12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Take My Breath Away” turned out to be a song too big for Berlin. The huge hit broke the band commercially beyond its wildest dreams and then broke it up. Singer Terri Nunn then spent years searching for the right outlet, but in the end she reformed Berlin with musicians who wanted to be there. Throughout the '10s, music from the '80s has made a comeback among hipsters and mainstream music fans alike. But it’s taken eight years for Berlin to arrive at 2013’s Animal, which features the gorgeous ‘80s-styled synth ballad “It’s the Way” and electronically modern dance rockers like the title track and “With the Lights On,” where Nunn smoothly and sultrily leads the band through material that sounds as if Berlin had been actively playing arenas all along. The Jefferson Airplane cover “Somebody to Love” takes the ‘60s classic into the next century; yet it’s a mere footnote compared to the fresh excitement behind “Don’t Make Me Regret It” and “Blame It on the World.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

“Take My Breath Away” turned out to be a song too big for Berlin. The huge hit broke the band commercially beyond its wildest dreams and then broke it up. Singer Terri Nunn then spent years searching for the right outlet, but in the end she reformed Berlin with musicians who wanted to be there. Throughout the '10s, music from the '80s has made a comeback among hipsters and mainstream music fans alike. But it’s taken eight years for Berlin to arrive at 2013’s Animal, which features the gorgeous ‘80s-styled synth ballad “It’s the Way” and electronically modern dance rockers like the title track and “With the Lights On,” where Nunn smoothly and sultrily leads the band through material that sounds as if Berlin had been actively playing arenas all along. The Jefferson Airplane cover “Somebody to Love” takes the ‘60s classic into the next century; yet it’s a mere footnote compared to the fresh excitement behind “Don’t Make Me Regret It” and “Blame It on the World.”

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About Berlin

This Los Angeles-based synth pop group, founded by bassist John Crawford, singer Terri Nunn, and keyboard player David Diamond, made its first national impression with the provocative single "Sex (I'm A...)" from the gold-selling debut EP Pleasure Victim in 1982. The group was filled out by guitarist Rick Olsen, keyboard player Matt Reid, and drummer Rob Brill. Berlin's first full-length LP was the gold Love Life in 1984. In 1985, the group was pared down to a trio of Crawford, Nunn, and Brill. Berlin topped the charts in 1986 with the single "Take My Breath Away," the love theme from the Tom Cruise movie Top Gun.

Nunn left for a solo career in 1987, and Crawford and Brill teamed up in the Big F. In 1999, the band reunited to record some new studio material and also performed a concert, which, along with the new songs, was released as 2000's Berlin Live: Sacred and Profane. This was followed a year later by a flurry of recording sessions that included co-writing tracks with Billy Corgan, among others. The end result, Voyeur, was their first full-length studio release in over 15 years. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • GENRE
    Rock
  • FORMED
    1982

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