About two months ago, I talked for a bit about Same Difference, the eternally cheerful and unapologetically cheesy British brother and sister duo who took third place on the reality show The X-Factor. This past Monday, they released their debut album, simply titled Pop, and let me be the first to say it's utterly fantastic. It's not as groundbreaking as something like Girls Aloud's Out of Control and sounds vaguely similar to S Club 7's first album, but it's full of energy and spunk and is compulsively listenable. The first single, "We R One," is as cheesy as you would expect, but it's done without any shame and is actually quite inspiring. I'm not going to lie- it definitely puts a smile on this grouchy face every time I hear it. Remember when I mentioned that they remind me of Sharpay and Ryan from HSM? Well, they don't sing one of their songs, but, of course, they take on one of the Troy and Gabriella tracks ("Breaking Free") on their album and it's 100 times better than the original.
What I love most about Same Difference is, however, how deliriously happy and upbeat they always are. In every picture I see of them, they're always grinning like a bunch of insane children who have never gotten their picture taken before. Normally, I would want to punch them in the face, but Sarah and Sean are just so adorable I can't help but to grin like a moron right back at them. Plus, check out their website. Isn't it the most amazing thing you've ever seen? Have you ever seen a group this committed to their cheesy, loveable persona? If you click on the "For Grownups" link, look on the far right for their video diary and click on the Zac Efron one. Who knew stalking Zac Efron could be so endearing? I don't know about you, but I'm sad at the end when *spoilers*Sarah doesn't meet him (and Sean doesn't get to meet Vanessa Hudgens, whom he "fancies")*end spoilers* They really need their own so-crappy-it's-good movie à la Spice World pronto. I would watch that in a minute.