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Scouting For Girls CD

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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: SonyBMG
  • ASIN: B000UDQRKO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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titoloscounting for girlsartistascounting for girls etichettacolumbian. dischi1data23 maggio 2008supportocd audiogenerepop e rock internazionale----brani1. keep on walking2. she's so lovely3. it's not about you4. airplane song5. heartbeat6. elvis ain't dead7. i'm not over you8. i need a holiday9. mountains of navaho10. james bond

BBC Review

If there is a band or artist for every occasion, Scouting for Girls (SFG) are the saccharine-fuelled teeny-bopper's choice. Formed in 2005, the guitarless London trio make sun-kissed Sunday afternoon strolling music. While not exactly groundbreaking, their self-titled debut album tumbles and skips along happily enough; inoffensive, if not exactly life-affirming.

For happy-go-lucky couples it's the perfect 'relationship' soundtrack; there are plenty of tracks here that would make ideal 'our song' choices. Take 'The Airplane Song'; with its oh-so philosophical leanings and references to the airport - that eternal symbol of loss, love and patched-up break ups - it's a definite 'here's a compilation I made to celebrate our love' song.

There's a lot here too for emotionally-fraught teenage girls. On "It's Not About You" frontman Roy Stride sings: 'Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad' as he weighs up the deeper things in life with all the conviction of a wet tea towel. Beach Boys pastiche vocals creep in as heartbeat-skipping power chords loop round and round. It's cringe-worthy to all but lovers of the most sugary pop.

SFG steer clear of any real heartbreak; references to anything remotely resembling pain are coated with bright pick-yourself-up melodies and upbeat riffs. "I'm Not Over You" is a classic example; the lines 'She said it was over...I'm not over you and I know that I never will' cue a bouncy piano-laden chorus to make it all better.

For the under-tens, "She's So Lovely" has a nice, sweet melody and not a hint of anything lyrically controversial, perfect at a kids' birthday parties where jumping up and down constitutes dancing.

This is music for an all-inclusive club. It's no coincidence the band's fanclub is called The Wolfclub (members are known as 'wolfcubs' and there's even a secret code). Stride's vocal is a combination of Joel Pott from Athlete and, as has been noted several times, Eels frontman Mr E (who, it must be said, did the whole emotional thing rather more convincingly.

But perhaps a little slack needs to be cut. While SFG's life musings are not the stuff of music epics, their pop market appeal should not be so hastily dismissed; "Elvis Isn't Dead", for one is a damn fine pop song. The album is not aimed at music connoisseurs but lovelorn adolescents. As far as shimmery, gleaming up-tempo ballads go, Scouting for Girls have the upper hand. --Gemma Padley

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3.2 out of 5 stars

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66 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Popbloke on 5 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking for the next Mercury Prize winning album then keep on scouting, I doubt this album will be winning any prestigious awards any time soon. However it may yet win a place in your car stereo or mp3 player.
With it's insistant pop piano and rythmic drumming, the songs on display here make for great summer bounce along listening. Although not quite reaching the heights of single 'Its not about you', the majority of tracks contain enough glorious harmonies and irritatingly catchy choruses to entertain the ears and keep the foot tapping. If like me you are a bit of a sucker for hand claps, a shaking tamborine and dustings of oohs and lalas, then this might be right up your alley.
There isn't a huge variety on display here, with the same formula being worked throughout. Chances are though that if you like either of the singles then you won't mind this too much.
It's the kind of record that is ideal for summer listening whilst driving, having a bbq or out for a run. Nowadays people are getting hung up on introspective songwriting and dismissing artists like Scouting for Girls as throw away pop. Well, I for one enjoy a well structured song that begs me to sing along to or turn the volume up just that little bit! So if you aren't precious about music and want to put some fun back into your record collection then give this a spin.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. K. O'connor on 26 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
I can understand to an extent why some reviewers have taken a negative view of this record. It's not terribly original - the hooks and arrangements have seen service on countless other songs. Neither are the words all that stretching - you sense that they were knocked off on the bus on the way to the studio.
On the other hand, this is probably the best collection of pure pop this year. What it may lack in depth, it makes up for in sheer exuberance. It's a bit of a throwback to the Undertones, Joe Jackson or any number of those old New Wave groups - different sound but similar energy and measured naivety. Ignore the gloom-mongers - treat yourself to a bit of a grin.
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39 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A. Logan on 29 Dec. 2007
Format: Audio CD
If music is supposed to be fun then this album hits the spot. My daughter got it for Christmas and I just had a listen now and had to hear it all the way through. I take serious issue with some of the negative reviews here which I feel are missing the point of this music completely. If you are unable to rise above your dislike for this "genre" you should just not comment on it. I can understand people who prefer to listen to music on an intellectual level giving this a less than excellent review but this is supposed to be fun not modern jazz or Mozart so quit the music snobbery! I hope I myself can stear clear of "genreist" comments and stick to the important thing; does this album get you going? Yes.
I am a piano player in a band myself and find this piano driven good time music absolutely infectious and catchy. Other than this according to "genreists" (of which there are too many!) I should not be qualified to comment as I am a boogie woogie and blues fan and an old fogie too! I have always believed that music should have no barriers to age and if its good you want to join in and dance or tap your foot whatever your status musically.
I found the songs on this album catchy witty and well written with excellent rythmic and melodic structure. It is pathetic to expect something totally original in order to give a good review, perhaps it should be for a 5 star but I am giving it 5 because I enjoyed it too much to quibble about orginality. I have also had the benefit of seeing this band live albeit on my daughter's video and I was not suprised at how well these songs went down with the young audience, having had a similar effect on me.
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By Joanna Harris on 3 Jun. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bought as all my Scouting for Girls CDs had disappeared - probably borrowed and never returned, that happens with great music, so replaces and so happy I did. Amazing songs, great to lift your mood - even the ones about breaking up have a jaunty tune. Hugely talented band that I never tire of hearing. Give it a try, sure you will love it.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By DJColzz VINE VOICE on 13 Nov. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Basic melodies and overly happy happy fun here. Not gonna set the world of music alight or be lining up for awards as the other reviewers say.

This isn't a bad album, but each track just sounds like the one before. There's no tempo change, (or little to mention) and no real stand out tracks with the exception of the excellent single "She's So Lovely".

I would save your pennies for The Hoosiers or something, but I don't think you will be greatly disappointed with this one - I just don't think you'll be playing it to death. You'd be finished by about the third or fourth play (at most)and that won't take long, there's ten very short tracks here.

I can't exactly pick out any other tracks to spotlight, but in general a fun album, with fun being the operative word, even if there is a hint of a dire subject in the lyrics, they seem to remain upbeat. I just wonder if they can only play three chords and one tempo is all.

Not the best album of the year, just pretty average and one you've heard a zillion times this year, still it's worth a listen for curiosity sake. I think this is a band who will grow or die quickly, they need something a bit more special next time around.

Entertaining jolly good fun, but not a joy that will last any lengthy period of time. I am trying to be more positive as I go but the more I write there's one more downside to consider, sorry lads. It's not knock-out stuff, but it will take you a few rounds. There is that more positive? 8 -)
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