tATu Dangerous and Moving (Universal) The short-skirted school uniforms and faux Sapphic antics have gone, but the Russian synth-pop duo have retained the high-pitched squeals, lyrical innuendo and techno beats that powered them to fame in the first place. Some critics would have it that Julia Volkova and Lena Katina are Abba without the two blond blokes. But, hair colour aside, there's little evidence here that they've found any sort of Waterloo. Although the helter-skelter poppy dance of their debut 200km/h in the Wrong Lane had a sense of mirth and bare-faced cheek, Dangerous and Moving sounds a woefully serious attempt to replicate the winning formula: big crescendos, massive chorus breaks, and refrains as repetitive as learning your multiplication table. Former schoolteacher Sting offers the girls a musical lesson by playing bass on Friend or Foe, a monotonous plodder and possibly the worst cut on the album. Dave Stewart and producer Trevor Horn's attempts to reprise 1980s glory fare little better, although Richard Carpenter's strings arrangement on one of the album's more balladic numbers widens their range. Those who still enjoy the tune of All the Things She Said (reworked here as a song called All About Us) running through your head, will find similarly catchy refrains, but the set peters out into forgettable pop balladry. Dangerous? No. Moving? No. Safe and emotionless? Yes. This is mindless pop for mixed-up teens and pre-schoolers.