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Album Review

Following up her enormously popular debut, Out of the Blue, Debbie Gibson sought to grow from the teen fan base she had established, while not alienating those who made her a household name. The result is slickly produced teen pop, like her debut, but it's not as squeaky clean or as compulsively likable. That is not to say it's a bad album. "Lost in Your Eyes" is a pretty ballad that showcases her songwriting skills, her clear voice, and her talent on the piano. "Electric Youth" is a bouncy, frenetic song that is ridiculously sing-alongable, but at the same it is time hard to really identify with it unless you're 12 (or at least young at heart). "We Could Be Together," in which she basically tells her friends and family to go fly a kite, is practically anthemic in its joy at taking a risk on love: "I'll take this chance/I'll make this choice/I'll give up my security/for just the possibility/that we could be together/for a while." It's teen pop at its best: it makes you feel young, it makes you want to sing, it makes you want to fall in love. "Silence Speaks (A Thousand Words)" is a beautiful ballad about lack of communication that is vastly different from any of her other work, with a flute solo and lyrics that many adult songwriters can't nail. The same can be said for "No More Rhyme," a minor hit about a relationship's first hurdle. Gibson really exercised her writing chops on those songs, but much of the rest the album is only passable filler; "Who Loves Ya Baby?," "Helplessly in Love," and "Over the Wall" do little more than give her voice a reason to shine, while "Shades of the Past" is excruciatingly grating.

Customer Reviews

Original Pop Princess of her time

Before Britney and now Miley. Debbie Gibson is a gifted and talented songstress who wrote and either produced or co produced her own albums . Unlike Miley she's got more talent and a good head on her shoulders. This album is a great reminder of Debbie's talent in songwriting with the spirited ballad "Lost in Your Eyes" and to the high voltage title track Electric Youth that was Deb's anthem for the new generation it was a way of life , live positively upbeat , freedom of expression. Debbie kept a wholesome and pure image during the 1980's and this album is a good example of a Pop Princess can write and produce and arrange music. Debbie was like Pop music's Taylor Swift because she writes her own songs . this album is a must for true Debbie fans :)

i love this album

i love this album it brings back memeories back in the 90s where my cousin always plays these song when we have a family gatherings i miss those days

Electric Album!!!!!!

OMG!!! I love Debbie...the original QUEEN OF POP!! Lost In Your Eyes is a classic and STILL one of my favorites of all time AND one of the best songs ever written or recorded! This album is a classic!!


Born: August 31, 1970 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Pop

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

Debbie Gibson became a pop phenomenon in the late '80s, scoring a string of hit singles when she was only 17. Although she was still a teenager, Gibson showed signs of being a talented pop craftsman, capable of making catchy dance-pop in the style of Madonna, as well as lush, orchestrated ballads. Gibson's time at the top of the charts was brief, but...
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Electric Youth, Debbie Gibson
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Rock, Dance, Pop/Rock, Teen Pop
  • Released: Jan 10, 1989

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