The Critic ~ Album #1: t.A.T.u - 200 KM/H In The Wrong Lane
I only knew these two from All the Things She Said
& Not Gonna Get Us
initially in all honesty, I had not heard both songs in years, I instantly liked both though on re-listen ~ both catchy and instant tracks although I know they will grate with repeated listens. While the album continued to play I started to find the sound rather harsh on my ears, the songs range from messy and unlistenable to catchy euro pop anthems (although most lean toward the former). I only decided to keep 4 tracks from the 11 on offer which really is a bad sign. The best track on the album for me would be How Soon Is Now?
which is actually a cover of The Smiths track of the same name!
They succeed in making it sound like an Avril Lavigne track, Avril could definitely pull this one off whilst in her pop/rock outfit, a strong pop track which pulsates and snarls as 1 of the girls sings “I'm human and I need to be loved, just like everybody else does”.
The other track I kept apart from the first 2 UK singles was Malchik Gay
which I felt immediately fell under the guilty pleasure banner, racy & upbeat yet very cheesy and cringe worthy in equal amounts, but I rather liked it!
The only other noteworthy song would be Stars
which sounds like a pleasant listen up until one of the girls tries her hand at a bit of rapping which quite bluntly does not sound good, in fact it totally ruins what could have been a good track as both girls have semi nice voices although rather lack lustre and pitchy at times. Another thing I sensed was that the duo were playing the 'oh poor me I'm a lesbian and no one likes me' card a bit too much ~ almost bordering on sickeningly insincere levels at times. Unfortunately the album doesn’t motivate me to listen to more from them, I sensed very little substance from it, just both playing up to the roles they had been told to portray (I’m not even sure if they are really lesbians?). The album limps out with Russian versions of the 2 hit singles which I really was not inclined to keep and an extended version of ones of the albums worse tracks. So to summarise no I was not impressed with this album at all, it suffers from sounding relatively samey throughout as well which does not help elevate an already poor album.
Keepers (in order of best):
#1 How Soon Is Now?
#2 All The Things She Said
#3 Not Gonna Get Us
#4 Malchik Gay