The synthesizers are heavy on this album, but it sounds great. “That Was Yesterday” and “Love In Vain” are smokin’ rock songs. The songs are solid and filled with energy on this album. Mick Jones does a great job and guitar and keyboards and Lou Gramm’s vocals are strong and inspired. This CD really brings back the memories of mid 80’s.
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Agent Provocateur was a change from the gritty hard rock foreigner had been known for.Agent is filled with synthesizers and great Mick Jones lyrics.Of course I want to know what love is is the biggest hit and most well known of the album.The sleeper hit of the album is that was yesterday which hit #12 on the charts.Though it doesnt get much airplay,that was yesterday is a perfect blend of heartbreakingly powerful lyrics which are sung perfectly by Lou Gramm and great keys playing by Jones.Down on love is another great foreigner ballad with great lyrics.Stranger in my own house,tooth and nail,and reaction to action are great hard rockers that are more typical of foreigner.A love in vain is a very strong song with intense synthesizers and powerhouse Gramm vocals.Agent Provocateur is another terrific album from a very special band.
After the massive success of 1981’s “4″ and it’s subsequent tour, Foreigner took a couple of years off before returning in 1984 with “Agent Provocateur.” Although it didn’t do the business that “4″ did (and how could it have?), “Agent Provocateur” was still a big hit album for the band, and it finally gave them their long sought-after #1 single in the form of “I Want To Know What Love Is.” With the exception of that beautiful ballad plus a few others, “Provocateur” has an even more rocking feel to it than it’s legendary predecessor, with Mick Jones’ scorching guitar and Lou Gramm’s full-throttle lead vocals at the forefront. Ah, but Foreigner wouldn’t be Foreigner without their trademark keyboards or the band’s fine sense of melody, which “Provocateur” has both of in great abundance, too. Once again, Foreigner rock the house in great style on songs like “Tooth And Nail,” “Growing Up The Hard Way,” “Reaction To Action,” “Stranger In My Own House,” and “She’s Too Tough.” And the softer, keyboard-led stuff is wonderful too—”I Want To Know What Love Is” is an instant Foreigner classic, and “That Was Yesterday” (a Top 20 hit), “A Love In Vain,” “Down On Love,” and “Two Different Worlds” are also great songs. Powerful rockers and ballads throughout, excellent production work, and electrifying performances from the band, not only Jones & Gramm but also bassist Rick Wills and drummer Dennis Elliott. From end to end, “Agent Provocateur” is a solid Foreigner album.
do you want to know what love is, well this is the cd you need.
like the music from this group, this is one of the best that’s why you don’t find it no where, no even in the stores any more. must if you like this group and must have for your collection.
Agent Provocateur(1984). Foreigner’s fifth studio album.After the band’s pinnacle release of the “4″ album in 1981, Foreigner decided to implement more keyboards into their traditional classic rock sound, and came off with Agent Provocateur three years later. While not the huge success that “4″ was, it did spawn the band a couple of chart topping classics in the form of “That Was Yesterday” and the famous ballad “I Want To Know What Love Is”. The rest of the album measures up very nicely as well. Most fans tend to only look at the softer Foreigner material from the 80’s, but the period did also sport numerous rockers. Foreigner is generally a band which critics love to hate, but why is this album still loved by many fans? Let’s see:1) Tooth And Nail- Excellent mid-paced rocker which kicks off the album. Comparable to some of the band’s earlier material. 9/102) That Was Yesterday- The album’s sleeper hit, a very melodic mid-paced semi-ballad, which contains a strong synth melody. Excellent. 10/103) I Want To Know What Love Is- Foreigner’s very first #1 single. A slow ballad which builds up the background vocals as the chorus draws in. Nicely done. 10/104) Growing Up The Hard Way- One of my two favorite rockers off the album. Mostly a synth/rock number, but it’s still very underrated in Foreigner’s catalogue. 10/105) Reaction To Action- My other favorite rocker here. The keyboards take backseat to an all out classic electric guitar anthem. Also very underrated. 10/106) Stranger In My Own House- Here’s where the album takes a slight downhill turn. This song is slower, but still rocking, similar to what the band Loverboy would do. 8/107) Love In Vain- Another mid-paced keyboard driven tune, almost like the track “Growing Up The Hard Way”. Very catchy. 9/108) Down On Love- This track is more of an optimistic ballad, which stands out a little from some of Foreigner’s sad ballads. Not bad. 8/109) Two Different Worlds- Yet another ballad, but more mellow like “I Want To Know What Love Is”. Good, but not outstanding. 8/1010) She’s Too Tough- The album closes with a faster pop rock track which also sounds like a Loverboy song. Upbeat and catchy. 9/10Overall, Agent Provocateur is a noteworthy Foreigner album, which gets 4.5 stars. It may not be as hard rocking as some of their earlier 70’s albums, but it is still a strong collection of rockers and ballads which offer a bit of variety throughout the disc. If you’re just a casual fan getting into Foreigner, I recommend listening to “4″ first, and then proceeding onto this album and the others. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Also, check out their 1987 album, Inside Information.