Ten Years Wasn’t Long Enough for Aly & AJ

After a ten-year hiatus, former “Teen Queens” Aly & AJ are back, whether we like it or not.

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Most of us probably remember Aly & AJ, even if we don’t know it. With songs like Potential Break Up Song and their pop-infused, earache inducing cover of Do You Believe In Magic scoring them two RIAA Certified Gold Records in the early-to-mid 2000’s, they were pretty much everywhere. In fact, at one point both Target and Toys R Us had limited-edition dolls made of the sisters.

Well, after ten years, two name changes, and one ugly departure from a record company, the sisters are back. Releasing the second track off their upcoming EP, Ten Years, the sisters are making their courageous plunge back into the music industry, and I must say, the world probably could have waited a little longer.

The new track, I Know, is being described as a “Dreamy Dance Pop Track” and “cool and soothing” but if I had to follow suit and pick two random adjectives out of a hat to describe it they would most likely be “boring” and “dull.”

No doubt a far cry from the pop tracks we have seen them produce in the past, a track that is supposed to show us how much the sisters have grown up over the years feels shockingly unfinished. Coming in at three minutes and thirty-one-seconds-long, I feel like I aged ten years waiting for something that never came.

Listening to this song wasn’t the biggest mistake I made today, though, as upon listening to the new song and thinking to myself “Well, not every song is a winner, this is probably the low point of the EP, let’s check out the other song they released.” I took the opportunity to listen to the EP’s first release, Take Me.

That was the biggest mistake I made today. Somehow, the “80s-esque indie pop single” was an even bigger disappointment than their follow-up was.

One thing is for certain, there is nowhere to go but up for these sisters, as the bar has been set hilariously low. I’ll include both songs in this post and let you form your own opinions, but I will say go in with very low expectations.

Written by Justin Bailey

Managing Editor & Social Media Admin for Music In Minnesota. Graduated Valedictorian of my class from IPR - College of Creative Arts with an A.A.S. in Music & Entertainment Business. ICON Award Winner. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.


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