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This CD is a compilation of tracks sung by female vocalists, most having already been released on previous albums. It is clearly aimed at the tween/teen girl market, with clever packaging meant to resemble pen doodles on a pair of jeans. The songs tend to have a positive message to believe in yourself and do your own thing. However, the songs in the collection tend more toward the pop end of the spectrum rather than the rock end, making the album title, Girlz Rock, a bit of a stretch.
The Lowlights The remake of the Go-Go's hit Our Lips Are Sealed by the Duff sisters is a bit too peppy to compete with the original; more bubble-gum pop than poppy punk. The songs by Raven are not my cup of tea, and were skipped over after the first listening. Reach, sung by Caleigh Peters is an uninspired, standard be-all-that-you-can-be movie song; nothing particularly memorable in this one.
The Highlights The two tracks by Lindsay Lohan, Ultimate and Drama Queen, are a bit more edgy. Ms. Lohan's unpolished vocals lend a rock cred to her songs that is absent from some of the more poppy tunes on the album. Go Figure by Everlife is one of the songs that comes closest to being a good rock tune. Driving guitar and a good drum beat make this tune memorable.
The highlight of the album is the song Rush by Aly & A.J., a sister duo who show promise to hit it big with the teen market. I enjoy their vocals something akin to a cross of Hillary Duff and Avril Lavigne. Another single, No One off their upcoming album, Into the Rush, is another memorable tune that is getting airplay on Radio Disney and Yahoo! Radio. I'm going to be sure to check out their debut once it's released.
The Final Assessment
This album is bound to be a popular one with its target market of teen girls. It's got a good set of upbeat pop and rock tunes by both popular artists and newcomers. However, most of the tunes are available on other albums, so if you already have them it won't really be worth your while to buy this just to obtain the Aly & A.J. track. You're better off to wait for the release of the album in August.
Another album aimed at teen girls, the soundtrack for the Disney Channel movie Go Figure features songs from popular and breakout artists. The album is short, with nine tracks clocking in barely over 30 minutes, but what is here is sure to appeal to its target audience.
The Lowlights Raven-Symoné. Need I say more? I just donŐt like her music. Caleigh Peters is like a peppier Avril Lavigne, and her song I Can Do Anything isn't bad, it's just not that original.
The Highlights Bowling for Soup are a fun rock/punk-light group, and their track Greatest Day has a great driving guitar line and drum beat. This song is what Green Day might sound like if they were writing happy songs instead of political-angst music.
Rocking group Hope 7 puts forth a tune that calls out for you to jump around your room and sing into your hairbrush. I Want Everything is a great single from a promising new group.
The Superchic[k] song Anthem includes some great girl-power lyrics. One of my favorites is, we are lipstick and cleats that says it all right there. Hard rocking guitar and bass along with a driving drum beat make this song a favorite.
Junk are a British group who are just hitting the scene. Having just signed with a new label, they have yet to release a full album stateside, but show promise, with good exposure through TV and movies. Their song Life is Good is another in the pop-punk vein and one that stands up to repeat listening.
There are also good tracks by newer artists Brie Larson and Cadence Grace; both of these women have new albums on the horizon, so the singles on the album give a good preview of what's to come for them as well.
The Final Assessment
Go Figure is a fun rock album whose main drawback is its short length. Ironically, the Go Figure soundtrack rocks more than the Disney Girlz Rock CD, and I would recommend it over the latter. The album will satisfy the teen girl in need of a rock fix, while being devoid of any offensive content that might disturb her parents.
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Kevin Doc Krock is been a long-time animation buff and home theater fan. He's been following the rise of the DVD format in the home market since its introduction, and he hopes to help you make the most of your family's home theater viewing time and video collections.
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