chicks that rock…

July 22, 2002 1:21am
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Ok, once and for all, I’ll admit it – I’ve got a thing for teen pop music scene. I’m not ashamed…the people in the music store probably think I’m a pervert, but I’m fine with that – they have no idea! I think this genre of music gets a bad vibe simply because there are quite a few artists that royally suck and it pulls down the rest of the crowd. Really, there are a ton of rock ‘n roll bands that royally suck, but the entire image of rock ‘n roll still remains pure and untainted…unlike the teen pop genre which I believe has actual laws preventing anyone over the age of 14 from becoming interested…

Well call me jailbait then because I just can’t seem to get two new cds out of the rotation in my car and I think they deserve a little recognition…

Michelle Branch:

Spirit Room

Avril Lavigne:

Let Go

First thing’s first – yes, they’re both extremely hot – this goes without saying. Granted neither of them is Britney hot, but they could each certainly hold their own! Behind the breasts, though, these ladies have this little thing I like to refer to as talent which is commonly overlooked by the skeptics…and that’s just a damn shame because there’s actually some really good music on these two discs. These aren’t your typical pop-single, written by Diane Warren, MTV all-star hits – no offense to Miss Warren, of course! Let me break things down a bit further…

Michelle Branch – This is a very happy cd for the most part, although that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing! Michelle’s debut cd might focus around love and relationships, but she’s just got the most beautiful voice that makes it all worthwhile. The songs sort of flop back and forth with regards to perspective, so if you’re in a lousy relationship and aren’t feeling up to the bouncy, cheerful tunes, just skip ahead to the next track and she’ll be back on your side! This one is a great choice for both long road trips and lazy Saturday afternoons…

Avril Lavigne – I got hooked on this girl a few weeks ago after hearing her first hit on the radio and was pleasantly surprised when I listened to the rest of the disc. Anyone who’s seen the video for Complicated knows that she’s a punk at heart, so it’s safe to report that this cd is a bit rougher than most female musician’s of her time – think a little like Fiona Apple, only minus the suicidal tendencies. Even though my own gender does make a few cameo appearances throughout this disc, Avril focuses on a wide range of topics including fame, growing up and tolerating differences among personalities. Sure, there’s a little bit of angry chick rock in here, but they do have a decent beat and she’s got more than enough counter-balance “happy” music here as well…

Wrapping things up, if you’re looking to add some new music to your collection and aren’t sure exactly what, I definitely suggest giving either one of these ladies a try. I’ve got a feeling that both of these girls are going to be around for a while, so you might as well make the best of things – trust me on this one! You may rant and jeer about appreciating Britney Spears and her cohorts, but it’s going to be much more difficult to find negativity for these two so jump on the bandwagon while they’re still relatively new!

Besides, couldn’t you use a little happiness in your already chaotic life??? 🙂

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