Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 02/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Cathy Dennis has spent most of her musical career behind the shadows, primarily as a song-writer, but she made a huge splash in 1990 with Move to This, her debut solo album. This is one of the best dance albums of that decade, but it is much more than just another dance album.During the four years that went into this album's production, Dennis worked with D Mob to record the song C'mon and Get My Love, and this served as the introduction of her voice to the public. Some have called this song a dance anthem, and there can be no doubt that it gets the body moving with its intense energy and unflagging beat. More great dance songs were to come, significant hits in the form of Just Another Dream, All Night Long (Touch Me), and Move to This. Dancin' Danny D of D Mob backs Dennis up on Just Another Dream (although he sounds a little too much like Rick Astley here for my comfort); this is the song that made me a fan, although Dennis' most memorable hit is probably All Night Long (Touch Me). The dance songs that didn't see release are really just as good as any on the album: Everybody Move bursts with energy, Got to Get Your Love takes a backseat to no track, and Taste Your Love finishes the album off with great pep and emotion.Some critics were never won over by Cathy Dennis' voice, but I cannot agree with their oftentimes negative assessment of the few stray ballads on this CD. Too Many Walls paints a poignant picture of a love that could have been, and its run up the singles charts was none too shabby. My Beating Heart makes for a second ballad that does much to disprove Dennis' lack of range. You won't find any poetic musings to philosophize over in these lyrics, but Dennis' soulful delivery is a far cry indeed from throwaway pop. The only weak track on the CD, as far as I am concerned, is Tell Me - this song basically just lies there giving few signs of life. The other nine tracks more than make up for this one lackluster effort, however.Cathy Dennis remains a force in music today, writing such hits as Can't Get You Out of My Head for Kylie Minogue. While her solo career faded in the mid-1990s, Move to This stands as a lasting testament to her talent. She co-wrote nine of the album's ten songs, was heavily involved in the mixing and production of the album, and created something that holds up remarkably well all these years later."
I'm still "moving to this" now!
Anthony Morelli | Montreal, Canada | 10/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love the cd. Miss Dennis likes to make people move with songs like "Move to this", "c'mon & get my love", "All night long(touch me)" and "Just another dream". These songs have remained my favorite 4. When I bought it, I was crazy to pay[the price]for 10 songs, but I really wanted the disc. Only 2 days ago, did I record her music onto a mini-disc. It brings back good memories to hear her dance club hits. I'll never tire of her energy packed music and her cute British accent. "Move to this" is better than her follow up cd, "Into the skyline". Cathy Dennis won my heart then and she still wins it now. The reason why I rated the cd only 4 stars, is because I was disappointed in the sound-alike quality of the first 3 tracks. Cathy should have changed the tone of the background music, to differ the songs altogether. But then again, artists usually take a sound and stay with it for an album or two.I'll say it again. I love the cd. I think you'll appreciate it too."
Marvellous dance and pop music, criminally overlooked.
D. Mok | Los Angeles, CA | 10/13/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Cathy Dennis' debut, Move to This, is one of those head-scratching anomalies in pop-music history. Ever since the market became albums-driven, four Top 10 singles from one album would usually get the album at least a platinum record. Instead, the singles from Move to This were all over the airwaves in 1990 and 1991, but the record itself barely dented the charts. The album climbed as high as the 50s on Billboard's Albums chart, I think, and a search of the RIAA's database yields no records of gold or platinum awards.
To this day, people remember songs like "Touch Me (All Night Long)", "Just Another Dream" and "Too Many Walls", but the album languishes in the out-of-print wasteland. Perhaps it was Dennis' slightly kitschy Louise Brooks haircut, or the cheesy colour scheme of the album cover.
It's a shame, because Move to This was just an excellent dance/pop record. D-Mob's "C'mon and Get My Love" (rightly included here), with lead vocals by Dennis, already heralded a dance vocalist of remarkable confidence, and "Just Another Dream" was one of those singles that grabbed your ear with a few notes. And "Too Many Walls" remains a radio staple today, with its spritely beat, memorable melodies, and Dennis' knowingly innocent lead vocal making for a perfect pop ballad. The moody Europop of "Tell Me" and the pulsating club beat of the title track are also highlights.
