Desperate Review

artist: Divinyls date: 09/19/2008 category: compact discs
Divinyls: Desperate
Released: 1983
Genre: Rock, New Wave
Label: Chrysalis Records
Number Of Tracks: 10
Desperate is the first studio album and the second album by Australian band Divinyls, released in 1983 by Chrysalis Records.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 9
Desperate Reviewed by: westozrocker, on september 19, 2008
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Sound: The Sound of Early Divinyls is rock and roll with a hardened punk edge and a unique and original blend of pop and new wave. During the recording of Desperate, Divinyls managed to capture a sound as close as possible to their dynamic live performances. // 9

Lyrics: Chrissy Amphlett's struggles and triumphs of cutting it in the male dominated rock scene loom large in her writing with the hit "Boys In Town" being a prime example. Aside from her toughness, grit and snear, she also expresses vulnerability in songs such as "Only Lonely" and brings the tale of an old lonely woman frighteningly alive during "Elsie". Mark McEntee from day one knew the best way to craft the bands arrangements playing the right guitar tones for Chrissy's unique vocals. Chrissy Amphlett has a powerful voice. She could put there fear in the audience with gut wrenching growls but also had a unique pop sensibility best used in the songs, "Science Fiction" and "Ring Me Up". // 9

Overall Impression: Desperate, in my opinion sits right up at the top with any early 80's rock/new wave recording. Many fans and Chrissy herself rate it Divinyls best album. Each song is notable in their own way. Several songs go down in OZ Rock folklore with one hard rocking cover version of Easybeats "Make You Happy". This leaves a few songs that were not as popular but well worth discovering such as "Take A Chance" and "Victoria". I loved Divinyls early raw and rocking sound before they comprimised for a more commercial friendly pop/rock sound which did finally grant them international success. // 9

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