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4.0 out of 5 stars Steptacular pop songs
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...
Published on 1 July 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Can STEPS do it again?
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,...
Published on 25 Nov. 1999 by joloveland@hotmail.com


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4.0 out of 5 stars Steptacular pop songs, 1 July 2000
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This review is from: Steptacular (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. I think however, that Steps fans will adore this album, and any light fans will enjoy at least half of the songs. If you liked Steps' singles from Steptacular, then buy the album. if you didn't, then don't, but while this album isn't superb, you'll be missing out without it - Steps themselves, and their depraved, dance routined music is, for all it's flaws, a brilliant package of fun that I, and probably you, just can't live without if you are a true pop fan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Can STEPS do it again?, 25 Nov. 1999
This review is from: Steptacular (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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3.0 out of 5 stars Can STEPS do it again?, 25 Nov. 1999
This review is from: Steptacular (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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3.0 out of 5 stars "Not as Steptacular as expected", 13 Aug. 2000
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My initial expectations of this album were, judging by the previous material that Steps had produced extremly positive and certainly the first half of the album reflects this with songs like "Tragedy" and "Deeper shade of Blue". Unfortunately, the latter half of the album is extremly poor.With a Steps album you expect to be dancing and singing along with your mates until the very end, but the slower songs such as "Make it easy on me" are disappointing and not really that "Steptacular". OK, considering it was my first steps album,but lets make sure the next one is unforgetabble guys!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection of chart hits and decent B sides, 14 May 2000
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When I first bought it I was convinced that half the songs were awful.
But the songs grew on me and they're all quite catchy tunes that make you feel great.
They have certainly matured since they brought out Step One. This was also a good album but not as good as this one.
The songs LOVES GOT A HOLD ON MY HEART and NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN are two songs that really gets into gear and provides a decent base on which the other songs can start off on.
Great musics by the girls and lads I'm certainly waiting in anticipation for the next album to explode on to the scene.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light and Fun Entertainment, 15 Nov. 1999
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This is such a fun group! They're young and happy and just seem to have so much fun making music. This attitude is definitely reflected in their CD, Steptacular. The songs are light, fun and you can sing along easily. Claire's voice is absolutely amazing. You can hear her break through beautifully in "After The Love Has Gone" and "Love's Got A Hold of My Heart". The others have great voices too, so there is definitely no shortage of talent with this group. A really nice, light and entertaining CD with some beautiful sounds throughout the tracks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Marvellous, 25 Dec. 1999
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This CD is absolutely 'Steptacular'. It consists of sing-along favourites such as 'Tragedy','After The Love Has Gone', and many more including their Christmas single 'Say You'll Be Mine'.
This CD has a lot of different variety tunes. For example 'When I Said Goodbye' is a sharp contrast to their number seven track 'Deeper Shade Of Blue', which is a dancy, poppy type of song whereas 'When I Said Goodbye' is a much slower type of song with really nice sentiments.
A brilliant fourteen track CD that you'll want to listen to over and over again.
By Sarah Clark
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5.0 out of 5 stars An even more outstanding album from the smiley five, 17 Nov. 1999
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Steps are such a STEPTASTIC group. Their music is very lively and fun, and their dancing mirrors it. I am yet to find 10 people in the same room (apart from at their concert!) who all admit to liking Steps, but that just shows how many sad, boring and pessimistic people there are these days. I am quite surprised by this album, as it is a lot different to their previous work, however, much more entertaining ( if that's possible). I love Faye's work, and it's nice to hear a bit of Lee for a change. Brilliant stuff, guys, keep it up!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Exactly Steptacular, 14 May 2000
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The singles released from this album show that the album has certainly some potential, however on buying the record I must confess that I was somewhat dissapointed. Apart from the singles released I can only honestly say there is one other good song and that is "Since You Took Your Love Away" which is quite different from the usual "steps broken chord sequence". The 3 stars are deserved by the 7 good tracks out of a 14 track album. This album is just about worth buying if you like the releases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!, 30 Jan. 2000
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This album is absolutely great! , i have their last album as well & i think that this one is definitly better! . the vocals are stunning & you get to hear the lads sing too! Each song is great & it's really hard to pick a favourite but i think it's a tie between movin'on,i surrender,since you took your love away & you're everything that matters to me! . It's brilliant & anyone that is tempted to buy it should because its one of the best albums i've heard for a long time!
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