The energetic, pop-punk band Superchic[k] continues its genre-busting journey with Beauty from Pain. The album exhibits Superchic[k]'s unique, new wave/rock sound coupled with positive, uplifting lyrics covering topics both serious and witty.
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A wasted effort.| Posted April 19, 2008
Superchic[k] is on a mission. A mission to inspire, empower, and entertain their listeners, and help them believe in themselves. It's been two years since their last album and sadly, it only has ten songs. However they also seem to have gotten a grasp on how to make their music into hit songs, and Beauty from Pain is no exception.
The music is flat out amazing, a similar style of girl rock like Barlow Girl and Avil Livgne, and plenty of pure flowing tunes and beats, with hints of hip hop. The album opens with "anthem" a very fast paced, up tempo girl, rock song; plus it's a single. The hip hop style hit single "pure" is solid, and "Bowling ball" is an upbeat pop song, which is snappy. Again the hip hop shows up on "stories", which features tobyMac (who has it on his CD Diverse City), but the song is a little bland and could have used a little more life.
Lead singer Tricia Brock has impressive vocals and they show on the upbeat songs "wishes". The title track is arguably the most impressive song musically on the album. The song is mainly piano but it picks up a little percussion as the song moves, and it has a really emotional sound to it clearly a strength of this band. The single "its on" is another upbeat girl song, and the chorus really picks up for the song "suddenly". On the smash hit single "we live" it's light rock with a little bit of the hip hop in the bridge, nothing terribly impressive but it gets the job done.
The opening song, "anthems" has some feminine overtones "Here's to the girls on their boards with bruises and scars/Here's to the girls whose fingers bleed from playin guitar" but the song is pretty forgettable, same with "it's on". "we live" sends a strong, but Godless message, about living for today, the way it's set to is similar to "stories". Superchic[k] encourages girls to steer clear of bad relationships ("suddenly" and "wishes"), but still the lack of God in the lyrics is a little disturbing. The only time God's name is even mentioned is on "Beauty from pain", but it's vague and his presence in the lyrics is nil.
vocalist/guitarist Melissa Brock says "The title Beauty From Pain sums up those relationships. We all go through these hard times, but in reality, there is a beauty in that pain because it makes us stronger people and prompts us to lean on God in a way that we never have before." Really? Well it's really hard to tell with lyrics like Superchic[k]s. the music is impressive but the their mission to inspire and empower girls over shadows it.
Better than Last One Picked| Posted June 22, 2009
Okay, so I really liked their former CD, Last One Picked, but this one is even better. The songs are deeper. I think this is one of their sadder albums, because it seems like many of them are slow and sad. It shows that side of the band and helps them in the end.
beauty from pain review; AMAZING;| Posted August 24, 2008
this album was amazing. i was introduced to christain music from this album and ever since ive been hooked and now its hard for me to turn the radio or cd off when any christain music is playing. :]
Superchic[k] - The Beauty From The Pain| Posted June 17, 2008
As their fourth release with Inpop Records, Beauty From Pain focuses on the hope that one finds in those times when you're down and out, at the bottom of life. The purpose of the band Superchick itself was to encourage this generation to not succumb to peer pressure; Beauty From Pain seems to make use of this rationale while also showing people that when they're at a low point that they're not alone. As the fourth track on the album, "Stories" touches this aspect deeply with lyrics like:
Cause we've been down to the bottom
Stories we've got 'em, when we hit rock bottom
If you been there put your hands in the air
And let somebody know that the Most High cares
Of course, being Superchick, they can't start an album without that one girl revolution song that marks the album. So, opening Beauty From Pain is "Anthem," a strong pop/punk song that takes a stand for girls with their own goals in the world and does the said job extremely well. This catchy, call for reform was an excellent choice to kick off the album.
it is a great album| Posted March 25, 2008
superchicks Beauty From Pain is a awesome album and i love the lyric's to all the songs like anthem,pure,bowling ball,we live,one girl revolution,wishes,stand in the rain,courage,it's on,suddenly,and beaty from pain.all of these songs are so heart felt and awesome so any one who doesn't know who superchik go and get Beauty From Pain.
Pretty good,| Posted February 11, 2008
i remember the day my friends gave me this for my christmas present. dang i was sooo happy. i listened to it and i was even more happy. the first half of the album was really good. "anthem" was a good start. with "pure" too. but the second half was a bit boring maybe because they were slower but still was pretty good. and yes i like this album. but the sad thing is klove and air1 'kills' their songs. "we live" has been killed too many times. it is VERY overplayed.
pure| Posted September 06, 2007
i orignaly heard superchick from a mix cd the song was pure i liked it and then randomly i heard their one song stand in the rain and i liked it too lol but anyway this is a good artist any artist for god is good but shes good worth buying
Love This Album!!| Posted July 25, 2007
i love this album. It is the perfect follow up from regeneration, and has catchy tunes with GREAT vocals. The girls sound perfect together, and compliment each other with their voices. It is just an amazing production, as well as the amazing drumming talent from 'the machine' as he's affectionately known from AGMF '07.
Overall, a great CD with inspiring lyrics, as always... from superchic[k]
Perfect Picker upper| Posted July 25, 2007
Absolutely amazing lyrics... really reaches out to people(especially girls) and is very easy to relate to...i love to put it on when ive had a bad day... it boosts my self-esteem.