200 KM/H in the Wrong Lane

Videogenic Russian teens Lena Katina and Julia Volkova are T.A.T.U., the first Eastern European recording act to sell more than 1 million albums in Europe.

Videogenic Russian teens Lena Katina and Julia Volkova are T.A.T.U., the first Eastern European recording act to sell more than 1 million albums in Europe. The pair has also created quite a stir for swathing itself in steamy, faux-lesbian imaging with a decidedly Lolita-like edge. Beneath the media-conscious pomp and circumstance is an album dripping with sugary pop sweetness. Working under the guiding, ever-imaginative hand of studio legend Trevor Horn, the duo exudes a sassy if vocally limited charm that conjures images of a modern-day Bananarama. It shines throughout much of the set, which relies heavily on simple but infectious Euro-dance ditties—most notably the hitworthy "All the Things She Said" and "Not Gonna Get Us." The only sour note is an ill-conceived rendition of the Smiths' "How Soon Is Now."—LF