiful, heart-rending anthem, "That Was Yesterday"--a number 12 hit that nonetheless had no staying power on radio. Very underrated song. The next track, however, is famous to this day. Foreigner's only #1 hit, "I Want To Know What Love Is", is one of the fabulous hits of the mid-'80s. "Growing Up The Hard Way" is a decent anthem although one of the less notable tracks on the album. Then comes two quality rockers in "Reaction To Action" and "Stranger In My Own House". On the latter track especially, Lou is clearly fed up, as he sings "I've got the keys to the door but I'm still locked out!"
Then, the mood changes from angry to soulful over the next three tracks. Many have criticized this part of the album, but I find it absolutely enchanting. Here are three slower songs that are synthesizer-heavy but emotional and well-sung. "A Love In Vain", "Down On Love", and "Two Different Worlds" are all great rock ballads. Particularly on the middle one of the three, "Down On Love", Lou's vocals are at their heart-rending best. That song to me should have been another big Foreigner hit.Read more ›
The most memorable and perhaps longest lasting songs on this CD are the ballads and quasi-ballads. Songs like "That Was Yesterday" and "I Want to Know What Love Is" continue to get airplay on 80s stations and now some classic rock stations. "I Want to Know What Love Is" is not only a ballad, but a POWER ballad.
However, in addition to these ballads are less memorable efforts that are okay, but distract from the better songs. "A Love in Vain" and "Two Different Worlds" are also ballads, but while not bad songs, are clearly filler songs stuck in to fill out a CD.
While the ballads are what will keep Foreigner in the minds of many people, Foreigner really was a hard rock group. "Tooth and Nail", "Growing Up the Hard Way", "Reaction to Action", "Stranger in My Own House" and "She's Too Tough" are the kind of hard rock songs that defined Foreigner. Most have a flavor of the 80s, though for some songs the flavor may be a taste, for many the songs are easily detectable as 80s. However, just because the songs are 80s, they remain decent songs, and even decent hard rock songs.
Because this album was a follow up to the monster album "Foreigner 4", and because of some of the weaker songs on the album, the album has been maligned by a number of reviewers and critics. Fortunately we live in the CD age, and you can program this CD to match your musical tastes. If you like Foreigner the hard rock group, just program the five or six rocking songs, and skip the ballads. If you like most of the music except for the weaker ballads, program them out.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Agent Provocateur is a great cd . Off the radio they had 4 songs and they are 1 I Want To Know What Love Is 2 That was Yesterday 3 Reaction To Action 4 Tooth And Nail. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2014 by JEFF CINCURAK
Agent Provocateur(1984). Foreigner's fifth studio album.
After the band's pinnacle release of the "4" album in 1981, Foreigner decided to implement more keyboards... Read more
After the massive success of 1981's "4" and it's subsequent tour, Foreigner took a couple of years off before returning in 1984 with "Agent Provocateur. Read morePublished on May 28 2003 by Alan Caylow
This album contains the best rock/pop ballad ever. I bet you can't guess which one it is? The rest of the album is pretty good.Published on March 16 2003 by Ensio N Mikkola
Foreigner's fifth album is my least favorite Foreigner album of the 1970's-80's period but it's a little bit better than the stuff they've done in the 1990's. Read morePublished on Feb. 14 2003 by Darian Dennison
Lots of classic material but not enough classics to rate five stars.Foreigner always had great material and I especially liked this album. Read morePublished on Oct. 12 2002
"4" is marginally their best, but this is close behind. It's mostly hard rockers and heartfelt ballads, and a couple in between. Read morePublished on Aug. 28 2002 by oldschooler1981
This is by far the greatest release by Foreigner ever. Each track gives you something new. "That was yesterday" and "Growing up the Hard way" are my 2... Read morePublished on Aug. 25 2002 by K. M. Morris