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  • Mini-Disc (8 Nov. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ebul
  • ASIN: B00004WRVM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 706,705 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 July 2000
Format: Audio CD
Steps renew their efforts for success with their second album, Steptacular.
The album is immediately strengthened with the inclusion of Christmas '98 hit Tragedy, an infinitely catchy dance tune which just... IS Steps. Steps have also played on the fact that songs are listened to more if released as singles by releasing no less than five others: After The Love Has Gone, Say You'll Be Mine, When I Said Goodbye, Deeper Shade of Blue and one other. Say You'll Be Mine has much less of an impact without its mock-movie video, and After The Love Is Gone is a melancholy song which reflects on the newfound 'maturity' of Steps. This maturity manifests itself in a few melancholy songs such as Deeper Shade of Blue and When I Said Goodbye, and to be honest, this doesn't help them at all. Steps' strength is its positivity and happy clappy feelgood songs and rhythms. Somehow, I don't think 'On everyone the sun will shine, well someone else must be getting mine' as an example, quite lives up to that.
In short, it's not as good as Step One. The songs in the second half of the album are too indistinctive and miss out on the brightness I've come to expect from Steps. Having said that, the album does have many strengths, mostly from its singles, but also from songs such as Movin On, a quickpaced, Motown style song.
Owing to Steps' curious tendency to label a single a double a-side and then put the second side onto a future album, Steptacular is unfortunately denied the glory of great Steps songs Better the Devil You Know and Summer of Love.
By deserting the more immature styles of classics such as 5, 6, 7, 8 and Heartbeat, Steps have lost a vital part of themselves and their music which is difficult to compensate for.
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Format: Audio CD
There's a funny thing about second albums, firstly there is the pressure to live up to the first (assuming it has been a success, that is). Then, there is the time factor. Most bands have several years to write and demo songs before they are signed and then are able to select the best material - reviews are good and the album is hit. Then comes the second album, usually written whislt touring the first and in a much shorter space of time - hence, a less commercial success and the cooler reviews. STEPS, of course, do not fit this catergory at all. Having been made up from an advert in the stage.... (we all know the story). So, how will the second album do?
The material itself isn't much a depaerture from the first. The three girls tend to share the majority of the vocals on a mix of up beat pop to tender ballads all slickly produced without a hint of sex or violence. It is there that lies the secret of STEPS sucess. With svengali figure Pete Waterman driving the machine (love him or hate him the man knows pop), STEPS have been able to maintian a squeeky clean image. STEPS are fun for children becasuse they are like cartoon characters and adults like STEPS for the same reason. They are safe. Songs like 'Tragedy' also remind aduts of the 70's as do the ABBA styles vocals of LIsa, Faye and Claire. Interestingly enough, several of the songs on 'Steptacular' do throwback to several famous ABBA harmonies, how many times can we hear 'Winner takes all' here or 'One of us'?
All in all not a bad second album that will undoubtldey sell as well as the first. I anticipate that most of the songs were written in the late 80's anyhow and could just as easily ended up on another Waterman production.
Let's keep stepping!!!
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There's a funny thing about second albums, firstly there is the pressure to live up to the first (assuming it has been a success, that is). Then, there is the time factor. Most bands have several years to write and demo songs before they are signed and then are able to select the best material - reviews are good and the album is hit. Then comes the second album, usually written whislt touring the first and in a much shorter space of time - hence, a less commercial success and the cooler reviews. STEPS, of course, do not fit this catergory at all. Having been made up from an advert in the stage.... (we all know the story). So, how will the second album do?
The material itself isn't much a depaerture from the first. The three girls tend to share the majority of the vocals on a mix of up beat pop to tender ballads all slickly produced without a hint of sex or violence. It is there that lies the secret of STEPS sucess. With svengali figure Pete Waterman driving the machine (love him or hate him the man knows pop), STEPS have been able to maintian a squeeky clean image. STEPS are fun for children becasuse they are like cartoon characters and adults like STEPS for the same reason. They are safe. Songs like 'Tragedy' also remind aduts of the 70's as do the ABBA styles vocals of LIsa, Faye and Claire. Interestingly enough, several of the songs on 'Steptacular' do throwback to several famous ABBA harmonies, how many times can we hear 'Winner takes all' here or 'One of us'?
All in all not a bad second album that will undoubtldey sell as well as the first. I anticipate that most of the songs were written in the late 80's anyhow and could just as easily ended up on another Waterman production.
Let's keep stepping!!!
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