The story of The Veronicas is a slightly odd one. Australian twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso, they were enormous in their homeland in the mid-noughties but then, following 2007’s Hook Me Up, came… nothing.
A third album, Life on Mars, was recorded and shelved before an ugly courtroom battle with record label Warner Bros, which resulted in the duo finally being free to release new music in last 2013.
Now comes their official third album, which, as the title acknowledges, may as well be their debut to many on this side of the hemisphere.
Whether it’s been worth waiting eight years for is a moot point, but The Veronicas is certainly worth wrapping your ears around. Punchy, catchy, chart-friendly electro pop not hugely dissimilar to Taylor Swift is the main order of the day (single Cruel is a perfect example), with the sisters proving themselves masters of synthesised blues on opening track Sanctified.
There’s also a side order of gorgeous ballads, single You and Me being the pick. A criticism? There’s slightly too liberal a sprinkling of four-letter words for music I’d otherwise recommend to my pre-teen daughters. No need!
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By Andrew Greenhalgh