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It's not great, but it's not bad either.
on 29 May 2007
I've never quite been able to make my mind up about the fantastically long-legged Sophie Ellis Bextor. I was quite taken with Theaudience back in the day and whilst in solo terms she's occasionally come up with the goods (Groovejet, if that counts, and Murder On The Dancefloor) I can never quite get over some of the truly abysmal lyrics.
Does the 3rd album from SEB make any change to my opinion? Well no.
It's an alright album. It's not terrible but it's not awesome. It's an "in the middle" album.
Despite my initial lack of love for it, Catch You is a fantastic single, and signifies everything that is likeable about Bextor.
There are other highlights too; despite the worst vocal phrasing on the word "dance" since Amelle from the Sugababes on Walk This Way, If I Can't Dance is a very catchy number indeed. New York City Lights is another winner, as is the Latin tinged New Flame.
Sadly there's also a lot of the album which is completely unmemorable. It's also very much "what you would expect" and there's only so much of the rent-a-hook dance beats matched with the detached icy personae that you can take in one sitting.
One thing is for sure though, her Greatest Hits collection will be fantastic.