As their debut was warmly recieved by critics and fans alike, the pressure was on for the 5 Popstars:The Rivals winners to create another album that as well as being innovative, would sell and perhaps gain new fans. After releasing 4 songs already off this album (the no2 hits The Show, Love Machine, Jump and the no1 I'll stand by you) the girls finally release their sophmore album, after recently being given the title of coolest band in Britain. After listening to this album, you will soon agree.
The album opens with the aforementioned singles. The 2 covers are amiable enough, but suffer when compared to the revolutionary sound of 'The Show' and 'Love Machine' When hearing these 2 singles, you not only realise the quality of music being made, but that you couldn't imagine any other band but Girls Aloud singing them. While nothing else on their album reaches the pinnacle of these 2 singles, most surpass the quality of the covers. Most of the album tracks were written by Girls Aloud, and songs like 'Deadlines and Diets' work so well as they are a comic observation on life. Many lyrics in their songs will relate to anyone who has experienced youth, especially a hangover or a drunken fumble. Highlights of the album tracks are 'Wake Me Up' their next single and a Britney reject, which is a monster, turning the bassline up to 11; Hear Me Out, a moody and pleading ballad, the pure cheek of 'Big Brother' and the tongue in cheek message for fathers of teenage girls everywhere, 'Thank Me Daddy'
Obviously other people's favourites on this album will differ, but the beauty of this album is that all of the songs are of a certain quality to enable this to happen. If you are still sceptical read any other review which will tell you the same; Girls Aloud have created one of the greatest pop records of 2004