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The Big Room

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Barnes & Noble - Ganda Suthivarakom
Even when they debuted in 1999 with the single "Don't Say You Love Me" from the soundtrack to Pokémon: The First Movie, Norwegian pop duo M2M were less like their girly teen pop counterparts Brandy, Mandy, Britney and more like the female Hanson -- cute, young, harmonically inclined pop-rockers who write their own songs and play their own instruments. On their eagerly anticipated follow-up to Shades of Purple, 18-year-old Marit Larsen and 17-year-old Marion Raven's voices still weave together in sweet, clear harmony, but this time around their compelling, genuine performances suggest yet another teen artist, guitar girl Michelle Branch. The first single, ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ganda Suthivarakom
Even when they debuted in 1999 with the single "Don't Say You Love Me" from the soundtrack to Pokémon: The First Movie, Norwegian pop duo M2M were less like their girly teen pop counterparts Brandy, Mandy, Britney and more like the female Hanson -- cute, young, harmonically inclined pop-rockers who write their own songs and play their own instruments. On their eagerly anticipated follow-up to Shades of Purple, 18-year-old Marit Larsen and 17-year-old Marion Raven's voices still weave together in sweet, clear harmony, but this time around their compelling, genuine performances suggest yet another teen artist, guitar girl Michelle Branch. The first single, "Everything," is an urgent rocker about an estranged love with a great hook and an infectious chorus. Rich harmonies bolster the lyrically simple, acoustic guitar-driven "Love Left for Me," while the breathy ballad "Wanna Be Where You Are" sounds like something from the Faith Hill crossover catalogue. M2M's starry-eyed take on the theme of love lost and won, filtered through their sweet, youthful voices, retains the naïveté of women who have not yet come of age. But that's M2M's strength -- they sing about where they are at the moment, and the sincere, winsome The Big Room speaks to the audience that has moved beyond Pokémon but is not quite ready for Alanis Morissette.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
From the very cover of M2M's second album, The Big Room, it's clear that our little girls have matured. On their first album, they were just girls -- they looked like young girls on the cover and they made music that was sweet and innocent, the sound of pre-teens making polished pop. In an age of tarted-up, sexually-charged teen pop, that kite didn't fly, even if the music on their debut was rather charming. Still, one of the rules of pop is that it needs to sell, and if it doesn't, a change is gonna come -- something that is crystal clear on The Big Room. The duo still look young, but they're looking worldly on the cover, with lots of makeup, crimped hair, fairly low-cut tops. Open it up, and Marit looks like a worldlier Jessica Simpson while Marion, in her tight "Fabulous" tank top, seems like a tamer Eliza Dushku. Neither are as trampy as Willa Ford, but after the deliberately sweet charms of the debut, the marketing feels nearly as shameless. Fortunately, the music proves that M2M still has considerable charms -- charms that have even grown, actually. This isn't as girly as the first album but, contrary to the photos, this is hardly sex-centric teen pop either. Actually, it sounds like the work of Jewel's accomplished younger sisters, girls that can sing and write melodies, given producers and backing bands that can turn it into rather irresistible mainstream pop. But there's a problem with that statement: it gives the impression that Marion and Marit are simply the puppets of their producers, pretty faces selling ready-made songs, and that's not really the case. Marion Raven has a writing credit on every song here, writing three herself; Marit Larsen has no less than eight credits here. Unlike the teen popsters most critics defame for not writing their own songs a debatable criteria for artistic merit in any case, M2M write their own songs, and they write well. No, they don't push boundaries and sometimes their lyrics betray their age, but as crafted songs, they're as winning and melodic as Jewel's best work, and this is a more consistent album than anything she's done outside of This Way. It's a lush, sweet, engaging album, one that works as well upon close listening as it does as background music -- which is what mainstream, adult-oriented pop should do. If M2M needs to play up their good looks to sell an album this pleasing, so be it. This is an album that deserves to find its audience, even through tactics as blatant as that.
Blender
Perfect girl pop.

