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M.Y.O.B
     

M.Y.O.B

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by Deborah Gibson
 
On her latest disc, M.Y.O.B. (short for "mind your own business"), Deborah Gibson's philosophy seems to be "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." When compared to new-millennium teen vixens Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, the '80s pop music queen -- who skyrocketed to stardom with

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On her latest disc, M.Y.O.B. (short for "mind your own business"), Deborah Gibson's philosophy seems to be "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em." When compared to new-millennium teen vixens Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, the '80s pop music queen -- who skyrocketed to stardom with infectious hits such as "Only in My Dreams" -- is practically a senior citizen. In 2001, however, the thirtysomething Gibson returned, armed with a youthful set of radio and MTV-friendly tunes. Throughout M.Y.O.B., Gibson's thin yet pleasing vocals sound as vibrant as they did in her teen years, and she shines on the heartfelt ballads "The One" and "Wishing You Were Here." Younger divas may rule the charts, but Gibson still rules the hearts of her many fans.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Peter Fawthrop
"M.Y.O.B... Mind your own business" chant the jump-roping playground children -- complete with double-dutch sound effects -- on the title track of Deborah Gibson's seventh solo album. The music here is proof positive that Gibson is living in a self-contained fantasy world; for that reason it is a lot more intriguing than the standard pop of today. Hear the striking similarity in style between this music and Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears. Marvel at the lyrics, which are at once childish (see above-mentioned children) and provocatively adult ("Plenty of girls would crawl into your bed/are you the guy willing to get into my head"). Brace yourself for the fact that this '80s teen idol is now 30 years old and following the trends of 2000s teen idols. "What is wrong with that?" you may ask. Nothing necessarily. In fact, if anyone other than Gibson were singing this material, exactly as she sings it here, it would make the Top Ten. You get the feeling that no big label or producer wants to lay their hands on jump-starting an old career when there are so many new faces (and lesser talents) to scout. Maybe that is why Gibson has been left to her own defenses, taking on the role of self-management. There is something eerie in the way the album tries to pin different targets: children, teenagers, and adults, dividing the album into separate styles which ultimately clash. An example of that peculiarity is the remake of Tony Orlando's "Knock Three Times." Gibson says that it was one of the first songs she learned to play on the piano. It is actually sung as a duet with Tony Orlando with vocals awkwardly strung together by what could best be described as "African techno-dance stuff." The voices on the song (while in fine form) sound removed from the music, which is distant and creates an out-of-synch feel. Deborah Gibson has nothing to prove to anyone. She knows the music industry like the palm of her hand (which makes a nice debut on the CD's inner photo shoot). The album was released by Golden Egg Records, which is Gibson's own label, and the album was produced by Diane Gibson, her mother. Gibson is a true businesswoman, always eager to take on a Broadway role, a television project, or a music album. With M.Y.O.B. she has placed herself in the realm of top trends, something she has not done so perfectly for quite some time. The title track, written by the Alessi Bros., nearly hits the "Electric Youth" mark with its "run but you can't hide" message and beat. The splendid dance tunes "Your Secret" and "What You Want" are R&B spiked with top-notch choruses. "Down That Road" is a great self-penned ballad, one of her best efforts. The real surprise on the album is "Wishing You Were Here," which is a classic Debbie godsend of pop. It is as cheesy and giddy as her famous '80s music with the addition of a heavenly backup choir and penetrating chorus. Deborah Gibson, who has a superb voice throughout, sounds best when that voice is supplied with a powerful gospel choir. Nothing else on the album reaches the closeness of that wonderful "drinking lemonade on a Summer afternoon" feeling than the point between the bridge and the third chorus of "Wishing." More, please.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/06/2001
Label:
Golden Egg
UPC:
0802506123425
catalogNumber:
1234

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Deborah Gibson   Primary Artist,Piano,Background Vocals
Paul Pesco   Guitar
Nicki Richards   Background Vocals
David Simmons   Drums
Rachele Cappelli   Background Vocals
Tim Barnes   Viola
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Vivian Cherry   Background Vocals
Lani Groves   Background Vocals
Zev Katz   Bass
Mike Lorello   Keyboards
Cindy Mizelle   Background Vocals
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Bob Rosa   Recorder
Zhana Saunders   Background Vocals
Frank Simms   Background Vocals
Fonzi Thornton   Background Vocals
Gary Corbett   Keyboards
Ira Stegel   Guitar
Alex Elena   Percussion
Orfeh   Background Vocals
Scott Flavin   Violin
Chris Glansdorp   Cello
Mei Mei Luo   Violin
Jon Berman   Recorder
Blake Alessi   Chant
Darla Alessi   Chant

