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  • Audio CD (3 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B008LRZ8TW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,897 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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London's Scouting for Girls offer up another radio-ready set of slick, melodic earworms on their third studio outing, the relentlessly upbeat The Light Between Us. Scouting for Girls' penchant for crafting big, hook-filled summer jams is in full swing, and their sheer exuberance, along with vocalist Roy Stride's versatile pipes, which can go from conversational lad-rock bravado to a soaring falsetto in a matter of seconds, allows standout confections like "Summertime in the City" and "Rocky Balboa" to slide down the listener's throat without injury

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From a name which manages to be both a naff joke and slightly creepy, to leader Roy Stride’s disappointing sideline as a writer for One Direction and Alexandra Burke, not to mention some decidedly ropey lyrics, there’s always seemed something a little too calculating about Scouting for Girls. One suspects their appetite for chart success will always prevail, whatever the costs.

But sometimes it’s necessary to take shed cynicism and take a step back. It may be annoying, but shark-eyed ambition is never a crime, and the Ruislip trio’s eponymous debut of 2007 and its follow-up of 2010, Everybody Wants to Be on TV, were as bright-eyed and bushy-tailed as perky pop music can be. Both overflowed with instantly memorable, yet long-lingering pop gems, but, as if Scouting for Girls were desperate not to be seen as lightweight, they were underpinned by a pop-punk musical muscularity.

Naturally, you don’t need to be the unlikely lovechild of Nostradamus and Russell Grant to predict that album number three might follow roughly the same course. And so it does, but they’re honing their chiming, piano-pounding (Without You rumbles like Bruce Hornsby’s The Way It Is) art with every release.

With its hint of estuary and its easiness with an anthem, Stride’s voice is ideal for what sounds very much like an album of cheery singles, plus the 80 relatively experimental seconds of The Light Between Us. These über-optimistic, impossible-to-dislike tales take in, yes, shark-eyed ambition (these seem to detail the rise of a certain Ruislip trio), nice-ish girls, and the weather. And if there must be songs about the British summer, they might as well be as sunny as Summertime in the City.

Perhaps the key to Scouting for Girls is how they dig in and how literal they are, so Rains In L.A. has the windswept feel of a Californian freeway; Rocky Balboa is 12 rounds of pummelling melody; and Downtempo is indeed relatively down-tempo, its football chant chorus notwithstanding. There’s no edge, no side, just pop music in excelsis. Sometimes, that’s enough. With Scouting for Girls, it’s more than enough.

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I ordered this from Amazon after reading the Sunday Times review and seeing it got award "dross of the week" or some such rubbish review.

Yes it's very like the previous cd's.

Yes its not very adventurous.

But what it is is bloody good pop music that makes me smile. And if it wrong for bands to make music that people enjoy then I hope S4G carry on for a while longer.
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...could well be line from a Scouting for Girls song, and would be rather ironic as the band are sticking with the tried and tested formula that has served them well over two previous hit albums. Of course this is no bad thing - I'm sure many would accuse them of laziness or being makeweight and one-dimensional, however when you like a band's music you don't necessarily want them to make radical changes otherwise they lose what you liked about them in the first place.
I wouldn't say they all sound the same, however there's a definite pattern both lyrically and musically, and the end result is another album of breezy social commentary and light-hearted pop music; long may it continue.
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This is an album where no songs really jump out at you until the second or third listen then you cant get enough of them! The first two songs are nice and upbeat, love how it hurts is of course brill, snakes and ladders i am addicted to at the mo and rains in LA i love, somebody new is great and the last two are quite beautiful, my fave scouting for girls album so far i think :)
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This is a brilliant album. The lyrics are great and there are some good tunes just like on their last album. I love the first track and the title track is haunting. A favourite album in my house for sure.
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In my opinion this is nowhere near as good as their first album. Some tracks immediately jump out the first time you hear it, most don't do it for me. Will listen a few more times and give it a fair try. Worth buying if you are a fan.
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This is the best album so far from the boys!! I had read the reviews, but knew that it would be brilliant as it was so long in the making. Lots of feel good tracks on there, especially track 7, it makes you smile and sing loud wherever you are!!! Buy it, buy it, buy it, buy it, you wont be disappointed!!!
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I am not going to write a lot here, no need.

Another fantastic album from Scouting for Girls, Again another album with no duff tracks. If you like any of their previous albums, then you will like this. I love the way SFG can sing heartfelt songs, sometimes with a downbeat topic, but in a positive and upbeat tempo.

Can't wait for the next album.
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Perfection takes time, and take their time with this album is exactly what Roy, Pete and Greg did - not known for their punctuality this album is well worth the long wait!

With all songs written by Roy, aside from the co-written Snakes and Ladders the boys have made beautiful music together.

Buy it, Buy it, Buy It NOW!!!!
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