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This review is from: Sundown (Audio CD)
I'll start by saying this is the best pop album I've heard in a good few years. Considering I'm a 23 yr old male i'd say that's good proof that the writing team behind S club 8 are doing a great job and that people shouldn't be put off buying the music just because of the teenage faces that front it!
This album is definately better than anything S Club 7 ever produced in their time, far more dancey with lots of variety and every single song being strong I'd say it's more comparable in parts to Steps than S Club.
The 2 singles so far Fool No More and Sundown are far superior to the previous albums offerings and there's plenty more gems to bop to on the album such as tracks 4, 5 and 6 - Love To The Limit, Turn The Lights On and Searching for Perfection. My only criticism here is having those songs one after another makes them sound a little samey for the first few listens. Track 3, Don't Tell Me Your Sorry wouldn't sound out of place on a Liberty X album, with a sprinkling of Justin Timberlake (!) which is a big surprise after the 2 singles but it's impressive nonetheless, very mature in vocals and production.
Track 7, One Thing I Know is co-written by Emma Bunton and it's easy to imagine her singing it, a very upbeat motown style song. Track 8 is my personal favourite, Sail On Through - a beautiful slow song that isn't quite a ballad thanks to it's gentle beat and has an almost haunting emotion lacing it. Track 9, Big Fun is a bouncy song with trashy lyrics and a summery beat but isn't as cheesy as you might expect and is as the title suggest, big fun! (groan)
I'm a little horrified to discover the 2 best dance tracks on the album, track 10, The Day You Came and track 12, Rush have already been B-Sides on the first 2 singles which leaves little chance of them being singles themselves which is a real shame as they are fantastic with almost trancey elements to them, similar to but better than Steps You'll Be Sorry. Track 13 is another dance song, I Just Came To Dance but different in sound with stinges of Fives Let's Dance what with the synthesised vocals it's quite erratic and does make you want to dance! Very good.
The 2 ballads Track 11, Pretty Boy and track 14, the male vocal Drawn To You are nice although I don't think puberty has done Calvins' voice many favours...can't fault the songs though, just the right amount of loved up crooning to compliment the album. Finally track 15 the Grease cover Tears On My Pillow is a very bouncy song despite it's sad story! Never heard it before but I like this version and if you don't like it, it's only just over 2 minutes long so you don't have to cringe for long!
Overall I'm very impressed with the quality of the album and think the '8 are more than worthy of the S Club name. It's such a good album it's just a shame that the amazing songs might not get the recognition they deserve belonging to a group that a lot of people may not take seriously because of their age and therefore may be put off of buying this album. Take my advice, if you like pop, chart and dance then you won't find better this year!