Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[O]ne of the most joyous pop albums of the '80s..."
Producers include: Russ Titelman.
Audio Remasterer: M. Samps.
Though the Breakin' soundtrack has become a quaint period piece since its release, it is still a notable album. It was really the first introduction for many to hip-hop culture and music (however softened and tidied up for mass-market consumption it was) and still stands as a perfect summary of the more commercial elements of electro-dance, electro-funk, and even rap of the era. It may sound rather corny and silly compared to the harder-edged acts of the time (let alone today), but there's no denying that the title cut and "Ain't Nobody" are still enjoyable songs, and will probably bring back many fond memories for those who were around during its release. The album is also notable for the debut performance of Ice-T, who is miles away from "New Jack Hustler" (not to mention "Cop Killer") with the poppy, good-natured "Reckless." It's hardly essential, but a funny rarity nonetheless. For all its flaws, fans who want to learn the roots of hip-hop (or are in the mood for a cute, lighthearted listen) should seek Breakin' out. ~ Victor W. Valdivia