Information Society -- ever heard of them? If you have, it most likely was thanks to your local Bob or Jack FM playing their top dance hit "What's On Your Mind (Pure Energy)" - a catchy tune that deserves rotation on any energetic '80s playlist.
However, this album, which I picked up at a used CD store, sort of blows. Or at least I would be very disappointed if I had shelled out more than 5 bucks for it. You see, InSoc had a hit with Pure Energy, but it loses steam and just becomes generic synthpop.
Harsh dude you might be thinking. Let's put it this way: this album loses the fire it starts with and does not truly regain it again until the fifth track, Walking Away and later the ninth track, Running. By then that's practically the end of the album. Keep in mind, this might just not be my style of music.
To be likewise fair, there are a couple nice songs like Tomorrow (track 2) that hold up okay. In fact, hey they covered ABBA for Track 3. Overall, though, it gets old quick, like this stuff has not stood the test of time. There's only so much overuse of a drum machine I can take (call me a young'un).
Let's be honest: Pure Energy is an amazing song. If a buddy gives you this CD for free, take it. However, to pay more than $5 for the album? Not so much.
If you're a hardcore InSoc fan (a rare breed), then go right ahead and pay full price -- nine bucks on Amazon last I saw. Either this or their more recent greatest hits album. However, my recommendation? If you want the song Pure Energy on CD, get it in a compilation. It isn't worth buying the whole CD for this song otherwise. Consider picking up a couple other InSoc songs from iTunes (if they have it).