Victorious Cast - Victorious 2.0: More Music from the Hit TV Show
Record Label: Columbia Records
Release Date: June 5th, 2012
I just can't escape Victoria Justice.
I mean, I'll be honest: I don't WANT to escape Victoria Justice. But if I'm in the grocery store stocking up on frozen pizzas -- I can't help but notice her face on every magazine in the rack while I wait in the checkout line. Okay, maybe it's my mind that's putting her face on every magazine, but that's totally not the point. Point is, she increases my quality of life.
Justice's hit TV show, Victorious, has pretty much been the only thing I've watched for the past 2 years. I've purposely smashed my remote control into pieces so I'd have to physically GET UP to change the channel, and we all know that's never going to happen. With each viewing, it's just another reminder that she's actually too perfect for my existence and that I'm not even worthy enough to let her programming occupy my day. As a result, I listen to her music instead. That way, I can do two things at once: hear her angelic voice and put my own number in my phonebook under her name and text myself. Productivity!
Now, of course, the music at hand must be taken seriously. Upon the release of Victorious' debut soundtrack, I mentally prepared myself for an invigorating experience. The skies grew brighter (because it was 6am) and it felt like all my pores opened up (due to scratching my face really hard from specific frustration). It all felt right. But the only thing missing was more.
Thankfully, my hopes and dreams were answered in the form of Victorious: 2.0. It's only six songs long, so it's obviously an attempt to make a quick buck, but that's fine with me. They can have all of my bucks. I'd @ reply my bank account/social security number to Justice as long as she'd see it.
With that said, the songs in general are kinda great. Opener "Make It In America" was co-written by Boys Like Girls singer Martin Johnson, and his influence is clear on the track. It's definitely one of Justice's catchiest to date, and perhaps a preview into what will come out of her real solo stuff as she continues to stray away from the Nickelodeon name. "Take a Hint," a duet between Justice and castmate Elizabeth Gillies (some people say she's better than Justice but they're SOOOO wrong), is another fist pumping jam that acts as an anthem to creepy guys everywhere (Ed. note - me).
"Shut Up and Dance" gets me all emotional as it sounds sort of exactly like Fall Out Boy's "I Don't Care" (or Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," whatever). The other few aren't as Victoria-centric as the first half, and that's this record's fatal flaw. Basically, Victoria Justice is the Season 8 finale of Scrubs. Anyone who shares a vocal booth with her is Season 9. In short: GO AWAY. IT WAS PERFECT UNTIL YOU RUINED IT.
As a whole, I'm just happy new music from her is in my life. It won't be long until I head back into hysteria demanding new music again, but all I know is that whether we get a Victorious 3.6*2, or a legitimate Justice full-length, I'll be rocking out to it on my fabulous Victorious-branded headphones.