Single: All the Things She Said
Artist: t.A.T.u.
2002 Universal Music Russia
CD: LC06406. 019 333-2

t.A.T.u. are Julia & Lena

Produced by Trevor Horn (1), Martin Kierszenbaum & Robert Orton (2)
Engineered & mixed by Robert Orton
Executive producer: Ivan Shapovalov
 

Tracks:
1. All the Things She Said (Radio Version) [mus: S. Galoyan with co-author; lyr: Horn/Kierszenbaum/E. Kiper/V. Polienko] (3:30)
2. Stars [Kierszenbaum/Polienko/Shapovalov/A. Voitinskiy/A. Vulih] (4:07)
 

Notes: The brainchild of Ivan Shapovalov, who brought together teenagers Yulia Volkova and Lena Katina, Tatoo [Russian for "tattoo"] were a huge hit in their native country with their controversial song of schoolgirl lesbianism, "Ya Soshla s Uma [I've Lost My Mind]". Trevor Horn was one of the producers brought in for 200 km/h in the Wrong Lane, the English language re-make of their debut album, 200 Po Vstrechnoy, and Horn got to tackle "Ya Soshla s Uma [I've Lost My Mind]", re-titled "All the Things She Said". Horn's new version has some differences, but wisely sticks fairly close to the original Russian version. However, I think the song suffers from this shortened radio edit.

The b-side, "Stars", acts as a coda to "All the Things She Said", despite being separated from it on the album. (HP, 14 Dec 02; updated 1 Feb 2003)

Guest review by Mark Clapham (from Teen Music):

Coming in from the East like a devastating pop-whirlwind, Russian minxes t.A.T.u. have hit the UK with their first single, laying waste to everything in their path. The old, the weak and those of a nervous disposition should find shelter now, as resistance is futile in the face of Julia and Lena. ĎAll The Things She Saidí is perfect female led electro-pop, powered by the long-missed production genius of Trevor Horn. The song has an adolescent romantic intensity, itís chorus infused with torturously melodramatic angst. The girlsí vocals add the raw emotional punch beneath the smoothness of Hornís production. Each hook and vocal is layered and repeated until the tune is buried deep within your brain. Youíll hum it, youíll sing it, youíll feel it. This is a great single that deserves to blast the anaemic pop opposition straight out of the charts. [Jan 2003]

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