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Fifth outing of solid reliable pop from The Sats
on 15 October 2013
A lot has happened in the two years since The Saturdays' last album, 2011's criminally underrated 'On Your Radar'. There's been countless marriages and babies. Their US fly on the wall show 'Chasing the Saturdays'. And then, in March this year, they finally grabbed that until-then elusive first UK number 1 single.
'Living for the Weekend' opens with that chart topper, 'What About Us', which is a welcome starting point with it's Balearic, feel good vibe and guest rap from Sean Paul, but by no means is it indicative of the album as a whole. In fact, musically this is their most diverse sounding album since their debut 'Chasing Lights'.
Knowing nods to the sounds of the late 90's and early 00's, decades that the girls would have doubtless been a hit in, are made throughout the album. Singles 'Disco Love' and 'Gentleman' are a complete riot, with lines about partying like it's 1999 and how real husbands are so 1995 so bonkers that they actually do work, but that's OK. The girls themselves make it work.
Has-to-be next single 'Not Giving Up' and 'The Problem With Love' ensure however, that they keep a foot in the musical trends of the current moment with their more clubby feel, and enormo ballads like 'Leave a Light On' and 'You Don't Have the Right' (latter of which was written by the legendary Diane Warren) bring another level of diversity in.
As your Mileys and Rihannas go OTT with their imagery and frankly too overt material, The Saturdays continue to bring a reassuring, solid kind of comfort blanket to the world of pop. They know they're not life changing, critically adored or repressed 'artistes' waiting to 'go bad' - they embrace who they are and what they do, and their continuity in sound and imagery with all their albums is what has kept them around for as long as they've been going. 'Living for the Weekend' maintains this continuity and all the more praise to them for it.