t.A.T.u.
Dangerous and Moving


2.0
poor

Review

by Daniel Incognito EMERITUS
December 2nd, 2005 | 22 replies | 9,294 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


A lot happened between t.A.T.u's debut album and their latest effort Dangerous and Moving. Their musical careers basically stood still for 3 years as the duo Julia Volkova and Lena Katina sorted out their managerial problems and their personal life. The Russian pop duo dumped their manager Ivan Shapovalov who they felt reduced them to a mere gimmick, as well as this Julia Volkova got pregnant. Wait a second, lesbians can’t impregnate each other! Well much to the dismay of pubescent boys everywhere, the Russian pair revealed that they're not actually lesbians. So with their lesbian gimmick in the dust, the girls were ready to start their musical careers anew, and to earn the respect of the music world.

T.A.T.u certainly did show they were serious about this album by hiring a range of highly respected musicians to help them out on Dangerous and Moving. Even Sting put his mark on the album, by playing the bass on one of the tracks. In theory Dangerous and Moving should reflect the girls’ growing up in life.

The first real track on the album is the hit single All About Us. For lyrics that are written by some guy in a studio, they do have quite a lot of meaning. This song is largely about the 3 years in between 200 km/H In The Wrong Lane and Dangerous and Moving.  The lyrics send a message to their old manager, by constantly repeating “It’s all about us,” a bit selfish if you ask me. The song also talks about the trials and tribulations that the girls have faced. “If they hurt you, they hurt me too, so we'll rise up, won't stop.” Despite the strangely relevant lyrics, the song is still another cheap and tacky Pop anthem. The video clip for the song features the girls in skimpy cleavage enhancing clothes, and instead of girl on girl action (like in their last hit single All the Things She Said) the video features girl on guy action. The song itself mirrors this ever so slight evolvement. The song itself sounds quite familiar upon first listen, no doubt because it sounds like their lesbian single All the Things She Said, just in a different key with a slightly different drum loop. Alright so that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but t.A.T.u’s new manager certainly didn’t make an effort to separate this album from their last.

Despite the obvious short cuts, All About Us and many other tracks on the album still hold their merits. Songs like Cosmos (Outer Space), Perfect Enemy, Loves Me Not and Friend or Foe all have catchy synth Dance-Pop rhythms that can become quite addictive. Although all 3 songs will make you shudder at yourself for listening to them, they become quite addictive. Before you know it you’ll be listening to it non-stop, loving it and hating it at the same time. Perfect Enemy stands out above the other 2 though, and could quite easily be on a highly respected artist’s album. The only thing that stops it is those whiny Russian vocals that will either grate on you like a cheese grater or just let it slide and enjoy. Loves Me Not is a low point in the album repetition wise. The girls resort to repeating “She loves me, she loves me not” through the whole song, sometimes as backing vocals and also featuring as the vocals in the Chorus. Loves Me Not somehow manages to avoid turning into drivel though and will no doubt have a nicotine like effect on unbiased listeners.

At times the girl's vocals have noticeably improved; they don't try and shout every single line. A lot of the tracks feature subtly crafted vocals that aren’t obnoxious and in your face. Although in some songs like Sacrifice you can feel Julia and Lena trying to break out of their producer’s octave limiting, and just shout it as high pitched as possible. The vocals do not have much variety in their tone and pace (partially due to the fact that half the tracks sound the same), but they certainly are improved over the shout everything 200 km/H In The Wrong Lane.

Slow songs take up a large portion of Dangerous and Moving, with arguably over one third of the album being slow songs. One of the producers few short comings on this album was clumping together all the slow songs together in the middle of the album. This gives the slow songs a somewhat filler track like feel, and doesn’t show much song arrangement flair. We Shout is ironically one of the tracks where the girls show their vocal advancement and don’t shout at all. We shout also shows progression in other areas. It starts off slow but the song soon turns into a quite nice soft Dance Pop song. The song even shows patience, and doesn’t try and rush straight to the chorus, but rather flows softly like non-gimmick Electronic artist tracks. The other three slow songs do not have much flair, but have a filler track vibe. Gomenasai feels like a million other romantic Pop songs with stereotypical violins, soft synthesizer sounds and mushy lyrics.

This album is certainly not meant to be taken too seriously; it is aimed at the mainstream audience. Not highly critical Alternative listeners who try to find the faults in the album rather than positives. Unlike its predecessor, there is no gimmick to attract pubescent boys. Dangerous and Moving at times feels like it is lacking a target audience, which makes you wonder. What is the point?  The songs have evolved since their previous outing, but enough to warrant a retraction of the ‘gimmick’ label. T.A.T.u. has made their best effort to be taken seriously in the music world employing the help of Sting, Richard Carpenter (The Carpenters) and more. But ultimately this falls short too, with many of the songs feeling like rehashes off 200 km/H In The Wrong Lane.  

The album is not lacking in catchy synthesizer hooks and melodies, but has far too many shortcomings to ignore. If you enjoyed the hit single All About Us and have money to spare then by all means give it a try. The one thing you have got to remember about this album is to not take it too seriously; if you do it’ll end up in your bin within a week or two. But when listened to with an open mind and a light heart, you’ll find yourself bopping away to this straight duo’s addictive tunes.

