Secret Life Of...

Secret Life Of...

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by The Veronicas

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The Veronicas sound like a marketer's dream: impossibly cute Australian twin sisters who sound as if Hilary Duff and Avril Lavigne formed a band. If image is everything, this duo has a look that rivals that of t.A.T.u., and it's far less sleazy, too. But good images don't necessarily make for good records, and that's the real surprise behind their debut album, The…  See more details below


The Veronicas sound like a marketer's dream: impossibly cute Australian twin sisters who sound as if Hilary Duff and Avril Lavigne formed a band. If image is everything, this duo has a look that rivals that of t.A.T.u., and it's far less sleazy, too. But good images don't necessarily make for good records, and that's the real surprise behind their debut album, The Secret Life Of...: it's a terrific little pop record. True, their bold, brightly colored pop may not be everybody's cup of tea, but for those who have found the teen pop of the mid-2000s to be a serious drag, The Secret Life Of... is an unexpected gift, a slick, tuneful set of pure sugarcoated fun. While the Veronicas don't exactly break from the post-Avril punky pop that's been the blueprint of teen pop from Ashlee Simpson to Good Charlotte, there's a greater sense of song and studio craft on their record, whether it's coming from veteran teen popster Max Martin (the man behind Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys) or the sisters themselves. And make no mistake, for as polished as this album is, the Veronicas come across as a genuine band, not a prefabricated pop novelty. Not only do Jess and Lisa Orgliasso have a hand in writing eight of the 12 songs on The Secret Life Of..., but there's a kinetic chemistry to their performances that gives this album both a center of gravity and a broader appeal: like Kelly Clarkson, they don't seem like cookie-cutter pop tarts, they seem real. Of course, they're packaged and presented as a creation, but that's why The Secret Life Of... is such a good record: it plays by the rules of punky teen pop, and by doing so, it reveals how dull and formulaic the rest of the genre is. Here, melody runs through both the verses and choruses, the hooks dig deeper, not just on the tracks helmed by Martin, but on the Orgliasso sisters' songs, too. The Veronicas are sassy and sexy, not trashy, and they show humor and heartbreak here, which helps elevate their debut to the top ranks of 2000s teen pop.

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Sire / London/Rhino


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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Veronicas   Primary Artist
Rusty Anderson   Electric Guitar
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Josh Freese   Drums
Clif Magness   Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Tim Pierce   Electric Guitar
Jim Sitterly   Conductor
Greg Wells   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Drums
Jens Gad   Drums
Raine Maida   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Chantal Kreviazuk   Keyboards
Max Martin   Multi Instruments
Dorian Crozier   Drums
Rami   Multi Instruments
Josh Alexander   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Synthesizer Bass
Abe Laboriel   Drums
Jimmy Messer   Guitar
Steven Wolf   Drums
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald   Multi Instruments
Toby Gad   Guitar,Keyboards,Prato
Randy Cook   Drums
Little Emo Orchestra LA   Performing Ensemble

Technical Credits

William Derella   Management
Chris Garcia   Engineer
Don Gilmore   Producer
Rob Jacobs   Engineer
Clif Magness   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
David Sonenberg   Management
Billy Steinberg   Composer,Producer,Vocal Arrangements
Greg Wells   Producer
Kara DioGuardi   Composer
Tracy Bonham   Composer
Raine Maida   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Chantal Kreviazuk   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Joe Zook   Engineer
Rami   Producer,Engineer
Josh Alexander   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming
Mark Kiczula   Engineer
John Hanes   Pro-Tools
Kieron Menzies   Engineer
Tim LeBlanc   Engineer
Jason Lader   Engineer
Ian Christian Nickus   Pro-Tools
Fox Phelps   Engineer
Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald   Producer,Engineer
Lasse Mårtén   Engineer
Ellen Wakayama   Art Direction
Johan "Brorsan" Brorsson   Pro-Tools
Toby Gad   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Mark Kiozula   Engineer
Evan Magness   Vocal Editing
Christain "Kutt" Nilsson   Pro-Tools
Lisa Origliasso   Composer
Tony Gad   Composer

