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Strange Animal

4.7 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (Jan. 1 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B000007VXG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,865 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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I had been looking for this record at local music stores for awhile but finally found it here. It played well and sounded amazing. This is one of Lawrence Gowan's greatest albums and its hard to pick a favourite song. However, some standout songs on this album include Moonlight desires, Strange animal, Criminal Mind and Cosmetics.
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Format: Audio CD
I first heard this album over 10 years ago thanks to a Canadian cousin who borrowed my WalkMan and left a tape of Lawrence Gowan's Strange Animal in it. I didn't want to give that tape back. Last year I got to meet Gowan and see him in concert several times - AMAZING - and this is the album that started it all for me - ABSOLUTELY one of the best albums in my music collection!
If you pass it up you'll definitely be missing out!
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Format: Audio CD
This cd (although his second) was the one that caught my ear. I have been a fan of Gowan's since this cd came out. It has a great musical flow that leads the listner fom one song to the next. The lyrics are not only catchy but they are also intelligent. If you enjoyed this cd you will love the others in Gowan's catalog. I strongly recomemd "Great Dirtey World" and "Lawrence Gowan, But You Can Call Me Larry" among others.
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By A Customer on Dec 8 1999
Format: Audio CD
Lawrence Gowan is probably one of the best singers that you've never heard of, unless you've seen him on tour with Styx. This is an album that put LG on the map with great songwriting, strong vocals, and excellent musicianship. I recommend "Lost Brotherhood" featuring Alex Lifeson of Rush and "Best of", which features Healing Waters, his tribute to Princess Diana.
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Wow. Gowan rocks! This extremely talented musician has got to be one of the greatest rockers ever! Gowan this Gowans second album and this one probably has the most hits [Moonlight Desires on Great Dirty World is my favorite Gowan song though]. It features his amazing song Strange Animal [my favorite on this album], his signature song Criminal Mind, an anti war piece called Guerilla Soldier and other hits like City of the Angels, Desperate, Cosmetics, Walking On Air and a few more.

Gowan is one of my favorite artists and I'm happy he's Canadian like me. He falls into the category of Progressive rock but some of his music sounds like Classical music and Hard rock. He is very musical and an awesome pianist. Also compared to much of the music of that time [1980s] his work was very unique and different. I'm a bigger fan of 70s music but Gowan is still one of my top favorites.

So if you like bands like Rush, The Beatles Styx and Yes try this amazing artists music. It rocks! It is outstanding! Rock On!
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By ~M on May 21 2004
Format: Audio CD
Gowan is by far one of the best artists to have ever walked the face of the earth, NOT JUST IN CANADA, but all over this globe. Gowan was the first musician I started listening to, and was my very first tape, I was 4. I'm 23 now and though I like other bands such as NIN, I still listen to Gowan and find Strage Animal to be one of the most original albums ever made and very different compared to the other junk music that other 80's bands were releasing. Gowan was not a typical 80's band, his lyrics spoke of war, the potential darkness of the human mind, and human suffering, while other bands were singing: 'Everybody Wang Chung Tonight', 'The Locomotion' ,'Jump For My Love' and other boppy meaningless songs such as these. My favorite tracks are 'Guerilla Soldier', 'Keep the Tension On', 'Burning Torches of Hope', and my ultimate favorite of any of Gowan's songs is 'A Criminal Mind', which is one of the best and most unique songs to have ever been made. Strange Animal is a masterpiece anyone who finds music important should have.
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By A Customer on Sept. 20 1998
Format: Audio CD
Like many Canadian artists, Gowan is hidden treasure waiting to be discovered by Americans.
In his home country of Canada, Gowan has consistently put out hit album after hit album. He is a consumate musician (having a degree [A.R.C.T.] in music from the University of Toronto, in piano and music theory) and his live shows are not to be missed.
He is one of this genre's top lyricists, in any country. Witness the following from "Criminal Mind" (the last song on 1985's _Strange Animal_):
"Some people struggle daily/ The struggle with their conscience/ Till the end/ I have no guilt to haunt me/ I feel no wrong intent"
Typically, Gowan's lyrics are inspired by personal experience, or news events, or through conversations with various people. The song quoted above, for example, was inspired by a conversation with a friend of his, whose occupation was a prison security guard.
Do yourself a favour: add this artist to your collection.
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By A Customer on Aug. 7 2000
Format: Audio CD
Gowan is a tremendous talent. This cd is only a sample of his superb works. If you ever get the chance, you must see him live...he is the ultimate showman! STYX is lucky to have him as their new frontman.
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