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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girls are back!!!
The cd is a brilliant mix of all their songs plus a bonus cd. Memory of you is the best song on the deluxe album which was never released or on an album. Fab cd and worth every penny.
Published 20 months ago by Mrs P

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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but disposable
This is good pop, but not great. All the best hits are here - 'Something Kinda Ooh', 'The Promise', 'Sexy! No No No', and 'The Show' as well as 'Sound of the Underground' and the underrated 'Untouchable'. But the rest of it is weak and pale by comparison - 'The Loving Kind', for example, would have been better suited to a B-side, and who knows why Girls Aloud did so...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Girls are back!!!, 28 Nov 2012
This review is from: Ten [Deluxe Edition] (Audio CD)
The cd is a brilliant mix of all their songs plus a bonus cd. Memory of you is the best song on the deluxe album which was never released or on an album. Fab cd and worth every penny.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Girls Aloud are back!!, 13 Dec 2012
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Since GA formed ten years ago it's been a wild ride!! From Sound Of The Underground too Something New it has been a great mix of songs thankfully the awful cover of see the day is not on here! Biology,No Good Advice,The Promise etc still sound timeless new tracks Something New and On The Metro are classic GA i think everyone needs this cd it will be a welcome additon to any collection
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A welcome celebration of the greatest pop group this century, 29 Nov 2012
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"Something New"
The first single release in nearly 4 years from a group I thought would never reform and to be honest I'd lost faith. In the early days of the hiatus, I imagined that The Saturdays would have received all my affections from then on. They have done a reasonable job at keep the girl group torch lit for me but now that Xenomania's guinea pigs are back there's no competition! Coming back with this as the lead single of 4 possibles, this was, I feel the wisest choice. It feels like Girls Aloud's best bits all rolled into a 3-minute megamix, with a 2012 nod. Sounds amazing on the dancefloor, in the bedroom and the pub! 95%

"The Promise"
Brian Higgins created this track to really put the girls on the map. Pity they then split just after! Nevertheless, with a nod to 60s Motown, "The Promise" is a fabulous lead track for an album (Out of Control), though, it doesn't necessarily fit in the with the electronic feel of the majority of their 5th studio collection. The fastest-selling single in the UK in 2008 (until The X Factor finalists beat them the week after), I absolutely adored this track for months. It's aged well also...but maybe not as well as some of their other tracks. 87%

"The Loving Kind"
Co-written by the Pet Shop Boys, you can easily imagine Neil Tennant singing this sweetened sequel to 2007 smash hit, "Call the Shots", the lyrics describing one's slight desperation to hold on to a fading relationship. Bittersweet, in that the lyrics are quite sad yet the music is as uplifitng as a ballad of this nature could be...like a less defiant version of "Call the Shots" only with PSB association, which would continue to influence the sound of their latest studio album "Out of Control." 86%

"Untouchable"
The only official GA single to miss the UK top 10 to date, "Untouchable", is arguably far superior in its original 7-minute form than the autotuned radio edit, yet, ironically Cheryl is one of only 2 members to not have her vocals in the radio edit not tinkered with, as she usually ends up being the first port of call when the producers want to electronically modify a vocal on a track by the girls. The fact it didn't make the top 10 was probably a combination of it being the 3rd single to be lifted from their only million-selling studio album (Out of Control) and it's not as instant for the casual radio listener as a lot of their other hits. Definitely one for the pop connoisseur and Girls Aloud nut. 89%

"Sexy! No, No, No..."
I'm a sucker for blatant autotune-use and the intro to this top 5 smash from 2007 utilises that technology to maximum effect, with Cheryl taking care of such a vocal. It's like 2 tracks merged into 1 which is almost standard procedure for a Xenomania track given to the Girls, when the first (semi) chorus kicks in with a huge bang. What made this track so much memorable was the mind-blowing emergence to this song on their Tangled Up tour in 2008. This song is another one for the hardcore fan, more-so than the casual listener as it thinks too far outside the box for a conventional radio song, which is the probable reason for the song's quick descendancy out of the top 75. 91%

