“Get Nervous” is Pat Benatar at her best. While her first two albums always get more attention from critics and fans, this album is often overlooked for its quality and timelessness. This album was made after she got married to her long time guitarist Neil. And it shows the energy they picked up from each other after making a personal commitment to each other. They made this album more for themselves instead for the public. I think every track is exceptional, and it is hard to pick my five favorites off of “Get Nervous”. But I will hit it with my best shot. Sorry, I know bad joke. My five favorites off of “Get Nervous are as follows: 1)”I’ll Do It”. This song starts with a bang and doesn’t let up. The combination of drums with bass and keyboards is incredible, and Pat’s singing is at her best. A song way before it’s time. 2)”Fight It Out”. An intense song lyrically and musically. The song starts with a pretty piano piece and a wicked guitar lick and builds to one of the prettiest and most powerful choruses’ I have heard. This song also shows Pats great vocal control. She hits so many ranges so effortlessly, you lose count. 3)”Tell It To Her”. A song about confronting a lover with knowledge of secret affairs, with lyrics and music that expertly play up the hurt feelings of betrayal being conveyed by Pat. 4)”I Want Out”. Another song to express revenge on a lover who hurt once too often. I love it. 5)”Shadows of the Night”. The big hit off the album still sounds as good as it did when it came out. Pat has always amazed me at her expert songwriting. While the music rocks all around her, she is singing about intense issues like child abuse and spousal abuse and adultry. And also her husband Neil knew that Pat’s strength was her voice and decided not to smother it with music. They not only made a great marriage for themselves they also made a great marriage with talent in this album for their fans.
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This was an overlooked CD considering that the previous effort “Precious Time” went to #1 and was not even close to being as good as this. “The victim” is Spider Geraldo at his best with a great guitar riff, Little to late is as well a crafted pop song as you can get (Ms Simpson and Ms Spears etc etc, wish they could sing this as good as Pat). Shadows of the night is a resounding mixture of synth, drums, guitar and soaring vocals. Looking for a stranger and the awesome Get Nervous are “new wavy” sounding that they excelled at on their first release. Very good CD.
I am a Pat Benatar’s long time fan and since I first listen to this record in 1982 it became one of my favorites. I just have bought the CD and I felt like I was back in my teens. Pat’s voice is so powerful and heartfelt which makes you really feel her music. In Get Nervous Pat Benatar shows a great maturity, her voice sounds better than ever and all the tracks are excellent! “Shadows of the Night”, “Looking for a Stranger”, “Fight it out” (Terrific!”!), “I’ll Do It” and “I Want out” just to name some, are AWESOME tracks. If you are eager to listen to a great female rock singer, this is the chance!
Why does this listing of Get Nervous say original recording remastered when the release date still says October 25, 1990 ? There must be a misprint here – either the title should not say remastered or the album specs should be updated for the correct release date, etc.. I just purchased In the Heat of the Night, Crimes of Passion and Precious Time (finally as individually remastered albums) and the release date was April of 2006 for each of them; therefore, I would believe that if Get Nervous is TRULY REMASTERED then the release date should say April of 2006. Does anyone know anything about this ?
This is another great rock’n one from Pat’s 80’s archive. Although the radio friendly Shadows of the Night and Little Too Late satisfy the pop seeking audience, the highlights here are the ones which were never released as singles and just happen to be written by Pat and her hubby Neil Geraldo.
On this album, which followed Crimes of Passion and Precious Time, she continued to belt out hits about the trauma, heartache and passion of looking for and falling in and out of love. Pat’s vocal range and integrity remain at its best throughout this project.
“Fight It Out” has some awesome lyrics which Pat belts out in the most passionate and articulate way. Her operatic background peeks out on this somewhat angry ballad as she hits some of her higher notes while Neil shows off his excellence on guitar. Pat’s articulate, passionate and highly energetic vocals continue on “The Victim”, I’ll Do It” and “I Want Out” and “Tell It to her”. The angry love theme also continues throughout the lyrics of these great songs. Those looking for Pat’s mellower sounds of peace, tranquility and contentment will have to look later in her catalog. Expect to rock with this one!