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Beauty From Pain -- Superchick Print
Written by Mike Noel   
Wednesday, 17 August 2005
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The third release from Superchick, Beauty From Pain, is one of their best albums. Most of the songs carry forward the typical Superchick sound that we've become accustomed to from their first two albums (although there are a few exceptions). This isn't a bad thing if you like their sound -- and I do. This album stands out in that it is more thematic than their others. As the title suggests, the songs on this album tackle issues dealing those painful situations that life throws at us.
All of their albums have been aimed at teenage girls and the issues they deal with. On this album, for example, Bowling Ball deals with girls being stuck in bad relationships with boys and Courage is written from the perspective of a young girl suffering with an eating disorder. Despite some of these targetted song much of their music is quite accessible to the average middle aged male (like me).
A couple of the songs on this CD stuck out as highlights that really accented the basic theme of the "beauty from pain". The title track is one of these. The searching and pleading voice accompanied by only piano paints a vivid picture of devastating loss. As the song continues the singer faces the reality of her circumstances but acknowledges the hope that things will become better in the future. This song is so powerful because it doesn't just cop out and tell the listener to put a smile on even when things still hurt. It is real and empathetic. Musicaly the string bass adds a ton to the raw, human feeling in the song.
Another great song that continues this theme is We Live. It starts There's a cross/on the side of the road/where a mother lost a son/how could she know/that the morning he left/would be their last time/she'd trade with him for a little more time/so she could say she loved him one very last time. Every day when I drive to and from work I pass several such crosses. Each of these represents shattered and devastated lives. This songs shows how to move on. We can't know when our life, or the lives of our loved ones, will be at an end. Our only option is to live, to love, to forgive, and never give up. This song reminds us that the days we are given are a gift from above and we can't cower in fear and depression. In the face of pain and devastation this song is inspiration to move on.
In Christian circles it is common for well meaning people to ignore the real human issues that happen. It is hard to answer the question "why" at times. Superchick doesn't settle for trite answers but faces the issue and offers the answer, "I don't know but I know you'll be ok". I hope to see Superchick continue developing solid and mature albums like this one.
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