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Beauty from Pain 1.1 Play

Superchick reissued its smash Beauty From Pain in summer 2006 as part of a migration to Columbia Records. Legendary producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, Dave Matthews Band) championed the band, adding one new track and three remixes on what was issued as Beauty From Pain 1.1. The new tune -- the gushing "Stand in the Rain" -- easily worked its way up CCM alternative radio charts, following the same route as the band's earlier hits "Anthem," "One Girl Revolution," and "We Live." Make no mistake, this is the stuff that pre-teen believers live for: female-powered punk-pop with outright positivity, though Beauty is admittedly a little less buoyant than their previous efforts. More meaningful subject matter grew out of the bandmembers' personal lives, most of whom went through break-ups while recording material for this transition album. ~ Jared Johnson, Rovi

Last One Picked Play

Teen angst is the subject of Superchick's second opus entitled Last One Picked. As the name suggests, the members of the band are singing directly to those who were the last ones picked in the cruelty of high school. Leading off the disc is the cut "Highschool." Here, the band delves into a straightforward rock vibe to blare out the injustices of the high school mentality. "So Bright (Stand Up)" is a cut with personality. The tune saunters into No Doubt territory with staccato rhythms, and D.J. nuances. "Hero" is a cut that mixes drum loops together with a chunky guitar to form an anthemic masterpiece. "I Belong To You" is a detour on the release. The cut boasts a beautiful acoustic guitar melody and the sincere, emotional vocals of Tricia that take the tune to the next level. Last One Picked is an absolutely stunning conglomeration of tunes. Finally, a disc for the teen generation that expresses positivity, no sexual connotations, and a truckload of inspiration that will totally get you on your feet. ~ Steven Douglas Losey, Rovi

Rock What You Got Play

Fans know what to expect from Superchick: female-fronted rock that hits you over the head with themes of self-empowerment (lest you doubt, try to name a time when you have seen lead vocalist Tricia Brock not wielding a megaphone). That's not necessarily a bad thing, particularly when the amps are turned to overdrive and the sound is infused with catchy pop electronica, as is the case on the band's fourth album. Rock What You Got offers few surprises but lots of fun. Beauty from Pain, their previous album, delved into heartaches of all sizes and shapes. Now seemingly on the mend, the band's style and lyrics once again have a peppy, young vibe that aims squarely at pre-teens, especially...you guessed it...pre-teen girls. The guitars are relentless and the bass blasts heavier than ever, but the air remains positive. Despite the strength of individual songs, there is no cohesive core to unite them. The album sounds rather like it was crafted for the iPod generation, one download at a time. Without a tangible theme, the album loses a bit of its vigor and begins to feel all too familiar. This in spite of the fact that it barely runs half-an-hour from start to finish. If you enjoy downloading, though, don't miss the title track, the hauntingly airy "Breathe," and guitarist Dave Ghazarian's indulgently beautiful guitar solo at the end. ~ Jared Johnson, Rovi

Beauty from Pain Play

Those outside the Christian rock market ghetto may recognize Superchick from the band's appearances in numerous hit films -- onscreen in Legally Blonde and on the soundtracks to Glass House, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Catch That Kid, Legally Blonde 2, and Stewart Little 3 -- not to mention lots of TV shows. It's not hard to see why they'd be attractive to soundtrack programmers; the group's sound is rough around the edges (where the guitars crunch and the turntables scratch) but smooth and silky in the middle (where the vocal harmonies blend perfectly and the pop hooks bounce effortlessly). This is a band whose music is aimed at petulant but goodhearted 14-year-old Christians who like their parents but still want to feel like they're rebelling against something -- maybe against a bad boyfriend ("Bowling Ball") or maybe against the nonbelieving world ("Pure") or maybe against death ("We Live"). On the bathetic title track (a ballad with strings) you'll wish they had rebelled a little bit against their producer, and there are more than a couple of moments where their brattiness sounds more than a little bit prefabricated, but there's no denying the pure, sugarcoated pop pleasure to be found on just about every track here. ~ Rick Anderson, Rovi

Reinvention Play

According to Max Hsu, Superchick's keyboardist/DJ and mega-guru producer, there's no true end to the songwriting process. Hsu, the man whose vision truly shapes the band's sound, describes their six prior releases as snapshots of songs in a continuing evolution. The idea behind Reinvention, therefore, was to capture some of the band's most memorable hits at later points in that evolution. It's a new way of looking at music in the iPod generation, and Reinvention is certainly a new way of hearing Superchick's G-rated, girl-power rock. The album is a creative way to look back and celebrate the band's accomplishments at this point in its career: over 750,000 albums sold and -- strikingly more impressive -- appearances in over 100 television shows, video games, and movies. Reinvention is not a typical greatest-hits collection or remix album where well-known songs are simply dressed up in faux club beats. Most of the songs are distinguishable from their original studio renditions by beefed-up guitar licks, rhythm tracks, and drum loops. This makes Reinvention a logical starting place for new listeners. Longtime fans will also enjoy the new takes but may ultimately consider this album a bonus rather than a necessity if they already own the rest of the Superchick catalog. Regardless, this is a landmark recording that demonstrates the band's versatility and sparks the hearts of listeners all over again. ~ Jared Johnson, Rovi

Two for One: Last One Picked/Karaoke Superstars Play

This two-for-one reissue features a pair of LPs recorded by CCM group Superchick: Last One Picked and Karaoke Superstars, originally issued in 2002 on the Inpop label. Highlights among the 25 tracks include "Barlow Girls," "Karaoke Superstars," "Super Trouper," and "Song for Tricia (Princes and Frogs)." ~ Al Campbell, Rovi
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