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It makes no sense to discuss 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane, the first album by Russian dance-pop duo t.A.T.u., without focusing on the gimmick, since that gimmick is the band. Of course, gimmicks have always been central to pop music, including much of the greatest pop music, but few have felt as tawdry as t.A.T.u.. Which is, of course, that the girls are teenage lesbians. Or to shoddily paraphrase Charlie Sheen in Being John Malkovich, "they're hot teenage lesbians, and how can you not be into that?" Well, it's easy not to be into it when Julia and Lena appear to have been run through a marketing processor so they could become two Sapphic tarts who sing songs with suggestive titles like "Not Gonna Get Us," "Show Me Love," and "All the Things She Said" (it's likely a coincidence that the latter two share titles with songs by Robyn and Simple Minds, respectively, but perhaps not), while covering that perennial anthem of tortured unrequited love and lust, the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" (it was strong enough to withstand Love Spit Love's cover; it's strong enough to weather this). Perhaps this would have been fun if the music were fizzy, trashy, and disposable, the way Brit-pop novelty Shampoo was on its lark We Are Shampoo. Instead, it's heavy, portentous Europop, often helmed by Trevor Horn, and badly sung by two girls with annoying squawks for voices. With those relentless, gloomy beats and those voices that cut against the grain, it's easy to concentrate on nothing but the gimmick, because it's more fun to talk about Russian teenage lesbians than listen to this noisy, oppressive murk. Even then, you'll feel unclean, given the shamelessness of the exploitation in this whole crass, commercial enterprise.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Not Gonna Get Us
00:04:20

Trevor Horn, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Valerij Polienko, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Orton, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivan Shapovalov, ComposerLyricist - Sergej Galojan, ComposerLyricist - Elena Kiper, ComposerLyricist - t.A.T.u., MainArtist

℗ 2002 Universal Music Russia, under exclusive license to Interscope Records

2
All The Things She Said
00:03:33

Trevor Horn, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Martin Kierszenbaum, Author - Valerij Polienko, Author - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Orton, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elena Kiper, Author - Sergio Galoyan, Composer - t.A.T.u., MainArtist - Lena Katina, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Julia Volkova, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Universal Music Russia

3
Show Me Love
00:04:15

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Valerij Polienko, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Orton, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivan Shapovalov, ComposerLyricist - Sergej Galojan, ComposerLyricist - t.A.T.u., MainArtist

℗ 2002 Universal Music Russia

4
30 Minutes
00:03:16

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Valerij Polienko, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Orton, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivan Shapovalov, ComposerLyricist - Sergej Galojan, ComposerLyricist - t.A.T.u., MainArtist

℗ 2002 Universal Music Russia

5
How Soon Is Now?
00:03:14

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer - Steven Morrissey, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Orton, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN MARR, ComposerLyricist - t.A.T.u., MainArtist

℗ 2002 Universal Music Russia

6
Clowns (Can You See Me Now?)
00:03:11

Trevor Horn, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Valerij Polienko, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Orton, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivan Shapovalov, ComposerLyricist - t.A.T.u., MainArtist - E. Kuritsin, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2002 Universal Music Russia

7
Malchik Gay
00:03:08

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Orton, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - t.A.T.u., MainArtist - A. Karaseva, ComposerLyricist - V. Stepantsov, ComposerLyricist - S. Galoyan, ComposerLyricist - Martin Kierzenbaum, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2002 Universal Music Russia

8
Stars
00:04:06

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer - Valerij Polienko, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Orton, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivan Shapovalov, ComposerLyricist - t.A.T.u., MainArtist - A. Voitinskiy, ComposerLyricist - A. Vulih, ComposerLyricist - Martin Kierzenbaum, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2002 Universal Music Russia

9
Ya Soshla S Uma
00:03:33

Trevor Horn, Producer - Valerij Polienko, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Orton, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivan Shapovalov, ComposerLyricist - Sergej Galojan, ComposerLyricist - Elena Kiper, ComposerLyricist - t.A.T.u., MainArtist

℗ 2002 Universal Music Russia

10
Nas Ne Dagoniat
00:04:20

Trevor Horn, Producer - Martin Kierszenbaum, ComposerLyricist - Valerij Polienko, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Orton, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivan Shapovalov, ComposerLyricist - Sergej Galojan, ComposerLyricist - t.A.T.u., MainArtist

℗ 2002 Universal Music Russia

11
Show Me Love Extended Version
00:05:08

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Valerij Polienko, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Orton, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivan Shapovalov, ComposerLyricist - Sergej Galojan, ComposerLyricist - t.A.T.u., MainArtist

℗ 2002 Universal Music Russia

12
30 Minutes Remix
00:05:52

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Valerij Polienko, ComposerLyricist - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Orton, Producer, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ivan Shapovalov, ComposerLyricist - Sergej Galojan, ComposerLyricist - t.A.T.u., MainArtist

℗ 2002 Universal Music Russia

Album Description

It makes no sense to discuss 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane, the first album by Russian dance-pop duo t.A.T.u., without focusing on the gimmick, since that gimmick is the band. Of course, gimmicks have always been central to pop music, including much of the greatest pop music, but few have felt as tawdry as t.A.T.u.. Which is, of course, that the girls are teenage lesbians. Or to shoddily paraphrase Charlie Sheen in Being John Malkovich, "they're hot teenage lesbians, and how can you not be into that?" Well, it's easy not to be into it when Julia and Lena appear to have been run through a marketing processor so they could become two Sapphic tarts who sing songs with suggestive titles like "Not Gonna Get Us," "Show Me Love," and "All the Things She Said" (it's likely a coincidence that the latter two share titles with songs by Robyn and Simple Minds, respectively, but perhaps not), while covering that perennial anthem of tortured unrequited love and lust, the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now?" (it was strong enough to withstand Love Spit Love's cover; it's strong enough to weather this). Perhaps this would have been fun if the music were fizzy, trashy, and disposable, the way Brit-pop novelty Shampoo was on its lark We Are Shampoo. Instead, it's heavy, portentous Europop, often helmed by Trevor Horn, and badly sung by two girls with annoying squawks for voices. With those relentless, gloomy beats and those voices that cut against the grain, it's easy to concentrate on nothing but the gimmick, because it's more fun to talk about Russian teenage lesbians than listen to this noisy, oppressive murk. Even then, you'll feel unclean, given the shamelessness of the exploitation in this whole crass, commercial enterprise.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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