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Flex (...Plus)

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Bird Song
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What Will I Do Without You?
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Angels
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The Night
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You Can't Kill Me
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Egghead
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Wonderful One
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Monkey Talk
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Joan
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The Freeze
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New Toy
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The Fall
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Details
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The Fly
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Trixi
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 15   Total Length: 53:30

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Lene did it first!

mEMUSIC-005374CF

I had this album in 1980 and a couple of years later when this certain blond haired singer came out wearing a bridal gown I had to show the album cover. This confirmed the fact that Lene did it first! Not only that, but Lene displays so much more TALENT. For me that beats a marketing scheme any day of the week. Later on when Lene returned to the studio she still had the same groove (which is a good thing).

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You Want, You Must Want...

chasnjim

Ok, let's see. I bought the US LP when it first came out, then the Japanese LP, because it was cool, then I got the German one with the seafoam green vinyl. Why? Because I could not bear to ever wear out this album! If you are looking at this album, you must have had some reason. Well, just buy it! OK, enough melodrama. Now about the music. From the first few seconds of the album, when you realize that the 'bird' is really her voice, you are hooked. Her voice is one of those distinctive ones, not great but somehow good. The only way to describe her is the B52's, but with sultry vocals and more soulful. She manages to have a nu-wave album that isn't electronic. She is one of a kind, and this album is her best work of art. FYI: The bonus tracks 'New Toy' and 'Details' are from her US only "New Toy" EP from 1981.

They Say All Music Guide

Lene Lovich’s sophomore album, 1980′s Flex, found her still dabbling in her own quirky wave-driven waters. Her second full-length release in less than a year, it was packed with another handful of brilliantly composed songs of neo-wave intention. Unfortunately, it also marked the end of the British public’s love affair with Lovich’s admittedly edgy art. The octave-scaling “Bird Song,” released some months ahead of the main attraction, should have been a smash, but failed absurdly. The innocent and singalong-able (except for Lovich’s record-shattering instrumental vocal additions, of course) “Angels” followed it into obscurity, and that despite standing as one of Flex’s best offerings. A delicious cover of Frankie Valli’s “The Night” rounds out the album’s most spellbinding moments, but elsewhere, things get sticky. Flex’s biggest drawback is that it suffers somewhat from Lovich’s own success. Stateless…Plus was remarkable because its sounds were so new. Flex merely reiterates them, and Lovich relies a little too heavily on rehashing earlier triumphs, most notably on the too-gimmicky “Monkey Talk,” a Stateless…Plus-era outtake that had previously been released on a giveaway promo album, and the gratuitously irritating “You Can’t Kill Me.” Lovich herself appeared to share her audience’s ill ease over the album’s lack of progression; not only did Flex mark the end of her commercial era, it also prefaced two years of public silence and private re-evaluation before she would return. – Amy Hanson

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