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Heavy Breathing: The Crunch High-Energy Workout

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Heavy Breathing is certainly high-energy. But does any workout really need two Pointer Sisters tracks? That's the problem with this comp, a co-production of Crunch and BMG. While its set list is somewhat ambitious, ranging outside the normal workout tape regimen of energetic club/dance numbers (barring the generic Black Box opener "Everybody Everybody"), its choices are odd enough that you might spend your time on the stairmaster pondering just why Brainstorm's relatively obscure 1997 hit "Lovin' Is Really My Game" made the cut. And then there is the "Macarena" and Buster Poindexter's "Hot Hot Hot," two songs whose stores of energy and vitality were long ago sapped. For that matter, the spazzy synths of the Pointers' "Neutron Dance" can't outrun their immediate mnemonic association with Beverly Hills Cop, while Hysterix's bizarre, seven-plus minute "Everything" wanders interminably through disco and light house styles with little direction and no end in sight. Chill's dance update of "I Was Made for Loving You" percolates with urgency, and Vicki Sue Robinson's "Turn That Beat Around'" is always a crowd-pleaser. But these moments can't really save Heavy Breathing, which cramps early and never recovers.

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