Highlights:
- All About Us
- Perfect Enemy
- Julia Volkova in the All About Us video
- We Shout
- Dangerous and Moving



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On The Edge
December 2nd 2005



27 Comments


I might check it out, their first album had some good catchy songs on it.

Good review to, one day someone should right a review 'guide' for beginning reviews. I would sure like it atleast.

morrissey
Moderator
December 2nd 2005



1688 Comments


Very nice review and you certainly analysed the album instead of just dismissing it unfairly.

I've only heard that "All the Things She Said" song and something like "They're not going to get us" repeated over and over which may very well have been the title, but I'm not sure. I guess I haven't heard anything from this album.



morrissey
Moderator
December 2nd 2005



1688 Comments


Comment was too long so I've split it up.

The two Tatu songs I have heard were very good europop songs, but they suffer the fate of being europop songs... overly reliant on one hook or line that just gets repeated and repeated. The songs are good for nostalagia purposes but other than that have no value after maybe a month. It's short term music, but it works for the purpose.

I never thought of them as strong singers at all, more Britney less Christina. So maybe I should check this out to hear the supposed improvements but I doubt it's worth it.

I can't really comment on anything here but very nice review, keep them up I enjoy your writing.

voted

Oh and the whole gimmick was retarded and I'm glad they've done away with it, even if it means they will fade to obscurity. Gimmicks are fine as long as they are semi-truthful and reflect REAL eccentricities of the artist's character.

On The Edge
December 2nd 2005



27 Comments


I miss the gimmick. The All the things she said video was an important part of growing up.

Reywas
December 2nd 2005



148 Comments


I have Ludi Invalidi.It's the russian version of Dangerous And Moving and I find the songs quite interesting on their own.But this album lacks variety.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
December 2nd 2005



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0


I might check it out, their first album had some good catchy songs on it.

Good review to, one day someone should right a review 'guide' for beginning reviews. I would sure like it atleast.

I'm pretty sure there is a guide somewhere on how to write them, but I find the easiest way for me is to keep looking at other well written reviews whilst writing mine, so that I can style it in the same way.

I never thought of them as strong singers at all, more Britney less Christina. So maybe I should check this out to hear the supposed improvements but I doubt it's worth it.

Maybe I over emphasised their improvement. :p

They're certainly not strong singers, but they have made improvements over their prequel. Instead of just shouting every line they actually sing parts now. But the shouting is still there in abundance. They've just improved enough to make it more enjoyable.



morrissey
Moderator
December 2nd 2005



1688 Comments


http://www.musicianforums.com/sputnik/guidelines.php

This was ridiculously difficult to find and I spent like 10 minutes searching through mx to find it. But it's a basic guide on how to write a review.

Can anyone find easy access to that link? Am I just an idiot?

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
December 2nd 2005



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

http://www.musicianforums.com/sputnik/guidelines.php

This was ridiculously difficult to find and I spent like 10 minutes searching through mx to find it. But it's a basic guide on how to write a review.

Can anyone find easy access to that link? Am I just an idiot?

Nope, I think it got removed when Mx changed the sputnik style. I suggest that you suggest that he sticks it back in next to feedback/ advertise / faq.

Zebra
Moderator
December 2nd 2005



2647 Comments


Very good review, you didn't bash this and that's a good thing.

I have heard of few songs from them, but I didn't like them that much.

Med57
Moderator
December 2nd 2005



1001 Comments


Aren't the guidelines found when you submit a review? I'll try and get him to update them/make them more obvious, but as you both know, that's not easy to make happen. Good review Dan...I really like your style of writing at the moment. I've never heard anything off this album, and can't say I'm going to make the effort to seek out tracks.

Cravinov13
December 3rd 2005



3854 Comments


W... T.... F... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good review though.

Jackson78
January 21st 2006



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well acutually getting back to the review of the cd.
Its hard to forget about their crazy past, but more people should just judge the cd on how it is.
I enjoyed this cd, its basically the only pop type music I listen too.

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
January 21st 2006



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I'm one of the few on this website who think Pop gets a bad rap. But there are much better pop albums out there than this. I appreciate your opinion, but 5/5 it aint.

TojesDolan
April 5th 2006



271 Comments


Late comment, but hey it's a free country. I'm especially amazed by the piano solo in the song "Friend or foe".

Who knew the black-haired gal (eh, don't pay much attention to the names) knew how to play the piano. And 5hr3D d00d!!!!

...

But I'd have to listen to the rest of the album to have a definitive answer on whether this is worth it or not.

les paul al
April 7th 2006



51 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

this album sucks if they were not lesbos no one would have heard of them

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
April 7th 2006



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

this album sucks if they were not lesbos no one would have heard of them

And how many songs off the album have you heard?

The_Riddler
April 14th 2006



14 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I really enjoy this album, I have listened to it quite a bit, and I really can't get enough it. I am buying their first cd tomorrow I think. Should be good as well.

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
April 14th 2006



16083 Comments


This album is interesting. Thats pretty much all its got going for it.

Mewt
May 3rd 2006



36 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great album.
Songs like All About Us, Gomenasai.. awesome.

RandyfromPennywise
June 2nd 2006



752 Comments


Oh that cracked me up, the line "...their lesbian single...". Gold!



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