If you are a fan of ABC's uber-popular show Dancing with the Stars you have most certainly heard the names Mark Ballas and Derek Hough. What you might not know is that besides being professional ballroom dancers, Ballas and Hough have been writing and playing music together for a decade. This music collaboration has resulted in a newly released CD, Ballas Hough Band.
I recently had the opportunity to listen to the Ballas Hough Band's CD in its entirety, thanks to the One2One Network.
The CD, while not exactly my usual flavor, has some appeal. Nearly every song is highly "danceable"- up-tempo with catchy beats. This is. Of course, not at all surprising coming from two of America's most famous pro dancers. Track 2, "Devastated", is especially likeable with its rich string background. The 5th track is my favorite, a slow song titled "Longing For" because in general I like my music low in sugar and on the mellow side.
Overall Ballas Hough Band is super sugar pop candy for the brain- high in energy but without a whole lot of nutritional value. The album, like much pop music today, has its fair share of cheesy lyrics. This cheese factor reaches new heights in the song "Birthday", where the band murders grammar with cringe-worthy lines like "Wanna treat you like your birthday, and give it to you your way". While I am certainly no stickler for grammar, and all about artistic expression, I could never force myself to sing along to that particular song.
Although not my speed, this album will certainly be alluring to the pre-teen/young teen Jonas Brother's loving crowd.
Think you might be interested for you or a teen in your possession? Modern technology is so nifty, you can listen to the album before you buy at http://www.ballashough.com/amazon/.
You like? The album is available for purchase on Amazon for $7.99.