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After watching ITV2's Big Reunion television programme, I was inspired to dig out all of my old cheesy music albums, one of these happened to be the first album I've ever owned by B*Witched named B*Witched. B*Witched was a girl group consisting of four Irish members, they were well known for having a tomboy-ish look and being dressed in almost all denim!
The album stands out against others due to the bright orange nature of the cover, it has an orange design with the four girls jumping and posing. The back of the cover also has the bright orange theme and contains the track listing information. The album was released in 1998 and contains 12 tracks.
The first track is actually more of an intro to the album being mainly an instrumental type track. It starts off slow then then when you get half way through the minute and a half track it gets faster and sets the mood for the rest of the album. The next song on the album is the most popular B*Witched song, C'est La Vie, it was their debut single and went straight to number one in the charts. It is extremely cheesy and definitely not to everybody's tastes, it used to be a favourite song of mine and still all these years later, I still know all the words and HAVE to sing along whenever I hear it.
The next song on the album is rev it up, this has quite a feel good feeling about it, but it isn't catchy and I tend to skip it now, and I don't recognise it from when I used to listen to it years ago, so I think I must have skipped it back then too. The fourth song is To You I Belong, this was the only single that B*Witched released around Christmas time and does have a Christmas type feeling to it, it's quite slow but has nice lyrics and is a good song, this song reached number one in the UK charts. The next song is another that reached number one in the charts, Rollercoaster, this is my second favourite song on the album, it starts with the group members all sounding excited and it kicks into the song and gradually gets faster and more upbeat.
Blame It On The Weatherman is the next track on the album and the fourth (and final) song on the album to reach number one in the charts. This song, despite quite slow paced, is still quite catchy and I still know all the words, how sad! This is the point where I normally turn the CD off as the most well known songs have been played and the rest of the CD follows the same trend as the beginning of the album, it does contain a ballad which is quite nice from the more upbeat stuff, but I never really listen to it.
As far as reliving my childhood goes, this album is fantastic and brings back some happy memories. It's not something I listen to often now, I could do with taking a few of the tracks and putting them on a CD of their own to stop having to listen to the not so good songs between my favourites. It is definitely cheesy and definitely not to most peoples tastes but I still love it all these years later.
I bought this album along with the Billie album in 1998. That was years ago, I was only 14!
The main reason that I like this album is because it is so happy and positive. It really does cheer me up when I listen to it. The album was released in 1998 and it contains FOUR number one singles. The album is a pop album with an Irish twist to it. Their debut single C'est La Vie is on this album. If I had to describe the song I would call it a definite slice of bubblegum pop (a BIG slice as it is such a great pop song) and I still listen to the song in 2012. The album contains both upbeat songs and slower songs. It also contains an irish jig song that just makes you wanna get up and Irish dance - even if you can't do Irish dancing!
My favourite ballad on the album is To You I Belong which really is a beautiful song. The lyrics are so cute and the girls sing this song VERY well. Their vocals just shine on the song and it's far from being cheesy. I love it and it's my highlight on the album. I also love Rollercoaster which is another fantastic pop song. It is a little cheesy, especially with the talking and screaming at the start. However, if you stick with it the song does get better!
I do enjoy listening to this album and it's currently on my iPod. It makes me happy so surely that's not a bad thing?
Gotta love B*Witched.
B*Witched was an Irish girl group that released their first single C'est La Vie in 1998 and vanished around 2002. The group was composed of twins Edele and Keavy Lynch (younger sisters of Boyzone's Shane Lynch), Sinead O'Carroll and Lindsay Armaou. The quartet were known for wearing lots of denim! They released two albums, B*Witched in 1998 and Awake and Breathe in 1999.
I was a massive B*Witched fan when I was younger and remember going to see them live at Newcastle Arena, dressed in top-to-toe denim! To be fair they were actually pretty good - they put on a good show and sang all the songs live.
Their debut album B*Witched was one of my favourites for quite a while. The cover is bright orange with a picture of the band in a jumping pose.
Let's Go (The B*Witched Jig)
C'est La Vie
Rev It Up
To You I Belong
Blame It on the Weatherman
We Four Girls
Castles In The Air
Like The Rose
Never Giving Up
Oh Mr Postman
The album opens with a mostly instrumental jig, mixing a traditional Irish fiddle with dance beats, and quickly moving into debut single C'est La Vie, a happy, upbeat pop song. If you were around in 1998 you will surely remember this! It's a fun song, seemingly quite innocent but as I've got older I've noticed quite a bit of innuendo. "I'll show you mine if you show me yours" - erm okay! Loads of people I know find this song really annoying, but I still get quite excited when it gets played in a club which it does occasionally!
