Monday, August 07, 2006

Can't hear myself singing the same sad song

While every other blog is posting about Christina Aguilera, what 1999 teen queen am I going to write about? Mandy Moore. I don't closely follow Mandy Moore, nor do I own all of her albums, so this is more an excuse to post several songs that I like, that all happen to be by Mandy, than it is a summary of all the things she's done. I do like what I've heard of her work, but for some reason I've never gotten around to searching out more.

Candy--well, I couldn't not post this, could I? This is the song Mandy used to break into the music market in 1999. According to Wikipedia, this song only made it to #41 on the US charts, which really surprises me--I remember it being a lot more prevalent than that would imply. It really sums up the greatness of this sort of teen pop--happy and catchy.

Yo-Yo--from Mandy's self-titled second album. The most famous and popular song off this album is probably "In My Pocket," which is great, but there's something about this song that makes it get caught in your head and refuse to leave. If you don't like this sort of music, this song isn't about to change your mind; it's an independence-asserting (or an attempt to assert independence after failing to do so in the past) but sweet-sounding tune that is pretty much what you'd expect from early Mandy, but it works really well. It's smooth and melodic in the bridge and chorus, with some notes sliding up and down much like a (guess what?) yo-yo.

On The Line--OK, this isn't technically a Mandy Moore song, but she is one of the vocalists. The labeled performer is "On The Line Allstars," which isn't really helpful. I think it includes Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Mandy Moore, Christian Burns from BBMak, and maybe some other people. In case you haven't guessed by now, yes, this is from the On The Line soundtrack. It's a little too simple and repetitive to have ever been a good single, but if you picture it accompanying, say, a highlights clip from the movie (which I haven't seen, but there must be some highlights, right?), it's pretty sweet--simple and sweet, and I love how the voices mix in the chorus. Though Mandy doesn't really have the lead in the song (a guy--I'd guess Lance, since it's his movie--does, but there's a lot of switching back and forth), I think her voice is pretty critical to the song's appeal.

To buy Mandy Moore's first album, So Real, go here (digital here for US residents); for her second album, Mandy Moore, go here (digital here for US residents); and for On The Line, go here.

Next up: I prove I do listen to some music made before 1999!

5 comments:

Paul said...

i have mixed feelings about mandy moore - i didn't care too much for her debut set but then she produced some lovely pop tunes like Crush and that New Radicals cover she did. And then went and spoiled it by doing a covers album. she does have a lovely voice though...

Poster Girl said...

Yes, I would have to agree that doing a covers album is generally a mistake. It's a shame certain popstars or their managers haven't learned that ;) I think Coverage got her a little critical respect, but really, isn't that overrated?

I don't own her first album, but the second was pretty solid.

Paul said...

yeah the critics loved coverage - i'm not sure why when everyone knows Martika did the best cover ever of I feel the earth move back in 1990...

Daimn said...

I think Mandy is brilliant, just like her teenpop era counterparts Britney, Christina and Jessica. The only reason she didn't blew up is she didn't have the type of management that those girls had. Plus, she somewhat chosed films which in my opinion is a mistake because she's just too good as a singer to be reciting lines for a living.

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