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Album Review

Aly & AJ are sort of a double-vision version of Hilary Duff. Like Hilary, who started out portraying the plucky Lizzie McGuire, Aly co-stars as Keely Teslow on the Disney Channel's Phil of the Future. She had her first singing success with a bubbly take on the Lovin' Spoonful's "Do You Believe in Magic" that shot to the top of the charts on Radio Disney, and with her younger sister AJ contributed to the soundtracks for the Disney films Herbie: Fully Loaded (another cover, "Walkin' on Sunshine") and Ice Princess ("No One," a melodic descendant of Avril Lavigne's "I'm with You"). In 2005 the Michalka sisters make their album debut with Into the Rush, released like Hilary's Metamorphosis through the Disney-owned Hollywood Records. All of their initial singles are here, which is nice for fans hoping to avoid buying all those soundtracks. And the rest of Rush isn't all that different. It's more ambitious than freshly scrubbed teen pop, but doesn't venture further than offering a few empowering ballads and the concise, professionally processed pop of "Collapsed" and "Something More." Aly & AJ get writing credits on every song here except the covers. But they've worked closely with a bank of producers and co-writers, and that ensures that Into the Rush has the right mixture of personal touch and corporate marketability. "All lead and background vocals sung by Aly & AJ," the liner notes read, so it's nearly impossible to tell who's who. But Aly & AJ can actually sing — their vocals have more way personality than prefab Disney hopefuls like Hayden Panettiere or Caleigh Peters — and the arrangements are slick without resorting to flashily empty pap. The sisters are lyrically limited — "I didn't know what was in store/When I walked right through the door/Then I saw you over there/Our blue eyes locked in a stare" — but what do you expect? This is music written to entertain 'tweens. It's notable then that Into the Rush is listenable, likeable, and more about being memorable than being Disney product. Smart move — Duff took a similar route on her first record, and look what happened to her.

Customer Reviews

Fabulous

This is a great CD, and one of my favourites. They are a nice mix of rock and pop which suits their voices wonderfully. Rush, Out of the Blue, I Am One of Them and Protecting Me are standout tracks. While the subject matter in the songs aren't very personal, they are easily relatable and more appealing to a great audience. I can't wait to see what else they come up with.

The Happy Song!

This song makes me feel so good! I feel so good about my self that i feel like crying! Its one of the first times I've actually, well, realised how special i am!! They can sing so well, their voices soar through me! If you aren't happy right now or are unsure of your self, listen to this song. I love it so badly! What strong lyrics too! Get it, its the happy song!

Into the Rush...

This album was amazing! I've heard Aly and AJ sing a few songs before and thought they were just ok, but when I heard they had a disc coming out I thought I would check it out. I'm glad I did! They are both awesome singers and put together they're even better. "Rush" is now one of my favourite songs and "Sticks and Stones" has a great message. I also love how they redid "Walking On Sunshine" and "Do You Believe in Magic". This sister duo should definitely continue making beautiful music!

Biography

Formed: Torrance, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Sister acting/singing duo Aly & AJ — whose full names are Alyson and Amanda Joy Michalka — showed a passion for both kinds of performing at a very young age: they started playing piano at age six and began acting classes soon after. Born in L.A., the Michalkas moved to Seattle in the early '90s, where their parents exposed them to a wide variety of music and supported their excitement about both acting and making music. As the girls learned piano and guitar,...
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