"Debbie Gibson was the Britney Spears of the 80's. The big difference was, Debbie Gibson didn't use sex like Britney and Christina Aguilera have done in recent years. Debbie gained appeal through her songwriting and catchy pop songs. This was her 1987 debut and was a smash going muliplatinum and launching four top 5 singles for Debbie. Pretty much every kid had this album or at least one of the singles. "Only In My Dreams" and "Out of the Blue" are the best tracks. They're just great pop tunes that you can't help but sing along with. Debbie's biggest hit from this album was "Foolish Beat" which set records and became her first #1 single *she would have another one in 1989 with "Lost In Your Eyes."* "Shake Your Love" was the other huge hit with its bouncy beat and poppy lyrics. "Red Hot" and "Stay Together" are equally good songs and are right up there with the singles. After "Out of the Blue," Debbie would continue to be successful through-out the late 80's and into the early 90's with another multiplatinum release entitled "Electric Youth" in 1989 and the gold release "Anything Is Possible" in 1990. The cool thing about her was that she didn't compromise herself or her image in order to sell records. She made great pop and remained true to herself."
A good debut from one of a trio of 1987 female singers
Darren Harrison | Washington D.C. | 01/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There is one thing that the cable channel VH1 does very effectively. It allows one to relive moments from your childhood through its "I Love the [insert decade here]" series of shows. Born in the early 1970s, but with music tastes more in tune with the 1980s (when I really started to notice girls) I was sitting down to watch the episode covering 1987 when a familiar music video played across my television screen. Rewind almost 20 years and I was a 15-year old high school student in the United Kingdom. While all my friends were into heavy metal and speed metal bands I had a secret - I enjoyed and listened to pop songs and released that year were a trio of female singers, two of which would have a major impact on my life. First, was the incredibly beautiful French singer and actress Vanessa Paradis whose debut single "Joe Le Taxi" rocketed up the charts and to this day I collect any DVD or music that is released by her (which isn't much since she became the life partner to Johnny Depp). Second came Debbie Gibson (who now prefers to be known as Deborah). I immediately developed a teenage crush on the blonde singer/songwriter and joined DGIF (Debbie Gibson International Fanclub) before they had even settled on a name. To this day the only fan clubs I have ever joined was DGIF and Vanessa Paradis'. Debbie's first CD single "Only In My Dreams" was actually released in December 1986. But she did not appear on the British music scene until mid-1987 with the song "Shake Your Love," and it was this song that introduced me to the talented young performer (and the video of which made me sit up and take notice on VH1 recently). The songs on her debut album were all light hearted and good-natured (including my favorite "Red Hot") with a heavy reliance on rhythm and drum programming (this was after all the decade that saw a heavy use of synthesized tracks). Debbie's main competitor stateside was Tiffany who had risen up through performances at U.S. shopping malls. But whereas Tiffany was a product of cookie-cutter marketing and was fond of doing covers of others songs, Debbie wrote all her own material and represented a warm personality and a wholesome image that I appreciated. Debbie wholesome image took a hit in 2005 when, after almost two decades of refusing requests from Hugh Hefner, she agreed to pose topless for the men's magazine `Playboy.' But a quick google of her name and one comes to realize that Debbie may have vanished from the mainstream music scene but she still has legions of loyal fans and DGIF is still going strong. And it all started with this great selection of pop music."
Debut Album @ it's Best!
Tom Palces | MA, Philippines | 07/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Debbie Gibson debuted with this successful pop album which aims mainly on dance-pop oriented genre and comes up with radio-friendly tunes like the title track, and big top 40 hits such as Only In My Dreams, Shake Your Love, all have become pop classics even as we speak. But the real highlight of this album is the ballad, Foolish Beat, which top the charts and professes Debbie, at her creative singing-song- writing best. The other remaining tracks are delightful to listen also like Red Hot, Wake Up To Love and Fallen Angel. It's an album that anyone will enjoy, it's a classic!"
This album is one of my favorites of my collection.
Tom Palces | 04/20/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is Debbie Gibson at her best. She wrote music that is even today fun to listen to. And I can say that I have never gotten bored of listenning to this album. The only thing that bothers me about this album now, is that either the label or Debbbie Gibson herself has had the song, "Between The Lines", removed from the reissued version. Those of you who have not heard it do not know what is missing, but I tell you it makes the album much better."
The 80s teen-pop queen lives on!
Nick | Caldwell, ID USA | 10/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Debbie Gibson burst onto the scene in 1986 with the song "Only In My Dreams". Not long after, it went to #4, and she was on her way to stardom.
Soon enough, she released her first album, Out Of The Blue. Every song is just awesome, and shows that Debbie had the staying power. In addition to "Only In My Dreams", this album contains the hits "Out Of The Blue", "Shake Your Love", and the #1 hit "Foolish Beat", which earned Debbie the world record of youngest person to ever write, produce, and sing a #1 hit.
Other noteworthy songs include "Staying Together", which was released as a single but never charted too well; "Red Hot", an incredibly catchy dance number; "Fallen Angel", a rather funky song (love those tribal drums near the end!), and "Between The Lines", the album's closer and a great ballad. All in all, when you listen to the album you can see why it went double platinum. Obviously this girl's got talent, but why don't you be the judge? Buy it today, I'm sure you'll love it."