Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
On Aquarium, Aqua were "Barbie Girls"; now they're "Cartoon Heroes." A slight change in context for their second album, but, essentially, it's business as usual. And let's not forget that Aqua do this slapstick kiddie-pop ... more »
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On Aquarium, Aqua were "Barbie Girls"; now they're "Cartoon Heroes." A slight change in context for their second album, but, essentially, it's business as usual. And let's not forget that Aqua do this slapstick kiddie-pop thing with a lot more panache than their shamelessly novelty Euro-goons peers. The relentless zaniness of Aquarius may sometimes be cloying, especially those too-chirpy chipmunk voices on "Cartoon Heroes," but there's no denying that this is a pop group that really lives this pop lark--shaved-headed frontman Rene really does talk in that comedy growl and frontwoman Lene really doesn't wear more than a stretched scrap of PVC whenever she leaves the house. This makes Aquarius quite likeable, actually--especially on the slapstick-trance workout of "Around the World," which even manages to squeeze in a brief geography lesson. --Louis Pattison
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Reviewed on 9/10/2006...
I like it but never listen to it anymore.
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Sometimes Music just needs to be Fun, with a capitol F.
Grant Reed | San Antonio, TX USA | 08/25/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Aqua has usually been fun, and this is a good album. They apparently decided to experiment a bit, and for the most part they did a pretty good job. There are 12 songs on this album.
Cartoon Heroes was a big hit in Europe, and is very much in the vein of Aqua's album Aquarium.
Around the World is the first song that lets you know that Aqua was trying different things in music. René Dif was not using his well-known raspy voice and it was something of a slower song.
Freaky Friday is a tongue and cheek satire of country music, I mean how else could you classify a song with the chorus "Everything is wrong, my life is a country song." This is truly a fun song,taking many common country themes bundling them together.
We Belong to the Sea is the first truly soft or slow song on the album. It is one of my favorite songs on the album. This song showcases the talent of all of the singers. It is the first time that I realized that Lene Nystrøm has a very good voice.
An Apple a Day is a bit faster than We Belong to the Sea. It does not seem to be anything new or experimental.
Halloween appears to be another satire, only this time of the horror movie genre. There may be a little synthesized harpsichord in it to provide a light spooky feel. There is a reference to Candyman which is a lyric from Aquarium, and a acharacter from horror.
Good Guys is the most forgettable song on the album. It's not bad, but it does well as background noise.
Back from Mars was not a bad song. It sort of mixed the softer style used in Around the World with the signature Aqua music. Throw in a dash of dance music and bit of René Dif vocals, and you have an adequate hybrid. It is still Euro-pop music though not as definitive.
Aquarius was another slow song and is in my opinion second best slow song on the album.
Cuba Libre is an upbeat song in the style of the steel drum. It has an unusual beat, relative to other Aqua songs. This song reminds me a bit of Ricky Martin.
Bumble Bees is one of my favorite songs on the album. It harkens back to Aquarium, mixing fun with an upbeat Euro-style, and seasoning it with somewhat risqué lyrics.
Goodbye to the Circus is a farewell song, which is always nice on an album. One wonders if Aqua may have been looking ahead to a breakup. Actually I liked it as a conclusion to the album.
Jordan Lester | Louisiana, USA | 12/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Not for those with a closed mind or serious attitude. This music is made to dance around to in your kitchen at 12 AM when you're all by yourself. Extremely entertaining. And I LOOOOOOVE the ballads. They're absolutely gorgeous. And I'm a guy who doesn't like ballads at all. And of course the upbeat songs are perfect.
I love how many songs have sound themes. Halloween of course has a Halloween/horror movie theme.. Freaky Friday has this country western theme.. Goodbye To The Circus has a circus/carnival theme... Back From Mars has a space theme.. Cuba Libre has a samba/latino theme.. etc. Really fun. One of my favorite CDs ever.
Overall, much better than their first album which I also adore. But Aquarius just blows eurodance out of the water."