Item description for Into the Rush by Aly And AJ...
You don't have to have a sister to score a hit on the pop charts, but sometimes it sure does help. At a time when the Simpson, Spears, Duff, and Lohan girls are steadily oozing sisterly love across teen magazine spreads and whatever other medium will have them, sending a pair of tight-harmonizing teen queens into the studio to take on the world together makes a certain sort of business sense. Never mind, for a moment, that it's the kind that generally turns the stomach of music snobs, because the girls appointed to the task--Aly & AJ (full names: Alyson and Amanda Joy Michalka)--display genuine vocal talent. Aly, the star of the Disney Channel's Phil of the Future and AJ, a sometime presence on shows such as Six Feet Under and General Hospital, already lit up the soundtrack to Now You See It (a Disney Channel Movie) with their rendition of the '60s chestnut "Do You Believe in Magic," and Into the Rush arrives as solid reinforcement. Leadoff track "Rush" pelts listeners with a feel-good, sweet-sounding salvo on keeping it real, "Speak for Myself" aims itself insouciantly at stifling parents, and "I Am One of Them" takes down the self-importance factor a notch by addressing the issue of missing children. That all these songs save the last two ("Do You Believe In Magic" and another can't-miss '60s fave, "Walking On Sunshine") were written by Aly & AJ bodes well for them--Hilary Duff started writing and singing at Hollywood Records, too. --Tammy La Gorce
Album Description The energy and spirit the sisters Aly & AJ's bring to their music colors the entire album Into The Rush. Aly and AJ worked with a variety of producers on Into The Rush including some of the music industry's biggest. "We've learned a lot from all of them," says Aly of the producers. "Some things we like...some things we don't like. It's all a part of the process. It's important that we have our own voice and that our emotions are a part of all of our music. This is why we're working with different producers, so that we can experience different ideas."
Their first single may have been the classic cover "Do You Believe In Magic," but the sisters have written all of the songs on this. And though they may be young teens, when it comes to writing songs, they aim high. "We want our songs to be fun, but we also want to write about deeper issues that make people think and issues that we can all relate to in one way or another," says AJ.
Aly and AJ's song "I Am One of Them" tackles the tough subject of child kidnappings. They want to bring awareness by encouraging kids to look out for one another and use precautions and safety measures to empower them. AJ contributed a track called "Protecting Me," a song featured in a "Phil of the Future" episode, which addresses the vulnerable nature of being a kid today. Says Aly: "We want to let kids know they have the power to protect themselves and one another." Aly and AJ have also written songs that address the issues of relationships, heartaches, staying true to yourself and celebrating your own uniqueness.
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Studio: Hollywood Records
Record Label Hollywood Records
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.55" Width: 4.97" Height: 0.54"
Release Date Oct 4, 2005
Publisher EMI- CMG DISTRIBUTION #36
ISBN 0012323837 ISBN13 0720616250520 UPC 720616256027
Reviews - What do customers think about Into the Rush?
Great album Aug 6, 2008
This is amazing stuff. These girls are a great talent, and their production team is doing some of the most varied, interesting and sweet sounding work you could imagine. Listening to the production chops on Aly and A.J.'s records is like listening to Greg Howe play guitar - there's just not much more you can do and still remain tasty.
I have listened to "Into the Rush", "Acoustic Hearts of Winter", "Insomniatic", and their EP release "Chemicals React".
"Into the Rush" stands as one of their greatest - an a truly awesome effort, regardless that's it's their first, but even more impressive because of it.
If you like pop music with a heavy edge and good vocals, you will love almost all their stuff. Some of it is juvenile, if that's even a proper descriptor, but considering I have almost 30 songs in total and I only pulled five from my playlist, that's better than most bands I like.
Pop Doesn't Get Much Worse Jan 10, 2008
What do you expect from a band who's main audience is Radio Disney? For some dome reason this pathetic sister duo decided to promote their music to CCM audience, they even brought on famed producer Ian Eskelin for a few songs. What does it amount to? One of the worst albums of the year. The covers throw rotten eggs at the original versions, and the stench seeps through the rest of the songs. The music is terrible, the songwriting is terrible, their voices aren't anything to write home about, and the lyrics are downright pathetic. Why buy it? Don't, boycott it! What's Christian about this music? What's even good about it? By the way, their new album only expands on the bad parts, it might be so bad, it's burnable.
