"WOW! DOUBLE WOW! I'm sorry but I call this my fave Taylor Dayne album! I think Taylor has like the neatest voice, she can rock and then pull off a ballad just in a blink of an eye! I think that "Can't Fight Fate" is a gem. The poppy hit "With Every Beat Of My Heart" starts it off, leading off to the hard-rockin' "I'll Be Your Shelter" than that mega hit, "Love Will Lead You Back" is a beautiful ballad and follows another (and one of my fave tracks) hit "Heart Of Stone" which is another great ballad. Next are the fillers which are excellent. I just love "Up All Night" as well as "Wait For Me". "Ain't No Good" is rockin' and so is the title track, "I Know The Feeling" is not as powerful as "Love Will Lead" and "Heart" but it's got that Taylor boost that makes it another Taylor great. "You Mean The World To Me" is kinda sappy and cheesy but heck! who cares, it's not that bad! The musicship is great on this album, you have to buy it! If you want some more good Taylor music check out the "Greatest Hits" and her debut album."
Queen of the Dance Divas
Aaron | Ohio, USA | 02/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Taylor Dayne is one of the most underrated pop artists of the last 20 years. Her voice is immense, her songs are some of the best pop gems of the last two decades. She is definitely in my top 10 favorite women singers of all time. In the late 80's and early 90's, she dominated the pop charts along with the likes of other dance pop divas such as Paula Abdul and Jody Watley. This was her second and probably best album. It spawned four top 20 hits and showed that Ms Dayne had a knack for pop music. The first single "With Every Beat of My Heart" is in the tradition of the her hit singles from her debut. It's very catchy and gave her a huge top 10 hit. The hits kept coming from there. "Love Will Lead You Back" is probably her signature song and became her only #1 hit. With its soulful singing and beautiful chorus, the song is still recognizable today. "I'll Be Your Shelter" was also a top 5 hit. Like LWLYB, it was also written by Diane Warren and showed Taylor Dayne at the top of her game belting it out. Who can resist those "Na na na's?" "Heart of Stone" wasn't as successful as the other three monster hits, but was still a hit nethertheless cracking the top 20. But the singles aren't the only good songs on here. "Up All Night" could've easily been a hit with its dance beat and great vocals. "You Meant the World To Me" is also definitely a favorite of mine. It's catchy as hell and it's a real shame it was never a single.I really hope that Taylor Dayne makes a comeback. She was huge from 1988-1993 and that era produced some of the best pop music ever with help from her. All pop fans need to check out her music. You won't be disappointed."
Cant Fight Fate
gibraud | Braintree, MA United States | 03/05/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent album, "With Every Beat Of My Heart" is my favorite song, but this album features her only number one hit "Love Will Lead You Back". After following her major success of Tell It To My Heart, she followed through and she is still around, she just had a dance/club hit. Go Taylor Dayne!"
An overlooked pop classic
fgaertn | Atlanta GA | 07/07/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Taylor Dayne's second CD, "You Can't Fight Fate," was one of my favorite CDs of 1990. While her first CD was rushed out to capitalize on the surprise success of her first hit, "Tell It To My Heart," it was clear that with this CD, Arista was grooming her for stardom. The production was tighter, the songwriters included such heavy hitters as Diane Warren and Marvin Hamlisch, and the packaging was first-rate. This CD spawned four major hits, including the #1 single, "Love Will Lead You Back" and sold more than two million copies in the US. Unfortunately she was unable to maintain the momentum that this CD created, but you can still enjoy the great music Taylor recorded here.It was clear from the outset that Clive Davis, Arista's president, wanted to move Taylor out of the dance music scene where she began. The CD was kicked off with a dancey pop song, "With Every Beat Of My Heart." This song was a throwback to Taylor's first two hits, but with enough pop elements in it to have broader-based appeal. The next two singles, the ballad "Love Will Lead You Back" and Tina Turner-soundalike "I'll Be Your Shelter," were designed to continue to show her versatility. And certainly Taylor was versatile - she could handle ballads, dance tracks, and rock rave-ups with equal aplomb. In fact, I would argue that Taylor is more of a rock singer than a dance singer - her two best performances on this CD are the most rock-influenced. The confidence she displays on "You Can't Fight Fate" (which shares a riff with "Back in Black") and "Ain't No Good" brings both songs home.The true mark of a good pop album is the quality of the non-singles, and "You Can't Fight Fate" overflows with overlooked singles. "Up All Night", "Wait For Me", and "You Meant The World To Me" are all fast-paced, toe-tapping songs, while "I Know The Feeling" is a torchy ballad. Personally, I like "You Can't Fight Fate" (a smash hit in the waiting) and "Ain't No Good" because they are the least formulaic songs on here. However, even the more formulaic songs have their charms.The bottom line is, if you liked the singles from this CD, you'll love the whole CD. Buy it now and you won't be disappointed. Very few pop albums are this satisfying."
An Underrated Pop Masterpiece
Chris S. | atlanta, ga United States | 06/28/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though Taylor Dayne garnered a ton of success with her debut album, she really hit on something with the release of CAN'T FIGHT FATE, which to this day is one of the best records to come out of the late eighties/early nineties. While TELL IT TO MY HEART was for the most part made up of dance tracks and R&B ballads, CFF manages to encompass several musical genres, whether they be dance('Up All Night'),pop('Heart Of Stone'), or adult contemporary('Love Will Lead You Back'). What's even more surprising is her incorporation of rock elements, wonderfully displayed on such tracks as the title cut and 'Ain't No Good'.
The highlight of the album, however, is the first-rate single 'I'll Be Your Shelter', which not only remains possibly her best record ever, but stands as one of the few first-rate compositions from ubiquitous songwriter-for-hire Diane Warren. Vocally, Dayne remains in a league all by herself--comparisons to Tina Turner notwithstanding, she injects more fire and passion into a syllable than latter-day "divas" Mariah and Celine can muster in an album's length of material. A must-have for any fan of music in general, period."