Release Date: August 29, 2006
Stefy are a good itunes band. With an album where barely half of the songs are worth your time, it’s a better idea just to download the highlights. The Orange Album kicks off well, with the opening trifecta of standout (and first single) Chelsea, Hey School Boy (which all but borrows the glorious “way-oh” chants from the Bangle’s Walk Like An Egyptian) and the melodramatic synth dirge Love You To Death. From there, things get less interesting.
Stefy have obviously been listening to the best parts of Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B., and this is evidenced by the upbeat, party-driven songs (Cover Up, Orange Crush), but too often the band loses any sense of identity or, more importantly, hooky songwriting. The last four tracks add up to fifteen minutes of blah, but worst of all is Orange County, where they try to get all serious (aka: mopey) on us. The story-song chronicles the plight of a young couple (with unplanned child) trying to make it in the OC. The chorus adds up to nothing more than a laundry list of pop culture (“We still got our MTV, Jay-z and Gwen Stefani, Tivo for my sweet sixteen, and prepaid AT&T”) and, like many bad songs before it, seems to be written with the sole intent of teaching the listener something. It’s nothing that we haven’t heard a hundred times before, and it’s not unique enough to prove memorable. Ditto for the majority of the album. C+
Key Tracks: Chelsea, Love You To Death, Hey School Boy