Debbie Gibson blows it with “Electric Youth”

Posted: January 26, 2012 in Pop
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You gotta hand it to Debbie, er Deborah Gibson: she writes and produces her own music. Better yet, she became the youngest woman to ever produce her own #1 hit with Foolish Beat in the ’80s.

Gibson is a talented pop artist – there’s no question about that. Her voice fits her craft very well and she proves this fact for the most part on her sophmore effort, 1989’s Electric Youth. But it’s not without its caveats. Unfortunately, those caveats arekindabig.

She starts out with the beautiful track Who Love Ya Baby. This song is very reminiscent of the title track of her first album, 1986’s Out of the Blue. It’s definetly a more grown-up, less puppy love, version of her early work.

However, the rest of the album is rather repetitive. In Debbie’s case there is too much bubblegum so much that it’s saccharin! This is true on such tracks as Helplessly In Love

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