In a world filled with indie rubbish and sloppy American import trash, Girls Aloud are a precious rarity. As Nicola puts it so brilliantly in the album's booklet, it's really annoying when bands start off well but then go downhill from then on. Thank God then that it's been the opposite for Girls Aloud, Tangled Up proves they really do just keep on getting better. Like always their albums are consistently good from start to end, filled with state-of-the-art pop tunes that fulfill all the criteria - they're fun, catchy and damn good to dance too.
So let's have a look at what the gorgeous girls have treated us to this time round.
First up is Call The Shots, a song that oozes class and is accompanied by a brilliantly stylish video. I think one of the reasons why this song has been so successful is that not only is it a fantastic pop record but it represents Girls Aloud showing a new maturity to their music, something that has allowed more universal appeal to the public and appealing to critics, hence the BRIT award nomination this year.
Close To Love is 80s synthpop dancefloor amazingness. Now, Girls Aloud are famous for their witty, feisty lyrics but this takes it to a new level. Any song that has the line 'Guy with the terrible hair, back off' is a winner in mye eyes. Fling continues in much the same vein with some seriously suggestive lyrics but this time put to a riotous punk-rock bit of guitar thrashing tumbling into a filthy bassline.
Sexy! No, No, No... is still my favourite Girls Aloud song, holding a particularly special place in my heart. It sounds like something Depeche Mode would come up with, a storming mix of rock and electro and with that amazing video. We launch right into another stunning track next with Girl Overboard, one of the album's finest highlights, euro-dance brilliance that screams 'future single'.
Black Jacks is intruiging, tinged with echoes of Blur/Supergrass Britpop with some remarkably indie sounding shouty raps. Damn continues on the same lines, both tracks simple, all-round pop fun laced with that dash of everything that makes Girls Aloud so great.
I wasn't initially that keen on Control Of The Knife but now i totally love it. It's Reggae style in the vein of Chemistry's Watch Me Go and part of it's appeal is that relentless beat/guitar combo that i reckon would go down a right treat at summer parties.
What You Crying For and I'm Falling present Girls Aloud at their most adventuruous, this time venturing into drum n' bass with amazing results. The latter is pumped full of distorted vocals and guitar and sounds like the soundtrack to some high energy Hollywood action/thriller movie.
And then we have Crocodile Tears, a mid-tempo slice of epic beauty. Like Sexy..., this was written by the Girls themselves and once again presents an intense maturity to them and shows real potential as to what they could come up with in the future.
So... after all that, you get the message, the album is absolutely amazing so go buy it!