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Meg and Dia Frampton, the namesake for their aptly named band, Meg & Dia, began to gain a significant amount of attention at 2006's Warped Tour, when they were on indie label Doghouse. In 2007, signed to Warner with a song on both the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack and the 2007 Warped Tour compilation, they're poised to reintroduce themselves to the teenaged world with the rerelease of their album Something Real. With average riffs and choruses and occasionally interesting lyrics, the sisters should appeal to the emo-inspired mainstream radio crowd, clean guitars and drums pushing their way through the 11 tracks on the record. This is straightforward, ...
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All Music Guide - Marisa Brown
Meg and Dia Frampton, the namesake for their aptly named band, Meg & Dia, began to gain a significant amount of attention at 2006's Warped Tour, when they were on indie label Doghouse. In 2007, signed to Warner with a song on both the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundtrack and the 2007 Warped Tour compilation, they're poised to reintroduce themselves to the teenaged world with the rerelease of their album Something Real. With average riffs and choruses and occasionally interesting lyrics, the sisters should appeal to the emo-inspired mainstream radio crowd, clean guitars and drums pushing their way through the 11 tracks on the record. This is straightforward, polished, punk-pop-inflected rock, and musically, it certainly isn't trying to break any barriers. The hooks are catchy enough, but so similar-sounding that they're hard to distinguish from one another, and while singer Dia does seem earnest in her confessions of love and broken-hearted acceptance, her voice manages to reach that level of nasally over-eagerness a little too much, turning her innocent credibility into something just bothersome and forced, especially in tracks like "Indiana" and "Nineteen Stars." From a strictly lyrical standpoint, however, Something Real is better. The sisters try to approach songwriting from different angles, maybe themselves sick of the never-ending barrage of "woe is me" choruses out there, and sometimes this works really well. "Cardigan Weather," which breaks from the standard radio-rock-heavy melodies and moves into something more closely resembling indie pop, tells a story of revenge, the lightness in the guitar contrasting nicely with the malice in the words, and even the somewhat grandiose "Courage, Robert," is appealing in its own way, at least in how it attempts to convey its images less predictably how many kids use the word "aesthete," for example?. This song, however, is also an indication of how the record goes wrong. It has a regurgitated feel, as if Meg the main songwriter has just learned about a certain Robert Schumann, perhaps? and, inspired and frenzied, scribbles down some choice phrases from her textbook, her notes from class, and finds a way to work them into the verses. This phenomenon is also particularly evident in "Rebecca," based off the Daphne du Maurier novel of the same name, which, with lines like "Max, you're so distraught/Perhaps, I'll help you out/Your wife was so much more than me/But I can be her now," is painful and unbelievable, regardless of the fact Dia attempts to convince us she's in character. It's trying a little too hard to be smart, when really it should just aim for above-average. Something Real is still fine, overall, but because it hasn't quite figured out how to approach adult topics with a youthful gaze -- or vice-versa -- it ends up falling a bit short.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/19/2007
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624996477
  • Catalog Number: 165308

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Monster (2:41)
  2. 2 Roses (3:28)
  3. 3 Tell Mary (3:47)
  4. 4 Indiana (2:47)
  5. 5 Masterpiece (3:29)
  6. 6 Rebecca (3:24)
  7. 7 Nineteen Stars (3:26)
  8. 8 Cardigan Weather (2:55)
  9. 9 Getaways Turned Holidays (4:03)
  10. 10 Courage, Robert (2:55)
  11. 11 Setting Up Sunday (4:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Meg & Dia Primary Artist
Meg Frampton Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Dia Frampton Vocals
Technical Credits
Bill Lefler Audio Production
Meg Frampton Composer
Dia Frampton Composer
Stacey Jones Audio Production
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Meg&Dia Rock

    Meg and Dia's music is beautiful. Their voices are genuine and pure. There are some songs on a CD that you never really get attatched to, but for me, I loved every single song Meg and Dia sing. Their songs are emotional, sad, heartfelt...everything. I would recommend this CD to anyone, children, teens, adults. Each and everyone deserves to hear Meg and Dia's music.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Simply Amazing

    Meg and Dia's music is a soothing, calming and one that will have you singing along with it. The First track on the Album takes you into a somewhat hard sound and gives you a dose of very strong lyrics tha prove a point. and the album slowly works its way from hard to soft till the end. As you listen to this you will just sit there and listen to the soothing guitar melodies and the singers hypnotizing voice. this is one of my most favorite albums and the lyrics are so well written that people will take them and give it there own meaning which I think that was the songwriters attempt. such a great album and a must by for any fan of Indie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Magnificent =)

    Meg & Dia complement excellent vocals, and lyrics that relate to reality. I first heard "Monsters" playing. That song is amazing. The rest of the songs are just as good too. I recommend these girls 100% completely.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something Real

    Meg & Dia are amazing. I had first heard of them through there song Roses and later hearing monster which I stayed up all night listening too. When I bought the album I was blown away at how good it was. it as almost if when it starts you fall into a trance that makes you keep wanting to listen. The music is happy sounding yet it delivers lyrics that touch your heart. Meg and Dia are Amazing. Buy this album it is Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something Real

    This CD is simply amazing. Meg & Dia have a distinct but very recognizable sound to there music. Meg has very Melodic sound to her Guitar playing, while Dia's Vocals are smooth and Beautiful. If you are a Fan of Paramore you just might like Meg & Dia. Most of there lyrics are based off of Classic literature. The song monster for example is based off of East of Eden. If nothing there lyrics can be applied to your Life. One of my favorite Albums

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Something Real

    They are one of the few groups who actually have a female Vocalist. They are simply amazing her voice is unique but smooth and good delivering very nice sounding music. They have lyrics that can be taken and applied to any bodies life Buy this album the song Monster is my Fav

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Meg and Dia are amazing! These songs really touch the heart because they mean something. The girls actually wrote the songs, so the lyrics are really pure. I recommend this CD to anyone who appreciates good music! My favorites include Monster, Indiana, Roses, and Rebecca.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    UNBELIVABLE!

    I absoulutley love meg n dia ! they are amazing !!! anyone would love this music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Soulful and touches the heart

    This Cd is just amazing. I have been touched by the words in the songs. They have really comforted me and they fill my heart up. I love it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    this band is SO amazing. i randomly checked out their cd at a library and i listened to them and I TOTALY LOVE THEM. they're now my absolute favorite indie band EVER. their like, taking back sunday plus the hush sound plus every other awesome band times a million & two. masterpiece, monster, setting up sunday, cardigan weather, and courage, robert are my favorites.

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