"Call the Shots"
Probably the most perfect pure pop song of the last decade. It doesn't have the typical Xenomania structure of verse-chorus-random bridge-fade out or whatever... 3 verses, chorus 3 times, etc. Even though Nadine is normally regarded as the best vocalist in the group, yes, she may have the most powerful but, Nicola begins to shine in this track during the bridge. The driving rhythm is similar to later-stage ELO, 20 years previously. "Call the Shots" is like something PSB could have written, had Xenomania not beaten them to it, but probably explains the collaboration which would come a year later. 92%

"Can't Speak French"
As much as I like this song, I think the radio edit gives it the extra little kick it needs, a touch more countermelody and sound effects to bring out the cute little tune. Not much to say about this track. It's pretty and has the customised Xenomania/Girls Aloud song structure. Nice addition of a re-recorded vocal in French on the B-side to the single too. 82%

"Something Kinda Ooooh"
My favourite single of the last decade, this was the girls' first step into full-on dance mode, away from the rock-tinged pop and the results paid, with a song which could well be about doing naughty things round the back but who knows? The lyrics are nonsense in typical Miranda Cooper style and it's fabulous for it. Although the promo video was panned at the time, I actually adored it and it seems Booty Luv liked it too as they pretty much copied the scenes in their video for "Some Kinda Rush" a year later. Faultless single! 100%

"Biology"
Chemistry was half brilliant, half a damp squib. But, the brilliance more than made up for the mediocre tracks like Racy Lacey and Swinging London Town. Somehow managing to splice 3 nonsensical songs into a four-minute masterpiece. A bit of jazz mixed with pop blended in a way never done before and maybe won't be done again any time soon, especially now that Xenomania seem to have completely shied away from mixing genres and going down a sort-of trance-like road. 91%

"The Show"
2nd album "What Will the Neighbours Say?" was the first album where Xenomania were at the production helm and crafted a collection especially for the group, beginning a period where Brian Higgins would use the girls as his guinea pigs for trying sonically different pop to the rest of the pack and helped make them the "leaders" of said pack come 2012's comeback. "The Show" was the first fruits of the new look and better sounding Girls Aloud. The song was the first to utilise the special song structure Girls Aloud would deliver time and again. It sounded very '80s synthpop-like, which would later saturate the charts. 84%

"Love Machine"
This single is probably the single which made the group credible amongst the music snobs. The song loses appeal now because of overplaying in clubs, Homebase adverts and simply because the group have released so many better singles since its release in 2004. At the time, though, "Love Machine" put Girls Aloud in a league of their own. 78%

"I'll Stand By You"
The 2004 Children in Need single finally gave the group another #1 single, but when you consider all of their hits and where they charted, something doesn't add up. Like "Love Machine" but even more-so, this track hasn't aged as well as the hits which didn't reach the same dizzy heights. Pretty much a carbon copy of the Pretenders' original, but I guess it served its purpose. Back in those days the CIN single tended to get towards #1 every year... 65%

"Jump"
Girls Aloud claim that this single was necessary in order to stop them from coming across as a miserable group. It certainly worked and as well as giving them their 4th top 3 hit in November 2003 and featuring in the Love Actually soundtrack, it's still a staple part of a club's playlist! A much punchier version of the Pointer Sisters song, the production really makes this song a winner even 9 years on. 84%

"No Good Advice"
If there were any fears that the group would be a one hit wonder, they were quickly diminished upon the release of this surfer-pop-lite smash. Possible inspiration for Franz Ferdinand can be heard in the guitars as well maybe? 87%

"Sound of the Underground"
This song still seems to be one of the favourites by many 10 years on but I just can't feel it at all. I think it's dated quite badly but did the job of s*itting rings round One True Voice's rival track "Sacred Trust", which the girls also recorded and did a much better version of. The track just does nothing for me anymore and is always skipped. However, it helped seal the deal with forging a ten-year partnership with Xenomania so it's not all bad! 55%

"On the Metro"
So Nicola teamed up with half of Orson who now call themselves The Invisible Men, to write one of the 4 new tracks for the retrospective. You can kinda hear the Orson sound in the production. It sounds like something The Saturdays would release as a single and have it bomb but that's not to say that track isn't very good...it just sounds like a track that the fans would appreciate but it wouldn't go down well as a single. At least it gives Nicola another chance to work her pipes. One nice thing about the new tracks is that the vocals are evened out amongst the 5 of them better than in the past. 73%

