Dangerous and Moving (Calgary Sun)

Time of publication: 18.10.2005
Russian Lolitas in Catholic school girl uniforms singing bubblegum dance-pop songs and open mouth kissing one another in the rain.

Some things in life are just so perfect you, a) wonder why no one came up with the idea sooner, or at least acted upon it, and b) wonder why anyone would change it.

But lollipop lesbian duo t.A.T.u have done just that on their sophomore CD Dangerous and Moving — a more mature, less salacious or seedy CD.

And before you dismiss it and head back to your Pussycat Dolls disc, keep in mind that always at the core of the prefabricated pop sensations were some incredibly infectious, well produced and well written puff songs.

Yes, it’s electro schlock a la Ace of Base — though much darker — but the girls, Lena Katina and Julia Volkova, both have a great set of pipes, and those they work with, including Dave Stewart and Sting, know how to tailor the material to those voices.

No, it’s not going to change the world, but t.A.T.u. have shown that strip away those uniforms — calm down — and the rest of what made people pay attention in the first place, and there’s enough still there to make it semi-interesting.

At least, for those not in the raincoat brigade.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Calgary Sun, Canada
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