Arno en Susan - Vir Altyd in Jou Drome - Vir altyd in jou CD collection?

2006-03-29 18:20

Unlike the increasingly inept Idols search for a South African singing star, Kyknet's "Zing!" competition was never hindered by the constraints of it's viewing public. Of course, we're talking about the difference between having to cater for a loyal and dedicated Afrikaans fan base rather than the fantasy of a truly representative South African Idol who is actually able to compete in the international market (sorry, Heinz).

Arno & Susan didn't even actually win "Zing!". No sweat, their debut collection of fun 'n frothy pop, rock and dance friendly ditties has more than enough appeal for the organisers to be smiling all the way to the bank. The Steve Hofmeyr penned tracks "Toe" and "Alles Vir Jou" are infectious and epic duet romps that manages to put a smile on your face and a spring in your step. The duo's rendition of Koos Du Plessis' "Briefie Uit die See" strolls to an upbeat strut, conjuring up images of romantic ambles along the beach.

When it comes to English liedjies, the pair soars effortlessly through love ballads "You", "At Your Side" and "She Couldn't Laugh". And their rampant take on Clare Johnston's "Weekend" actually dazzles. Of course, no self-respecting Afrikaans release tailored towards shifting units is complete without those lekker luister medleys. The "Zing Medley" is an unpretentious success, with Anton Goosen's "Jantjie" and "Harlekyn" rocking off against Danie Niehaus' "Man op die Maan". While even the inevitable "Sokkie Medley" sounds fresh and fun tossing evergreen favourites including David Kramer's "Haak Hom Blokkies", Blackie Swart's "Liewe Lulu" and Steve's "Blou Bul" into the beat blending extravaganza.

Perhaps not genius, but certainly pleasant enough pop, and genuinly popular with its audience. Likely to actually sell rather than just be shipped to CD stores.

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