August 13, 2020

Animotion - Strange Behavior (1986)

*First pressing. 
Contains 10 tracks total.
Country: U.S.A.
Genre: Pop, Pop Rock
Label Number: 826 691-2 M-1

© 1986 Casablanca
AllMusic Review by Dan LeRoy
The sophomore effort from L.A. new wavers Animotion locates the exact midpoint between trendy synth pop and AOR crunch. Slickly produced by the well-traveled Richie Zito, the ten songs alternate bright keyboard stabs with guitarist Don Kirkpatrick's power chords, and every track has a hook that sounds market-tested -- making Strange Behavior play like the soundtrack to some mid-'80s action flick. That wouldn't be such a bad thing, since a few songs have real staying power -- in particular, song doctor Holly Knight's "I Engineer," with its chanted chorus and take-charge message. But, unfortunately, none of the tracks possess the same sleazy charm that made Animotion's 1985 single "Obsession" a pop and dance chart-topper. Hearing vocalists Bill Wadhams and Astrid Plane tossing bad pickup lines at each other on that song was a big part of its appeal, but here the pair is mostly disconnected, alternating leads and only playing off one another on "Out of Control," with much less impressive results. A little warmth -- or just carnal heat -- from the two would have gone a long way on this album, which is ultimately too cool and polished for its own good.

tags: animotion, strange behavior, 1986, flac,


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