"Beautiful Cause You Love Me"
There would have been some concern amongst the hardcore GA fan that releasing a non-Xenomania production for the first time in 6 years (they worked with Dallas Austin for "Walk This Way") would go down like a pork pie at a Bar Mitzvah. However, after listening to the track a couple of times, I now think it's the most perfect Christmas single in recent years, since The Darkness' "Christmas Time" from 2003. Lyrically, it covers the same ground as Sugababes' "Ugly" and Christina's "Beautiful" but musically it sounds more like Spice Girls' Christmas #1s "Goodbye" or "2 Become 1". In another age this could have sailed to the top but I think it may struggle now, but, it's still glorious to me. I'm a tad confused as to why 2 different vocal mixes have circulated though. The original radio premiere version featured more Nadine and Sarah while the album/single version is dominated by Nicola and Kimberley. 88%

"Every Now and Then"
This track sounds like a new and improved version of Amelia Lily's "You Bring Me Joy" or a "Swinging London Town" for 2012. Although I don't enjoy Swinging London Town much when all the other Girls Aloud fans seem to adore it, the combination of sudden key change, banging drum track and mental vocal production makes this the perfect way to end a CD which is celebrating the first ten years of the greatest pop group of the new Millennium. This really should be released in time to be the 2013 Comic Relief single and watch it soar to the top of the charts! 95%

Overall, Girls Aloud's output over the last decade has surpassed the output of any other act during that time. It's a pity their earlier output has dated worse than music from the Chemistry period onwards but I really hope that this CD isn't the end of a group that gave me the soundtrack to me early 20s.
Overall rating: 85%
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK but disposable, 24 Jan 2014
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This is good pop, but not great. All the best hits are here - 'Something Kinda Ooh', 'The Promise', 'Sexy! No No No', and 'The Show' as well as 'Sound of the Underground' and the underrated 'Untouchable'. But the rest of it is weak and pale by comparison - 'The Loving Kind', for example, would have been better suited to a B-side, and who knows why Girls Aloud did so many sub-standard covers?

Girls Aloud occupy a bit of a strange place in the girl group world. Better than 'The Saturdays' and 'All Saints' but nowhere near 'The Spice Girls' league. Where the Spice Girls had the 2 Mels with a good voice each and enough chutzpah from Geri, Victoria, and Emma to ensure their voices didn't matter so much, not one of Girls Aloud has a strong, remarkable voice and indeed its often hard to determine who is singing. Neither does any individual member of Girls Aloud have a distinct personality in the way all the Spice Girls had. They're more likely to be found in 'Heat' magazine - Sarah as a caner, and the vastly overrated Cheryl for not even slightly earning her massive 'X Factor' fee when, for example, she failed to know a famous Elton John number.

This is a fair enough album if you want something to dance around your handbag with, and, as mentioned at the beginning, there are some good songs - just no classics. 'The Spice Girls' may not have been everyone's cup of tea, but at least their music was fresh, original, and memorable. Everyone had a favourite Spice, even though not many will admit it these days. In tweny years time, the 'Spice Girls' will be up there with 'The Supremes' amd 'The Ronettes', while in twenty years time Girls Aloud won't even be a distant memory. Not even to 'Heat' magazine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Could have been from HMV., 26 Dec 2013
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Packaged well, scratch free and plays perfectly. Tunes are good but most can be found on other albums with only 4 new. Still worth it though, even if only for the cover and photographs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best of Girls Aloud, 22 Dec 2013
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I ordered this because I like a lot of their songs but never felt the need to buy their CD's for all the other songs, it makes me want to sing and dance along!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 28 Nov 2013
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Went to see the girls in concert about 6 years ago with my sisters. Went to the Ten concert with them and our mum. Loved it so much and wanted the cd with all the songs on
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5.0 out of 5 stars cd, 14 Nov 2013
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probably there best album to date lots of good tracks and easy to listen to good buy for fans !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure pop, 5 Sep 2013
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Great songs to get you in a good mood and very good to do your ironing to! Would certainly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Girls Aloud, 22 Aug 2013
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This was a present very gratefully received by the person. Enjoyable to listen to. That just about sums it up!
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