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Becky Baeling, Becstasy (Universal)
"The song lyrics explore the ecstasy of life as well as those incredibly powerful emotions -- both good and bad -- that long to pop your soul out of your body", Becky Baeling says in her bio. Yawn. With help from producers who have worked with Celine Dion, Baeling's dance-oriented songs are pre-packaged and glossy. The opening "Supernova Light", though is actually not bad, which is a bit surprising. It has enough soul in between the thumping dance beats to get it over the bar. "Getaway" isn't quite as strong and falls more towards the bland and boring mid-tempo dance beats. Baeling could probably have more success as a soul singer since most of these Kylie-esque beats are passť.
"I Snapped" has a bit of a funky '70s groove to it, but like most of these songs, there isn't too much to get excited about. "If You Love Me" is eerily like "Can't Get You Out of My Head", right down to the tone and style. Baeling seems to have more talent than this album suggests. The beats on "Without Love" bring to mind "Waiting for Tonight" by Jennifer Lopez. Personally never a huge fan of dance music, but even this tends to get rather stale a bit quickly. Dance music fans should eat this up, however, as there are enough boogie-inducing qualities to transmit to limbs. This is true of the highlight, a cover of Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place on Earth". "Take It Away" also fares better, but "Diva" is basically nearly four minutes of hot techno air. This is a fair first album.