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(30 December 2001) Every once in a while Musical Discoveries needs to wander outside its (artificial) contemporary, progressive and crossover boundaries into other territories. A review of ZOEgirl's latest album Life (Sparrow Records (USA) SPD 51828, 2001) is just that. The energising, high-octane pop sound of the band provides a refreshing alternative to mainstream teen-oriented groups currently dominating top 40 radio and MTV.
With talent well above the plethora of similar-sounding pop groups like those seen on MTV and Pop-Stars ("Dismissed"), ZOEgirl deliver sounds similar to Britney Spears ("With All Of My Heart" and "Nick Of Time"), Jennifer Lopez ("R U Sure About That?") and Destiny's Child ("Even If"). Using a canvas of irresistible urban grooves, Alisa Girard, Kristin Swinford and Chrissy Conway showcase their spirited vocals to communicate a message of eternal hope. Photographs of the artists are available at their website. The band have had a very busy--and well attended--touring schedule as well.
The members of ZOEgirl use their accompllished songwriting skills to address the issues confronting today's youth in an open and honest fashion. Naturally, this is a pop album and topics such as dating relationships, self image, and personal evangelism are all addressed in a biblical framework. And the production quality perfectly suits the incredible vocal prowess and onstage talents of the three young women.
The album's tracks are each individually memorable whether they be just plain pop, trip-hop, dance or anthem.
Various vocal and instrumental effects add to the accessibility and popularity of the material. A heavy rhythm section, characteristic of pop music, is evident throughout. Our editors preferred the album's ballads--"Plain, "Forever 17" and whispy "The Truth"--which are tremendous. The artists' vocal prowess is simply incredible and each of the tracks, despite style, are enjoyable. The pop number "Here And Now" is a certain standout.
Caren Joy said, "They have come a long way since their debut album and when I first heard Life, I could hardly believe this was the same three girls! It is amazing what a year of teamwork, touring and friendship can do."
With Life ZOEgirl have come into their own. They have a bold message and do not show away from the gospel on this new album. You can find further information on the band, see lovely photographs of the artists, hear soundbites and access their
touring schedule at their website. Read further reviews, listen to soundbites and order the album from amazon.com
here. This album is worth checking out and as a pop album it is a must listen!