Sarah, Nicola, Nadine, Kimberley and Cheryl have made a quirky British pop album. In a genre where girl bands dream of being Destinys Vogue, Girls Aloud have made an album that reflects what its like to be a 20-something girl living in the UK.
Theres attitude ("Models), theres heartbreak ("Whole Lotta History"), theres sauciness ("Watch Me Go"). Make no mistake this is a 24-carot solid gold pop album but thrown into the mix are snatches of rock, house, electro, salsa, rap and ska. The album has been made by breaking the rules on what you can do with pop. Who said you cant have two choruses in one song or three different sounds in another?
Chemistry also features the new hit single "Biology" and the forthcoming Christmas single "See The Day" as well as their summer smash "Long Hot Summer".
Quirky, modern and dripping with attitude Chemistry is here, and holds no disappointments.
Produced solely by pop darlings Xenomania, the girls rip through a variety of styles, paces and Neneh Cherry-esque raps, sometimes, as in "Biology", all within the same song.
Able to finally perform equally well on ballads as up-tempo tracks, the infectious chorus to "Models" is a brilliant example of their trademark strutting attitude, while "Whole Lotta History" stands out as a lush ballad reminiscent of the Spice Girls.
Whoever said pop was dead? GA have resuscitated its corpse by wedding chart-friendly melodies to experimental avant-garde sounds, particularly on the sublime "Swinging London Town"
These girls are banging on your door and dying to start a party. I dare you to let them in. --Talia Kraines
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