Great Rock Albums of 1986: Tina Turner- Break Every Rule


Here’s an example of how attitudes have evolved since 1986. When Tina Turner arrived back on the scene with her 1984 album, “Private Dancer,” many men fascinated over what great legs Tina had. I didn’t disagree with them, still don’t. And how that album got left out of the tour of 1984 must be blamed on my Swiss cheese memory. Anyway, nowadays, I am fearful of commenting too much on Tina’s legs out of fear of being branded a ‘sexist pig.’ Therefore, I won’t focus on her legs but on Tina’s magnificent voice, which comes through many fold on her 1986 album, “Break Every Rule.”

The album is one of three acts. The first half of the album seems to be more 1980s synth pop, the opener, “Typical Male,” is a great example. “Two People” is a typical 80s sounding ballad. One song which is a little different from the first six is “What You Get is What You See.” This track sounds quite country, especially with the guitar in the background. The other three tracks follow the formula of the opening track, though “Girls” is an interesting track if you listen to it closely. But one thing I can say is that if more synth pop singers had a voice like Tina’s, I wouldn’t be slagging it off so much thirty years on.

Tracks seven through nine is my favourite part of “Break Every Rule.” No prizes for guessing that this part of the album is the hardest. Okay, none of the songs have me wanting to form a mosh pit to but they are a hat-trick of good rockers. It’s in Act two where the hidden gem is discovered and that happens to be, “Back Where You Started.” Then again, if you have the likes of Bryan Adams and Mark Knoepfler writing the songs, of course you’re going to get some cool rock on it. It proves that Tina’s voice sounds good whatever music is put before her. She would have made a great metal singer.

Act three of “Break of Rule” closes out with two more ballads. Stating the obvious here but Tina nails both of them. Overall, this is a great album as Tina has such a list of musicians on it that if I named everyone, I’d be writing this post to the wee hours of the morning.

Track Listing:

  1. Typical Male
  2. What You Get is What You See
  3. Two People
  4. Till the Right Man Comes Along
  5. Afterglow
  6. Girls
  7. Back Where You Started
  8. Break Every Rule
  9. Overnight Sensation
  10. Paradise is Here
  11. I’ll Be Thunder


Tina Turner

Tina Turner- lead, backing vocals

Some of the musicians who contributed on the album:

Bryan Adams

Phil Collins

Rupert Hine

Mark Knopfler

Jim Vallance

Steven Winwood

Mickey Curry

Tommy Mandell

Guy Fletcher

But NOT Steve Lukather!

While I will never regret my single-mindedness towards heavy metal, I do regret not paying more attention to this album back in the day. In one way, “Break Every Rule” has something that appeals to everyone, which back in the 1980s was only true with movie soundtracks. So, well done Tina!

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8 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of 1986: Tina Turner- Break Every Rule”

  1. I used to make fun of my sister for listening to Tina Turner… before I really knew who she was.

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  2. There were many Father/Son bonding moments as I grew up over Tina. My Dad adored her, and I could see why.

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  3. There is nothing wrong with commenting on her legs. But you are right, the music is where the focus should be. I will listen to it as I am staring at her legs!! And what a great set of musicians even if Steve wasn’t on it. He must have been busy with something else.

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  4. I really like her stuff with Ike, but never really liked her solo stuff… some good songs and she remained a great chanter, but I think there’s too much bland stuff to sift through.

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