It was 2007 when American sisters Aly and AJ Michalka hit the mainstream with their infectious, autotune-heavy pop hit ‘Potential Breakup Song‘. It’s a track that buzzes with a frenetic rush of teen angst, a burst of bubblegum pop rock injected with a heavy dose of hormones, the duo holding no punches on their signature anti-boyfriend anthem. Since then, Aly & AJ have been relatively quiet on the music scene. They briefly rebranded as 78violet to release folksy single ‘Hothouse‘ before switching back to their original moniker shortly afterwards, and each have had various acting roles in shows and films such as Two and a Half Men, Easy A and iZombie.
But now, ten years since their last hit, Aly & AJ are back with a new single. And let me tell you, it’s good. Like, very good.
‘Take Me’ is a serious departure from the group’s previous work that has centred mostly on straightforward teen rock, all guitars, poppy hooks and stuff that sounds like it was made for a Disney Channel movie. With ‘Take Me’, Aly & AJ are in decidedly more *~mature~* territory, embracing 80s-style synths and stylish, sophisticated production reminiscent of the better tracks by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Though ‘Take Me’ is musically miles apart from ‘Potential Breakup Song’, there’s still glimpses of the same urgent, no-nonsense attitude. Just as on their signature hit, Aly & AJ are still in no mood to suffer fools, only now their words come wrapped up in chic synths rather than rocky guitars. ‘Take Me’ is a beautifully crafted track that shows the duo have grown up a great deal in the ten years since their last hit, having evolved from pissed-off teens into self-assured twenty somethings. But one thing has stayed the same – their knack of making extremely good pop music. Let’s hope that this time Aly & AJ are here to stay.