I have just written a review of Same Difference's latest album when I realised that I hadn't review their last album, so here goes.
For those of you who don't know, Same Difference were a brother and sister act on the 2007 series of The X Factor. The band consists of siblings Sarah and Sean.
Pop was their debut album and was released in the United Kingdom at the end of 2008. The album comes under the bubblegum pop genre You can buy your copy of this CD from Amazon for a £4.99 for a new copy or from as little as 1p for a used copy which I think is excellent value for money.
~* Tracklist *~
1) We R One 2) Let Me Be The One 3) Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now 4) I Need A House 5) Breaking Free 6) If You Can't Dance 7)Right Between The Eyes 8) All The Roads Lead To Heaven 9) Better Love Me 10) Starts To Beat Again 11) Turn It Into Love 12) Still Amazed
I love this album! It's so cheerful! I love all of the happy songs, even if they are cheesy! If you are feeling down, pop this album on; it's certain to cheer yo up! It is very infections; one you have heard it once, you just want it more and more! It is also very infections; once you have heard a song you cannot get it out of your head!
I really like the songs on this album. I like all of the songs, but my favourite has got to be their debut single which was 'We R One', it really reminds me of 90's pop. I also like their cover version of songs such as High School Musical's 'Breaking Free'. The songs are aimed at kids as well as pop lovers!
When they were on the X Factor, whilst I thought that they were brilliant children's entertainers, I did not like this group at all! Whilst they always seemed nice and happy, they were too cheesy and everything was to 'happy, happy' (and this is coming from someone whose friends always call 'happy' and tell me that I am 'always smiling'. So it must be something for someone who's also happy to be annoyed by someone else is happy!!
They have great voices; they really can sing! I think that their voices compliment eachother and blend really well together too. One thing which annoys me about them is that they try to add an American accent to their voices. Whilst I know most British artist add an American accent to their voices (I actually like this), although with Same Difference, it just sounds extra cheesey!
If you liked Steps and S Club 7 then I would definately recommend this album to you! All in a all an excellent feel good album!
Thanks for reading!
April 20th 2011
xd-o-n-z-x (also posted under xdonzx on ciao)
Same Difference released their debut album last year, 2008 after a successful X Factor tour. They are rather like a modern day H and Claire but is an album one step too far for the duo...
Who are they?
Same Difference finished third in the X Factor final in 2007. After nearly a years wait they finally released the single 'We R One' and followed it up swiftly after with the album 'Pop'. They are brother and sister Sean and Sarah.
What kind of music is on the album?
The title is somewhat of a giveaway. Think of Steps and S Club and you're on the right track, good cheesy pop with uplifting choruses and singalong melodies. There is a mix of uptempo tracks and some ballads too.
The single 'We R One' is a High School musical kind of affair with a brash chorus and a soaring melody. 'I Need A House' is a cover, but is catchy and kitsch. 'Turn It Into Love' is another cover that will have you smiling as it takes you back to the eighties.
'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' slaughters Starship, they should have left that well alone!
Artwork: Bright and plenty of images on the sleeve of the two
Production: Clean and crisp
Overall: Wait for it to be reduced, too many covers but fun all the same
To be perfectly honest i wasn't going to buy this album but i got in a sale and when i got home and played it i was so happy with it. Yes it was exactly what i thought it would be but scarily i really enjoyed it. There is such a difference in there music but also the similarities that they make it all really pop. My favourite song from this album Nothings gonna stop us now, this song really represents the music they perform. I really would recommend this album to anyone and have to say that the music is a great way of showing someone you really care about the way you really feel, i playe done of the song to my partner and he said that it really showed what are relationship was built on. For anyone who loves something a little bit different this is the album for you
Same Difference are a brother and sister act from Portsmouth who shot to fame thanks to the 2007 edition of the X Factor, a series in which they ended up finishing third. Overall this is a perfectly adequate collection of pre teen fare, the sort of thing that Steps used to turn out effortlessly not so long ago. Opening track and only single to date 'We R One' is a really good start to the album, and whilst most of the album is also new music, 'Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now' and 'Breaking Free' are two covers which will bring back happy memories for those who enjoyed their march against the odds to the final of the extraordinarily popular TV series. I cannot see them going on to have the same international acclaim - maybe that would have followed had they won - and the recent downsizing of their debut tour seems an ominous sign. However if this is all we ever get to hear from them, it will certainly go down as a short but sweet career, packed with perfect feelgood pop tracks.
Same Difference where one of the top most popular acts of the l ast series of X Factor. When they originally auditioned i thought they where weak singers, cheery and annoying. Throughout the series the two individuals grew on me quite quickly and shockingly good singers, as close as they said they where, as nice and cheery as they said they where and thanks to Simon Cowell they where moulded in to something. Credit to Simon Cowell here he made something out of nothing, there was every reason for them to fail and Simon cleverly market and moulded them to a niche he felt currently.
Individually Same Difference are brother and sister in real life- Sean and Sarah. They are generally quite nice people and you can tell they wake up in really good moods in the morning. They just seem really nice people in real life.
The album cleverly titled POP to show that maybe they are bringing back the old style of pop music back. With the help of various writers and Peter Waterman they are the two person Steps in my opinion, when i heard this album i was quick to compare it to Leon's and Rhydian's who if am honest are inferior vocally and album wise.
