Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Renee & Jeremy: C'Mon Get Happy, Kids

Renee & Jeremy Wake You Up, Mellow

When I listened to the first release ("It's A Big World") from Renee & Jeremy, I thought, "Mellow West Coast music for laidback California kids." That initial perception continued when I heard some tracks ("Wishing Well" and "BFF") from their second album, "C'Mon."

However, the duo has gone uptempo on their new release. Ben sung along to the catchy melody and hook of "Watch Where You're Goin'" for days on end. And as I remarked, "It's practically a rocker for Renee & Jeremy."

Some of the songs tend to skew a little young. "Right Now" could be the anthem for parents of impatient children: "I know you want it, but you can't have it, right now." And "Mama Papa Love," about familial affection, drips syrup. But at least they're crafted to not sound preachy. They're just earnest, as is "It Makes You Feel Good."

Mostly though, Renee & Jeremy are about projecting positive messages and promoting harmony through their music. "C'Mon" contains the refrain "C'mon, c'mon, c'mon, let the wonder in," which pretty much sums up the theme of the CD - live, enjoy the world, share music, and have fun in the process.
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