- 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 (56 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The Light Between Us CD
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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
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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!!!!
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.