Up!

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Bob Waliszewski

Album Review

Pro-Social Content

Long-term romance is the focus of “Forever and For Always,” “When You Kiss Me” and “I’m Gonna Getcha Good!”(“Don’t want you for a night/I’m only interested if I can have you for life”). “Ka-Ching!” puts materialism and spending sprees in their place. The singer reminds fans that hard times don’t last forever and that we have to fight through them (“Up!” “C’est La Vie”). A woman’s role in making the world a better place is much more than window dressing on “Not Just a Pretty Face.” “What a Way to Wanna Be!” tells females not to be obsessed with their appearance (“Why be perfect? . . . This is not some contest—just do your best”). That sounds good, but . . .

Objectionable Content

It seems hypocritical coming from an artist who has played up her sex appeal in every possible way (including CD photos here) and reinforced the unrealistic standard she’s criticizing. While pro-life, “I Ain’t Goin’ Down” finds a woman who bore a child out of wedlock proud she “didn’t give in and give her away”—implying weakness in young mothers who offer their children for adoption.

Summary Advisory

It’s a unique strategy to package two discs of the same songs together, one with pop arrangements, one country. Minor glitches, but Up! is a mostly solid pick.

Bob Waliszewski
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