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The Saturdays - On Your Radar,
This review is from: On Your Radar (Audio CD)
The music career of The Saturdays is frustratingly unsatisfactory. Their debut, "Chasing Lights" held such promise; filled with actually brilliant tracks like `Work', `Up', `Why Me, Why Now' and `Issues' - but from there, their music dwindled into the mildly-acceptable - their follow-up `Wordshaker' was pretty much below par, aside from `Ego' which is surely their best track to date- but aside from this, the album was pretty forgettable, thus their mini-album "Headlines" was realised with managed to make up for the previous disaster a little bit.
So here comes album number three - or four: it really depends on what you class "Headlines" as, but since it had very few new tracks, I don't class it as an album! - so yes, here is album number three, "On Your Radar", with an album cover which is like a cross between Steps' debut "Step One" and The Spice Girls' "Forever" - an indication of the quality of this album.
I'm going to skim over the fact that this album relies on that atrocious dubstep inspired dance-pop that all the kids are so fond of these days; because I know some people really enjoy that "sound" - but even ignoring that aspect of the album; this is not good.
The lead singles `Notorious' and `All Fired Up' are misleading samples of this album, because they are quite excellent; but the album seems unable to keep that level of quality consistent throughout.
The ballads, including the single `My Heart Takes Over', are skipable snooze-fests, and aside from one-or-two tracks, the album is poorly produced, written and performed, which makes for pretty poor listening.
There are, of course, exceptions. `White Lies' is a wicked slice of magic, and `Promise Me' is hideously addictive from the first play. Elsewhere, `Faster' shows promise and is a grower- whilst `Get Ready, Get Set' is unashamedly euphoric and madly wonderful.
Aside from these, the album is pretty forgettable, unfortunately. If The Saturdays survive this, then they need to take a step back to basics, and create a simpler and more carefully written album which showcases their voices- this album does nothing for them; it comes across as rushed and like no one has put any thought or care into its development; which is a pity because the girls are exceptionally talents and a few years ago I would have called them `ones to watch'.
Now their star dwindles meekly in the backdrop of a music scene filled with wildly talented singers and exceptionally written and produced music; and for the girls to keep on, they need to up their game to this standard.
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Initial post: 21 Nov 2011 17:50:32 GMT
Adam. L says:
I disagree, its excellently produced and all the songs are catchy and listenable.
Posted on 22 Nov 2011 17:52:17 GMT
C. West says:
I don't have the album yet, but I have heard the samples here on Amazon and from what I hear you are spot on. I think these 5 star reviews are just the over-the-top reviews of their biggest fans who feel unable to criticise the group. 3 stars feels right.
My only disagreement, and this is merely opinion, is that Up is their best song, with Ego a very close second.
As for Wordshaker/Headlines, I own both and as it happened the songs I like from Wordshaker were transferred to Headlines with some excellent additions. I prefer to think of Headlines as the proper album and Wordshaker as a badly chosen 'EP'
In reply to an earlier post on 24 Nov 2011 14:14:45 GMT
N. Wilson says:
Thanks for your feedback - Adam. L - I know this review won't cover everyone's views; but for me as a fan and as a pop music lover, I couldn't help but be wildly disappointed by this body of work.
C. West- I know loads of people really enjoy 'Up' but I was working in a kitchen at the time of it's release and it was overplayed so ruined it - 'Ego', 'Work' and 'Why Me, Why Now' are definitely favourites of mine! And I wholeheartedly concur with your reasoning behind "Wordshaker" and "Headlines" - I'm going to try and erase the former from my mind and just pretend they instantly released the latter!
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