Beauty from Pain 1.1
- reviewed by Christa Banister Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2006 1 Jul
- Bowling Ball
- We Live
- One Girl Revolution (Battle Mix)
- Stand in the Rain
- Its On
- Beauty from Pain
Considering their growing popularity, and having songs like "One Girl Revolution" featured in popular movies and PlayStation 2 games in recent years, it's little surprise that a mainstream label would team up with Superchic[k] to promote the group's catchy songs. Sure enough, through the championing of A&R exec Steve Lillywhite, best known for his work with U2 and Dave Matthews Band, Superchic[k] has inked a deal with Columbia Records.
Rather than releasing "new" material for their mainstream debut, however, Superchic[k] follows in the footsteps of Inpop labelmate Mat Kearney by giving their most recent project a makeover. Unlike Kearney's
Of these remakes, it's the band's first pop single "We Live" that fares the best with an amped-up, radio-friendly approach that allows the Brock sisters' voices to shine stronger than ever. Unfortunately the same can't be said for the thin, pseudo-punk approach on "Anthem," where the vocals are so tinny they almost don't sound human. The "battle mix" of "One Girl Revolution," which was borrowed from the band's 2003
Of course, the album is still a fitting introduction for new audiences, with Superchic[k] offering plenty of catchy songs about self-esteem, relationships, eating disorders, and other problems that affect young people. This was a good album the first time around, and remains so for those who haven't yet picked it up, but the minor tweaks don't justify fans having to buy it again.