Aaron was increasingly disillusioned with big label mainstream rock music, feeling that the "Metal Queen" image of her earlier albums was now part of her past and that it was time to move in a new direction. In early 1994 she met with Don Short and Don Binns of the Canadian band Sons of Freedom, who participated in the recording of Aaron's 1994 album Emotional Rain. Following that album, they were joined by Sons of Freedom's Don Harrison on guitar to record the new songs "Strange Alice" and "Concrete & Ice", which were added as bonus tracks to the European edition of Emotional Rain.
In November 1995 the four musicians began recording a new album under the band name 2preciious. As part of the rejuvenation process, the name Lee Aaron was not seen on the original release of the album and Aaron's contributions were under her real name, Karen Greening.
The album was released in 1996, and the band toured to support the album. Critical response to the album was mixed: The Globe and Mail's Chris Dafoe dismissed it as crass and calculated, and labelled the single "Crawl" as a blatant copy of Alanis Morissette's "You Oughta Know"; while Peter Howell of the Toronto Star said that the album was uneven but showed potential, comparing it more to Garbage.
|Studio album by |
Lee Aaron and 2preciious
|Recorded||Recorded and mixed Nov/Dec 1995|
|Studio||Inner Ear Studios, Gibsons, B.C|
|Label||Spastic Plastic Corp Canada No Bull Records Europe|
|Lee Aaron and 2preciious chronology|
- Crawl – 4:58
- Superbitch – 3:53
- Come On – 4:37
- My Machine – 4:12
- Mascara – 4:14
- Misenchanted – 4:35
- Black Metal Jesus – 3:01
- Here – 3:49
- Obsolete – 4:00
- Shed – 4:23
- Strange Alice – 4:48
- Dying Star – 4:50
- Don Binns – bass
- Don Short – drums
- Don Harrison – guitar
- Lee Aaron – vocals
- Tim Ashworth – cello
- Vince Jones – keyboards
- Producer – John Albani Remix – Glen Reely
- Music By, Lyrics By – Don Binns, Don Harrison, Don Stubbs, Karen Greening.
- Producer – 2 preciious* (tracks: 1 to 10, 12), Glen Reely (tracks: 1 to 10, 12), Lee Aaron (tracks: 1 to 10, 12)
- Recorded By, Mixed By – Glen Reely (tracks: 1 to 10, 12)
- "Karen/Lee brings out SoF's best". The Province, August 22, 1996.
- "She's no Lee Aaron: Former metal queen tries to escape her past with new name, band". Ottawa Citizen, August 28, 1996.
- "Aaron still trying to shake pinup image". Edmonton Journal, October 11, 1994.
- "Goodbye Lee Aaron, and hello to Karen". Kingston Whig-Standard, August 31, 1996.
- "Dons of Freedom find new team: They've joined former Metal Queen". The Province, October 16, 1996.
- "Recordings: Pop". The Globe and Mail, August 31, 1996.
- " The sound of Pearl Jam getting over itself". Toronto Star, August 24, 1996.
- "'Metal Queen' at 38: Lee Aaron goes jazz: Former 'sex symbol of the year' returns with new CD". National Post, June 26, 2000.
- "Dave Ogilvie Recruits Trent Reznor And The Sons Of Freedom For Jakalope". Chart Attack, March 9, 2004.