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  • Audio CD (13 Jun. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EBGBS
  • ASIN: B004WJBE96
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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With a sound that is a mixture of pop, disco, nu-disco and 1980s electronica, Sophie Ellis-Bextor has become established as a multi-platinum selling artist over the past decade. With hit singles such as "Take Me Home (A Girl Like Me)", "Get Over You / Move This Mountain" and "Murder on the Dancefloor" under her belt, Sophie still remains one of todays most exciting British female solo artists.
"Starlight" is a perfect chilled dance anthem that is instantly catchy with a soft but edgy beat. It is a track that can easily take you from sun lounger by day to nightclub by evening.
Sophie’s fourth album Make A Scene is an exciting and energetic pop juggernaut on which Sophie was heavily involved with all parts, including co-writing much of it and working with an in-demand team of writers and producers that includes Freemasons, Greg Kurstin, Calvin Harris, Cathy Dennis, Metronomy, Richard X and Armin Van Buuren. Two songs on the record come from the renowned Freemasons. The first, "Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)" was not just a massive success in the UK but also went on to become one of Sophie’s biggest successes on the continent. The second song is the single "Bittersweet" which is a euphoric and emotive epic track with dramatic drum machines and cold eighties synths. Sophie Ellis-Bextor emerged ten years ago with rare poise amidst the most memorable chart scuffle since Brit pop. ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love)’ with Italian producer Spiller, her debut solo release (after splitting with rock band The Audience), has recently been awarded the astonishing accolade of the decade’s most played track on radio.

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Coming across like a less-cynical Cheryl Cole, Sophie Ellis-Bextor is such a quintessential singles artist that is hard to see why she bothers with albums - and this fourth attempt adds little to the argument. Roping in Ed Harcourt and Metronomy's Joseph Mount on writing duties exposes her indie past, but otherwise this is business as usual with Brighton's Freemasons, Calvin Harris, Richard X and Armin Van Buuren credited with co-writes.

Having cornered the market in dancing like a teapot, she begins Revolution with "Bang, bang! It's a hold up" - her Home Counties vowels making it sound like a teashop robbery. The opener continues her proven record with the dance-pop she has been peddling for years, as though Xenomania never happened. Heartbreak (Make Me a Dancer) was released two years ago but reappears here, doing its best to replicate Ellis-Bextor's ubiquitous 2001 hit single Murder on the Dancefloor with another pleasingly drawn-out "da-ancer" (rhyming with "answer"). The album's purple patch continues with Van Buuren's uplifting Not Giving Up on Love - which sounds like Chicane at the gym - before Starlight (one of two collaborations with Richard X) stirs unexpected thoughts of Supertramp. Initially, anyway: before long it morphs into an all-conquering follow-up to Kylie's Can't Get You Out of My Head. Its effortless style and euphoric hook rather overshadows the rest of this collection.

This album's problem is that it takes too long to do too little. That, and the lyrics rarely rise above gossip in a nightclub - "My head is spinning / I think it's winning" is a choice example, from the REO Speedwagon-sampling Can't Fight This Feeling - ultimately leaving the listener reeling from relentless chirpiness. Synchronised is a welcome pit-stop in pace, with a satisfying synth line, but could be by anyone; while Homewrecker and Dial My Number prance enthusiastically past without leaving much of a trace.

Despite the contemporary co-writes, in an age where Take That work with Stuart Price and Nicola Roberts embraces Diplo's electro cool, this album comes across as a selection of competent B sides surrounding the fantastic Starlight.

--Tom Hocknell

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By Sam VINE VOICE on 12 Jun. 2011
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I have to confess for having a real soft spot for Miss Ellis-Bextor and I have stuck with her through her career highs (Murder On The Dancefloor, Take Me Home) and lows (the low-charting of her second album). I have greatly enjoyed all her albums to date without exception and felt that her most recent offering 'Trip The Light Fantastic' was probably the strongest release of her career. Both of the singles that had had mainstream releases here had more than whetted my appetite and I was therefore greatly looking forward to this album and the fact its release date has been continually pushed back has only served my desire to get my hands on it. I'll do a track by track review with some of my first thoughts.

