Thinking It Over
was originally titled "To Those Who Wait" and considering Hearsay
have released two albums and are already yesterdays chip paper it would have been a very appropriate title. The delay was in legal wrangles over their name but with all that behind them, and a shiny "X" appended to their moniker, they can unleash their poppy brand of US-styled R&B and UK two-step. Apart from the title track which was co-written by Pete from Artful Dodger
, the big single has to be "Just A Little"; slinky, sexy with an acoustic punch courtesy of producers Big Pockets and Brad Gilderman, (Destinys
With UK R&B still not receiving the attention of its peers in the US, there is a need to go poppy in order to get any airplay. It works for Mis-teeq and Blue but to be extra safe, for much of their material Liberty X distance themselves from their UK roots, yet still squeeze the cheese, leaving them with a pop sound somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic.
Although three singles have already been lifted from it there are still a few more potentials such as "No Clouds", a homage to feeling good on a sunny day complete with rap interlude and S Club-esque chorus or for when the season dictates a ballad, "Holding On for You" has all the key elements for across-the-board appeal.
As with a lot of pop albums, many of the songs are mere fillers but what sets Thinking It Over apart is that even the weak songs sound different to the one before so it never gets too tedious. Definitely worth the wait.--Georgina Collins
LIBERTY X Thinking It Over (2002 UK 14-track CD album featuring the debut album from the 00s pop underdogs who recently made a comeback on ITVs Big Reunion. With a sharp mix of US R&B pop and UK garage stylings the album spawned the singles Thinking It Over Doin It Got To Have Your Love Holding On For You and the smash hit Just A Little