- Audio CD (8 Oct. 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Special Edition
- Label: Universal / Island
- ASIN: B000VLE3F6
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Change Special Edition
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SUGABABES Change (2007 UK 12-track CD album - The most successful female act of the century [British Hit singles and albums] have returned with their 5th studio album; including the single About You Now which recorded with Dr Luke [Kelis Pink Missy Elliott] marks a distinct new sound for the band whilst effortlessly preserving that unique Sugababes flavour)
Change is certainly something the Sugababes are familiar with. The girl group, famed for their squad rotation policy, have regularly shifted musical tack in the nine years since their formation and it's served them well. In 2006's Overload, they possess one of the more abundant and rewarding greatest hits compilations of recent times. But it was time to change again.
The focus, of course, is the studio album debut of Amelle Berrabah. Berrabah was passed the poisoned chalice previously belonging to Mutya Buena and has been given nowhere to hide.
'About You Now' fires a fierce opening shot. The work of Kelly Clarkson looms in the background on a track that Berrabah opens and dominates. It's one of their strongest tunes to date, and no surprise that it's responsible for producer Cathy Dennis' sixth UK number one.
Followed by the disco friendly 'Never Gonna Dance Again', it immediately feels like the girls have struck gold again. More nuggets follow in the shape of the sassy Girls Aloud-alike 'My Love Is Pink' and the ridiculously titled but ridiculously catchy "3 Spoons Of Suga" - with a simple rocky edge that gives the rich textured voices of Amelle and the sole surviving original member Keisha Buchanan plenty of room in which to excel.
Yet the variety of the tracks proves the album's undoing. The reggae tilted "Back Down" makes a tired plea for men to satisfy any number of criteria; 'Denial' stumbles awkwardly amidst a hook pilfered from Gossip's 'Standing In The Way Of Control' and the slower-paced 'Change' and 'Mended By You' only flirt with credibility thanks to the girls' irrepressible and watertight harmonies, lead admirably by Berrabah.
Every track possesses classic Sugababe appeal, but it never quite makes the sum of its parts. In a slickly sweet product, the dirt of 'Freak Like Me' and the everlasting resonance of 'Overload' are missing. While the group do justice to tracks that would now prove a bridge too far for the likes of All Saints, Girls Aloud and Spice Girls, this latest change is going to take time to work through. --Tom Young
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Top Customer Reviews
This album is fantastic. I've always been a fan of the Sugababes, but i've never bought one of their albums until I heard 'About You Now' and thought it was amazing and so I bought 'Change' first day it hit shelves and I was overwhelemd.
'Denial', 'Suprise' and 'Never Gonna Dance Again' are probably my favourite tracks on the album and very possible single releases, as is 'Change' although it would be hard for me to label any of the tracks a "weak" effort.
Am I the only one who hears a little 'Freak Like Me' in 'Back Down'? Listen. You'll see.
As the album's title indicates, there have been some changes to the usual Sugababes formula, and the fabulous current single 'About You Now' is a good indicator of the album's direction. The most striking difference is the addition of guitars on most of the tracks, adding a slightly rock-tinged edge to the music. However, in many ways this is the band's most pure 'pop' release to date: strong melodies and catchy hooks are everywhere, and almost every track sounds like a potential hit single. What makes the difference is that this album is very much 'grown-up pop', both in terms of its sound and its subject matter.
There's a definite sense that the 'Babes are maturing. Some of the old sass is gone; instead a notable lyrical theme which runs throughout the album is the passing of time, leading to loss and regret. That's not to say the album is downbeat, or that the group have lost all their old attitude - far from it. The throbbing, sexy 'My Love Is Pink' is destined to go down a storm on the dancefloor, while there's a dancehall flavour to 'Backdown' and some old-skool r'n'b in the shape of '3 Spoons Od Suga'. However, the prevailing concern of the album seems to be facing maturity and the new challenges it brings, as heard on the storming title track and the touching 'Back When'.
Of course, this is Amelle's first proper album since joining the group, and I'm glad to say she fits in perfectly.Read more ›
Track by track:
1) About You Now - A textbook lesson in how to take a 1960's sound and bring it into the 21st century. A great choice for a first single! 10/10
2) Never Gonna Dance Again - This song's a good listen...breezes right along. 8.5/10
3) Denial - WOW! A song I could listen to over and over again and never get tired of. Hopefully this will be the third release! 10/10
4) My Love Is Pink - Very Madonna-esque...Causing a Commotion? In any event, a solid song throughout. 9.5/10
5) Change - The last 52 seconds give me the tingles. 10/10
6) Back When - Aside from the do-da-do-da-do at the beginning, a very pretty song. Not exactly Wilson Phillips pretty, but close. 9/10
7) Surprise - It sounds like an early 80's punk riff that explodes into a pop paradise during the chorus. Seems to work. 8/10
8) Back Down - Salt-N-Pepa, is that you?!? (In full disclosure, I would take one or six of the subject matter at hand). 8.5/10
9) Mended By You - A truly beautiful song, period. 10/10
10) 3 Spoons of Suga - Wasn't feeling this one...but it's still better than most of the stuff in the U.S. right now. 7/10
11) Open The Door - Another song that breezes right along...got a Soul II Soul vibe with this song, though. 9/10
12) Undignified - More acoustic than electric...very likeable. Excellent progression from verse to chorus. 9/10
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"Change" is a familiar concept to the Sugababes, of course, aka the 'Trigger's Broom Of Pop'. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jonathan Morris
The Sugababes are one of those groups that I've always had a quiet enjoyment of, but never enough to really become a fan. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mr. Iain R. Wear
I REALLY LIKE THE GIRLS,BUT I'M GETTING A BIT BORED WITH THIS MANUFACTURED SOUND, HAVE THEY LOST INTEREST??? A FEW GOOD TRACKS BUT NOT THE SAME LISTENABILTY AS PREVIOUS ALBUMS!!! Read morePublished on 25 Oct. 2009 by Mr. P. Williams
I think they are brilliant. MY very favourite track is about you now .The reasion why I like them is because I have lisend to the CD a lot of times . Read morePublished on 26 July 2009
ok we were all shocked and dissapointed when mutya left the group but she has her own amazing solo album out and sugababes have a new girl . . amelle. Read morePublished on 12 Feb. 2009 by FUTURESTARdelux