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Awake And Breathe - B*Witched

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Genre: Pop / Artist: B*Witched / Import / Audio CD released 1999-10-26 at Sonybmg

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      15.04.2012 22:08
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      A great 90s pop album that cheers me up

      B*Witched - Awake and Breathe

      This was the follow up album to their debut - B*Witched. It didn't sell as many copies as their debut but it's still a
      good album.

      I like this album because it was a whole new direction for B*Witched. It's still a pop album but their hook up with
      Ladysmith Black Mambazo on I Shall Be There gives the album a tribal feel to it and it's very refreshing to see a girlband
      team up with an artist that's so different from them. The song is a breath of fresh air and it's very uplifting and very
      inspiring. The girls sing the song beautifully and it's one of my favourite songs by them. I also love Red Indian Girl
      which continues with the tribal feel. The girl's vocals are tight and impressive on this song and it's very enjoyable to
      listen to. The whole album is enjoyable and all of the songs sound different. I think this new direction paid off for the
      girls, it's just a shame that the album was poorly promoted as it could have been very popular given the right amount of
      publicity.

      Jump Down is perhaps the most "poppy" song on the album. It's very much of a B*Witched song in terms of vocals and
      production. It also includes their Irish charm, just listen to the background beat, it's very similar to music from the
      Emerald Isle. I like their Irish/ Tribal touch on this album. Bringing culture into music is something that I like about
      an artist and the band have done it very well on this album. It just transports you into another world.

      This is a very breathtaking album that not only leaves me feeling calm, it leaves me thinking too.

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      10.01.2011 21:32
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      This will make you smile!

      I am a huge music fan and so obviously have a huge CD collection! I have always been music mad, from a young age! I remember being totally obsessed with the band Steps! I also loved other pop groups ; S Club 7, Hear'Say, Britney Spears and B*Witched. Today, I will be reviewing one of my B*Witched CDs.

      For those of you who don't know, B*Witched were an Irish four piece girl band who were around between 1998 and 2002. They consisted of Lindsey, Sinead and twin sisters Edele and Keavy (who also happen to be Shane from Boyzone's sisters).

      Awake and Breath was the second album from B*Witched and was released in the United Kingdom in 1991. It reached number five in the British album charts. The album is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of just 99p which I think is fantastic value!

      ~* Songlist *~
      1)If It Don't Fit 2) Jesse Hold On 3) I Shall Be There 4) Jump Down 5) Someday 6) Leaves 7) The Shy One 8) Red Indian Girl 9) It Was Our Day 10) My Superman 11) Are You A Ghost 12) In Fields Where We Lay

      One thing which I love about this album is the 'cheesy happiness' that surrounds it! It is pure cheese, yet it is the kind of album which makes you smile instantly, and so I would definately recommend it if you are looking for a 'pick me up' album. There are a lot of catchy songs on here; once you have heard them once, they'll be stuck in your head for ages!

      There are some cool songs on here. The songs which stand out the most for me are 'Jesse Hold On' and 'If It Don't Fit'. All of the song are bursting with energy and so would make great party songs! I particularly love the songs where they have an 'Irish' sound to them ; it really adds to their songs, and makes them different!

      I remember that on most of their singles, Edele sang the lead vocals, although on this album they all get their fair share of singing! They aren't great singers ; they have quite weak voices really, although you can put up with it, as the songs are good!

      If you love a bit of cheesy pop then I would definately recommend this CD. I mean at just 99p you can hardly complain about the price!

      Thanks for reading!
      January 10th 2010
      xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)

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        04.09.2010 18:11
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        B*Witched's undeservedly less successful second album

        Awake and Breathe was the second album released by Irish girl group B*Witched. It was released in 1999, a year after their debut but despite the haste it had a slightly different sound. The cover shows the four B*Witched girls in a forest and it has a rather dreamlike quality to it. I used to be a massive fan of B*Witched when I was younger and I really loved this album!

        Track Listing
        1. If It Don't Fit
        2. Jesse Hold On
        3. I Shall Be There (feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
        4. Jump Down
        5. Someday
        6. Leaves
        7. The Shy One
        8. Red Indian Girl
        9. It Was Our Day
        10. My Superman
        11. Are You A Ghost?
        12. In Fields Where We Lay

        Upbeat, rocky opening track If It Don't Fit kicks things off, revealing the American country that is the inspiration for much of the album. Following is second single Jesse Hold On, which continues the country influence and is a great pop song, apart from the rather annoying cartoon sounds. Single I Shall Be There is a lovely song with African influences and features Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Jump Down is another upbeat, catchy pop song and it is followed by Someday, a gentle pop song laden with violins. Leaves is a relaxing, unusual electro-pop song, while The Shy One is a rocky, indie track.

