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4.4 out of 5 stars
4.4 out of 5 stars
The Big Room
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on 16 April 2002
You may have heard M2M's debut single 'Don't Say You Love Me' almost three years ago. I don't think it would have got a release in this country if it hadn't appeared on the soundtrack to 'Pokemon: The First Movie'. I'm glad it did. I wouldn't have heard their debut album 'Shades Of Purple'. So what's different with 'The Big Room'? You still get a load of songs inspired by teenage feelings and emotions (i.e. love and jealousy) but that's not a bad thing. Here we have two very talented musicians and songwriters who are at such a young age and so underrated in Europe. That isn't their fault; pop music just seems to be made up of manufactured bands that are told what to sing and how to dance. You wouldn't see M2M dancing about on Top of The Pops, they'd be busy actually playing their instruments and singing at the same time. My favourite tracks off the album are some of the slower ballads like 'Wanna Be Where You Are', 'Don't', 'Love Left For Me', and 'Eventually'. Marion Raven and Marit Larsen have incredible voices that are demonstrated in these four songs. Listen to 'Love Left For Me' you'll be feeling exactly how Marion felt when she wrote this song and try and learn something, don't lie or hurt your girl/boyfriend in any way. Try not to get too carried away (emotionally) when listening to 'Eventually'. The album has its share of upbeat songs, like 'Everything' and 'Miss Popular'. They have very catchy tunes that are stuck in my head and can't be removed. The tracks 'Sometimes' and 'Leave Me Alone' are for the girls. They're basically about being mad, angry and just being a girl (which I have no experience of). Maybe that's why I would say these two songs are not the greatest. But I'm sure someone might like them. To sum up, if you've heard anything from M2M's first album (and liked it) you should definitely buy this. If you like pop music and are looking for something different, give M2M a chance, they won't disappoint. M2M, 'The Big Room', this is what real pop music should sound like.
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on 2 June 2003
Really great album. It's great for whatever mood you're in and the first track, "Everything", really opens it up with an incredible start. "Sometimes" is great to turn on if you want to let a bit on steam off and songs like "Don't" and "Wanna Be Where You Are" are really incredible at displaying emotions. It is possible to relate to every song in some way. There is a perfect balance of up-tempo songs and ballads. And what makes this album so incredible is that you can listen to each song over and over without getting tired of it. It's just one of those albums!
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on 23 June 2002
M2M's second album, The Big Room is a calidoscopic mix of pop and rock with a stunning sophomore beat that will get anyone hooked to the likes of Everything and Miss Popular. Other titles such as Jennifer and What You Do About Me helps bring out the girls true glory as song writers. The 3 additional remixes add an extra pop elemint to the album and helps build a bridge back to their old cult style of music. This CD is a must for any Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch or Travis fans - anyone of any age should enjoy this CD.
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on 24 February 2004
I bought M2M's first CD 'Shades of Purple' after hearing the single 'Don't say you love me'; over time I came to like it a lot (minus a couple of tracks especially the sickening 'Pretty Boy'), the latter part was particularly good and 'Standing in the rain' stands as one of the best songs in pop. As a result I ordered 'The Big Room' without having heard a single track... I wasen't disappointed.
It's obvious that Marion and Marit grew up a lot between the recording of this and SoP; sure the songs still contain tired old cliches and they seem unable to write much other than on the subject of Love but there's an understanding of music that shows promise if they continue to mature; 'Payphone' is a testament to that fact. 'Everything' is a good single, far better than 'Don't say you love me' was but unfortunately will never get the same airtime as DSYLM was tied in with the whole Pokemon phenomenon, and 'What you do about me' is great pop; 'Sometimes' is another track that hints towards new horizons if only for the inclusion of the word 's**t'.
'The Big Room' is far less digitalised than 'SoP' also which is good in that it portrays the girls as more musically astute. Unfortunately M2M have sinse broken up and it remains to be seen if either of them can continue the trend set down by this worthwhile CD.
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on 29 October 2015
nice and easy listening
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