When I heard that Krystal Meyers was making a dance pop album, I automatically thought,”Oh, no. A pop album? This is gonna be terrible!” But when I finally heard her album, I was pleasantly surprised.
Instead of just putting out an okay album with songs about boys, she released a well made, catchy record with a lot of meaningful songs. (Yes, it is possible.) “Make Some Noise,” (which was used by ABC to promote ‘Desperate Housewives,’ ‘Brothers and Sisters’ and ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’) “Feels So Right” (Every time You look at me I’m on a high/I need Your loving cause it makes me feel alive) “Love It Away” (If you’re hurting, feeling afraid/He will love it away/…What is broken/What’s been stolen/Our Father will restore) and “Beautiful Tonight” (In my sickness can You make me beautiful tonight?) are just a few of those songs.
But she can’t totally leave her old music style. And it shows through in “S.O.S.” “My Freedom” and “Up To You.” (The former she sings ‘I am in distress/Come and save my life/This is my S.O.S./Screaming up to the sky.’) While her newest album’s musical uniqueness from her two older ones is awesome, it still is nice to hear the music she started with.
Even if you didn’t like that she “sold out” from her rocker style, you gotta admit: she did pretty good on this album, all things considered. Her best one by far. I already can’t wait for her next one.
Rating: 5 out of 5
This album is one of my “guilty pleasures” of 2008. It was “OK” to like her when she was playing guitar rock but truly sophisticated critics aren’t supposed to like “this” kind of music. But dang it, Make Some Noise and Shine have been playing on a regular basis on my Zune. Ms. Meyers has now proved she can do two styles of music effectively and who’s to say she can’t do just about anything. If this is selling out then maybe it’s not so bad! -drivebyMEDIA