Probably the most interesting fact about the now sadly departed Deuce is that one of their four members, Lisa Armstrong, is the long-term beau of Ant McPartlin. However, in 1995 London records had high hopes for the foursome, and there were even industry mutterings that we had the "new ABBA" on our hands. Basically, these guys were Steps without the extra member and the success. Which is a shame, because as kitsch pop fluff goes, this isn't bad.
The cover basically sums everything up - the band members are photographed in luminous outfits that look as if there was an explosion in a Lycra factory. The album is the musical equivalent of this; self-consciously camp (obviously there was some marketing at the pink pound going on here) but sweet and glitzy enough to appeal to pre-teen girls too. In terms of album content, the first three songs are probably the strongest and after this, the filler tracks rather outnumber the good tracks. Having said that, "I Need You", the second single is solid, disposable pop complete with plinky ABBA-esque piano interludes. This is by no means a groundbreaking album; for the most part the band sticks to it's major strength - light, up-tempo pop songs, though ballad "Let's Call It A Day" introduces some welcome diversity into what could otherwise be a rather annoyingly repetitive album.
How Many Good Tracks? Six, out of 11.
Best Track: On the Bible is a gloriously camp anthem with a great singalong chorus.
Worst Track: Kiss It is a disappointing note to end the album on.
There is a very ABBA-y feel to this album. By no means a great, must-have album it does, all the same seem strange that this band has sunken into obscurity while Steps, just three years later had such phenomenal success peddling almost identical music.