Picks and Pans Review: 200 Km/h in the Wrong Lane
updated 03/10/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/10/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST
File Russian teenagers Julia Volkova and Lena Katina, who make up the new pop duo t.A.T.u., under Most Likely to Be One-Hit Wonders. Buoyed by a controversial video that shows the two girls kissing—prompting are-they-or-aren't-they questions about their sexuality—the group's first English-language single, "All the Things She Said," is climbing the charts after already hitting No. 1 in the U.K. Aside from the electronic-charged ear candy of "All the Things," though, t.A.T.u.'s cheesy Euro-pop debut makes little impression. And we do mean little: There are only eight songs on the album; of those, two are repeated in Russian and one recurs in an extended version.
BOTTOM LINE: Stay out of this Lane