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Look At Us Now

by The Jellybeans

They've done it again! With their great 'girl group sound' The Jellybeans deliver more of their own pop/rock style of songs with sweet melodies and beautiful harmonies. The Jellybeans will take you back to a time when music had a little different sound.
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1. Look At Us Now
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2. This Place I Go
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3. Forever Alone
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4. How Will I Know When It Is Love?
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5. If He Only Knew
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6. How Do I Walk Away Now?
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Album Notes
Beginning with ‘Back In School’ (sixth grade), to ‘No Time For A Bad Day’ (seventh grade), to ‘Look At Us Now’ (eighth grade) the girls have sung a timeline of their lives from youngsters in elementary school to young ladies entering high school. The song itself, ‘Look At Us Now,’ celebrates graduation, but not just graduation. It celebrates friends going all the way through together from kindergarten to eighth grade. It looks back at what it took for them to get to where they are now and it looks forward to the challenges and excitement of high school. The Jellybeans had a lot to do with the writing of these songs in terms of subject matter and ideas for lyrics. As you might expect, all the songs are sung from the girl’s point of view, but don’t expect to hear ‘teen pop’ from them. They sing several different styles of songs including a beautiful ballad accompanied by acoustic guitar (This Place I Go), a pop/rock ballad (How Do I Walk Away Now?) and a high energy rock number (If He Only Knew). Mixed in there is their favorite song on the CD, ‘Forever Alone,’ a sort of swing tune about not being able to go with boys until they are (much) older. It is a really fun number that will take you back to the girl group sound of the early 1960’s with their beautiful harmonies. As their music and their voices have matured from year to year, and from CD to CD, this is their finest work yet. It is also a very impressive body of work for girls to have done at such a young age. The Jellybeans are in a class by themselves.

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Alexa Spieler


Returning with their third release entitled Look At Us Now is the young group of girls The Jellybeans. Collectively, the members of The Jellybeans recorded their third release when they were eighth graders at Our Lady of Mercy Academy. Following the group’s motif of themes featured throughout their previous releases, Look At Us Now illuminates a theme of conclusions, but also beginnings. Picking up where their prior release ended, Look At Us Now highlights The Jellybeans’ journey from middle school conclusions to bright futures, together, in high school. In a more mature, thought-provoking album, The Jellybeans employ a sense of growth with an audible, admirable innocence. Ultimately, the six song release is enjoyable, full of talent and potential.

Starting off Look At Us Now is the uplifting, up-tempo composition titled “Look At Us Now.” The title track features remarkable blending and harmonizing within the girls’ vocals, as they narrate with confidence. Though there’s a sense of maturity, in the way the girls express how they will “spread their wings,” the youthfulness in their voices mixes maturity and innocence perfectly. With a twangy, melodic guitar and punchy, light percussion creating an enjoyable atmosphere, the title track serves as a solid way to introduce and portray The Jellybeans. Following the title track is the nearly four-minute track, “This Place I Go.” Straying from the previously introduced uplifting composition, “This Place I Go” features a hint of heaviness, gearing more towards the group’s maturity. Instead of solely showcasing the group’s remarkable manners of harmonizing, “This Place I Go” features a greater generation of solos. With a light drum groove supporting the ballad, “This Place I Go” is simply a tranquil, aurally-pleasing addition to Look At Us Now. The song is a shift in dynamic for The Jellybeans, but serves purposefully as a demonstration of maturity and progression.

The Jellybeans snap back into upbeat creations with the successor track, “Forever Alone.” Formulating more of an ominous, darker tone, “Forever Alone” serves to resonate with the younger audience experiencing similar emotions as The Jellybeans’ members. With a shuffling percussion groove, the composition grooves along in an up-tempo pace, but the groove doesn’t halt any semblance of ominous tones. The narrators appear frustrated over not having boyfriends at such young ages, the darker tone carrying and resonating thoroughly through the girls’ guidance, heavier vocals and ominous instrumentation.

As for a standout track that showcases The Jellybeans’ ability and diversity, “If He Only Knew” demands attention. Highlighted by the staggering instrumentation, “If He Only Knew” isn’t the typical production from a girl group. As so, the composition features elements unlike most of those for The Jellybeans. The rocking standout track doesn’t command for all attention to be on The Jellybeans, but does display with its driving rock anthem elements that the girls do possess the power to control such an upbeat, rock composition. With masterful percussion fills and catchy, sharp guitar strumming leading the way, The Jellybeans deliver with “If He Only Knew.”

