Eden's Crush #MusicMonday

Monday, April 28, 2014

If you've ever heard of Eden's Crush, you might be thinking "why in the world is she listening to them?" Because no one's talked about Eden's Crush since, like, 2002. Eden's Crush was the first group to materialize from the WB show "Popstars," and they had one hit before they disbanded and Nicole Scherzinger moved on to bigger and better things.

For a reason mostly unknown to me, one of their lesser known songs (okay, honestly, I remember/know only two of their songs) came into my head the other day. I've been thinking about songs that were popular when I was an upperclassman in high school lately, and Eden's Crush's song "Love This Way" (their second and mostly ignored single -- I don't even think a music video was ever made) was the only song I really ever liked from the group. Their debut single fared a lot better, but I never liked it very much. It reminded me, for some reason, of equally fabricated group O-Town's debut single "Liquid Dreams," except a ton better produced and interesting.

I wonder if uber sappy, sweet songs like "Love This Way" are okay with today's teenagers like it was okay-ish to us back then. Okay to listen to in the secret of one's bedroom while doing math homework. Especially since the members of Eden's Crush were well into their twenties -- you don't hear the Selenas and Mileys of today singing about wishing they were Juliet. But then again, maybe that's what the Taylors of today are for.

What I find particularly curious about Eden's Crush is how similar their voices sound, at least on this song. "Popstars" was the WB's answer to MTV's "Making The Band," and frankly, I'm not surprised Eden's Crush didn't last longer (though they disbanded due to the dissolution of their record company).
What I am surprised about is that few of the groups that have come from these shows lasted much longer than their respective shows while those who come from competition shows like "American Idol" and "The X Factor" have seemed to do better. I guess we really don't want to see all the sweat and blood that goes into pop music ... and instead file it away with all the pop music magic of the late '90s and early '00s.

Photo: L. Cohen / WireImage, via Us Weekly

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