Two years after the success of their debut platinum album Into the Rush, teen sensations Aly & AJ are redefining pop music with their all new latest release, Insomniatic. Following the success of their mainstream singles "Rush" and "Chemicals React" and the hit Christian single "Never Far Behind," it's safe to say that Insomniatic has some high expectations to meet.
Obviously coming off of a troubled relationship or two, this album proves to be much more edgy, intense, personal and emotional than their previous work. The opening track and first single "Potential Breakup Song" is a straightforward almost bitter song about, well, you guessed it, a breakup… and a nasty one to say the least. However, the song does offer some light at the end ("This is the potential makeup song"). Other sure-to-be-hit songs include "Like Whoa," an upbeat, catchy song that gives a positive outlook on life and "If I Could Have You Back." Slowing it down a little, in spite of still contemplating a broken relationship, "Division" offers "And I have no regrets/ I wish you the best in all that you do." However, this album's shining moment comes on the song "Blush," a bold track that boldly speaks out against pre-marital sex, a message not often heard in Hollywood.
Disappointingly though, Aly & AJ, who wrote all of the songs on this album, never turn to God for guidance despite the troubles they seem to have encountered. The beautiful piano ballad "I'm Here" may be a feeble attempt ("For you my heart will its trust/ I don't ask much of you/ I just need your love"), but other that, Aly & AJ fail to give God any time on Insomniatic.
Through the ups and downs of this album, Aly & AJ join the likes of Krystal Myers and Everlife and still are able to prove a smart parental alternative to the ever increasing sensual lyrics evoking from many of today's pop stars that many tweens and teens listen to (although, the use of the word "crap" in the chorus for "Like It or Leave It" is likely to offend some). Still upsetting, though, is the opportunity missed that these sisters have to present God in a more open way to their fans. To sum it all up, Insomniatic offers some positive content through brokenness, but this is not an album worth presenting to someone looking for Christ.- Review date: 7/5/07, written by Logan Leasure
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