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2.0 out of 5 stars Change, 7 Oct 2007
This review is from: Change (Audio CD)
first things first: sugababes haven't been good for years. Their 2003 album, Three, was the pinnacle of their career, flirting brilliantly between the pop/r&b bases covered by their first two albums and enforcing the electro-pop still prominent in their music today. Then they went downhill. Three's predeccesor, Taller in More Ways, was terribly inconsistent. There was some killer songs but overall, it was a disarray. Despite that, however, their trademark sound was still in place, with killer songs that were more growers than instant (the best kind). Fast forward one year, having lost their strongest member (Mutya Buena) and replacing her with a substandard imitation (Amelle something), a greatest hits is released with a couple of new songs. Not up there with the vintage years, sure, but they had their pleasures. Easy had a rousing chorus and Good to Be Gone was a standard but likeable electro-pop song. And they still sounded like Sugababes. Now, in 2007, we have their new album Change. One question comes to mind frequently: What the hell happened? Scrapping any semblance of what they used to be (an r&b/pop band with indie cred), the 'Babes have went full-throttle Since-U-Been-Gone-esque pop. Even the album's most "urban" moments sound forced. First single, About You Now, is likeable enough, but to put it plainly, the 'Babes sound bored (which applies to the entire album, really). The only part of the song that's even remotely emotionally resonant, is Heidi's bridge of "And there's no moving on, 'cause I know you're the one...". Denial and Surprise is the closest you'll get to what the Sugababes used to be, and probably are the album's most affecting moments. Then you have My Love is Pink, which sounds like Livin Joy's Dreamer rehashed. It sounds like the gayest song ever but it's fun. However, although the 'Babes have always had a large gay fanbase, one of the great things about the Sugababes was that they never had to play up to that fanbase i.e. crank out songs aimed specifically at them. This is not the case with My Love Is Pink, and that's actually one of the problems with the album: they no longer sound like they're making records for themselves. For all of its problems, Taller in More Ways was still a good but messy album, with some distinctive but not necessarily typical tracks. Change has none. It's too busy polishing itself and proferring everyone a whiff of its shiny, slick, soulless attitude. It has its pleasures (About You Now, Denial, My Love is Pink, Surprise) but four songs does not even a standard record make.
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