Technical Credits

Alessi Brothers   Arranger,Programming,Vocal Arrangements
David Simmons   drum programming
Michael Golub   Producer
Gary Haase   Arranger
Mike Lorello   Programming
Tony Moran   Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Bob Rosa   Arranger
Fonzi Thornton   Vocal Arrangements
Gary Corbett   Arranger,Programming,String Arrangements
Deborah Gibson   Arranger,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Rudy Haeusermann   Arranger
Jerry Sharell   Vocal Arrangements
Jon Berman   Engineer
Dave Saranson   Engineer

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M.Y.O.B 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album rocks! Deb is back... she never went away really! This album is pure pleasurable pop with overtones of club and R&B. You won't be let down! Highlights include YOUR SECRET, which if the MYOB single doesn't put her back on the charts, SECRET will! (It's my fave on the album!) WISHING YOU WERE HERE is classic Deb as is the killer ballad, THE ONE. WHAT YOU WANT is ripped from the pages of NSYNC with Deb's own flavor of course. Get this CD! Britney take note! Before these chicks, came the original... DEBORAH! I hope to see her soon on every tv talk show and every magazine!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deborah Gibson is the best singer/ songwriter out there. And this album proves it. I love all the songs. So try it and see what you think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is a great new CD. I have all of her CDs but I am very impressed how different this one is. She has a great voice and a great talent for writing songs. The fist listening to this new album was a little bit strange, because of the new sound. After the second listening I liked it much more and now it is my favorite. I think it is a great CD and it is a mess that it is not so much noticed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Don't miss a golden opportunity from Deborah Gibson!!! Her new album rocks and rules. Buy it now!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
WHAT CAN I SAY BUT HERE WE HAVE TRUE MUSICAL VERSATILITY AT ITS BEST.THIS DIVA HAS IT ALL AND THIS TIME SHES HERE TO STAY.ALL SONGS HAVE RADIO TOP 40 WRITTEN ALL OVER THEM SO JUST SIT BACK LISTEN AND ENJOY(MYOB MIND YOUR OWN BUISNESS)CANT STOP SINGING THAT!
Guest More than 1 year ago
All i can say is that Deb is back and hotter than ever with this new album! She has it all on this one! Dance, pop, r&b, jazz and ballad type tunes! I guarantee if you buy this album, there will be at least one song that you'll love! Of course, me being a devoted fan that I am, I love them all!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deb is back again, her 7th album, and better than ever. The songs rock! The lyrics inspire! The dance factor is immense!! All I can say is you shouldn't pass up this diamond in the rough because of past bias for ''Debbie Gibson.'' The ''new'' Deborah is mature, vocally in tune, and almost perfect in every song her voice seems to carry. From fast catchy tunes, ''Your Secret'' & ''M.Y.O.B.,'' to ballads, ''The One'' & ''Jaded,'' to the retuning of a classic, ''Knock Three Times'' with vetern singer, Tony Orlando, Deborah will not have you minding your own business when listeing to her new masterpiece.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ITS TIME TO PUT ALL BIASES ASIDE AND TAKE NOTICE TO ONE OF THE MOST TALENTED ARTISTS TO HIT THE MUSIC SCENE IN DECADES. SHE MADE A NAME FOR HERSELF AT 16 FOR HAVING WRITTEN AND PRODUCED HER OWN SONGS. SHE IS NOT A MANUFACTURED PUPPET SINGER LIKE HER CONTEMPORIES. AND NOW, WITH ''M.Y.O.B'' DEBORAH IS SURE TO RECLAIM HER POP DIVA STATUS. ITS TIME TO HAVE THE DEBSTER BELTING OUT TOONS IN YOUR LIVING ROOM AND CAR RADIOS ONCE AGAIN! YOU WILL NOT REGRET BUYING THIS CD!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i was a big fan but i feel disappointment this time, i am sorry, it is all i have to say
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've kept up with Deborah since she was Debbie and heard every album she made to date. This is one of the best. Modern with a funky-hip, dancy edge and yes...can't forget about the ballads. No doubt, she's still got it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deborah Gibson has again proved that she is a talented singer/songwriter/producer in her latest CD. She recaptures the energy that made her popular 10 years ago with the title track entitled MYOB as well as ''What You Want'' and ''Your Secret''. There are some great dance tracks as well as some great ballads such as ''The One''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deborah is back with M.Y.O.B., the follow up to her self titled release from 1996. She is determined to win the younger crowd over with this collection of new songs. Strong ones: M.Y.O.B., Down That Road and The One. Now if only radio and retail would promote her.