Their best CD yet!!!!! Jan 9, 2008
All the songs on Aly and AJ's album, Into the Rush, sound like they sang them from their hearts. The songs that Aly and AJ write are really meaningful. They know what they are singing about because they write their own songs. If something happened to them they write a song about it. For instance, in the song "No One" they sing about trying to find themselves and what they want to be like. They sing about how "you can be no one but you". What makes their songs sound so real is that they probably experienced these things themselves. While it is true that they probably had some help writing their songs, they both still know what the meaning of the song is and they do all they can to get that point across. They are the ones thinking of the words and picking just the write phrases to make it sound right. Besides, since AJ and Aly work together to compose a song, they inspire each other. Aly and AJ not only write their own songs, but they sound great when they sing them. Since they are sisters, they have similar voices. Their voices mix perfectly together. Their voices are sweet, on tune, and have a hint of emotion. What makes them such amazing singers is that they sound like they really mean what they are singing about. They have the perfect mix of powerful words, soothing tunes, and sweet melodies. Not only do their songs sound meaningful, but every song is diverse. It is very difficult to be bored while listening to this CD. Although all the songs sound different, it is recognizable that it is AJ and Aly singing. Their songs can be put on repeat, without getting tired of them. The tracks can have either a head-bopping beat, or a soft gentle harmony or even both. Most of their songs start out quiet and then they work up to a faster, livelier tune. It is sort of like a rain storm starts off with a slow drizzle and then gets faster and faster until it is a heavy downpour. But still in a way, the rain is relaxing. It is the same with their songs. They are very pleasant to listen to. The most important reason why Into the Rush is so expressive is that people can relate to the songs. In "Collapsed", the girls sing about how one isn't sure if a boy she likes is right for her. Lots of people can relate to that. That is how all the songs on this album make people want to listen. "Rush" is another example of how their songs are meaningful. It is are relevant, and always interesting. Aly and AJ sing all the songs on their CD Into the Rush, from the heart. This is a highly recommended album because of its awesome beat, its meaningful lyrics, and its satisfying tunes. This album is definitely the best of theirs yet.
Great debut Nov 6, 2007
This is excellent pop music from the sister duo of Aly and AJ. Very impressive from 2 singers so young. the music on here isn't silly bubblegum pop. It's got good and often meaningful lyrics and the music is substantial, it doesn't just rely on one jingle/hook played over and over. Plus, Aly and AJ don't come accross as airheads or skanks. they seem to be enthusiastic young ladies with a love of [and talent for] music who like entertaining. Good stuff and not just for young girls. Adults can listen to and hum along with this too.
AWESOME!! Jul 10, 2007
I absolutly LOVE this cd!!!!!!!! I listen to it all of the time! Here is how i would rate the songs:
Rush= 9/10, i really like the tune and the words are pretty good.
No One= 10/10, i love this song because it's about being yourself and not caring if others like the real you.
Collapsed= 9/10, i really like the song and i really like the part where they are almost talking, but i usually have to look at the words on that part so i know what they are saying.
Something More= 8/10, i like this song, but it's not my favorite song on the cd.
On the Ride= 10/10, this song is mostly about sisters and i really like it.
Speak For Myself= 9/10, i like this song and it shows how you should speak up and not be afraid to show people what your all about.
Out of The Blue= 9/10, i like this song and it is about when someone doesn't aprove of a boyfriend or a friend.
In a Second= 8/10, this song is good, but once again, not the best on the cd.
I Am One of Them= 10/10, if there was such thing as 1 million out of 10, that's what i would rate this song! i absolutly LOVE it! it is about awarness of kids getting kidnapped, which means it's kinda sad, but the tune and lyrics are great and i almost cry when i listen to it sometimes.
Sticks and Stones= 9/10, the song is about bullying and how you shouldn't let their taunting get to you.
Protecting Me= 9/10, this song is about the people in life that stand by you and help you through anything and everything.
Slow Down= 9/10, i can't quite think of how this one goes, but i know i liked it and it is about not just jumping into things, taking them slow.
Do You Believe in Magic= 7/10, this song gets a little annoying after a while, but it has good lyrics.
Walking on Sunshine= 9/10, i like this song and it has a happy beat to it that makes it uplifting and fun.
I would have to say that i love the overall messages of the songs and i would recomend this cd to anyone. i like to listen to it anytime; when i'm sad, mad, or even happy. This cd is very deserving of all five stars i gave it.