Concluding the six song album is “How Do I Walk Away Now?” More of an emotionally-heavy composition, “How Do I Walk Away Now?” embodies The Jellybeans’ journey. Dedicated to the Our Lady of Mercy graduated class, “How Do I Walk Away Now?” ensures listeners of an emotionally-heavy, thought-provoking conclusion. Only a simple, light drum accompanies the girls’, once again, strikingly remarkable harmonies, along with the occasional joining of guitar strumming and keyboard performing. In them reluctantly departing from the school they’ve attended for years, The Jellybeans face such with fortitude. Though their departure is inevitable and friends will migrate to different schools, as shown through the song’s lyrics. As the concluding composition, “How Do I Walk Away Now?” is a rock ballad that ensures its audience of a promising future for The Jellybeans.

Inevitably, Look At Us is an impeccable title for the release, achieving in representing the girls of The Jellybeans. Following two previous releases, Look At Us Now showcases the progression that The Jellybeans have made, along with demonstrating the progression the New Jersey girls will continue to make.
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Donna

Amazing!
I recently purchased this CD and I could not agree more with the reviews already posted on here. I was looking for something I could share with my daughter, who is about the same age as the girls in The Jellybeans, and this is perfect. The music is great (real music) and the lyrics speak to what is on the minds of girls in this age group. The Jellybeans sing every song beautifully, especially 'This Place I Go,' and they really shine on their faster numbers like 'If He Only Knew.' That one rocks! Our favorite, though, is 'Forever Alone' and we've about worn that one out hitting the repeat button in the car. It is a great song for driving around. I have always loved the girl group sound and these girls have a great sound. It's hard to believe they did this while in the eighth grade. They are an inspiration and I highly recommend this CD.
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Andrea Guy

The Jellybeans, Look At Us Now
The Jellybeans return with their third album, Look At Us Now These ten girls never cease to wow the listener. The Jellybeans play the kind of music that most parents would prefer their pre-teen kids to listen to. The songs that are performed have a kind of innocence that you don’t find much in today’s music scene, not even by the Disney crowd.

This six song album is bound to please anyone fortunate enough to find it. Just as with their previous recordings, the girls vocals are pitch perfect. Anthony Coviello, who plays keyboards for the girls, has also written some wonderful new songs that take The Jellybeans to a new level. The songs still retain that youthful innocence, but they have some more maturity.

The title track was released as a single last autumn and was dedicated to the Our Lady Of Mercy Class of 2008, Our Lady Of Mercy is the school that the girls once attended. The song is uplifting and has a very retro sound, think of the girl bands of the 1960s. The song is one of growth, growing up in particular and friendship. This is probably the most youthful song on the album, focusing on friends reaching a turning point in their lives.

“This Place I Go” stays with that girl band retro sound. This is a more mature sounding ballad that’s melody is a bit reminiscent of the Beatles “And I Love Her.” The song is soft and sweet. Everything about this song is relaxing and soothing. This song will take any listener to “That Place” where the bad things in life don’t exist anymore.

The song “Forever Alone” is a song that will speak to many of the pre-teens. A darker melody with lyrics that speak of the frustration of pre-teen girls that long to have boyfriend, but can’t because they aren’t old enough, and crushes that don’t call.

“How Will I Know When It Is Love?” is the question that most young girls find themselves asking someone, during that time of firsts…crushes, boyfriends and kisses. Everyone asks that question, Whitney Houston did with “How Will I Know” back in the 80s. And both songs, have a similar innocence to them.

“If He Only Knew” really shines brighter than all the other songs on Look At Us Now. Once again, the girls go for the 60s girl band sound, but on this track, they really rock out. It has a rollicking melody and it is super catchy.

The album closes with “How Do I Walk Away Now?” a song dedicated to the Our Lady Of Mercy class of 2012. It is probably the most grown up song on the album. One look at the title and you know it is a break up song.

Look At Us Now is the perfect title for the new Jellybeans album. It is an album that shows that these girls are growing up and ready to take on the world. The six songs on this album still have the signature harmonies but the girls are now singing about grownup stuff, or teenage stuff, like crushes and boys.

The music is perfect for young and old alike. What sets these girls apart, is that for the size of their group, they don’t sound like a choir, they are really a unit. Their voices blend beautifully together. The girl group sound that the girls do so well is perfectly suited for the songs Anthony Coviello writes. That time period was still innocent, and most of the girl groups conveyed that in their performances, and The Jellybeans are no different.

Look At Us Now is an album that everyone should give a listen to, so you can be wowed by the voices of these ten young women from New Jersey.
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