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MUSIC REVIEW

Center Stage at 15

Meet 3LW -- Pop’s Latest Issue

By Ashley Robinson

Backstreet Boys, ’N Sync, Britney Spears, Dream, Destiny’s Child ... if this list has gotten you jumpin’ jumpin’, maybe you’re ready for another pop group. Three Little Women has placed themselves on the top of the bubble gum pop world with their surprisingly golden self-titled album. Popular singles “No More,” “I Can’t Take It,” and “Playas Gon’ Play” have have pre-teens across the country going crazy. The group consists of, naturally, three girls, ranging from ages 15 to 17.

Kiely, Naturi, and Adrienne all started singing at an early age. Kiely, recalls memories of her mother singing in their home recording studio. Naturi credited her church choir from when she was five years old as her roots in singing. Adrienne also got her start in the choir; her favorite memory is of her choir singing back-up for Ricky Martin at Madison Square Garden.

The trio began two years ago, when each member made it past several rounds of auditions for the group. Self-described as progenitors of “ghetto pop,” 3LW separates their self-titled album from mainstream music with R&B soul and a little dash of hip-hop. Though this follows the standard one-hit wonder formula of imitating something else and calling it original, 3LW stands a chance of breaking out from the bubble gum groups.

As part of the successful MTV TRL tour, featuring Dream, Nelly, Eve, and Destiny’s Child, 3LW put on a good show with exquisitely choreographed dances and three costume changes. All three girls agree that touring is the absolute best part of singing professionally. Seeing their fans and being able to perform makes up for the long hours on the road.

Their self-titled album features 12 tracks full of lyrics about love and heartbreak. However, 3LW doesn’t view their young age as a disadvantage. They feel that everyone can relate to, or at least remember, what it is like to be their age. Despite the trite themes and lyrics, some of the songs are contagious, and listeners may catch themselves singing along.