A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
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What's the story?
The Veronicas, Lisa and Jess Origliasso, are 20-year-old identical twins from Brisbane, Australia, who seem to have taken the music industry by storm on the basis of their impressive demo and prolific songwriting. The dozen tunes on THE SECRET LIFE OF THE VERONICAS are fresh and fun -- teasy, flirty, and sometimes pretty clever -- perfect for any tween girl to sing along to. Dark-eyed brunette beauties, the twins are featured in CD-insert photos designed to make them look like regular kids you might hang out with after school. The girlfriend image carries over into their songs, which are accessible power-pop with just the teensiest post-punk edge, addressing love-and-loss themes familiar to teenagers everywhere.
Is it any good?
The twins' voices are used to their best advantage, in mixes that highlight their emotive qualities and cushion occasional nasal whininess with lush instrumental arrangements. Big guns helping out on this album certainly don't hurt: Writing and producing credit go to an all-star crew that includes Billy Steinberg (Madonna), Clif Magness (Avril Lavigne), Max Martin (Britney Spears), Dr. Luke (Kelly Clarkson), Don Gilmore (Linkin Park), and Toby Gad (Enrique Iglesias). The twins manage to let personality and talent shine through these all-star assists, and the result is a charming debut that will give Lindsay, Jessica, and Ashlee a run for their money.