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Pointer Sisters are on "Fire"!
Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2017
For unrelenting upbeat 80's synth-pop dance music, this collection is hard to beat. Not only are most of the tracks very high-energy, but the 3 Pointer Sisters (Anita, June and Ruth) perform with such joy and enthusiasm that you just have to believe they were having the time of their lives recording these songs. Frequently in the background you can hear seemingly spontaneous shouts such as "Whoa, yeah", "Lord have mercy", "Whoo-hoo", "C'mon, c'mon", "Ooo-wee" and "Yeah, baby". They take turns singing lead on different songs, and each of them is a talented vocalist. Many of the lyrics border on the erotic, but stop short of outright vulgarity. Most of them are about romantic relationships, with notable exceptions being "Neutron Dance" (the struggle for survival in the 80's), and "American Music" (inspiration and self-expression). I especially like "Neutron Dance", which tells us that even though we endure broken love affairs, poverty, car theft and pollution, we still have to hang in there: "I know there's a pot of gold for me/All I got to do is just believe". While "Fire", "He's So Shy", "Slow Hand" and "I Need You" are a bit slower paced than the others, they still build up to exuberant climaxes (no pun intended), as this type of pop music should. For me personally, 7 of these songs are like signposts on a road I traveled during a turbulent period in my life. They are, in chronological order, "Fire", "He's So Shy", "Slow Hand", "Automatic", "Jump", "I'm So Excited" and "Neutron Dance". Hearing them makes me remember what I went through during that 6-year span of time. But that's for me. For everyone in general, me included, this is non-stop soul-inflected dance music to groove to. Several tracks are long, extended mixes. If this is your cup of tea, drink deep! You won't be disappointed.