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Electric Youth is Debbie Gibson's second studio album which was released on January 24, 1989 by Atlantic Records.

The album topped the Billboard 200 for five weeks, making it Gibson's highest-charting album of her career.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Who Loves Ya Baby? 4:00
  2. Lost In Your Eyes 3:34
  3. Love In Disguise 4:17
  4. Helplessly In Love 4:10
  5. Silence Speaks (A Thousand Words) 3:37
  6. Should've Been The One 5:07
  7. Electric Youth 4:55
  8. No More Rhyme 4:13
  9. Over The Wall 3:58
  10. We Could Be Together 5:33
  11. Shades Of The Past 4:52
  12. We Could Be Together (Campfire Mix) 5:33
  13. No More Rhyme (Acoustic Mix) 4:12

Album BackgroundEdit

As with her debut album, all tracks were written by Debbie Gibson, and she single-handedly produced six of the tracks.

She was also given half of the production credits on one track alongside Fred Zarr who produced the other four tracks.

The album (like her first one) contains mainly bubblegum-pop songs, though other, more mature styles are touched upon.

Chart PerformanceEdit

In the United States, "Electric Youth was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA and sold over 4 million copies worldwide.

Critical ReceptionEdit

Robert Christgau gave the album a "C+" grade, writing: "Unable to fall back on even an alienated childhood for inspiration, her music is synthesis without thesis or antithesis. A mimic and nothing more, she emits banalities about relationships and life choices that are no doubt deeper than anything she's actually experienced--so far."

Rolling Stone gave it a three-star rating, writing that the album "sounds so bright and giddy that one could easily dismiss Debbie – along with Tiffany and Rick Astley – as just a kinder; gentler teen idol for the waning Eighties."

Bryan Buss of Allmusic said: "The result is slickly produced teen pop, like her debut, but it's not as squeaky clean or as compulsively likable. That is not to say it's a bad album."

PromotionEdit

Gibson promoted the album with "The Electric Youth World Tour" in 1989.

In parallel with the album, she created an Electric Youth perfume under Revlon, and various makeup essentials for young girls through Natural Wonder Cosmetics (one of her sponsors at the time) that was distributed throughout the United States.

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