B-52's, The - Cosmic Thing
Reprise  (1989)
Rock, New Wave

In Collection
CD  47:11
10 tracks
01 Cosmic Thing             03:52
02 Dry County             04:54
03 Deadbeat Club             04:47
04 Love Shack             05:21
05 Junebug             05:07
06 Roam             04:55
07 Bushfire             04:57
08 Channel Z             04:49
09 Topaz             04:21
10 Follow Your Bliss             04:08
Personal Details
Price $7.98
Location CD Cabinets
Links Amazon US
UPC (Barcode) 075992585422
Packaging Jewel Case
Spars DDD
Sound Stereo
Many observers were prepared to write off the B-52's after the release of Bouncing Off the Satellites. Granted, the album was completed in the wake of Ricky Wilson's death, but the group appeared bereft of new musical ideas and were sounding rather stale. In other words, the last thing anyone expected was a first-class return to form, which is what they got with Cosmic Thing. Working with producers Don Was and Nile Rodgers, the B-52's updated their sound with shiny new surfaces and deep, funky grooves — it was the same basic pattern as before, only refurbished and contemporized. Just as importantly, they had their best set of songs since at least Wild Planet, possibly since their debut. "Cosmic Thing" and "Channel Z" were great up-tempo rockers; "Roam" had a groovy beat blessed with a great Cindy Wilson vocal; and "Deadbeat Club" was one of their rare successful reflective numbers. Then there was "Love Shack," an irresistible dance number with delightfully silly lyrics and hooks as big as a whale that unbelievably gave the group a long-awaited Top Ten hit. The thing is, Cosmic Thing would already have been considered a triumphant return without its commercial success. The big sales were just the icing on the cake.