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Angela And The Rude - 1990 Young Souls

ARTIST: Angela And The Rude
ALBUM: Young Souls
SERIAL: 7940372
YEAR: 1990


LINEUP: Angela Groothuizen - vocals * Ruud Mulder - lead guitars * Nico Brandsen - organ, piano, keyboards * Pieter de Bruijn - keyboards, piano * Ivo Beverijns - bass * Hans Eijkenaar - drums * Tjeerd van Zanen - guitars

TRACK LISTING: 01 Pressure * 02 Livin' On Love * 03 Look Away * 04 One 11 * 05 Young Souls * 06 Find Me (In 1999) * 07 Shouldn't Do It * 08 Theresa * 09 Phantomine * 10 Heartbeat City

Here's a Dutch band that are criminally ignored. While everyone seemed to chase Joal albums out of existence for no good reason, they totally overlooked this excellent female fronted band, who do AOR in the best possible way. Graced with an exceptional sounding (and looking too! - I might add) lead vocalist in Angela Groothuizen, this band present a bunch of songs that flew under the radar in 1990, though they sported a pretty big label at the time - EMI. Angela is well known to Dutch music and TV audiences, being a member of The Dolly Dots - Holland's answer to ABBA who were huge during the 80's decade. One wonders whether this association was too much of a culture shock for everyday Dutch folk - not able to adjust to Angela becoming a full-on melodic rock vixen. Musically, Angela And The Rude compare favorably to the likes of Roxette - mainly because of the duo/pairing of Angela and Ruud Mulder (wanna know where the term 'Rude' fits in? lol), the Dutch equivalent of Marie Fredricksen and Per Gessle. Roxette notwithstanding, you can chuck Romeos Daughter, Laos and Patty Smyth's Scandal into the mix as well.

The Songs
'Pressure' opens the album - a mainly multi-layered arrangement with synths, pianos and percussion taking priority, Angela's svelt vocal filling the gaps like warm honey. 'Livin On Love' is the band's primo AOR moment, the huge synth work is bound to keep the AORsters happy. 'Look Away' is the tune that Chicago on their 'Chicago 19' album, pretty good version too. My favourite tune here is the super melodic 'One 11' - which has been part of our Audio Channels for a year or more now. The title track 'Young Souls' is a Berlin-esque ballad which has a huge production, but its somber edge contrasts with the rest of the uplifting material elsewhere on the album. 'Find Me (in 1999)' is a happy-go-lucky blast of brass and horns among the melodic rock, whereas 'Shouldn't Do It' nails down the radio rock style that fits this band like a glove. The beautiful haunting strains of 'Theresa' is a must listen. Acoustic by nature, but with keyboard fills and soft vocals from Angela. Big drums and saxophone introduce 'Phantomine', the piano accompaniment turns this one into a stirring mid-paced ballad. The album finishes up with the boisterous sounding 'Heartbeat City', with a tough as nails chorus to boot.

In Summary
Angela, Ruud and the 'Rude Ones' returned for another good album in 1992 called 'Walking On Water'. However by 1993, the duo were no more. Angela went on to make a solo album in 1995 entitled 'Groothuizen' which was sung entirely in Dutch. Since then she has made numerous TV appearances, her photogenic qualities an easy fit for TV unsurprisingly. Both Angela And The Rude albums really should be part of your collection, if not to listen to, but to stare at the gorgeous Angela on the album jackets.. lol!

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#1 | KurtmanJP on March 20 2008 20:24:59
'Pressure' is way too mellow for me. 'Livin' On Love' deserved to be the hit! It's absolutely KILLER!
#2 | jeffrey343 on March 27 2008 17:44:13
Well, I ordered this three weeks ago, or so I thought... I didn't read the very cryptic description and ended up paying $21 for a CD single with 'Young Souls', an instrumental version of 'Young Souls', and 'Heartbeat City'. Caveat Emptor, I guess...

I've heard the two songs right here (both great), the two on my CD single ('Heartbeat City' pretty good, 'Young Souls' just OK), and 'Pressure' on YouTube (just an audio; the 'video' is just a stationary shot of the album cover; song itself is nothing spectacular). So that's half the album.

I missed out a chance to get the album for at least $35 on ebay about a month ago (don't know what the winning bidder's max bid was, but he won it with $35), and I haven't seen it offered since. The only place I can currently find it is asking $75 (or $82 via a different link), which is a bit much, especially considering that I have probably heard the best songs on it and am not really impressed with two of them. This album is obscure enough that I can't find the songs online using any of my usual methods.

Anyone know how to get a copy of this without spending a fortune? I really like the female AOR sound, and the tunes on this site are excellent.
#3 | jeffrey343 on January 12 2009 19:23:22
I finally found this at a reasonable price ($24.99) by a seller on ebay, so I grabbed it. Wow - pretty darn impressive and well worth the trouble to get it. The two songs in the jukebox are hardly the only two standouts here. I've always loved the Chicago version of 'Look Away', and this one matches it (no small feat) - that's one of those songs that has lyrics that resonate with me. I like the two songs I kinda panned in my earlier comment more after hearing them here too. Overall, this is most excellent stuff.

So how does the followup compare to this one? It is even more elusive than this one was.
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