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Album Review

When the A-Teens paid tribute to ABBA on 1999's The ABBA Generation, it was obvious that none of the group's members had great voices. But they had great material to work with; "Dancing Queen," "S.O.S.," and other ABBA hits are Europop classics. So, despite their limitations as vocalists, the A-Teens were able to provide a pleasant, if unremarkable, tribute to Sweden's most famous Euro-popsters. But Pop 'Til You Drop, the A-Teens' third album, is another matter; this time, they are saddled with a lot of pedestrian material. While The ABBA Generation had more of a Hi-NRG/Euro-dance outlook, Pop 'Til You Drop isn't as consistently European-sounding. The ABBA influence has not disappeared altogether — "Closer to Perfection," for example, is full of ABBA-isms — but overall, this bubblegum CD favors more of an American teen pop approach along the lines of Britney Spears, *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys. And more often than not, Pop 'Til You Drop has a mechanical, assembly-line quality. Nonetheless, the CD has its moments. The A-Teens' dance-pop remake of Alice Cooper's "School's Out" (which features Cooper himself) may offend some '70s rock devotees — some Cooper fans may be horrified that the influential shock-rocker would have anything to do with a teen pop act. Regardless, the A-Teens' "School's Out" cover is fun and is arguably Pop 'Til You Drop's best track. And the mildly funky "Floorfiller" (one of the album's more European-sounding tunes) has a somewhat Silver Convention-ish charm — the high-tech production is early 2000s, although the hook has a "Get Up and Boogie"/"Funky Party" type of Euro-disco vibe. But the memorable tracks are the exception instead of the rule. The ABBA Generation is still the A-Teens' best album, and Pop 'Til You Drop is, for the most part, a forgettable exercise in Britney Spears/*NSYNC/Backstreet Boys worship.

Customer Reviews

To Be Honest...

I only know a couple of songs on this CD, but I was a HUGE A*Teens fan when I was younger. My absolute favorite song for a while was Floorfiller; I would put my CD player on repeat just for that song. If I had had an iPod back then, that song would have most likely been the top song on my Top 25 Most Played. And I remember the song "Can't Help Falling In Love" having a music video on Disney Channel for the movie Lilo and Stitch.

This is no Teen Spirit

Oh, A*Teens, what happened?! After scaling the heights of Scandinavian pop perfection with "Teen Spirit," the group came crashing down to earth with this uneven mess, which comes across as nothing more than a cynical attempt to break into the US market. At times, the band retains some of its former glory, especially on the amazing track, "Closer To Perfection," which has to be the best 80's song not actually from the 1980's. Its pounding synths and wall of sound harmonies bring to mind a poppier version of "Dare"-era Human League. Sadly, nothing else on the album comes close to this track. Which is not to say everything else is awful, in fact there are some pleasant pop songs, namely the cover of "Can't Help Falling In Love," and the ballad "Hi and Goodbye" that would not have been out of place on the far superior album "Teen Spirit." Others, like "Cross My Heart" and "Let Your Heart Do All The Talking" have their merits, but would probably at best be considered guilty pleasures. Then there are the real horrors, which fall into 2 categories: really plodding ballads that are sung off-key ("This Year" and "In The Blink of An Eye") and attempts at being edgy while still appealing to the tween-set that listens to Radio Disney ("Floorfiller," "Slam," and "School's Out," all of which sound like Aaron Carter castoffs). Download "Closer to Perfection," give "Can't Help Falling In Love" and "Hi and Goodbye" a listen, and sample "Let Your Heart Do All the Talking" and "Cross My Heart" if you're feeling generous.

Awsome!

i love a*teens! thier first two cd's were better but this one is pretty good too. All the songs are really good

Biography

Formed: 1998

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Über-ABBA tribute A*Teens assembled Stockholm, Sweden-based adolescents Marie Serneholt, Sara Lumholdt, Dhani Lennevald, and Amit Paul. Beginning work on their debut album The ABBA Generation in 1998, two years later the group topped the European charts with their cover of "Mamma Mia," achieving the feat exactly a quarter of a century after the original ABBA hit number one with their own rendition of the song. The aforementioned LP contains similarly modernized renditions of ABBA classics like "Dancing...
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