Don't Stop the Musicby Play
Play's Don't Stop the Music is a marked improvement over the formulizing of 2003's Replay, which awkwardly layered adult themes over the Swedish combo's inherent fluff factor. Only a couple of years removed from their bright and cheery kid-pop debut, contemporary R&B-styled romps like "Hot" just sounded ridiculous. This time around, Play's people have gotten it right, or at least found an ingenious cross-branding opportunity. Don't Stop's first single is "everGirl," the theme song to Nickelodeon's new tweener brand of the same name. With a website chronicling the adventures of the "everGirls" -- Joy, Hope, Starr, and Skye -- and encouraging creative activities like writing poetry and gardening, as well as exclusive clothing and accessory tie-ins, Nick's everGirl looks like it's going to be around for the long haul. It's also a clever way to build momentum for Play's Anais Lameche, Anna Sundstrand, Rosie Munter, and new member Janet Leon (who replaces Faye Hamlin), instead of forcing the combo to perform shabbily written, even overly sexualized material in a misguided attempt at relevance. Like the self-confident and smart characters at everGirl's center, Anais, Anna, Rosie, and Janet are attractively multicultural. Their look is stylish but not trashy, and their album rounds out with empowering material like the title track and "Girls Can Too" (Payoff chorus line: "Cuz anything that boys do/Don't you know girls can too"). Bobby Brown's new jack hit "Every Little Step" is reborn as an entirely vacuous ditty featuring irritating boy-man Aaron Carter; covers of "It's the Hard Knock Life" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" aren't necessary, but they're performed capably and keep the album's positive vibe alive. Strangely, Don't Stop the Music's best moment might be in its last few minutes. "Another Love Story" features one of the album's only truly memorable vocal hooks, and gives the girls a chance to differentiate their voices from one another. This may have been a conscious move -- if Don't Stop suffers from anything besides the presence of Aaron Carter, it's a lack of individuality. But the album does pleasantly reinforce the aims of everGirl, while featuring strong enough performances, production, and songwriting that -- even if the everGirl brand gets downsized -- Play's burgeoning pop career should be on solid ground.
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Performance CreditsPlay Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Jim Horn Saxophone
Eric Kupper Guitar
Esbjörn Öhrwall Guitar
Tomas Lindberg Bass
Anna Nordell Background Vocals
Jeanette Olsson Background Vocals
Gunnar Norden Bass
Sandra Bjurman Background Vocals
Helena Gutarra Background Vocals
Technical CreditsNick Ashford Composer
Bill Padley Producer,Instrumentation
Valerie Simpson Composer
Charles Strouse Composer
Rick Wake Producer
Ronny Lahti Vocal Mixing
Martin Charnin Composer
Billy Mann Producer,Contributor
D. Sharpe Composer
Mike Tucker Vocal Engineer
Tim Lauer Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Dave Scheuer Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Pro-Tools
Richie Jones Producer,Vocal Engineer
Michelle Escoffery Composer
Tim Woodcock Composer
Peter Kvint Programming,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Susanne Cerha Art Direction
Jem Godfrey Producer,Instrumentation
B.E. Mann Composer
Sven Bigert Programming,Instrumentation
Cool Cat Chris Vocal Producer
Hitvision Arranger,Producer,drum programming
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Don't Stop The Music is the cd ever, filled with fun songs that you can't help but sing along with! Better than their other cd's, Play does an amazing job, espically with their new member Janet Leon! Play rocks!
The album dont stop the music. is a great album. the album has alot of different sounds. you can relate to the songs aswell.
This is a very good album! ive been a Play fan from the beggining!! Faye we all miss you!! and Janet welcome 2 the group, you have an amazing voice!!! This is a must by 4 any person!!! the cd has great songs like Girls can Too, Dont Stop the Music and every other track on here!! the girls have done another wonderful job on the cd!!!!
Their New Cd "Dont stop the music" is a MUST BUY!!! You will be overpowered by their strong voices. Give Play a chance....you never hear them on the Radio...they are never on TV....i mean does anyone know how that can blurt out notes? they sound like Younger Mariah Careys and Christina Agulerias. They can really sing, buy more of their albums ! They need to be reconized more.....its their dream to becum starz! Please people......this is reallly importand to me...and them....give them a chance
this cd is such a must have. play is the coolest band ever. i dont really think i will miss faye,but janet leon in her first album with play is so good. on the eighth track "aint no mountain high enough" there was alot of faye because in "replay" (their last album) that song was in it. when janet took her place she did an excellent. i only had it for about a day and i loved it so much. i was listening to it so much. i think i would definately recommend this album!!!! you just have to buy it.
Play rocks! This is their best cd yet! They made the right choice to drop Faye ! All of them rock! I hope they release another cd next year!