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Album Review

The concept of four Australian Idol alumni joining together to form a pop group is quite unique for the global Idol franchise. Rarely do these types of formations form, and even less often, stick, especially since, by the time of print of this review, Ricki-Lee Coulter has already left the group and been replaced. Nonetheless, the team of producers who formed the Young Divas, and their record label, Sony BMG, went for it anyways, signing these girls up with a record deal after a brief experimental tour. The product is not much different than the Idol format or the title of the group itself. It is a collection of covers by the famous divas of the past decades. The album has covers originally by Donna Summer, Irene Cara, the Weather Girls, and so many more. In some ways, this approach to a post-Idol album is a good thing. It doesn't stray too far from anything that the girls, Emily Williams, Kate DeAraugo, Paulini, and Ricki-Lee Coulter have performed on the show. Plus, their voices mesh seamlessly on tracks like "Happenin' All Over Again" and "This Time I Know It's for Real", which were the albums first two singles (and the strongest tracks on the album). However, one can totally argue against the quality of the album for the same reasons. It's an album of covers; it has no original material, which makes it difficult to determine the strength of the writing and potential of these girls. There is no redeeming artistic originality on the album, however new remixes of several songs are unique. Plus, the girls all play second fiddle throughout the album to each other, instead of having one lead singer. While some of the covers work perfectly, others seem affected and forced (See "Let's Hear It for the Boy"). At times, the girls strain to be the lead vocalists, and there are points where the ladies attempt to shout over each other to be the most heard. Ultimately, this album is more for an avid fan of Australian Idol more than anything else, four ex-contestants (including a winner of the franchise, DeAruago) singing Idol classics. Or, if you're someone who loves to hear a modern take on some timeless hits by four knock-out voices, this is an album right up your alley. However, the market for this album doesn't really appeal to much more than that. Time will tell if the Young Divas will really become bona-fide stars. I'm still waiting for original material.

Customer Reviews

4 young divas cant even match the original one

wow it amazes me that all this country cant do is keep bringing out cover albums that sound bad and ruin the originals you got this album marcias and human natures lol cant we write our own hits shame shame and the 4 young divas cant match the original ones that sang these songs with more blood sweat and soul. buy the originals they even come remixed by real great djs this sounds like a karaoke disc for a gay bingo group. its over for me


Album of the year need i say more


For many of you youngters, all of these songs were once number ones and simply fab. Who ever thought 20 years later we'd hear almost a full album of PWL hits! The Divas have done a great job. Well worth the $$


Formed: 2006 in Australia

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Female vocal pop group Young Divas are made up of former winners of the American Idol franchise Australian Idol. Third-season contestants Emily Williams and Kate DeAraugo were assembled by Idol execs as a duo in 2006. Sony BMG soon saw a golden opportunity, and added Paulini Curuenavuli (first-season winner) and Ricki-Lee Coulter (second-season winner) into the mix. The group's first single, Donna Summer's "This Time I Know It's for Real," was released in May of 2006, and quickly reached number two...
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