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Classic Album Review: A*Teens | Teen Spirit

Thankfully, no Nirvana songs were harmed in the making of this bubble-pop travesty.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


When I saw the album title, I feared the worst: Had co-ed Swedish bubblegummers A*Teens gone from being an all-Abba, all-the-time cover outfit to (gulp!) covering Nirvana? Thankfully, no. Marie, Sara, Dhani and Amit aren’t chasing after Kurt Cobain’s fans.

But they are making a play for S Club 7’s. This followup to last year’s ridiculously unnecessary ABBA Generation finds the pimple-free foursome discarding the cover-tune gimmick for cliche ’90s teen-pop of the worst variety. These 13 tracks are laced with saccharine harmonies, disco beats and lyrics like, “You and me baby, we’ve got a slammin’ kinda love,” while managing to remain completely unfettered by originality or personality of any sort. One can only be glad no Nirvana tunes were injured in the making of this. But even though it doesn’t smell like teen spirit, it sure smells like something.