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Phoenixj More than 1 year ago
Mark Ballas & Derek Hough are best known for their talented dancing on Dancing With the Stars. I wasn't sure what to expect from them as musicians. I'm impressed that they wrote most of the songs on this album. The music is a catchy blend of pop & rock, good for background music or singing along. Decent harmonies, & some very nice instrumental backing, particularly on Closer, Longing For and Underwater. Most of the songs focus on love or love gone wrong. I enjoyed this album, & look forward to future efforts from Ballas/Hough as they continue to develop their own musical style.
Fishmomma More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy listening to this CD while jogging and have lost 15 pounds. Its really uplifting and improves my mood each day. I am planning to buy this CD for each of my friends that are losing weight. There are 11 songs and each one is great. I don't have a favorite.
SageandSavvyMom More than 1 year ago
I admit that I was pleasantly surprised with the Ballas Hough Band. Who knew that these awesome dancers could also sing? And they wrote many of the songs themselves! Many of their songs are about their own experiences with love and heartbreak (Fall, Devastated), but despite such emotional subjects, some of these songs just make you want to dance (Do You Love Me, Birthday). Their first single from the album, Do It For You, is one of my favorite tracks. It was co-written by new American Idol judge Kara Dioguardi, and it's just another one of those songs that I can't get out of my head. I also enjoy Together Faraway--a mellow song with a very catchy chorus, and Longing For--a sweet ballad. The CD is also an interactive CD--just pop it into your computer to go directly to various Ballas Hough Band sites, such as their Facebook and MySpace pages. I really enjoyed Ballas Hough Band's debut album, BHB, and I already can't wait for their sophomore album!
trista17pluto70 More than 1 year ago
BHB is a good cd. From the pop sounding "Do You Love Me", "Devastated" and "She was the One" to the gorgeous ballads, like "Breakthrough", "Longing For" and my favorite "Underwater", this cd has something for everyone, proving that Mark Ballas and Derek Hough can do more than dance. If you like Justine Timberlake and Maroon 5, check this disc out.
cheertiger More than 1 year ago
This is a solid effort by a new band. BHB has 2 members of the "Dancing with the Stars" crew which spreads their appeal beyond just music lovers. I would classify this as "feel good" music although the band does stretch itself on songs such as "Underwater" which seems to have a more emotional appeal. The album have songs which range from pop to rock and a little bit of electronic. Best songs include "Break Through", "Do It For You" (the first single) and "Fall".
nbmgwtw More than 1 year ago
The Ballas Hough Band self titled CD is okay. Several of the songs are catchy and work with the sounds of today. "Do You Love Me", "Devastated", "Closer", "Longing For", "Fall", "Do It For You", "Break Through" and "underwater" are all pretty good. Some of them sound like Maroon 5. Others are more catchy. One even has a hip-hop vibe to it. My favorite song by far is "Fall". "She Was the One" starts out really good, but then takes a turn towards a New Kids on the Block style. (Think Hangin' Tough) It ends up being one of the poorest songs on the CD. "Together Faraway" and "Birthday" sound like 80s pop music and not in any good way. It seems like they are trying out several musical styles on the same CD. This may be because they are trying to gauge which they are best at.or they have not really found themselves yet. Overall, I would give the CD 3 & ½ stars out of 5. Not too shabby for a debut album.
