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Body Mind Soul
Genres: Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Debbie Gibson's artistic pinnacle.
D. Mok | Los Angeles, CA | 02/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Body Mind Soul signalled the end of Debbie Gibson's chart life, but it's not the music's fault. This record was one of the casualties of the paradigm shift that had turned New Kids on the Block fans into Pearl Jam, R.E.M., and even Pantera fans -- a generation had started to grow up, and Gibson's music was left behind.
But this is one fine record. Even when I was a teenager back in 1993, this record sat in comfortably in my CD walkman along with Pearl Jam's Vs., R.E.M.'s Automatic for the People, and other songs by far more "respectable" artists. And this is the record on which Gibson didn't sound like a talented teenager, but a fully formed artist with depth and complexity. She'd just done an overhaul in her music, choosing new collaborators (Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, of Rythm Syndicate, which had one big hit in "P.A.S.S.I.O.N.") and a new, more grown-up image. Rythm Syndicate wasn't exactly the most respected band around, but Rogers and Sturken proved highly catalytic to Gibson as co-writers and co-producers.
Lead single "Losin' Myself" was possibly the sexiest single of that year. Maybe it wasn't a great idea for Gibson to play a stripper in the video, but the single is still a marvel, an engaging mix of dance song and ballad, a track that just keeps building up higher and higher rhythmically, with great backing vocals, a killer bassline, a bridge that Prince might've cooked up, and a varied, sensual lead vocal by Gibson. "Free Me" melds a heavy club beat to a great pop song and effectively caps off Gibson's artistic intent; "Do You Have It in Your Heart?" signals Gibson's new approach towards ballads. She now sounds fully mature and this song easily makes us forget the overt sentimentality of "Lost in Your Eyes"; and "How Can This Be?" harkens back to her older songs, but with more maturity and better lyrics. The only dud is "Shock Your Mama", which does nothing of the sort, pretty flat and uninteresting even as a joke.
This album fell into bargain bins about a year after it came out. But it's easily the strongest album in the Gibson catalogue, better than Gibson's plethora of semi-independent albums throughout the '90s, and a record that would be good by anybody's standards."
A solid album
D. Mok | 01/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's beyond me why some people choose to judge this immesely talented recording artist! There are not many people who have her skills & ability to create various songs and fabulous backing music! This album is everything a solid album should have. The songs are expertly written & produced, the vocals suit each song, there is consistency, the songs have good remixablity potenial & everything song sounds fabulous many years later! In my mind, she is every bit as talented & has good taste in music like Madonna. I love every songs on this CD. Recommended."
How Can This Be
Michael Anthony Sanchez | 09/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"2 years after the disasterous album Anything Is Possible, Debbie decided to move into the R&B/New Jack Swing to fit the trends. Overall this isn't a bad record. It was her last effort and eventually she left Atlantic Records.
Love or Money: great opening track with great new jack swing movements and lyrics. So I would give it a 10/10
Do you Have it In your Heart: one of the three ballads off the album, which sounds like L.A. Reid/Babyface style and something TLC would Sing which sounds Like Baby Baby Baby. I will give it 9/10
Free Me: her least successful single, I would give it 2/10
Shock Your Mama: another New Jack track produced by Teddy Riley himself and very silly lyrics. 8/10
Losin Myself: Best track of the album even the Masters at Work is awesome. The album version is very Melancholy and a cry for help which the song starts slower then comes from down beat to the highest beat and slows at the end. Now the upbeat sounds like Madonna'a Rain the video fits the song which can be seen as a strip club song.the MAW mix has an alternate ending. Song will receive 10/10
How Can This Be: a look back at her previous singles Foolish Beat and In Your Eyes which shows a mature vocals and great ballad. 9/10
When I Say No: a Prince-esque type of song speaks about date [...] which something Britney needs to hear and learn from Deborah. 9/10
Little Birdie: too cheesy and too silly, what was she thinking? 5/10
Kisses 4 One: Another Prince-esque. This is a very serious song which speaks about the dangers of AIDS and telling them they should stick to one love and tells all races (black white brown) all seeing red. Great track Debbie. 10/10
Tear Down These Walls: sounds like a leftover of Electric Youth but with mature lyrics and great beat. 8/10
Closing out this album is Goodbye: great way to end the album. 9/10
I would give this album a 9/10. Good album but it needed Losin Myself MAW 12" as a bonus track"