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It's better than the last album, and that's a start.
on 4 September 2012
Scouting For Girls arrived on the scene in circa 2008 and released a debut album so unique and so choc-a-bloc of catchy songs that it really was one of the most remarkable debut pop albums of the past 20 years. And they crept up on most of us.
And so they followed it with Everybody Wants To Be On TV which was a huge disappointment. Yes, the trademark 3-minute pop song and simple chords but over produced and aimed squarely at pre-pubescent girls. It was a commercial success but an artistic mistake. So, now we have their third album. And I guess it sits squarely between the first two albums. It's overly produced again (compared with the first) but it's not quite as saccharine as the second album. "Six Degrees" is a song in point. It's a typical SFG but hasn't been polished as much as some of the other songs, and it sounds all the better for it.
I'm waiting for their next album or Roy's solo album. Those pre-pubescent girls will have become young women and SFG will have to grow up too. It's chronologically likely to be a good album. And they won't be the first band to stick just a little too long to the audience before deciding to catch up.
Guys, you're a great band and you right fantastically catch pop songs. Strip it down and go back to 2007. Follow this up in 2 or 3 years with a "back to basics" album. Record it on a 8-track and take away a lot of the harmonies and double-tracked vocals. Make a record that you want to make that pleases you and not the record company or the bank manager. You're already financially secure so now tell the record label how this will work for the next album. By your own admission this is an album of "hits" and it's certainly has the potential for that. But I bought an album, not a "Best Of".
The first album was 5 stars, the second album was 2 stars and this is 3 stars.
Grow up. And that's meant musically.