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Veronicas, The - Hook Me Up Album Cover
Author's Rating
Vocals 9
Musicianship 7
Lyrics 5.5
Production 7.75
Creativity 5.75
Lasting Value 6.25
Reviewer Tilt 8.5
Final Verdict: 71%
Member Ratings
Vocals 3.63
Musicianship 4.13
Lyrics 3.25
Production 4.38
Creativity 3.13
Lasting Value 3.13
Reviewer Tilt 3.38
Average: 36%

Veronicas, The - Hook Me Up

Reviewed by: holybatmon (01/14/10)
The Veronicas - Hook Me Up
Record Label: Sire
Release Date: November 3rd, 2007 (AUS)

The Veronica's are hawt.

Right, now that that's out the way, we can give the album a listen! Hailing from down-under, The Veronicas (Lisa and Jess Origliasso), despite being big deal in Aussie country, have only just hit the shelves here in the UK. And with the recent release here of their 2007 sophmore effort Hook Me Up and re-release 4Ever gaining fair rotation on radio and "music" TV, what better time to indulge in some guilty-pleasure pop?

Make no mistake- The Veronicas are about as punk as John Lydon's whoring of Country Life, but (credit where credit is due) are a pop act who actually write their own material (and interestingly, have been involved in the penning of hits by both TATU and Cascada). after a quick Google (image) search I checked them out.

So, throwing away my dwindling sense of masculinity, what makes Hook Me Up any different from the hordes of other female fronted pop acts? Simply put: the melodies. This album is bursting with them. All puns intended, this is an extremely vocally-focused album, with hooks aplenty. From opener and lead single "Untouched" and it's slightly-ridiculous-but-sticky staccato verses, to the dancy, synthy trills of "Hook Me Up", these are the kind of choruses you find yourself humming to yourself involuntarily in the shower. Lisa and Jess's voices absolutely soar. The diversity on show here, from a vocal standpoint, ensures that whilst the verse-chorus-verse format is, of course, nothing to cream your progressive pants over, the songs somehow still seem to hold ups and downs. From emotive ballad "Revenge Is Sweeter (Than You Ever Were)" to satirical Hollywood dig-in "Popular", these girls have an energy in their vocals that keeps things upbeat and lends the songs a sense of intensity. Even when they slow it down ("This Love"), the choruses still kick things up a notch.

Song wise, we have the pure electro pop of "Take Me On The Floor" to the darker, almost grungy tones of guitar based "rocker" "All I Have". But there's one song that stands out in particular: "I Can't Stay Away". As one of the darker tracks on the album, containing one of the best choruses I've heard in a while, this is the highlight, cementing this album as one I can quite happily keep in rotation alongside more "intellectual" bands.
Alas, nothing is perfect. Closing on somewhat of a bum note, "In Another Life", with it's cheesy lyrics, is simply too, dare I say, girly. But throughout the album there's a sense of sincerity that you just don't hear from the likes of Ke$ha, strong songwriting that doesn't focus on "getting crunk in the club".

Of course, this isn't going to appeal to many of you. This is absolutepunk.net, not seventeenmag.com. But I have bought two albums recently; one was Every Time I Die's New Junk Aesthetic (fantastic). The other was this. And so for what it is, a pop record with slightly more "credibility" and "rock" appeal, you could do far worse.

Recommended If You LikeKelly Clarkson, TATU, general pop music, mmmtwinsmmm
 
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03:31 PM on 01/19/10
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Good to see some Aussie love. I must disagree with two parts of your review however. One, the girls aren't that hot (apart from the mmmtwinsmmm factor). Two, the music aint as hot as you seem to think either. Glad to see them doing well and solid review regardless.
06:31 AM on 01/20/10
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Hell yeah, I love em.
02:23 PM on 01/21/10
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No way in HELL and back they are similar to Kelly Clarkson, especially her 2nd album.

But then again, with her newest album, then I understand.

I didn't like this album TBH, their debut was amazing
08:08 AM on 01/22/10
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Good to see some Aussie love. I must disagree with two parts of your review however. One, the girls aren't that hot (apart from the mmmtwinsmmm factor). Two, the music aint as hot as you seem to think either. Glad to see them doing well and solid review regardless.

Moderately attractive x 2= Hot. It's all in the math haha. And hey, different strokes for different folks! I might hate this album through overplay soon enough thouh haha

Hell yeah, I love em.

I thought for my first review I'd so something that isn't the norm haha

No way in HELL and back they are similar to Kelly Clarkson, especially her 2nd album.

But then again, with her newest album, then I understand.

I didn't like this album TBH, their debut was amazing

I don't listen to KC.

Secret Life Of... was great, but the slow songs kinda bored me. This album is a bit more dancey
09:20 AM on 01/22/10
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i love this album, it is one of my favorite pop albums ever i think. they have wonderful voices and they blew me away live.
09:48 AM on 01/22/10
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i preferred the debut album, not to say this one didnt have a few catchy songs.
02:18 PM on 01/22/10
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Moderately attractive x 2= Hot. It's all in the math haha. And hey, different strokes for different folks! I might hate this album through overplay soon enough thouh haha



I thought for my first review I'd so something that isn't the norm haha



I don't listen to KC.

Secret Life Of... was great, but the slow songs kinda bored me. This album is a bit more dancey
So why recommend Kelly Clarkson if you don't listen to her?

Just saying
04:33 AM on 01/23/10
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So why recommend Kelly Clarkson if you don't listen to her?

Just saying
Because I couldn't think of anything else.

How about getting over it? haha
08:38 PM on 01/24/10
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Eh. This band's just another Lady Gaga with a bigger penis.
03:40 PM on 02/03/10
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i absolutily luvvvv this album
03:49 PM on 05/23/10
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i like this album, and does anyone realize how heavy some of their music is? it's like pop-industrial, love it :D
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