Perfect girl pop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/5/2002
  • Label: Warner Bros Mod Afw
  • UPC: 075678348723
  • Catalog Number: 83487
  • Sales rank: 141,517

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everything (4:12)
  2. 2 Jennifer (3:08)
  3. 3 Don't (3:27)
  4. 4 Payphone (3:17)
  5. 5 What You Do About Me (3:06)
  6. 6 Love Left for Me (4:15)
  7. 7 Miss Popular (3:07)
  8. 8 Wanna Be Where You Are (3:26)
  9. 9 Leave Me Alone (3:08)
  10. 10 Sometimes (2:53)
  11. 11 Eventually (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
M2M Primary Artist
Kenny Aronoff Percussion, Drums
Dean Sharp Percussion
T-Bone Wolk Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar
Jimmi K. Bones Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Marit Larsen Guitar
Marion Raven Acoustic Guitar
Technical Credits
Jill Dell'Abate String Contractor
Larry Alexander Engineer
Jimmy Bralower Producer
John Holbrook Engineer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Rob Mathes String Arrangements
Craig Kallman Executive Producer
Peter Zizzo Producer
Damien Shannon Engineer
T-Bone Wolk Producer
Aliya Best Art Direction
Tron Syversen Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    good album

    I like this album. it is has more natural beauty and it is still fun. I like how they put guitars into their music. their lyrics are of their age, but nothing less- which is a good thing.it is nice to see someone put in the pop catagory that is a teen that writes thier own lyrics. I like helping people find other good singers to listen to- so I recommend...... Jane Child- she has an amazing voice. you have to buy her latest album on her personal website. but dont let that fool you, she is an amazing overlooked talent. and she rocks. Also, if you like duos, check out Bananarama- their newer stuff. they used to be three, but now its just two of them and they are the best of friends and their music is totally cool and up to date. and then you cant forget cyndi lauper. She writes her own music and has a remarkable voice. buy her new EP called Shine. wow, you gotta here that one. I love all of these people. but you cant pass up jane child, cause she has been overlooked to much lately. so go to her website. and you will be pleased! have fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    M2M IS BACK

    M2M is back, and the wait has been worth it, from their first album Shades Of Purple with worldwide hit ''Don't say you love me'' and the pure genius ''Mirror,Mirror'' to their new offering ''The Big Room'' with the infectious first single ''Everything'' , it is clear M2M have emerged from the pit of teen stars to prove themselves not only to have creatively matured, but to have such immense musical & vocal talent that their star is sure to shine for quite some time. Definitely a must-have CD

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    Wow~I couldn't believe the two girls could make such a wonderdful CD!!I live in Hong Kong,so I've already have it months ago~And it's as good as their first ablum,even better! They're so talented,some lyrics or music are by them!!So good~I love it~M2M is grown up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The way i feel listening this cd

    When i am listening this cd I feel so good, the lyrics are just great, and Marion and MArit sings with passion. If you listened the cd you can see that they love what are doing.... they love music. I think this cd is just amazing and make you feel great, and you can find a song to sing the way you feel.... u can understand what i said??

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    M2M is Back and Better Than Ever!!

    M2M is back with a new rock sound and their new album ''The Big Room'' is in my opinion their best work to date. Marion and Marit do a fabulous job with creating songs that truly capture life as a teenage girl. I highly recommend this album to anyone that enjoyed ''Shades of Purple''. M2M is still making great music and they are truly a band that will be successful for years to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Better then the best!!!

    Their first album, blew me away. Now with their second album, I'm left breathless. I own both versions of ths album, the US release and the Asian release and I love and adore both! It gives an awesome variety, and one I can't get enough of. I hope to see so much more from this amazingly talented group. Listen to this record, you can see what TRUE talent it. Their aren't studio puppets like most faces in pop music, this is what real talent is all about!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Album!

    I'm extremely please with ''The Big Room'' and all that's contained within the the album case. This album, more so than the last, showcases Marion's and Marit's talent when it come to both the voice and the instrumental side of things, as well. It's potpurri mix of all that teenager girls go through making it an album that all girls my age can relate to. And I like that. So, if you're in the market for a good album that will have you tapping your feet with the beat, I definitely recommend to you ''The Big Room.''

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