The Secret Life Of...by The Veronicas
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.
- Release Date:
- Sire / London/Rhino
Performance CreditsVeronicas 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
Toby Gad Guitar,Keyboards,Prato
Randy Cook Drums
Little Emo Orchestra LA Performing Ensemble
Lukasz Gottwald Multi Instruments
Technical CreditsWilliam 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
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
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
Lukasz Gottwald Producer,Engineer
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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!!
The Veronicas are amazing! Their songs can relate to anybody and are fun to listen to! They have amazing voices and are very talented.
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.
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
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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
These girls are super AWSOME.They rock.Best alternative girl band on earth.ROCK ON AUSSIEZ....
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.
not bad for 21 year olds, their songs are pretty good judging that they make it themselves. great cd, very addictive