""Total Eclipse of the Heart" - The song of hers that everyone has heard. An excellent remake of Bonnie Tyler's song. Bonnie's version is slightly better, but only because she did it first."Did You Ever Really Love Me" - A nice not-quite-techno song that makes a great dance song. The first ballad on this CD is a winner, though the chorus seems a bit out of place with the rest of the song."Forever And A Day" - A faster song, well sung, with an interesting melody. Not as good as "Did You Ever..." but a good song in its own right."I'll Be Waiting" - Slower than the previous three tracks, this song is a decent ballad. The harmonies, though, are rather weak compared to other songs she sings."Is There Anybody Out There?" - By far the best song on this CD. Fast, energetic, and slightly haunting. The melody and harmony on this song mesh perfectly. This might be Ms. French's best song in her whole catalog."Never In a Million Years" - This is a very upbeat song, sounding almost like a mid-70's song rather than the mid-90's song it really is. Not bad, but it's got a tough act to follow."For All We Know" - This Carpenters cover unfortunately falls rather flat. At times, the vocals get lost in the music and it's easy to tell that this song was far better done by the Carpenters."Secrets" - The title track is another excellent song, making the choice of titles quite justified. The vocals are a bit low, but the music just accents the vocals, rather than hiding them the way "For All We Know" did."Something About You" - A rather poor song. The chorus is repetitive, and there's very little variation through the entire song."Voice of America" - A mediocre song. An excellent chorus and melody is betrayed by very weak verses. Worth listening to every few passes through the CD, but not good enough for every time through.All in all, a rather average CD. "Is There Anybody Out There," "Secrets," and "Total Eclipse of the Heart" make it worth picking up all by themselves. The average songs are listenable, and none of them are truly unlistenable. I'm quite pleased with my copy."
Brazilian version is much better
Joćo Carlos de Souza | Brazil | 07/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nicki French is a fantastic singer, my favorite! Here in Brazil, the album secrets has more than 4 top 5 songs! And the brazilian version of the album has 17 tracks, not 10! All Nicki French songs are very good in dance versions, but the US release has the pop vs! That's why I think the Brazilian version, released by Paradoxx music is much better. It has also the tracks "Heaven Is A Place On Earth", "Stop In The Name Of Love". Here in br Nicki is known as a dance singer, not pop. If you could, get the brazilian version of the album Secrets. Remember: the dance version of Total Eclipse Of The Heart is fantastic!"
EL (email@example.com) | bay area, CA | 05/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm with the last person who commented, I heard "Total Eclipse of the Heart," and I was beyond hooked, I was obsessed. Today, I called a radio station after they had played it and got the D.J. to tell me who the artist was, and now I'm here. From what I've heard, the other songs on this alblum are as good as the first, and I'm going to search all the music stores 'till I find a copy."
Tired and uninspiring - definitely not one of Stock-Aitken's
Glen Zimmerman | West Bumblefuch, USA | 12/15/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Despite songwriting and backing musical support by Mike Stock and Matt Aitken (Pete Waterman was no longer part of the trio by now), this album falls far short of the great albums of the eighties that the trio was known for. For starters, Nicki French's singing ability is average at best, and her limp, lifeless remake of "Total Eclipse Of The Heart," would probably make Bonnie Tyler laugh. The beats and melodies are also pretty tired all around, and even if this album were to be looked at simply from the perspective of "pretty face to sing mindless dreck," it fails there because Nicki French isn't even particularly cute (at least I don't think so). "Something About You," has a decent beat and is probably the catchiest and best song on the album, however, it's still nothing really special, and some purists may be soured by the fact that it was originally a Carpenters song."
Aaron Merkel | Kutztown, PA USA | 07/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Wow, 1995, what a year. Everytime I hear this CD it takes me back. The music is not always STELLAR QUALITY, but it's just fun fun fun. No Lady Gaga, Pink, or Brittany Spears massed produced same sounding garbage just to sell CD's. Check this one out for a good time :)"