Saturday, April 05, 2008

541. Tina Turner - Private Dancer (1984)

Track Listing

1. I Might Have Been Queen
2. What's Love Got To Do With It
3. Show Some Respect
4. I Can't Stand The Rain
5. Private Dancer
6. Let's Stay Together
7. Better Be Good To Me
8. Steel Claw
9. Help


Well there is one good thing that can be said for this album. Tina has a great voice... actually there's two good things... it isn't a double album. Although Tina does have a pretty good voice the album is in balance pretty shitty.

The fact that most of the album relies on synths but does not embrace them is one of those things from the 80's that does not stand the test of time. A synth is fine when it is admittedly a synth and not trying to be anything else, but when it tries to mimic instruments, as it does repeatedly here, it sounds like shit.

Then you have the really big hits, like What's Love Got To Do With It, one of the greatest sinners in the sin of synth mimicry. Or Private Dancer, that even though it is the best song in the album sounds like what it is, a Dire Straits reject track. I blame the producers. Avoid.

Track Highlights

1. Private Dancer
2. I Can't Stand The Rain
3. Help
4. What's Love Got To Do With It

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

The album was an outstanding success. Private Dancer has been certified 5 × Platinum (5 million) in the United States and sold around 250,000 each week for 2 months. Worldwide the album has been estimated having sold 14 million copies, but also some few sources estimating it sold over 20 million copies.

A prize piece of 80s nonsense... Private Dancer video:

Somehow I don't think that is the type of Private Dancing the music refers to.

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