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Album Review

Evolution is a limited-edition, two-disc set strictly for Dead or Alive enthusiasts. It's stylishly jam-packed for those who've writhed along to the band's campy dance-pop classics while witnessing Pete Burns' many obsessive facial transformations. Global chart hits such as "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" and "Brand New Lover" are here, as well as underground club favorites like "Something in My House," "Hooked on Love," and "Isn't It a Pity." Clearly, Burns was destined to be a part of the dance community because his songs reflect a dark yet fashionably slick desire that's perfectly tailored for the club scene. While he's not wildly inventive in song structure, he does get a perfect hook, and Evolution is the look back — and a march forward in the life of Dead or Alive. [This version of the album includes an additional CD of bonus material.]


Formed: Liverpool, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A British dance-pop group that found fame thanks to the antics of androgynous frontman Pete Burns, Dead or Alive formed in Liverpool in 1980. Burns first surfaced three years prior in the Mystery Girls, later heading the proto-goth rockers Nightmares in Wax; he founded Dead or Alive with keyboardist Marty Healey, guitarist Mitch, bassist Sue James, and drummer Joe Musker, debuting in 1980 with the Ian Broudie-produced Doors sound-alike "I'm Falling." "Number Eleven" followed, but just as the group...
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