|All Artists: Starship|
Title: No Protection
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Pop, Rock
Style: Adult Contemporary
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
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Johnny Boy | Hockessin, DE | 08/05/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This album was a real disappointment. As a longtime Airplane and Jefferson Starship fan, as well as a casual Starship fan, this is, by a long shot, their worst effort. The songs, besides 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,' are colorless and tuneless, unlike their previous effort, 'Knee Deep In The Hoopla,' the album is a waste of time.
While 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' is a great song, and while I'm not an '80s pop rock fan, that song is near flawless. Slick and Thomas' voices combine together quite nicely on that song.
The other songs here, however, aren't. 'The Children' is a terrible song, probably one of my least favorite songs of the '80s. While 'It's Not Over' is not a terrible song, it isn't a great song, either.
Out of the three Airplane projects, Starship was, without a doubt, the weakest. Mickey Thomas has a great voice, no doubt, but combined with synth pop arrangements, it's not that good.
'Knee Deep In The Hoopla' wasn't a great album, either. 'Sara' and 'We Built This City' were the only truly great songs on that one.
After this album, Grace Slick, aged 47 at the time this was released, left Starship to become a part of Jefferson Airplane's first and as of 2008 only reunion. Thomas became sole leader of Starship after Slick's departure.
Overall, unless you are a die-hard Jefferson Airplane fan, I wouldn't buy this. Starship was a pretty weak band, although 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' is a great song. Just pick up 'VH1 Behind The Music: Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship' for the hits and nothing but, or if you want their more romantic songs, just buy 'Love Songs.'
My advice would be to avoid this album. Two stars for 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now,' but otherwise, this is not a good album. It's not terrible, but it's not good, either.
Recommended only for '80s and/or Starship die-hard fans. Buy it if you see it in a bargain bin."
Worthy Follow Up To Knee Deep in the Hoopla
Anthony Vera | 02/01/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As far as musical integrity and importance..STARSHIP doesnt come to mind. As far as light airy 80's rock songs, STARSHIP comes in for a dead center landing right into my brain. Knee Deep In The Hoopla( 1985) had 3-4 catchy songs and so does "No Protection" (1987). I liked the opening track "The Beat Patrol". Then there's the song from Mannequin "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now." That song could have been marketed as part of a "BAND-AID" project for stopping world hunger at the time.
"Set the Night To Music" is Spot-on for another solid hit. "Let the Children Follow" is catchy. In a nutshell, Starship followed suit from their previous album. Maybe it doesnt have quite the ultimate cheeziness of "Sara" and "We Built This City" but there's plenty of cheese whiz for you to enjoy. I know I do."