binha More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of Ballas Hough Band's first album. When I first heard of it, I couldn't help it: my first thought was "here is another band just riding the wave of success and attention a program is getting." However, they are actually good! The whole album works as a album (always a plus for me - I hate a bunch of songs thrown together without rhyme or reason) and several songs play are excellent. I just love "Do it for you" and "Devastated" as well as "Longing for" and "Fall". Since I got the album, I play it all the time, especially when I'm in the kitchen - now that my husband knows the album, he comes in every so often and sweeps me up and starts dancing with me! Who said I can't dance with my own star? : )
StacieinAtlanta More than 1 year ago
The Ballas Hough Band has a good, solid, upbeat sound for their debut album titled BHB. Anyone who's given ABC's hit show Dancing With the Stars even a passing glance knows the names Mark Ballas and Derek Hough. Growing up in musically inclined families heavily influenced their fresh sound very reminiscent of Maroon 5. The Ballas Hough Band credits a diverse range of influences -- from Michael Jackson to Prince, Queen, and even Nirvana. Their first single "Do It For You" is the perfect introduction to the band's pop sensibilities especially having been co-written by the new American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi. They are easy to listen to, my kids love them and so they are definitely added to our music repertoire. Give them a listen and you will find yourself singing along to "Do It For You" or "Closer."
mattamama More than 1 year ago
This CD is ok. The music is a little too soft for me. I prefer music that is a little more upbeat. The CD is good for listening to on a long, relaxing train ride or airplane flight but not so great for a dance club or party.
girlsrus More than 1 year ago
I expected The Ballas Hough Band's first album to be like so many other celebrity-turned-singer albums, all fluff and no talent. I have to admit I was wrong! What I knew of them was from their appearances on Dancing With the Stars, so I wasn't expecting pop music! Their sound is Very boy-band, but in a good way. The Ballas Hough Band credits Michael Jackson, Prince, Queen, and Nirvana as their early inspirations and their influences can be heard throughout. Their single, "Do It For You" was co-written by the new American Idol judge Kara DioGuardi - it's a pop song that reminds me of early Justin Timberlake & Britney Spears. "Devastated" is Maroon-5 flavored but throws in a little bit of Daughtry as well. Couldn't help but think it also would have fit in well in the 70s - a bit of a throwback - to the time of Queen. Mark Ballas began playing the guitar at the age of 4 and at the age of 12 began to write and perform his own music, playing guitar, drums and bass. With his best friend Derek Hough, he formed the band Almost Amy, now known as Ballas Hough Band. Other members of the band are Emily Grace - flute/sax/piano/vocals, Sam Marder - bass and Harry Sullivan - drums. Check em' out!!!
jreule More than 1 year ago
If you have heard the names Ballas Hough before, you are probably a fan of Dancing with the Stars. These two "stars" of the show collaborate on this fresh, new album. A little pop, a little dance, and a lot of fun, this album will want you to get up and dance!
DealDiva More than 1 year ago
Fresh sound from a couple of guys we already know from Dancing with the Stars. Catchy tunes that will stick in your head
ConnieO More than 1 year ago
Ok, I admit it, I had VERY low expectations for this CD. I assumed it was just another avenue for Ballas & Hough because of their popularity on Dancing With the Stars. I was wrong, they have real talent. Enjoy! Connie
jonbonjovious More than 1 year ago
You know this band from Dancing with the Stars...Mark Ballas was Season 6 Champion with Kristi Yamaguchi and is currently dancing with Olympic Gold Medalist Shawn Johnson...Derek Hough was last season's DWTS Champion paired with Brooke Burke and now they have a CD! While the CD isn't a unique emmulates the sound of the Boy Bands like NSYNC and Back Street Boys and then catches the flavors of the 80s Michael Jackson and Prince, it's a great album. My favorite song is "Longing" (Track 5) is a love ballad that captures the words every person in love wants to hear: "...wanna be the reason you breathe...dream, etc." It's romantic and a slower song in comparison to the other tracks on this album. American Idol fans might enjoy "Do It For You" (Track 8) as it was written by Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi. Track 4 has "Billie Jean" flavor. The beat was familiar but the words weren't as memorable. "Birthday" (Track 6) brought back memories of Prince with the beat. My least favorite track was "Fall (Track 7) was just a little too noisy. It's a diverse album that captures the best sounds of Boy Bands and 80s icons, Prince and Michael Jackson. Many of the tracks were written by Ballas and Hough and I admire that in an artist. This might be the album that hangs up those dancing shoes and puts them on the charts as musicians.
