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Follow-up to her 1999's self-titled and multi-platinum debut album, "More" says it all in the title: Vitamin C's sophomore effort has the ambition to be better, to be sexier, to be more mature, to be a best seller.
Since Vitamin C is already enough glamour (she's starring in Hollywood too now), all she needed was a nice pool of producers: "More" features collaborations with Billy Mann (Jennifer Lopez), Andy Marvel (Celine Dion), David Frank and Pam Shane (Christina Aguilera), Bloodshy (Young Americans), Jim Harry (pop Aussie-born-Euro-adopted diva Kylie Minogue) and even Billy Steinberg, who co-wrote dozens of smashing hits in the past, as Madonna's "Like A Virgin" .
Lot of people were surprised by her first single released from "More", "The Itch", because "it doesn't sound like Vitamin C". Her previous singles like "Smile" and chart topping school anthem "Graduation" (which are both available on the Australian release of "More", as bonus tracks, by the way) probably carried on a fake image of this young lady. She looked like a teen princess trying to play it smarter than her Britney-and-Christina-competitors. This was not the case: her 1999's debut was already an album made of different styles and influences, more solid than her collegues' works. Those elements grew up and leaded to this new release: the 12 tracks are very catchy but musically Vitamin C dares to take some risks. She shows the ability to sing different kind of songs but still always sounding like herself. That is a major condition to be considered as an artist.
Lirically, the challenge is less interesting: in songs such as "The Itch", "Sex has come between us" and "I can't say no", she's provocative, almost hormonal (and this enegy pass through the music too), but in other tunes she's still too sweet-and-innocent, somehow too poor to produce a real work of sophisticated pop.
There is not a bad song on this album, nevertheless my favourtite are:
"I Can't say no", "That Was Then, Then Is Now", a catchy ballad that reminds me of at least three other songs, but the new blend is excellent, the Abba-esque "She talks about love" and "Where's the Party", where Vitamin C sounds like Madonna meets Five (or New kids on the block - oopss). There are some boysbands' influence here, but the sound remains much more "adult oriented".
If you liked Vitamin C's first album, you will not be disappointed. On the other hand, if you think that her debut was just somewhat promising, buy this album because all the best sides of her first one are amplified in "More". A very enjoyable piece of modern pop. Could we ask for... more?