200 KmH In The Wrong Lane Review

artist: t.A.T.u. date: 05/23/2005 category: compact discs
t.A.T.u.: 200 KmH In The Wrong Lane
Released: Sep 17, 2002
Genre: Pop
Styles: Euro-Dance, Club/Dance
Number Of Tracks: 10
It makes no sense to discuss 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane, the first album by Russian dance-pop duo TATU, without focusing on the gimmick, since that gimmick is the band.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8
200 KmH In The Wrong Lane Reviewed by: unregistered, on april 05, 2005
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Sound: The album starts with english recordings/re-recordings of the duos tracks whereas the second half sports the Russian side of the album. With tracks such as 'All The Things She Said' and 'Not Gonna Get Us' recorded in both English and Russian. The CD gives the listener a good perspective of the track instrumentally but also lyrically as the words are switched between languages and still fitted into the song. On the subject of the albums overall sound the funky drum/bass driven backing really sets off the couples angelic vocals in both the Russian and English vesions of the songs. A few good remixed and extended versions of tracks form earlier in the CD beef out the album and really bring home how good these two sound on disc. The sound ranges from a few quite grungy sounding guitar driven tracks to the melodic subtlties of tracks, including '30 Minutes,' which could happily have found itself tinkling away in the background of a few good spooky movie trailers. Having said this there are some points on the CD where the music would probably have been happier on a kiddies TV show and just goes to show that a 'manufactured' band will never quite produce an album that sounds 100% pure 'them'. And just exaggerates that on the whole, where the album is clever, lyrical and in places damned emotional, there are points where the duo's slightly naieve side just shows through and really does go to show that if these two could just bust out of the mould, they could be set making some brilliant music in the future. // 8

Lyrics: Lyrically this album is amazing and in some places they are just so deep you really could drop a brick in them and not hear it land 'till next Tuesday, although, again, there are places where they really do make you cringe with embarrassment. The Russian to English re-recordings aren't necessarily the same lyrics but somehow manage to keep the mood of the song the same. // 8

Overall Impression: Great album with a few low point but on the whole a great album from an amazing duet. // 8

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overall: 9.3
200 KmH In The Wrong Lane Reviewed by: unregistered, on may 23, 2005
1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Sound: The sound in this album is definitely good. It successfully mixes dance with rock and slow piano. The songs aren't like that of other pop music, since the album has been recorded by 2 very young girls, whose voices are somewhat different to other artists. Unfortunately, some of the sound isn't as professional as it could have been, but this was sorted out on the English translation of the album. // 8

Lyrics: Firstly, the lyrics are all Russian. This makes them extremely emotive and really different to anything else around. The lyrics all co-inside very well with the music, and the language, though abstract, rhymes and sounds excellent. Both Yulia and Lena sing to a very high standard, and have really unique voices, which can be heard on the CD. If you were to translate from Russian, you would find the lyrics to be quite emotive, and also somewhat personal. // 10

Overall Impression: This album cannot really be compared to the English translation - it is simply much better - with more songs, and better, more original remixes, the album stands alone. One of the best songs on the album is probably "Robot" which talks about the 2 girls not being real. It's very catchy and does sounds great. It's not like any standard sell-out pop artist. It's very hard to fault it, only that it has 10 songs, but all are very good. Definitely worth a listen, you could be in for a shock. // 10

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