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Album of the year
on 17 October 2005
I can't find a better word than "perplexed" to describe they way I feel about the fact that three of the best pop singles released this year 'Negotiate With Love', 'So Good' and 'I Said Never Again' have not reached a position higher than 10 in the UK charts. The only explanation I can only think of is that the buying public just don't like Rachel Stevens. Well if that is the case, what a shame because she has just released one of the best pop albums in years and the best one I've heard so far this year.
The album opener, 'So Good' is a perfect dance track featuring a strong electro beat/bassline and a dark choral backing reminiscent of New Order's Blue Monday; yet the whole thing is completly pop. Things keep on the right track with the 'rockier'
'I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)'. 'Crazy Boys' is just fantastic with it's stomping beat and its chorus could fit
nicely into a James Bond movie theme song. My favourite, 'Funny How' sounds like the Pet Shop Boys gone Kylie (you could almost swear it's Neil Tennant's melancholic vocals on the intro). I could go on describing how 'I Will Be There', 'Negotiate With Love', 'Some Girls' 'Dumb Dumb' are equally brilliant in different ways, but that would take too much space. Even if the rest of the songs were filler (which they aren't) this would be an outstanding pop record, miles away from Funky Dory and better that Annie's Anniemal.