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The Secret Life Of... 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I got into them from watching the show Related on the Wb because they do the theme song which is awsome. It is a great Cd, it is like a little bit of rock, with some pop.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the veronicas are so cool, and their songs are pretty good too. 4ever-9/10- good song. very upbeat! Everything I'm Not-10/10- My favorite song on the cd. when it all falls apart- 8/10- good song. I like listening to it some times. Revolution- 6/10- not one of my favorites. The chorus gets annoying and sounds really teeny-bopperish. secret- 8/10- I like this song. It's alot different than any other song you've heard. cool lyrics, too. Mouth Shut- 8/10- I like this song, too. Leave Me Alone- 9/10- Another one of my favorites on this. very catchy. Speechless- 5/10- First time I heard this song I fell asleep. enough said. Heavily Broken- 7/10- an okay song. I could get used to this- 7/10- an okay song too. gets annoying sometimes to me, but not that bad. Nobody wins- 8/10- At first listen i didn't like this song, but I do now. Mother Mother- 4/10- o God, dont remind me. This song is awful. Maybe if the screaming was taken out, it would be a decent song, but now i hate it. The screaming ruins the whole song. so my favorite songs are 4ever, everything i'm not, when it all falls apart, secret, mouth shut, leave me alone, and nobody wins. I hope this review is helpful, and although a couple songs on here arent that great, it's a pretty good cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Veronicas just arent that good. If they MUST have a CD, it should be put under "Wannabe Pop." It sure isn't rock. They sing in whiny voices. The songs are monotonous....and worst of all...their main audience is 7 year olds. Just what we need to make teenie boppers happy. In summeration, DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Everything you want in a CD is in this one. I was a bit skeptical about buying this CD, knowing that most fans are ages 15 to 19, but I was blown away by these artists. After just hearing the CD the first time, its the only thing that played on my cd player for at least 2 months. Songs are great, and my favorite part is, most of them are written by The Veronicas themselves so it is truly outstanding. One of the greatest pop bands EVER
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is was well worth the money I paid for it. Everyone of my friends who heard it playing on my CD player, wanted this CD. The songs are so catchy and amazing. These girls are AMAZING songwritters..not to metnion they wrote "All About Us" by T.A.T.U this CD is a MUST
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Veronicas are amazing. The people that are dissing them are just jealous coz they're so gorgeous and have amazing ROCK voices. They are rockin babes who have great tracks and are great couple to listen to. They used to live down the road from me and i never knew!! They're absolutely amazing and i love them so much. SO DONT DISS JESS AND LISA!! They're awesome and have awesome individual fashion.. LUVIN EM!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
not bad for 21 year olds, their songs are pretty good judging that they make it themselves. great cd, very addictive
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like the veronicas. Me and my twin sis love that they are twins as well. If you have nothing good to say about something than would you please not say anything at all. We love it so much! And such a fabulous price!
Guest More than 1 year ago
These girls are super AWSOME.They rock.Best alternative girl band on earth.ROCK ON AUSSIEZ....
Guest More than 1 year ago
they r so mad! they r realy good and i hope they neva stop! there songs r enjoyable and they r realy realy kool! they would last a life time. they r so lovable
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Secret Life of... is addicting. Really catchy tunes and damn it, the girls can sing! If you heard any acoustic version of their songs, you know they can sing. Their harmonies are just spot on, and they're just really awesome girls. Worth the money. As quoted on sunrise: "The term next big thing is overused in the music industry, but most people agree The Veronicas are the real deal" Couldn't agree more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly enjoyed this album. It does not claim to be anything that is isn't and, considering the twin girls wrote 10/12 of their songs themselves, the lyrics are quite good. It is fun to dance to, and a good listen. I highly recommend this album to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Veronicas are amazing! Their songs can relate to anybody and are fun to listen to! They have amazing voices and are very talented.
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