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|3.5 great||Robbit | May 31st 16|
PLEASURE VICTIM is a great time capsule for fans of early 1980s synth pop & new wave. Much of the attention surrounding Berlin was elicited by their provocative vocalist Terri Nunn, as well as the racy lyrics for a few of these songs. The first single "Sex (I'm A)", which plays like a modernist of Donna Summer's "Love To Love You Baby". MTV exposure via promotional videos for "The Metro" (my favorite track) and "Masquerade" helped boost the band's profile even more. Musically, Berlin's synthesizer dominated sound was given a little extra edge here with some occasional backing guitar. The exploitative nature of Berlin's songs keep this from being essential for me, but I'd easily recommend this to fans of New Wave music.
|3.5 great||Colin Rinehart | October 26th 10|
Berlin's breakthrough LP is harrowing early 80s synthpop at it's most exploitative, but also at it's finest. Songs like "The Metro" and "Sex (I'm a...)" are definitive songs in the realm of synthpop and new wave. Though best remembered for their smash hit "Take My Breath Away" from the Top Gun soundtrack, this is their best work and is a must-have for any fan of synthpop and/or new wave.
|4.5 superb||arcane | November 26th 12|
|4.5 superb||joyless | February 5th 12|
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