World Power

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World Power
Studio album by Snap!
Released May 15, 1990
Recorded 1989–1990
Genre House, dance, hip house
Length 52:53
Label Bookmark/Arista/Ariola Records
Producer Snap!
Snap! chronology
World Power
(1990)
The Madman's Return
(1992)

World Power is the debut album of German Eurodance project Snap!, released in 1990 on Bookmark/Ariola Records. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics, as the project's musical style and its vocalists, Turbo B and Penny "Tiny" Ford, were well received. It also achieved considerable commercial success with the help of four international top-ten hits, including its best-selling single "The Power".

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album reached number seven on Germany's Media Control Charts,[1] number 25 on Australia's ARIA Charts,[2] number four on the Ö3 Austria Top 40,[3] number 20 on the Topplistan chart in Sweden,[4] number four on the Swiss Music Charts,[5] number 10 on the UK Albums Chart,[6] and number 30 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[7] Although it did not chart on the Dutch MegaCharts,[8] it earned gold certification from the NVPI, for sales in excess of 60,000 copies in the Netherlands.[9] World Power has also been certified gold in Austria,[10] Sweden,[11] the United Kingdom,[12] and the United States,[13] while it has received platinum certifications in both Germany and Switzerland.[14][15]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[16]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[17]
Robert Christgau (A-)[18]
Entertainment Weekly (A-)[19]

Upon its release, World Power received generally positive reviews from music critics. Chicago Tribune writer Mitchell May gave it 3 out of 4 stars and called it "a dance record you can listen to", noting that "pulsating synth chords, slashing guitar riffs, thundering drums and the gospel-like wails of Tinny Ford combine to give Snap a riveting sound".[17] Greg Sandow of Entertainment Weekly called the album "smart dance/rap, full of surprises".[19] In his consumer guide for The Village Voice, critic Robert Christgau gave World Power an A- rating,[18] indicating "the kind of garden-variety good record that is the great luxury of musical micromarketing and overproduction. Anyone open to its aesthetic will enjoy more than half its tracks".[20] Christgau noted it as "in the great transcultural Technotronic tradition" and described its music as "crazy and radio-ready at the same time. Also funny".[18] In a retrospective review, Allmusic writer Andrew Hamilton gave the album 3 out of 5 stars and perceived rapper Turbo B's enunciation as a flaw, but commended his "energy" and singer Penny Ford's vocals.[16]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Benito Benites (Michael Münzing), John Virgo Garrett III (Luca Anzilotti) and Durron Butler, unless otherwise specified. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Power"   Benites, Garrett, Toni C. (Colandreo) 5:44
2. "Ooops Up"   Butler, Lonnie Simmons, Rudy Taylor, Charlie Wilson, Robert Wilson, Ronnie Wilson 6:42
3. "Cult of Snap!"     5:21
4. "Believe the Hype"     4:50
5. "I'm Gonna Get You (To Whom It May Concern)"     5:20
6. "Witness the Strength"     4:57
7. "Mary Had a Little Boy"   Benites, Garrett, Butler, Penny Ford 4:53
8. "Blasé Blasé"     4:30
Reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Only Human"   Butler 3:11
10. "The Power (Jungle Fever Mix)"   Benites, C., Garrett 7:23

Personnel[edit]

  • Artwork – Ariola-Studios, Tom
  • Lyrics – Durron Butler (tracks: 3 to 10)
  • Music – Benito Benites, John "Virgo" Garrett III
  • Original sound – Master Musikproduktion GmbH
  • Photography – Markus Löffel
  • Producer – Snap!

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (United States)[21]

Year Chart Position
1990 The Billboard 200 30
Top R&B Albums 13

SinglesBillboard (United States)[22]

Year Single Chart Position
1990 "The Power" The Billboard Hot 100 2
Hot Rap Singles 1
Hot R&B Singles 4
Hot Dance Music/Club Play 1
"Ooops Up" The Billboard Hot 100 35
Hot Rap Singles 3
Hot R&B Singles 18
"Ooops Up"/"Believe the Hype" Hot Dance Music/Club Play 4
1991 "Mary Had a Little Boy" Hot R&B Singles 56
Hot Dance Music/Club Play 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 100 Longplay Official Media Control (10-9-1990)" (in German). charts.de. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  2. ^ "Interpret: Snap!". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  3. ^ "Artist: Snap!" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  4. ^ "Artist: Snap". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  5. ^ "Artist: Snap". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  6. ^ "UK's Singles/Albums Positions to Snap!". Chartstats.com. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  7. ^ "US Albums Positions to Snap!". Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  8. ^ "Artiest: SNap!" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-07-27. 
  9. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Snap – World Power" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  10. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Snap – World Power" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Snap in the field Interpret. Enter World Power in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  11. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  12. ^ "British album certifications – Snap – World Power". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter World Power in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  13. ^ "American album certifications – Snap – World Power". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  14. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Snap!; 'World Power')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  15. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Snap!; 'World Power')". Hung Medien. 
  16. ^ a b Hamilton, Andrew. Review: World Power. Allmusic. Retrieved on 2010-08-22.
  17. ^ a b May, Mitchell. Review: World Power. Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2010-08-22.
  18. ^ a b c Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide: World Power". The Village Voice: July 31, 1990.
  19. ^ a b Sandow, Greg. Review: World Power. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on 2010-08-22.
  20. ^ CG Grades 1990– : Key to Icons. Robert Christgau. Retrieved on 2010-02-15.
  21. ^ Billboard.com – Artist Chart History – Snap! – Albums
  22. ^ Billboard.com – Artist Chart History – Snap! – Singles

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