Jennifer Paige - Crush

Jennifer Paige – Crush

This was a major success back in the 90s and for good reason. The instrumental, while fairly typical for that period, has plenty of detail and variety. The lyrics are fun, but it’s the way they’re sung that really carries this song. I’d do without the “shalalala” though :).

”I see ya blowin’ me a kiss
It doesn’t take a scientist
To understand what’s going on, baby
If you see something in my eye
Let’s not over analyze
Don’t go too deep with it, baby (baby)
So let it be what it’ll be
Don’t make a fuss and get crazy over you and me
Here’s what I’ll do
I’ll play loose
Not like we have a date with destiny
It’s just a little crush (crush)
Not like I faint every time we touch
It’s just some little thing (crush)
Not like everything I do depends on you”

Jem - Down To Earth

Jem – It’s Amazing

This light-hearted song is one that you can easily stumble across on some trendy radio station, but it’s the lyrics that truly make it shine. That, and the beautiful voice that carries them and which also makes the tune (stand out). The instrumental side of the song is quite good as well. There’s a good rhythm featuring deep, juicy piano drops.

I can’t say I like the intro too much. To be honest I find it a bit of a turnoff, but it is a motif of the song and I can understand why the composer put it here. But I still think it doesn’t do justice to what follows. Luckily, it’s very short and after that the song builds up to a satisfying climax.

Whenever you’re feeling a bit down, put this on right after Bobby McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry Be Happy” and pick yourself up!

Enya - Watermark

Enya – Orinoco Flow

There are very few songs of which you can say “oldie but Goldie” with as much satisfaction. This beautiful musical poem was released at the end of the 80s and topped the charts in more than a few countries. True to its name, the melody flows like few others. With its excellent production values and clever use of reverb, this song was way ahead of its time – and this makes it as actual today as it was 30 years ago.

Surprisingly, the same can be said about the video, which uses simple graphical techniques that look beautiful even in the 21st century. Good job Enya & crew!