1988: Chrysalis VK 41634
When I tracked down a copy of this, something like 20 years after it came out, I was looking for more of that electrifying clarity of voice and energy that Bertei provided as the female voice on Thomas Dolbys 1984 single Hyperactive. Alas, thats really not to be found here. Most of the album is lamentably predictable and interchangeable mid-1980s synthesizer instrumentation and dull songwriting. Things only pick up at the end, for me anyway, with the intriguing Hollywood (intriguing not so much for its who-is-she-referring-to storyline but for its slippery chord changes) and the closing track Love This Way. None of it is conclusive in any way, except insofar as its a damned shame Bertei didnt strut her vocal abilities in any better material than this.
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