Title: tATu: 200 KM/H in the wrong lane
Author: Caroline Sullivan
Source: The Guardian
Publish date: Friday February 7, 2003
It would be reassuring to be able to report that this offering by the Russian teen-duo-with-a-gimmick (are they or aren't they lesbians?) is wretched.
Sadly, though, Tatu - or tATu, as they irritatingly spell it - have redeeming features. The hypnotic single All the Things She Said is the most obvious, raising the bar for formula-pop several notches.
Not Gonna Get Us is almost punk in its high-kicking raucousness, and their cover of the Smiths' How Soon Is Now? is either the best or the worst thing ever. I fancy Morrissey would approve of the eastern-European melancholia of their interpretation.
A bonus trio of songs in Russian even lends educational value, though they probably translate as: "We're not really lesbians! We're just shrill-voiced chancers who would never have got anywhere without provocative lyrics and a Trevor Horn production." But that just amplifies the charm.