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on 13 December 2014
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Four years is a long time in music. Four years is all the time it took for The Smiths as a recording act to venture from "This Charming Man" to "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before." In the past four years, Sophie Ellis-Bextor has taken a hiatus from pop. Whereas the world around her has moved on, she has barely changed. And now, for the first time, her retro styling is merely dated, her material is dull and boring, and the album as a whole merges into one bland mass of bloodless nothingness.

"Trip The Light Fantastic", her third album, is, sadly, at best a competent pop record. There's nothing on here to match either the sonic vitality of the retro-styled "Shoot From The Hip" and "Read My Lips" : this is the sound of someone treading water and failing to stamp an identity on some generic pop material. Every song sounds exactly the same with similar tempos, keys, styles, and become one lumpen stodge of Okish pop music. There's no musical variety and thus, the record fast becomes a boring experience - let alone any compelling reason to give this identikit, identityless sound a second listen.

It's not all bad - though it does commit the sin of pop by being forgettable. There's nothing here as memorable as even a lesser S-Club 7 song. Lead single "Catch You" and follow up "Me And My Imagination" are passable pop songs, but ultimately, there's nothing on the record that allows Bextor to reveal her personality (or even demonstrate that she has one). She coolly sings over largely unexceptional backings that sound as if they could have come from anytime since 1984 onwards, and with one-dimensional backings and the lacking material itself, "Trip The Light Fantastic" is not a patch on her other two records, nor worth the 4 year wait.
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on 13 June 2007
i was waiting for an album like this.pure r&b influences.

it's sad to see that it's disappeared from the chart so's a pity.

this is a great album, one of the most beautiful of 2007

this is my personal review:

1. Catch You 5/5

2. Me And My Imagination 5/5 (unfortunately the video is very poor)

3. New York City Lights 5***/5 hope it will be the next single

4. Today The Sun's On Us 4/5

5. If I Can't Dance 4/5

6. Distance Between Us 3/5

7. If You Go 3/5 (the weakest song)

8. Love Is Here 4/5

9. Only One 5/5

10. New Flame 4/5

11. China Heart 5/5

12. What We Have Started 5/5

13. Can't Have It All 5/5 (why only a bonus?)

14. Supersonic 4/5
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on 14 April 2007
Sophie Ellis-Bextor's back with "Trip The Light Fantastic", her new album due to release in May 2007 everywhere. This album has very catchy & dancey songs, so it's gonna be a great album. Her singles "Catch You", "Me & My Imagination" & "Today The Sun's On Us" are included on the album, & are fantastic & Hit-Singles. So, she's again, back to the music scene! Sophie's Back! Welcome Back Sophie Ellis-Bextor!
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on 6 September 2007
I mean this album is just boring. In the beginning I said that this album has a lot of dance tracks, but all of them are monotone and weak. Her voice is cold and can't express feelings. Why for should I buy this album? There are a lot of dance tracks which are just boring and have weak production. You can hear the weak melodies in the background and you feel as if you are listening to a new band without money. She only had some kind of success in UK and worldwide nobody recognized this album. She is a flop in every country and in UK she "Catch you" was not my type of music, but it was something new and thats exactly what is missing on "Trip the light fantastic". Ideas and innovative beats, but there is nothing. "Me and my imagination" reminds of "Read my lips" and I liked it, but it was a flop in the UK Single Charts. There was just no interest in her music and this will never ever change again. She has no big ballad or something to show that she can sing. "Today the suns on us" is a good track, but not made for the charts and as a single is was an extreme flop for Sophie in the UK Single Charts. I dont know what is coming next, but I bet she will stop the promotion and record a new album. That would be the best idea for and on this album, because "Trip the light fantastic" is a weak and cold album. She lost a lof of fans in the last 3 years and after her comeback she will have even less.
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on 30 July 2007
Nice voice,especially for calming stressed Goldfish!!!This was almost as painful as having teeth pulled.Saving grace was If I cant Dance,and only because my kids threatened to cut off my Bagel supply if i didnt say something nice about here goes....its ok!!!
She undoubtably has talent,and her vocals can be outstanding but totally wasted on the dirge she has produced so far.
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on 27 May 2007
Not worth the 1 star i have given it. The Worst Album of 2007,06,05.. do u want me to go on. DON'T BUY!!!!!! it's for your ear's sake !!!
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