Rev It Up is a happy, catchy, summery song, while To You I Belong, the third single released around Christmas time, is a sweet ballad with effective use of harmonies. Second single Rollercoaster follows, another happy, cheerful song.
The fourth and last single from the album, Blame it On the Weatherman, is a guitar and violin-driven song which used to be one of my favourites for quite a while. Okay, I am a lot older now but I still think this song is very good.
We Four Girls is the rockiest song on the album, while Castles in the Air is a sweet ballad. Freak Out is another upbeat track while Like the Rose is another ballad. Never Giving Up is a more lighthearted track while Oh Mr Postman is a quirky, slower track.
The album was quite successful at the time, reaching number 3 in the charts and being certified double platinum in the UK. All four singles from the album reached number one. I don't listen to this album very often, but every so often I get it out and have a bit of a nostalgic listen. Okay, so it's a cheesy pop album from the late nineties, but it's actually pretty good. All the songs are different and never get boring, and the vocals are good. Not a bad effort at all!
This takes me back! The days when denim was all the rage and you could jump around with an Irish jig in your step. This lot were all the rage in the late nineties and died a swift and unexpected commercial death about three years later.
Who are they:
Irish female singers, Keavy, Lindsay, Sinead and Edele, if my memory serves me right. Two of them were sisters.
Type of music:
Unadulturated bubblegum pop with an Irish charm.
On this album:
The huge selling 'C'est La Vie' was a number one and was fun for its time. The girls sang about being wolves and blowing you away. I don't know whether this was code, but it was catchy and pert and the chorus gets under the skin. More of the same followed in 'Rollercoaster', which grated with me, as the vocals seemed to be getting quite whiney.
Luckily, after these two tracks the girls changed direction and went all soppy. 'To You I Belong' is a wintery ballad which Westlife would have been proud of while 'Blame It In The Weatheman' was another slower number, allowing the girls' vocals to shine through.
Verdict: Throwaway pop that does what it says on the tin, just don't expect too much from it
Was having a good old sort out and came across this old debut album from the girls of B*witched and thought I would write a review on it.
This album was relased back in 1999,around the height of cheesy and corny pop tracks, this album was no exception.
This album offers a couple of well known songs/hits from the band such as C'est La Vie and Rollercoaster. Even though Im not a fan anymore I really think this album is a good pick me up,its got some catchy little tracks on that make you just want to get up and have a sing and dance,even if they do get a little irritating after a while.
The tracklisting for the album I have is as below:
1. Let's Go (The B*Witched Jig)
2. C'est La Vie
3. Rev It Up
4. To You I Belong
6. Blame It On The Weatherman
7. We Four Girls
8. Castles In The Air
9. Freak Out
10. Like The Rose
11. Never Giving Up
12. Oh Mr. Postman
A blast from the past, that can probably be picked up for less than a pound now.
Well to be honest, I was expecting worse. It took me the time it took for the sequel for this album to come for me to decide that this isnt so bad. You can hardly argue with 4 straight No.1's from a debut album, and when they go full belt, this is very good pop. My favourite has to be the Xmassy 'To you I belong', very pretty and fluffy. But there are a few rubbishy ones on there - like 'hey mr. postman', but i mean im hardly the target audience!! the kids will love this. Its not the normal faceless manufactured pop - the talent is there, as the second album shows, but still it helps to have a good pop producer and writer behind you. Too short though, barely over 40 minutes... Should be in a sale by now, so worth the money if you want a pressie for a younger relative.
B*Witched's debut album is a nice, harmless, poppy kind of album, which is very upbeat and enjoyable. Although not of any great musical substance, it is nice to listen to and sing along to or bop around the kitchen ! One of my favourite songs on the album is the beautiful ballad 'Like A Rose' which was never released as a single, but it shows much more depth and maturity than the earlier singles displayed, and is a good indocator of the tone of the second album. All the usual expected hits are on here too, with Rollercoaster and Blame It On The Weathermen alongside their first hit, C'est La Vie. Castles In The Air is another track that would have been a nice single. Pleasant album, but not a great musical classic. B*Witched are a great live act and hopefully will reappear in the charts sometime this year.