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200 km/h In The Wrong Lane ~ t.A.T.u.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great pop music, 3 Jun 2003
On the outside, the premise of TATU appears very suspect. Their main selling point appears to be their faux-lesbianism, which understandably may undermine their music. So imagine my surprise when I actually heard this album.
First of all, it's pure pop, but of the good variety. Julia and Lena's vocals are strong (if a little screechy in places) and their accents add an exotic touch to the songs, which carry a surprising depth and variation. Happily, there is no hint of overproduction here - each song exerts its own unique personality and in some places, is very emotional.
'Not Gonna Get Us' leads the album, as the girls sing over a frantic, high-energy beat with strong,… Read more
Let Go ~ Avril Lavigne
Let Go ~ Avril Lavigne
5.0 out of 5 stars A great debut, 3 Jun 2003
From nowhere (or rather, Napanee, Canada), Avril has stormed the music scene and is currently riding a tidal wave of acclaim with this, her debut album. And while her claims of being a rock-chick and punk for the new generation may have irked some people, ‘Let Go’ indicates that Lavigne may yet go some way to obtaining these laurels.
First of all, forget what she’s said – this isn’t a rock album. It’s a rock-pop album. And it’s probably one of the best you’ll ever hear. Avril covers a range of emotions, from raging anger to light humour to sensitivity and vulnerability as she recounts her experiences.
‘Losing Grip’ acts… Read more
The Spirit Room [Int'L-Not Enh.] ~ Michelle Branch
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spirit Room, 3 Jun 2003
Given that the modern pop scene has become overrun with manufactured Barbie dolls with little control over their music and no writing or musical abilities, Michelle Branch’s debut comes as a welcome relief. The Spirit Room is packed with tight harmonies, infectious yet meaningful lyrics, and thoughtful instrumentation.
The album opens with ‘Everywhere’, a fast paced rock-pop track that has had much deserved success pretty much everywhere. ‘You Get Me’ follows, in which Branch displays her more vulnerable side. This sweet love song boasts some cute lyrics and a nice string arrangement. ‘All You Wanted’, the second single, follows the upbeat… Read more