Chelsea95 More than 1 year ago
These boys (and girl) are extremely talented. You may know Derek Hough and Mark Ballas from the hit ABC TV show Dancing with the Stars where both Derek and Mark (who are professional ballroom dancers) led their celebrity dance partners to victory the past two seasons. While listening to this CD over and over and over again, I was reminded of many pop legends rhythmically, including Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5 and Michael Jackson. Vocally, I am reminded of New Kids on the Block in a few songs. Particularly, "Birthday" (Track 6) reminds me of NKB's "The Right Stuff". It also reminds me of a song from the eighties I can't quite put my finger on. I was extremely impressed by the notes these guys hit on "Fall" (Track 7). This album is filled with a mixture of slow and fast paced songs, including their first single "Do It for You" which I am absolutely gaga for. This song was one of the few not written by the band themselves. It was actually co-written by the new American Idol judge, Kira DioGuardi. All in all, I think this CD is a fantastic first attempt and can't wait to hear their sophomore album. The more upbeat songs are great for cleaning house to or dancing, of course. The only complaint I have is that the CD is much too short, with only 11 tracks totaling less than 40 minutes in length. These boys leave you wanting more. Don't be surprised if these boys' pictures are the next ones hanging in your teenage daughter's bedroom, right beside the Jonas Brothers. Physically, I prefer the less famous bass player. He's a cutie!
DebraBoston More than 1 year ago
Anyone who is a fan of "Dancing with the Stars" knows Mark Ballas and Derek Hough, but, they may not know exactly how multi-talented these guys are. Not only are they champion dancers, but, they also have loved music since they were small. This love led to playing music as well as writing. I admire their commitment both to their music as well as to their friendship. Somehow, doing what you love with someone you are best friends with really adds to the chemistry and enhances the experience. That exuberance is pleasantly infectious. This is the type of cd that grows on you. I am not a huge pop music fan, but, the more I listen to the songs, the more I enjoy them. The mood is very uptempo and is great for dancing. I also found it's excellent for working out or for cleaning house. It really is high-energy and upbeat. Their sound, for me, is like a combination of George Michael and Wham, Michael Jackson, and Prince - with a hint of Marc Anthony thrown in. It is the type of cd that I feel would definitely appeal to a young crowd, but, that doesn't mean all ages can't enjoy it. It's feel-good music. The cd begins with "Do You Love Me" which is very current, head bopping music. "Devastated" is catchy, about the ups and downs of love. I really like the harmonies in this. My favorite of the cd is definitely "Underwater. For me, it's the most moving and has a slow sensual feel, almost dreamlike. Overall, BHB is the type of cd you want to crank up and play anytime you want to jam. BHB is like cotton candy - light, tasty, fun and leaves you smiling.
cookietoo More than 1 year ago
Ok...I have to admit that i'm a little skeptical of this group ,but definitely worth the money and time!Ballas Hough Band formerly known as Almost Amy is a pop rock band that was created in London, UK in 2005 by Mark Ballas. The band consists of Mark Ballas as the lead vocals and lead guitarist, Derek Hough as the lead vocals and guitarist, Harry Sullivan on the drums and Emily Grace on backup vocals, keyboard and piano. If the names Mark Ballas and Derek Hough sounds familiar to you than your right because they were on Dancing With The Stars winning the mirror trophy ball in two different seasons. Their sounds is similar to Maroon 5.After listening to the CD, my favorite is 7-Fall.Great music!Next Favorite, 'UnderWater'!
