New pop group LemonGrass releases bilingual album geared toward Tween fans in Mexico
While LemonGrass is a new pop group from Mexico, some older music fans are doing a double-take. The female members of LemonGrass are identical to the female members of OV7/Onda Vaselina. You have a blonde, a black, and two brunettes. They could be Erika, Ma’Balia, Mariana, and Lidia, who grew up on the stage starting at the same age as the girls from LemonGrass. The three male members could be Ari, Oscar, and Daniel (the original Onda Vaselina members).
It doesn’t help that LemonGrass was put together by Ari Borovoy, a member of OV7. The group went through a casting of over 900 kids with a talent for singing and dancing. I think they found the singing part perfectly. Vocally, LemonGrass is better than a lot of kids groups that have come out over the year, especially with the female vocalists. Sometimes, it’s hard to find girls whose voices are not so high that they go out of tune easily. For example, Mariana from Microchips could not sing for her life of her.
LemonGrass’s album can be split in half easily, especially if released on vinyl. The first six tracks are in Spanish with the second six in English. Those English songs are covers of the group’s Spanish language songs, in the same order. The album ends with a pop ballad in Spanish, “Piensa En Mi.”
The LemonGrass album contains a decent blend of highs and lows for a pleasant harmony
In Spanish, LemonGrass is as good as any pop group out there. The voices are a decent blend of highs and lows, keeping those tracks even and not ear-piercing. That sound is reminiscent of the vocal harmony given to us in a young Timbiriche. But once you go to the English tracks, it changes just a little. The accents become a lot stronger making it a little hard to understand the members singing. While that might make dominating the US markets, I don’t think the Latin communities will mind as much. It seems that
It appears that the Latin communities are embracing the English language a lot more than they once did in the ’80s and ’90s. Many of today’s teen stars are focusing on bilingual albums, and it’s becoming a trend in this market.
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