1.Revolution-What an opener, it's quirky and in-your-face and definitely starts the album with a bang. If I had to make a criticism it would be that it's reference to 'Murder On The Dancefloor' cheapens it somewhat and feels as though she is attempting to relive past glories but even this isn't enough to dampen the spirit of the song as a whole. 8/10

2.Bittersweet-The synthy second single. Sophie's distant, angsty vocals are suited to this superb Freemasons collaboration and it really did deserve a higher chart position than it gained. 9/10

3.Off & On-A Calvin Harris collaboration and it is a true album highlight. There is no doubt that this should be a single as it is truly sensational! 10/10

4.Heartbreak (Make Me A Dancer)-Although this song was released quite some time ago and normally I get bored of songs quite quickly this remains probably my favourite song on the entire album. The chorus is sublime and Sophie's vocals are once again very suited to this material. 10/10

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I consider this an excellent album, so many songs on there that aren't just fillers. Songs that you can tell had heart and soul put into them. I'd say it has to be one of Sophies, if not, her best. It has I feel been et down badly by bad marketing and poor choices. Why oh why did 3 or more singles come from this album before it was even released. Publicity for it was terrible, if non existent. The album deserves so much better than it go in the charts. Sadly these days it seems more about how you market and what money you throw at an album than it does about the talent and excellence of the songs. Sophie is I feel, VERY underrated.
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I think this is Sophie's best album (not that i have listened to Wanderlust yet) since Read my lips- it took me a little while to say I liked it - I will be honest- remembering back to Read My Lips and how much I love that album!- as it was quite different, an overall, or in places darker sound; but, now I have listened a number of times- and think it's really quite good- the absolute stand out track has got to be the fantastic and catchy 'Make A Scene' 5/5! I like Sophie's voice- and look forward to what she may do in the future. Actually, the more I have listened to this album it has really grown on me- and whilst it is quite different from the classic Read My Lips- I have to say, I hope Sophie make another album as good as this in the future! Really recommend. ACTUALLY, I HAVE TO EDIT MY REVIEW- THIS IS MY FAVOURITE ALBUM BY SOPHIE NOW! I really hope she will bring out another album soon, and it be as good as this one... tracks 4 and 9 are definitely outstanding!
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Not quite sure why it took so long to create but the results are divine whatever the reason! Sophie is one of those artists who do not need paltry props to make her music look or sound good, GaGa take note! This is how real pop music is created, best track is Just Cant Fight this Feeling. Others on here simply ooze class. such a shame it came out 2 years after the lead single with the Freemasons... This will no doubt affect its chart placing but for fans of the divine Ms SEB, this album is like a chocolate box of goodies ready made for the dancefloor. THE summer dance album, brilliant!
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Last summer i couldnt get enough of Kylie's Aphrodite which was crammed full of killer tunes. Well this year, it seems Sophie Ellis Bextor's long awaited fourth album will fill that void this summer.

Long delayed, poorly promoted and singles that should have charted better if more had taken notice of them- all this has worked against this album being as big a hit as it should be.

Whereas Lady Gaga produces some great singles and some not so good ones and frankly poor and overrated albums, Sophie is the full package- great singles and a great album.

It is clearly evident that this album has had a lot of time and energy gone into it... it's a shame she hasnt made a bigger splash with it. There isnt a duff track among the 14 set.

My highlights-
Not Giving Up On Love- such a great song, short, snappy, but very instant, sticks in your head- should have been bigger last year

Starlight and Straight To The Heart- two very laid back, chill out tracks, i especially love the darker edge to Straight To The Heart

Off and On- may be a Roisin Murphy reject, but it is another great song with single potential

Homewrecker- love this song, very catchy

Bittersweet and Heartbreak - both may be quite old now but they are still fantastic songs... some of her best work...

Without doubt this album is Sophie's finest hour to date... she has immersed herself in dance music this time, she knows what works and sticks with it, this means the album is very cohesive and sits well as a collection of songs rather than some singles with filler around them.

People, dance music fans in particular, dont know what they are missing !
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