        Red Indian Girl, a country track with a strong beat, was one of my favourite songs at the time of the album's release and it still holds up well now, being a very catchy tune. It Was Our Day was written about the death of the Lynch sisters' nana. This sounds really corny but my nana had died not long before this album was released, so this song used to make me really sad!

        My Superman is another cheerful and upbeat song, while Are You A Ghost? Is eerie, atmospheric and spooky. Closing track In Fields Where We Lay is performed a cappella (i.e. without instruments) and the girls' voices sound really good together.

        Awake and Breathe was not as successful as the group's debut album, only reaching number 5 in the UK charts. The singles released from it only reached 4, 13 and 16. I feel this was undeserved as even over ten years later the album sounds pretty good! It is more grown up and accomplished than the debut and it shows the girls were not afraid to try new things.

        According to Wikipedia, the group had planned to release a comeback single and album in 2002 but they were dropped by their record company. This is a shame but at least there is still this album! I don't listen to it very often now, but every so often I get it out and really enjoy it.

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          27.07.2009 21:27
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          A good but not excellent CD

          Some of the time my music taste is quite mature, but at other times it closely resembles that of a teenage or even pre-teen girl. My liking for B*witched is representative of the latter.

          B*witched were a young Irish pop group consisting of four girls: Keavy, Edele, Lindsay and Sinead. They burst onto the scene with the smash hits 'C'est La Vie' and 'Rollercoaster' in 1998, when they also released their first album.

          'Awake and Breathe' was their second album, released a year later in 1999, and although it did not sell as well as their first and the singles from it were not as successful as those from their debut album, it is still a good CD and one that I occasionally put on to cheer me up.

          In 'Awake and Breathe' B*witched seem to have grown up a little and the sound is slightly more mature than their earlier songs, however there are still a lot of infectious enthusiasm, bouncy beats and bizarre lyrics.

          The album kicks off with 'If It Don't Fit' which is poppy but has a bit of an edge to it. It is a song about a failing relationship where things have started getting stale, and there is some anger in it which shows the girls growing up and moving past the soppiness and lovey doveyness of their first CD.

          This is followed by two of their singles, 'Jesse Hold On' which is a happy, bouncy song which I always sing along to, and 'I Will be There' which is a softer, smoother song which features Ladysmith Black Mambazo as a guest artist. Their third single from the album, 'Jump Down', comes next and it is a really good song, with a strong beat and chorus. These four songs are a strong start to the album.

          After this the rest of the album seems a bit weaker, but there are still some good songs. 'The Shy One' is funky and rocky, 'Are You a Ghost' is ethereal and sweet, and 'It Was Our Day' is a lovely song about grieving for a lost loved one. I'm sure that song has helped some young girls through a few difficult times.

          This isn't the best album in the world, but for a pop album from a young girl group, it does well and combines B*witched's trademark cheese with some more experimental styles.

          It can be bought for around £6-£7 from various internet sites, but I'm sure you could pick it up for a few pence on Ebay or at a car boot sale.

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            20.02.2009 20:33
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            A decent album if you can find it cheap

            B*Witched are an Irish girl group consisting of four members Edele Lynch, Keavey Lynch, Lindsay Armaou and Sinead O'Carroll. It is said that the bands name was originally spelt with the asterisk in order to stop confusion with the Swedish black metal band Bwitched from occurring.

            The girls enjoyed success as a group between the years 1998 and 2000, releasing two albums B*Witched and Awake and Breathe and eight singles, all of which reached the UK top 20. Their first four single releases actually hit the number one spot in the UK and made them the first Irish group to have their first four singles enter the UK charts at the top.

            It is the bands second album 'Awake and Breathe' that I shall be reviewing today after pulling it out from the back of my CD collection and quite enjoying listening to it over the past week. The album was released in 1999 and peaked at number 5 in the UK charts with it's three single releases going to number 4 number 13 and number 16 respectively. A further track was set to be released as a single but the poor success of the previous three halted this.

