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Album Review

On their second album, New Attitude, the Young Divas once again create a versatile adult pop album of funky dance covers. The group, featuring new member Jessica Mauboy, releases their second set of cover tunes just over a year after their successful self-titled debut album. The only problem with the new album is that the covers, while vocally exciting due to four strong voices once again blending in diva heaven, lack any real character. The covers, which range from Pointer Sisters rave tracks to Diane Warren ballads, express a flat range of well-produced pop from the various decades. The album feels like the run of a contestant on Idol (which may make sense because of the origin of all four of these vocalists: they were all finalists on the Australian edition of Idol). All the songs sound great, but there is no creative spin on the tracks and they sound devoid of true artistic personality. Their first time up at major-label bat, the concept of the Young Divas remodeling pop tunes to match today's market seemed novel; now, it merely seems done and done with. The pop quartet needed to make a true impression by at least remixing the singles or offering new arrangements. Unfortunately, they merely covered the tracks in a rush and as basically as possible, and the final result ultimately feels rushed and basic.

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Conceptually Outstanding/Musically Radiant

As I've said before, YES, IT'S FOR REAL so here's the grand and glorious compilation. Direct from Australia, the divas have returned with a new look, new songstress and most notably, a new attitude! The change-up: As Ricki-Lee Coulter departs to focus on her solo career and a wedding, new "Oz Idol" finalist, Jessica Mauboy steps in the shoes left by Ricki-Lee (Nine West, Bandolino, take your pick).

For myself, this LP was well worth the anticipation and wait. Also, the selection of material here is extremely captivating and a dynamic batch of my most favoured tracks to receive the Diva treatment. Amid various 80s sentimental favourites (and 70s landmark fixtures), the unexpected and highly rewarding gem in this set is their variation for Stevie Nicks' "I Can't Wait" (Note, I didn't say Nu Shooz). Upon glancing at the track listing, one would expect the John Smith/Valerie Day track. Not this time! Here it's the Stevie Nicks track that gets the Diva sound. And boy am I THRILLED because that was, and still is, one of my most highly favoured tracks from a decade I'm quite fond of.

The other 80s gems covered in this set are equally outstanding. Cases in point, these ladies deliver a most beautiful rendition of Taylor Dayne's "Love Will Lead You Back" and a purely Hi-NRG chart-topping version of Taylor's "Tell It To My Heart!" Well done, ladies!!!

Just as well, The Pointer Sisters would be equally honoured because their tracks here are given the respect, vocality and musical production that Ruth, June and Anita would be quite proud of!!!

One of the unexpected highlights from this set is their lead single--a cover of Loverboy's "Turn Me Loose" featuring Rap star, Savage on accompanying vocals (as I keep saying, this is for real). With their vocal range, stylings and a brilliantly genius symphony of dance/R&B rhythms, Loverboy's classic now fits perfectly and smoothly in the club genre. Just as well , this new rendition serves as a quite engaging tapestry in the R&B mosaic.

These eleven songs are just what the deejays and dance clubs ordered to spark your shoes and the feet and soul to move all over again. The Divas have created yet another masterpiece and eternal collection of almost a dozen more dance classics with even a Christmas track as a bonus!

Biography

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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