Hey, space travelers! (That works, right? Just bear with me here.) I'm Sam Lansky, and this is my column "Pop Think," where we're getting intergalactic all up in this piece with anticipation of the Veronicas' upcoming record Life on Mars, which is one of my most-anticipated releases this year. Even though they've never been super successful in the United States, the Australian duo's last two albums have been some of my fave pop records ever -- and "Lolita," the first single from their new LP, more than delivers on the exceptional promise they showed on their first two releases.
See, Lisa and Jessica have been away for a minute (they haven't released an album since 2007's Hook Me Up -- that's five long years, folks), but it's looking like their time off was time well spent, as they've hooked up (see what I did there?) with some new collaborators like, oh, Billy freaking Corgan from The Smashing Pumpkins, as well as German songwriter and producer Toby Gad (he cowrote Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry," among other hits). That first single is one of the best of the year, and given their superb track record, this album should be just as excellent.
SO PRETTY. The Veronicas prepare to take over with the release of "Life On Mars."
Considering the fact that the Veronicas have been in the pop game for well over a decade, I've never understood why they haven't gotten the Stateside attention they deserved. The girls' debut single, the Max Martin/Dr. Luke-produced pop-rock anthem "4Ever," is one of my Top 10 Songs Ever. (Yup, ever.) Their 2005 album The Secret Life Of... was a brilliantly precocious effort, crammed with sharp melodies and largely penned by the girls' themselves; their sophomore release, Hook Me Up, was even better. Lead single "Untouched" earned the girls their highest U.S. chart position to date at No. 17 on the Hot 100, and later the song went platinum. The Veronicas' sound has always been a little bit darker and edgier than many of their pop-chart contemporaries, but they have enjoyed moderate success in Australia with their lush, Ke$ha-penned midtempo track, "This Love."
Find out more about the Veronicas' new album and video after the jump.