Courtney87 More than 1 year ago
While I'm not usually a fan of pop music, I could really get into this album. The music is catchy and fun to listen. Plus most of the songs get you moving, as my daughter showed me the other day. As soon as the first song on the album, Do You Love Me, started to play, she started dancing and didn't stop til I turned the CD off. My favorite song on the album is Longing For. It's slower than the other songs and that is probably why I like it more.
animalgal More than 1 year ago
To me, the name sounds like a big band from the 1940's, or a cruise ship band. But they are far from it! Don't let the name fool you! They sound like a pop or a top 40 band. Two of the band members are in the tv show "Dancing With the Stars, and Derek Hough is the brother of Julianne Hough, another "Dancing with the Stars" dancer, and a very talented singer in her own right. They definitely are a couple of very musically talented siblings! I can see a number of these songs hitting the top 40 charts. The vocals sound, to me, like Justin Timberlake. Who I do not like, but I like these singers. And you can dance to the whole cd! This is one of the few cd's lately that it is actually worth downloading the whole cd, not just one or two songs. My favorite song is Fall, which has an edge to it. Another song, Break Through, is right up there also! These two songs are going in my Ipod!
Sue_L213 More than 1 year ago
Very easy listening. Really enjoyed it! Great for a cruise in the car.
BlondeBlogger More than 1 year ago
If you're a fan of Mark Ballas and Derek Hough from "Dancing With the Stars," you'll be pleasantly surprised to find they can sing as well as they can dance. Their new CD, "BHB" showcases their talent with sounds ranging from funky ("Do You Love Me") to smooth ("Longing For") and everything in between. And with clean lyrics, you don't have to worry about playing the songs in front of your kids (in fact, they'll probably be singing right along with you).
deew27 More than 1 year ago
When I first heard of the Ballas Hough Band my first thought was "gimmick" but after one listen to the album that thought was washed away. These guys really do have some musical talent. The entire album was entertaining, from the catchy dance-invoking hooks to the slower emotion-filled songs like "Underwater." I admit I would have enjoyed it a bit more during my teen boy band phase, but even as a 31-year-old mom it is catchy and worth the listen.
BethS More than 1 year ago
Although this group is not my normal music choice, the album will certainly allure the pre-teen/young teen crowd. Nearly every song is up-tempo and the vocals vary between songs which keeps it interesting and entertaining. Unlike many pop groups, you can actually hear these vocals and the voices sound really great together. Nearly every song has a dance beat to it, enough that my 2.5 year old was dancing around the house while the CD played.
SingingBird More than 1 year ago
Ballas Hough Band Mark Ballas (guitar/vocals) Derek Hough (guitar/vocals) Emily Grace (keyboard/vocals) Sam Marder (Bass) Harry Sullivan (drums) Special thanks goes to One2One Network for this opportunity to review the Ballas Hough Band CD. I listen to and appreciate a wide variety of music. March 10, 2009 was the release date for the debut album from BHB! Ballas Hough Band If you are a fan of Dancing with the Stars - then you'll know these guys, Mark Ballas and Derek Hough. I knew these guys could dance, but I didn't know they had their own band. BHB has songs that are upbeat and refreshing. This is just good, clean music. The songs are really catchy. The first single, "Do It For You" is co-written by new American Idol Judge Kara DioGuardi and it's one of my favorites. But, the majority of the songs on the album were written by the band themselves. I also like the songs, "Do you Love Me", "Fall" and "Underwater". The music has a similar flavor to the Backstreet Boys and Maroon 5.
ErinJeany More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what to expect when I first put the Ballas Houghs Band CD in I liked the sound right away and the more I listened, the more I liked it. It's a really easy to listen to sound, one of those cds you can put in and listen straight through and enjoy. I actually listed to it 3 times through on itunes before I even realized I had even listened to it once. The songs sound similar enough to all flow together really well, but different enough to stand on their own. Its pop and dance and would be a great cd to play during a party, while cleaning, or just dancing with your family/children/friends. It's also an enhanced cd with links to their sites! Longing For, Do It For You and Break Through are my favorite songs from the album, but honestly in my opinion there is not one song that is bad. I recommend this CD to anyone who likes pop music like Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, it even sort of reminds me of Savage Garden. Even if you don't like any of them, give it a chance, you may be surprised! This CD confirms, not only are Mark Ballas and Derek Hough amazing professional dancers (winning in seasons 6 & 7) but they are also amazing singers.