Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Malaria - The Lost Album

I can't believe it! Robyn Loau's brilliant debut album is finally set to take Australia by storm in a fortnight - after a delay of more than TEN YEARS! "Malaria" should have been Robyn's ticket to solo superstardom after leaving Girlfriend. The album's first single, "Sick With Love", proved to be a huge commercial and critical success in 1997 and the following singles all generated massive airplay. The buzz surrounding "Malaria" reached fever pitch when Rolling Stone gave it a 4 star review (unheard of for a local pop act at the time) but the album tragically fell through the cracks in a record company takeover, imbuing it with an almost mythical status among Australian pop fans. I did manage to hear the album years ago at a Girlfriend fan meet (don't judge me!) and I'm sure I have a bootleg of it on casette somewhere but this gem deserves an official release. Expect a full review in the near future but I can definitely say that "Malaria" has been well worth the (decade long) wait! Here's the tracklisting:

Song For You
Got That Kinda Feelin' (Float On) the directors cut
Sick With Love
Love Addiction
Turn Away
Just When I Needed You Most
Got That Kinda Feelin' (Float On) US radio mix
Sick With Love Josh Abrahams aka Puretone remix
Love Addiction (Remix)

I'll post more details as they come to hand. I believe there's a big surprise in store for us regarding the format! In the meantime, let's revisit Robyn's amazing and slightly scary "Sick With Love" video clip. Can this iconic track really be 11 years old?


Paul said...

Finally! A Robyn I can get on board with!!!

Anonymous said...

Finally! Sick with love was so ahead of its time it still sounds fresh today. Thanks for the heads up

Ro Ro said...

This sounds promising. i've only heard ehr shedevil song from your earlier post. Thanks for such breaking pop news!

Mike said...

Yeah this is really exciting news. I remember asking about Malaria at my local HMV every weekend for at least 6 months in the 90s! In those pre-internet days (for me anyway) it was next to impossible to follow what was happening. Better late than never, I guess! I know you guys will love it - it hasn't aged a bit in a decade, which is a pretty good indication of its quality.

Anonymous said...

WOW! this is huge news.
can't wait.

bro said...

As others have said, Sick With Love still holds up really well. Such an amazing song - and a Josh Abrahams remix? Yes please!

Kevin said...

Girlfriend... Girlfriend... fan club?

I don't know you anymore Mike! :P

Adem With An E said...

You know what? "Sick With Love" not only still holds up really well, it could be massive all over again if it were a single now.

It's like a joltier "Maneater" almost!

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What should I do a full review is expected in the near future but you can definitely say that "malaria" was worth the decade. good for my mind.

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