Gina G - Fresh! (1997)

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  1. straightorbroken

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    The sheer momentous opulence of Gina G's iconic Fresh! album was impossible to top. The fact that the strawberry blonde singer never got her shot to try is besides the point - combining coquetish glamour with radiant drag-identified femininity and serving it with rampant, frothy Hi-NRG signified a unique liberation for camp gays everywhere. Hook subsiding meaning notwithstanding, Gina's girly but never quite trite delivery always expressing erotic longing, an insatiable appetite for admiring hot boys, energetic distress and hair-tossing abandon on the G-A-Y stage for years to come.

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    Camp emergency siren Ooh Ahh ... Just A Little Bit is every bit as gushing as I'm In The Mood For Dancing or Kelly Marie's Feels Like I'm In Love especially, but far more exuberant. Like those other singles, the song is uncoverable - it remains the singers heartbeat-skipping theme tune whether she likes it or not. The kinetic production travels fast, the beats violating your right for consent. The frolicsome, giddy carnage wouldn't mean a thing without Gina sucking us right in: 'you're my love, you're my sweetest thing' is delivered before you can catch your breath.

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    The title-track Fresh! with airy pants-off panting and a rippling guitar riff, all deliberately echoing a jingle with 1950s catchprasing, conveying bathing suit glamour in heels. The funky Bayside Boys remix yanks the Macarena bassline from under your feet and it's a perfect fit for those revolving 'whoooh-oh-oh-whoah-oh-oh' bits. It's ageing worse than Julie Goodyear in HD though, but I still love this one.

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    Flemenco flutterer Ti Amo bats its lashes in the direction of La Isla Bonita, applying an extra layer of pining euro-pop fantasia. The more bombastic Bayside Boys, more fiesty Basstown, and more better Metro 'Summer of Love' edits infinitely indulge the romantic sense of getting pregnant in Ibiza.

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    Just like her fans, Everytime I Fall is helplessly passive. The Todd Terry radio edit and Metro remix offer the song's definative experiences. Follow The Light doesn't quite erupt into a poppers o'clock banger, but Gina's sense of direction is worth listening to even if it might get you run over.

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    The immodestly hormonal dispersal of Gimme Some Love is standard fare gear-shifting Hi-NRG, no more no less, but the Eurobeat single edit remedies this with a flush of sweeping whoooshing disco lubrication. The perfect vehicle for a swift vocal style that craves a fast melody so you don't have to think about its limitations too much.

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    The ecstatic disco heart-attack Rhythm of My Life, compels a lapse in diplomacy when Gina blurts out 'my brother doesn't like you, my sister thinks you're cool' which is on par with the magnificently pugnacious opening line to Jellyhead By Crush ('so what if your jeans are torn, they've been torn since Bros were cool'). Manufactured from Motiv8's already existing Rocking For Myself, one can't hold it against Gina when she's on particularly forthcoming form.

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    The sumptuous I Belong To You glides with glossy production wherein her unquenchable desire accommodates Roadways surfing electronica, as she blushes, 'like a river to the sea'. The telegraphic precision of the lyrics, usurping jaccuzzi of eurodance, and Gina's heartwarming reassureance all equal a nervous overload of vanishing point euphoria. Gina's cool, brittle and enticing vocals hyperventalate once more on the anthemic Higher Than Love. One of the many opportunities for a single.

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    On an album largely consumed by an inability to control one's emotions around other hot people, Gina's cautious guard on the wintry mid-tempo ballad It Doesn't Mean Goodbye is the only song where she seems to reveal a genuine human being beyond the killer hook and killer heels. Not merely pretty (which it most definately is), the singer's inner turmoil is illuminated by beaming synths sharply ignited with a tender melancholy. It's an ironic send off given her subsequent career nosedive, and whenever I hear Gina's final whisper 'it doesn't mean goodbye' I can't help but cry out loud 'oh but it did Gina'. The track plays on her best qualities - her perfumey voice creates a genuine mist of pathos, searching for answers.

    Gina's Fresh! surpasses most greatest hit compilations.



     
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  2. Suomi

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    well, you make a convincing argument
     
  3. Ag

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    Always one LP that escaped my GRASP. That awful cover put me RIGHT OFF.
     
  4. Shirley

    Shirley BIG-HEARTED BUNNY

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    It was NEVER OFF THE IN-CAR CD PLAYER with the LUTON GAY MASSIVE in NINETY-SEVEN

    Oh! my days of TARTING ROUND THE HOME COUNTIES
     
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  5. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    As you all know I'm incredibly BUTCH but that album contains some LIFE ANTHEMS. Gimme Some Love and Higher Than Love are orgasmic.
     
  6. VoR

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    I LOVE IT (non-shock)

    Ti Amo is genuinely a great pop song IMO. As is Ooh Aah, obv.
     
  7. RobotBoy

    RobotBoy BANG BANG

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    In 2008 in Belgrade, there was a Serbian language cover of Ti Amo playing on the radio.

    This is an album of GIDDY HIGHS and rubbish lows.
     
  8. Slave

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    I think it's pretty solid throughout. Even the ballads are still Europop nonsense. Admittedly the whole thing might be a bit MUCH in one sitting, but I've certainly enjoyed each and every track over the years.
     
  9. Eileen

    Eileen All the better to see you with, my dear.

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    Having about 8* mixes of Ti Amo EACH on CD1 and CD2 of the single was VERY NECESSARY.



    *probably not actually anywhere near 8 but still quite a few.
     
  10. Pipo

    Pipo extra large & extra hard

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    I LIVED for I Belong To You as an 11YO back then, HILARIOUS.
     
  11. Ag

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    Let's FACE IT. Ooh Aah included it was FORCED POP with hardly a worthy HOOK in SIGHT.

    I do love Ooh Ahh. The rest cannot really be said for her other singles.
     
  12. Ag

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    ACTUALLY 'Gimme Some Love' was on the Ag walkman circa 97.
     
  13. straightorbroken

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    Oh to me the album is a total fluke, she's never really came close to re-creating herself as a valid dance/pop star apart from her song Heaven. Her new single Next 2 U is nice and appealing, but the hooks ARE minimal, yes, but it's all about the production and style of it all allowing her to get away with it.
     
  14. Sheena

    Sheena MAKE IT QUICK, LUCILLE!

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    It's good but beyond the singles there's some awful filler...
     
  15. aquaplex

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    For those that have missed it the album has finally been fixed on Digital and 4 of the singles are online now too with the others to follow. Eurovision gays are ecstatic
     
  16. Shirley

    Shirley BIG-HEARTED BUNNY

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    Let's face it considering SOME of the TAT that Eurovision gays get ecstatic about that's no recommendation
     
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  17. straightorbroken

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    Now we just need to campaign for her to re-upload the original Next 2 U music video where she gets trolleyed (not in the Tracy Shaw sense) and has a threesome with two twins.
     

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