Review: The new AQUA Single "How R U Doing?"

Aqua's New Single!!!

Anybody remember these guys? I sure do. They took the world by storm when they first released their single "Barbie Girl" in North America, then subsequently were taken to court by Mattel. That didn't stop them from releasing a wide number of other singles, such as Dr. Jones, Cartoon Heroes, and even the serious "Turn Back Time" - not a cover of the Cher hit.

And then they disappeared. Well, after numerous solo efforts this Danish/Norwegian Quad is back, having announced back in January a reunion tour and an upcoming new album!

First off, I actually like this song. While it has a "Katy Perry" pop style to it, it has some classic bubblegum influences. In particular, this kind of reminds me of some of the work the Vengaboys had come out with in their prime. It has the dance beat that many European acts were known for, Aqua being no exception, and yet at the same time moves forward and innovates, keeping up with the ever demanding and always changing music industry. It even has the "cute and innocent" lyrics that buublegum artists are known for.

I also feel that this is a nice change from the "boy-band/girl-band" style of bubblegum music such as those we've seen by Banaroo and BeFour. While those groups were talented in their own right (My next video is actually going to be done to BeFour's "Magic Melody"), I also felt that they were too much like the Backstreet Boys or Spice Girls, with a better beat and more cheerful lyrics. For someone like myself, the new sound provided by Aqua is a nice change of pace.

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The new Album by Aqua. Warning: Contains language that may not be suitable for some audiences.

 

So why did they split up in the first place ten years ago? While there are many rumours about the Lene-Rene-Søren love triangle, all members deny that those events led to the breakup. The official story is that all the members agreed to it over dinner one day, after a burnout from touring, promoting two albums, pushing more singles and working on new studio material. I mean, they became a huge success almost overnight in 1998, although they've actually been performing and working together since 1989! That's twelve long years to be working together.

While Lene had a mildly successful solo career - in which she had actually distanced herself from the style of music that had made Aqua famous, it appears as though the band has been working for some time. They've actually been doing mini tours since 2007, new singles were released on their 2009 greatest hits album, and now just seems to be the right time to move forward together.

Welcome back Aqua!

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Matt in Jax 5 years ago from Jacksonville, FL

Somewhat similar to a new Britney Spears beat, but definitely a Euro flavor. And the song's not bad! Very surprised I liked it.


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Bubblegum Senpai 5 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

Glad to hear. I'm pretty excited about the upcoming album. Toybox is also supposed to have a new album out this year as well, if you like the style of music Aqua used to do.


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thranax 5 years ago from Rep Boston MA

The songs ok, I liked there old works better. I like techno/Toybox/Aqua etc when I play fast paced games. Lately I been playing "Its not me its you" - prozzak during my combat based pvp games (mainly because im sick of people who are bad at it being assigned to my team >.


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Bubblegum Senpai 5 years ago from Little Tokyo Author

While Toybox and Smile.dk are both expected to have new work coming out. I'll try to keep updated as I know more. Most of the focus in the HI-NRG/Bubblegum scene has been on the new Aqua album coming out in October.

If you like Toybox, they have confirmed a reunion and Smile.dk announced that a new single is coming out.

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