Laury B. | Canada | 06/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It was 1988. After years of playing in small clubs, Kurt Harland (who was known as Kurt Valaquen back then), Jim Cassidy, Paul Robb and, later on, Amanda Kramer, struck a record deal with Tommy Boy/Warner Bros and recorded their first album without realizing that it would be their ticket to this crazy roller coaster ride called fame. Of course, they had to make some sacrifices : their electronic, Kraftwerk-influenced music, in order to be more top-40, radio-friendly, was turned into a brilliant blend of pop, funk and dance that would propel Information Society to the top of the charts. The first single off their eponymous effort, What's on your mind (which has one of the catchiest choruses ever in my opinion), was an instant success in the summer of '88 and still remains one of the most memorable songs from the synth-pop era. With a profusion of Star Trek samples and infectious beats, the rest of the album is equally satisfying, with Walking Away and Something in the Air among the highlights. InSoc was never able to repeat the success of their first album, but it was enough to give them a loyal and still surprisingly-large fan base and make people dance for decades to come."
Still Dancing After All These Years
Paul Allaer | Cincinnati | 05/25/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I recently bought the CD to replace the vinyl I no longer play, and it's like revisiting an old friend after all these years. Think of Information Society as The Human League minus that band's "We're serious musicians. Please respect us!" attitude. While the album is best known for the hit "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)", that is actually one of the weaker tracks. Listen instead to I.S. taking on ABBA's "Lay All Your Love On Me", the stomping "Attitde" and the tongue-in-cheek final track "Make It Funky" (all 1 min 40 sec of it!). This is what great dance music in the late 80's was like."
One for your collection
Allan Guzman Paniagua | 04/19/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For those people who like classic albums instead of "greatest hits" kind of albums this is one of them. I specially preffer the original albums with the classics on it. If you want to have an album part of that age of alternative and electronic reborn this is an acurate purchase. Problably is not a great album with a great sound but have a couple of great songs apart from "What's on your mind" such "over the sea" and tomorrow. For me is part of my first years high school soundtrack. Enjoy!!!"