Replay

Replay

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Pop-tart quartet Play returns with its sophomore effort, cheekily entitled Replay. But the pop star landscape has changed dramatically in the few short years since the Swedish combo's debut. Just as Faye, Rosie, Anais, and Anna have grown up, their audience has largely moved on to the whip-smart wristband rock of …  See more details below

Overview

Pop-tart quartet Play returns with its sophomore effort, cheekily entitled Replay. But the pop star landscape has changed dramatically in the few short years since the Swedish combo's debut. Just as Faye, Rosie, Anais, and Anna have grown up, their audience has largely moved on to the whip-smart wristband rock of Avril Lavigne and Pink's ground-level dance-punk. Even pop queen Christina Aguilera has shifted, having let her lusty Xtina alter ego out of its bottle for 2002's Stripped. Into this climate comes Replay, which tries to embrace Play's own emerging sexuality in its lyricism and photography, but falls short with unimaginative arrangements that either haven't left the fluffy PG beats of the quartet's (recent) past, or too closely imitate the hot modern R&B of Aguilera and especially Destiny's Child. The sexed-up romping of "Hot" (sample lyric: "I'm a hot girl, you need a hot girl/So hot") is unconvincing, as the track's essentially a rewritten, less groovy "Bootylicious." It's not that the girls in Play aren't ready for that kind of jelly; indeed, their harmonies throughout are flawless, and their voices seem almost too strong for the often wimpy material. It's just that they have no identity. Their bland moniker, monosyllabic names, and the new album's redundant title refuse to imbue any group member with the individuality needed to pull off a pop star coup in 2003 (i.e., the hyper-real personality of Pink, or Beyoncé Knowles' successful molting of D-Child), relegating the foursome to the rigid, antiquated parameters of the late-'90s-style pop vocal group. This is disappointing, since Replay's less shamelessly ambitious material shows some real promise from Play. "What Is Love" is a sunny jam that shows off the quartet's gorgeous harmonies, while the coy, faux trip-hop of "Honey to the Bee" is driven by a lyrical couplet that sassily mixes two well-known pop culture touchstones. Likewise, "Let's Get to the Love Part" and "2 Blocks Down" might not be Matrix-quality rockers, but they're successful pop gems dressed up with modernistic touches of organ and vintage synth. Material like this is definitely middle of the road. But until Play figures out what it really wants to be (for better or for worse), this center line is where the quartet is most convincing.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2003
Label:
Music World
UPC:
0696998717725
catalogNumber:
87582

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Play   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Doug Emery   Keyboards
Eric Kupper   Guitar
Lee Levin   Drums
Kara DioGuardi   Background Vocals
Dan Warner   Guitar
Maryanne Morgan   Background Vocals
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Guitar
Pamela Sheyne   Background Vocals
Richie Jones   Percussion,Drums
Andreas Carlsson   Keyboards
Charlie Falk   Guitar
Michelle Escoffery   Background Vocals
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
Pelle Ankarberg   Keyboards
Niclas Molinder   Keyboards
Joacim Persson   Guitar
Niclas Bosson   Bass
Joe Marchione   Guitar

Technical Credits

Desmond Child   Composer,Producer
Charlie Dore   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Chris Braide   Composer
Lee Levin   drum programming
Andy McCluskey   Composer
Bill Padley   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Rick Wake   Producer
Anders Wollbeck   Composer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Dan Hetzel   Engineer
Anna   Contributor
Dave Scheuer   Engineer
Pamela Sheyne   Composer,Producer
Stuart Kershaw   Composer
Richie Jones   Producer
Andreas Carlsson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Jules Gondar   Engineer
Michelle Escoffery   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Craig Lozowick   Engineer
Lamenga Kafi   Vocal Arrangements
Conrad Golding   Engineer
Pelle Ankarberg   Composer,Producer
Niclas Molinder   Composer
Joacim Persson   Composer
Eric Sanicola   Engineer
Twin   Producer,Engineer
Blaze Billions   Producer,Engineer
Bongo Chili   Contributor
Jim Marr   Composer
Wendy Page   Composer
Marcelo Marulanda   Engineer
Jem Godfrey   Composer
Robyn Carlsson   Composer
John Bryan   Composer

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