            Track List

            1. If It Don't Fit
            2. Jesse Hold On
            3. I Shall Be There (feat. Ladysmith Black Mambazo)
            4. Jump Down
            5. Someday
            6. Leaves
            7. The Shy One
            8. Red Indian Girl
            9. It Was Our Day
            10. My Superman
            11. Are You A Ghost?
            12. In Fields Where We Lay

            === Track 1 - If It don't Fit ===
            This track has a strong pop feel emphasised by the heavy beat throughout. The backing track is strong and rather catchy as are the lyrics, which are slightly strange but I suppose in the same way unique and different. The vocals are relatively strong and the harmonies within the track fit the song.
            7/10

            === Track 2 - Jesse Hold On ===
            This was the first single released from the album and has a distinctive Irish feel to it. The beginning of the backing track does make you think of Irish dancing, or it does me anyway. The lyrics are far less obscure than in the last song and are sung very well by all of the girls. The chorus is catchy which is always a bonus and the harmonies consistent.
            7/10

            === Track 3 - I Shall Be There ===
            I shall be there was the second single release from this album and has a much slower tempo than the previous two tracks and the backing track is much subtler. The Irish feel to the song is still there though and compliments the beautiful vocals brilliantly. I think this style of track suits the band the best because it allows their distinctive vocals to permeate through the backing music. The lyrics are also quite pretty to listen to.
            9/10

            === Track 4 - Jump Down ===
            This was the third and final single released from this album. The tempo of this track is more like that in the first two but the backing track has the subtlety of the previous one. This mix seems to work rather well and the lyrics, slightly odd again, really seem to gel with the track and the style of vocals.
            8/10

            === Track 5 - Someday ===
            The lyrics to this track seem more normal than in any of the others so far and the girls perform them very well with some extremely well constructed harmonies. The backing track is another subtle one with a steady beat and some nice musical solos.
            9/10

            === Track 6 - Leaves ===
            The beginning of this track is quite unique on the album and consists of a somewhat electronic sounding yet subtle backing track and near-spoken vocals that sound a little synthesised. The lyrics to the track are relatively sound as are the vocals but there is something about this track that just doesn't appeal to me.
            5/10

            ===Track 7 - The Shy One ===
            This track is not quite up-tempo but not quite the same pace of the slower tracks either. The backing track has a strong beat and a pop feel, which seems to suit the lyrics of the song, which are quite decent to listen to if nothing fantastic.
            7/10

            === Track 8 - Red Indian Girl ===
            Now this track is one of my favourites on the album and tells quite a nice story if you listen to the lyrics. The chorus is strong and relatively catchy, but better still is sung with some lovely harmonies and vocal solos. The backing track is relatively simple but compliments the vocals well rather than overpowering them.
            9/10

            === Track 9 - It Was Our Day ===
            This is another track that I really like and seems to prove my earlier statement that the subtler and less pop like songs suit the band better. The backing track is soft and subtle and allows some lovely vocals to get prime position. The lyrics are quite poignant when you listen to them and overall make for a rather beautiful song to listen to.
            10/10

            === Track 10 - Superman ===
            This track has quite a punchy backing track with a strong steady beat and a far greater pop feel than the last one. The lyrics are decent and sung well by the girls. The harmonies themselves are strong and consistent but the slower tracks are the ones I find myself drawn to more than these more up-beat ones.
            8/10

            === Track 11 - Are You A Ghost? ===
            This track is another soft and subtle one that is more to my taste. In fact this song is my favourite one on the album. The lyrics to this track are again rather poignant and tell a beautiful story of a girl thinking she can see and feel a ghost. The vocals are allowed to shine in this track due to the delicate sound track and the chorus is always one that I seem to remember.
            10/10

            === Track 12 - In Fields Where We Lay ===
            This track has no backing music and the band members themselves harmonising with one another provide the backing track. This style really seems to suit them and this track is very unique to the rest of the album. I won't say it is brilliant but it certainly is different and very easy to listen to. The lyrics are sound and the vocals prove that the girls do have a quantity of talent.
            9/10

            As you can see from the analysis above this album isn't perfect in any respect and to be honest I think that it was a mistake to release the tracks they did as singles. Tracks from the second half of the album would have faired much better in my opinion. Overall I wouldn't say that this is an album that you must definitely have in your collection but if you can pick it up cheap then you may find a liking for a least a couple of the tracks.

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            Disc #1 Tracklisting
            1 If I Don't Fit
            2 Jesse Hold On
            3 I Shall Be There - B*Witched, Ladysmith Black Mambazo
            4 Jump Down
            5 Someday
            6 Leaves
            7 Shy One
            8 Red Indian Girl
            9 It Was Our Day
            10 My Superman
            11 Are You a Ghost?
            12 Infields Where We Lay
            13 Blame It on the Weatherman [Orchestral Version]