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The Veronicas, identical twin sisters Jess and Lisa Origliasso, have made the big jump from the Australian market to the world. Their album, Hook Me Up, is an interesting mix of electronic, pop, and punk. There is a slight similarity to contemporaries like Paramore, the Ting Tings, and Gwen Stefani, but the thing that differentiates the twins is their interesting harmonies and their teen drama-filled lyrics.
The whole album has a recurring theme of recent heartbreak. Most of the songs have a unified message of: "Is our relationship ending?" With the combination of synthesized keys throughout most of the songs, the album is a message of getting through a breakup.
The song, "Untouched," is a great way to start off the album. It has a great heavy guitar riff, a synthesized violin, and interesting lyrics. The violin, combined with the techno beats in the back, is a great combination that isn't used that often in pop. The song is horrendously infectious. "Hook Me Up" has an interesting techno backing and continues the dance-ability of the album. There is something that harkens to the A-ha classic, "Take on Me," while listening to "This Love." The song has an interesting falsetto in it as well.
There are a lot of songs on the album that are great, because they play with tempo: "I Can't Stay Away" is a good mid-tempo song that benefits from interesting lyrics, "I Don't Wanna Wait" is a good slow-tempo that pays with the speed of the lyrics, and "Revenge Is Sweeter (Than You Ever Were)" has a great slow tempo in the verses and speeds up to mid-tempo by the chorus. The sound on the album is unified, but yet still plays with tempos and different synthesizers.
The song that stands out in a bad way is "Popular." It sounds almost like a song from the Pussycat Dolls. It is as equally as catchy as the other songs on the album, but I expect this from acts like the Pussycat Dolls, Danity Kane, or even Girlicious.
There is a slight whiney tone to the twins, which emerges in songs like "This Love" and "Revenge Is Sweeter." When the high notes kick in, the twins tend to yell, and if anyone listens to Jessica Simpson, that is not a good technique. There will be people out there that will hate the bratty, conceited, and sexual lyrics and the whiney/bratty vocal style.
Hook Me Up shows maturity from their first album, The Secret Life of the Veronicas. Being their second album, the Veronicas have shown growth, but still maintain a very teenaged vision of life and heartbreak. Any parent concerned about the parental advisory, it's only there because "This Is How It Feels" drops a single F-bomb in one verse. That's it. Overall, the album is enjoyable. It's not groundbreaking, but it entertains and gives a modernized '80s/new wave sound to listeners today.