On a musical front, the only drawback is that the uptempo dance songs sound a little similar arrangement-wise, with the heavy club beats and '80s-pop keyboards permeating all the tracks. However, they are certainly no more repetitive than any other club-style dance record, and Dennis' singing is just superlative. So now, almost 15 years after this record was released, I remain baffled as to why it's more a cult hit than the evergreen hits trove it really is. "
A Great Debut From Cathy
Alan Caylow | USA | 05/14/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)
"British pop singer Cathy Dennis was one of 1990's biggest success stories with her debut album, "Move To This," which scored Cathy three Top Ten hits in the U.S. (or four Top Ten hits if you count her 1989 hit song with D-Mob, "C'Mon And Get My Love," which is also featured here). This is an excellent, solid pop album by this very beautiful, very gifted singer & songwriter. Cathy co-produced "Move To This" with Phil Bodger and co-wrote nine of the album's ten songs, and they're all wonderfully catchy, upbeat, and melodic, with Cathy's singing voice SO very lovely. The hits are all here: "C'Mon And Get My Love," "Just Another Dream," the #2 smash "Touch Me (All Night Long)," and the beautiful ballad "Too Many Walls." Other winners include the catchy dancefloor ditties "Everybody Move," the title track, "Got To Get Your Love" and "Taste My Love," and the sweet pop ballads "Tell Me" and "My Beating Heart." Great sparkling production, irresistible songs, and Cathy's wonderfully angelic voice add up to a very classy, top-notch pop album.I rate "Move To This" 4 stars instead of a perfect 5 for two reasons. Although I love "Move To This," and it IS the album that Cathy Dennis is the best known for, with all of her biggest hits on it, I think she really did top herself with her next two albums, "Into The Skyline" (my personal fave), and "Am I The Kinda Girl," in which Cathy got even more involved with the songwriting, played keyboards, and came up with a pair of albums that are, in my opinion, even *better* than "Move To This." Also, the album version of "Touch Me (All Night Long)," though I like it just fine, is NOT the hit version you heard on the radio. Cathy's vocals are the same, but the music mix is not. To get your hands on the hit radio mix of "Touch Me," you need to buy a dance mix compilation CD, like "Party Central" or "Dance Mix USA." But other than that, "Move To This" is a marvelous, classic debut album from the Queen Of Pop, Cathy Dennis. Put it on, and move to this!"
JUST ANOTHER FAST DREAM!
S. Quinto | Guatemala, Guatemala | 10/15/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
""Move To This" was a pure expression of pop-dance music, well crafted by Miss Dennis and several producers(including Nile Rodgers, hit producer of 1980's diana album from Miss Ross, and 1984's Like a Virgin from Madonna), this album is pure 90's dance beat! with catchy lyrics and undoubtly overproduced tracks that satisfy music demands on those days. This album espawned 5 singles only 4 of them became hits, the most famous one "Touch Me(All Night Long)" it's a delightful dance track that will keep in many peoples mind as a fast loving pleading song, "Just Another Dream" the first single is not far to sound just the same as the previous but still a joyous joint, "Cmon and Get My Love" her debut single with DMOB release 2 years before, as a Dmob track feat. Cathy... well this is a dance track too and a instant club hit, "Too Many Walls" although many people will feel like Ms. Dennis can't hit a ballad, this song prove them wrong achieving the top 10 of the Billboard, but not grounding Dennis as a holdhouse name, "Everybody Move" a great dance club hit, that sounded better in the remake made of it, included in the single and in some remastered versions of this album, "Move To This" the title track falls in the description of being another dance track that sounds the same as all the hits, but still doesn't bore you, all the other tracks complement this album as a debut that intended more than just another pop dance act, this album is a reminder that not all the dance artist are shallow and empty minded, Cathy Dennis indeed had a lot of talent and though her career as a performer stopped, her influence in UK music still goes on and on, prove of that, is that Dennis is a highly well recognized writer and producer, hitting with smashing singles like Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head" and S Club's "Never Had A Dream Come True", if you want to hear a clever dance album of the early 90's, this is the one to buy."