The album is suprisingly good, although in the end it seems to get a little samey and repetitive.
We Are One is by far the best song on the album, modelled on the track Breaking Free it's catchy, upbeat and generally fun. It hasn't done too well in the chart but i think personally it's a great track and excellent routine - shame they have to mime it because of the skipping routine and dance move! but it's a great song, and it sums up them as individuals and together perfectly and their story from X Factor to get here ''the road has been so long, so uncertain''.
The rest of the album is really good and fun i enjoyed listening to it, some of it is quite unforgettable but mostly it's fantastic. Let Me The One was quite nice and stuck in my head. Obviously Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now from the show, really good choice - a future single?I Need A House is corny but catchy! i mean seriously...LOL! Breakin Free is good obviously from the show again but good production and they've changed it up abit.
If You Can't Dance is apart from the single the best other song from the album, Right Between Eyes i thought was boring and All The Roads Lead To Heaven was quite pleasant. Better Love Me to me was slightly annoying. Starts To Beat Again was alright, Turn It Into Love obviously the kylie song is quite good atcually but sounds abit dated, Still Amazed is FANTASTIC as a song and an album end but vocally it shows their weaknesses
All in all, a good album. I watch X Factor every year and they where one of my fave's every year. I think they are nice people and i think it is great they are trying to bring bac the old style of music but i think personally they havent had great success so i think it's dated - it's like a CD coming out it 1990.The cover is so fun and sums up them and the album perfectly. I dont think they'll get another album and will get Kids TV jobs eventually, but lyrically the album isn't great just fun, but i think if any song was going to showcase them it was WE ARE ONE if that didnt work i honestly dont know what will,i think thats what Simon will also think.
Constantly on this series the judges said JLS where the best group they ever had, i think they're wrong - Same Difference are.
Same Difference is a brother and sister pop duo that came to fame on the fourth series of ITV's X-Factor. Originally described by Simon Cowell as "two of the most annoying people I've ever met", they went on to become favourites with the voting public and finished third overall. Pop is the duo's debut album.
The duo's appeal almost certainly stems from the fact that they respond to a huge demand for child/teen-friendly pop music, currently fulfilled by the likes of High School Musical and Britannia High. Clean, wholesome and utterly, utterly safe, these are pop stars with which your children's well being can be entrusted. It isn't rocket science, but proves how X-Factor success relies on a product for which there is an appetite; probably one of the reasons that Leon "faceless" Jackson has disappeared into the ether.
Pop yields no surprises. Comprising a combination of cover versions and original tracks, this is probably the safest debut album that you will ever hear. Much mention is made of the fact that there is something a little creepy about a brother/sister combination performing together. Certainly, musical history is not exactly littered with successful sibling acts, with The Carpenters probably the most successful (and only one of them actually sang, anyway.) The production team certainly had to make some careful choices here; it wouldn't go down terribly well if said brother and sister were heard to be singing of their undying love for one another in a romantic way. Instead, therefore, we have 12 songs about life, love, happiness and being really very nice about everything.
Vocally, the siblings are relatively compatible. Neither has a particularly powerful voice, nor is there anything particularly distinctive about them and at times it's really quite difficult to tell whether one is singing or both. The combination of male and female vocals has a similar effect to Steps, with the sound of Sarah's voice generally dominating her brother Sean (although, for me, he has the more natural, less saccharine-laced voice of the two and Sarah annunciates just a bit too much.)
Soundwise, Pop is almost exactly what you would expect. Think Steps meets High School Musical and you're pretty much there. One song drifts kind of purposelessly into the next one, the overall result being a fairly inoffensive and completely unmemorable exercise in niceness. For most adults, there is virtually no appeal here, but in all fairness this album isn't targeted at adults. Certainly, my niece (who's eight and for whom I downloaded this album) loves it and hasn't stopped playing it. The only other demographic that may enjoy some of this is probably the cheesier end of the gay crowd, but I doubt they'd ever admit it....
The cover versions notably include Breaking Free from High School Musical (very, erm, High School Musical), eighties cheese-fest Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now (which actually works very well) and a more obscure song called I Need A House that was released by a Swedish singer who used to be in A*Teens (no, I don't remember them either). The album's only stroke of genius is the inclusion of a Stock Aitken Waterman cover version (remember what this did for Steps' career) with a very competent rendition of Kylie's Turn It Into Love. Release it as a single or be forever consigned to the dumper. The original songs are no more or less memorable than the cover versions. The next single, If You Can't Dance, could easily have been recorded by S Club 7 (it has one of those S-Club-like synthesised bits at the start) but if I had a favourite, I'd probably go for All The Roads To Heaven, given its slightly Abba-esque arrangement and (moderately) more mature sound.
The fact remains that Same Difference is so unbelievably nice that the siblings are both utterly infuriating. Credit where it's due, however, in that they have focused on a defined group of listeners and produced something that, whether adults like or not, those listeners love. This doesn't change the fact, however, that after more than about ten minutes' listening time, your average adult will feel compelled to go and do something dirty in protest.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 We R One
2 Let Me Be The One
3 Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
4 I Need A House
5 Breaking Free
6 If You Can't Dance
7 Right Between Eyes
8 All The Roads Lead To Heaven
9 Better Love Me
10 Starts To Beat Again
11 Turn It Into Love
12 Still Amazed