Meg and Dia - Something Real
Released August 8th, 2006
Meg & Dia have been getting quite the buzz this year. Opening for the Sugarcult tour (with Damone, and The Pink Spiders) heading out with Anberlin, and playing the entire Warped Tour this summer. They were featured on MTV's Discover & Download, the video for "Monster" got a lot of plays on Fuse, and they did a commercial for PETA.
Enter Something Real. Their debut album from Doghouse records (Limbeck, The All-American Rejects), produced by Stacy Jones (of Letters to Cleo, Veruca Salt and American Hi-Fi) and the album lives up to it's name: Something Real.
Sitting down and listening to the entire album, with no distractions whatsoever, you definitely get the feeling that they aren't anything typical. It's not anything dealing with "girl power", and it's not "girl punk". Meg & Dia are musicians, artists, and good-hearted.
I don't want to give away each individual song like a lot of reviews seem to do, but I will give you an idea of what this album has to offer. The songs range from straight-up rock, possibly even hard rock, to stripped down with voice and piano. They don't bunch the similar songs together like some bands do, with 3 soft songs, then 3 rock songs. No. Something Real is a full-album and is meant to flow and progress like one.
Lyrically, the topics range from songs based on books to a song offering hope for a cowardly boy, to a song that just might be political, depending on which way you take it, and a lot of topics in between.
The whole album is diverse, but yet it's all Meg & Dia. There isn't anything on there that could be in question.
Some girls like them, but not all girls, and just as many guys will like them too. You just have to open your mind, sit down, and listen while reading along with the lyrics. All of you guys need to man-up and not think that you will be less manly for buying an album that seems to have come off as girly (possibly because there are girls on the cover? hah) because we could all use something real. Especially in this day and age.