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Ten times better than Rachels debut album.,
This review is from: Come And Get It (Audio CD)
It doesn't matter what you think of Rachel as a person, after all it is all about the music and this album certainly has some high class tunes.
The opening track 'So Good' is more than just a Kylie cast-off - it has an excellent single woman mantra chorus and an immense synth breakdown, making it the perfect pop stomper. 'I Said Never Again (But Here We Are)' touches on a new sound for Rachel, it's nicks the beats and chants of Adam & the Ants and teams them with a whole load of squelchy computer noises and over produced vocals. It makes for a great combo.
'Crazy Boys' sees Richard X on production duties. You get the obligatory squelchy synths, only here they're more gritty and appealing. The track isn't as immediately catchy as 'Some Girls' but it grows on you and definitely confirms Richard X's status as one of the top pop producers.
'I Will Be There' is an electro-ballad; it has all the soothing, dreamlike sounds of your average pop ballad only with more of a beat. A definite album highlight. 'Negotiate With Love' was good in that it helped Rachel progress from the dire 'More More More' cover. It has an excellent surf guitar and pretty good lyrics for a pop song.
'It's All About Me' has an excellent intro, a sample from The Cure's 'Lullaby' which I think works well and gives the impression that the track is going to be excellent. Unfortunately it slightly falls short of pop excellence. It's still very good, but a bit generic. 'Secret Garden' is another Kylie throwaway from the Body Language days; it definitely follows the sound of that album with its sickly and somewhat ambitious vocals that Rachel seems to struggle with. It has a few catchy lines and does grow on you. But the verses sound a bit disjointed.
'Nothing Good About This Goodbye' is the album highlight. It's not a patch on the original by Alexis Strum but it doesn't matter because the song itself is a pop classic. This song deserves to be a big hit, and hopefully it will be.
Everyone knows 'Some Girls' as it was one of the biggest tracks of 2004 and rightly so. 'Je M'Apelle' sounds like it's trying to be R&B but don't worry it's not. Parts of the song are good, but I never seem to listen to it in its entirety.
'Funny How' to me, sounds like Geri Halliwell's 'Ride It'. It's a bit naff and doesn't compete with some of the better tracks on the album. 'Every Little Thing' sounds like something S Club could have done, it's all very poppy and head bopping. Finally you have 'Dumb Dumb' another one of the better album tracks. It sounds like a track Britney could have recorded; it's all very electro with the popping computer synths and tinny drums.
Basically, the album is great if you know you like pop music. If you liked any of Rachel's singles than you can't go wrong with this album. It's a vast improvement on her debut and does deserve to do well.