The Saturdays are a group formed of two ex-‘S Club Juniors’ members and an X Factor reject. Okay, reject sounds rather harsh. An unsuccessful X Factor hopeful. That’s a little better. Anyway, with two other girls thrown in for good measure, both more than qualified for the band by the way, and this band was born. I feel I’ve started on a negative note, I don’t mean it that way. The Saturdays were the first girl group to be produced by Polydor and thrown into the deep end since Girls Aloud, and in fairness, the industry were needing a fresh new girl band as Girls Aloud were dominating, but soon to be taking a break. The album was released on October 27th 2008 and soon became something of a guilty pleasure of mine.

If This Is Love starts the album off, with synthesizers introducing us to the track. When I first heard this, I felt that it needed that something extra in the chorus, as the voices sort of just blended into the background of it. It was the lead single, a poor choice, in my opinion, as it doesn’t really do anything to make you remember the band. On the contraire, it charted at #8 here.

Up is next, and actually starts off the album in sound. A brilliant dance-pop song that completely got me hooked on this band. This should have been the first single, but it was the second and reached #5 in the chart. Vanessa White, the most prominent singer of The Saturdays, really shows her capability straight away and she’s only 19, but boy does she have a set of pipes on her.

Keep Her follows with a killer dance beat intro. This is one of my favourite songs on this album, but I may find myself repeating this phrase a lot through the rest of the review. The song has a definite “Lady’s anthem” feel to it, as the girls ferocity oozes through this song.

Issues is the first slow song to the album, and hopefully shows that the girls can do both tempos. Of course they can, this is a killer song. The chorus caused controversy with “can’t decide if I should slap you or kiss you” the ‘slap’ sounded like ‘stab’ and some people felt they were promoting violence. Yes, it may sound like stab, but I think this is a little extreme and very “P.C. (politically correct)” Regardless of stabbing or slapping, this song is brilliant and was the third single, charting at #4.

Lies is next, again with a strong electro-pop baseline. All of their voices work well together, and their sharing of verses giving them all a chance to shine is what I like about them. In the bridge near the end of the song, White takes the role of hitting those high notes and playing about with the notes that she does oh so well.

Work follows and was their fifth and final single from the album. Charting at #22 isn’t as bad as it looks compared to the others, as the album had been released way before, and with 4 singles already in the top 10, you can’t complain. This dance-pop anthem is brilliant, and will definitely have you singing and dancing.

Chasing Lights is next and starts with the girls chanting “go on, go on, go on” several times so enchantingly. Okay, so that may not be a word, but you know what I mean. I really love this song though, as the chorus is brilliant, with the girls changing back and forth from their beautiful falsettos. White shines with her vibrato above the chorus.

Set Me Off follows and has the Up and Keep Her electro dance beat feel to it. This is a gem on the album and the song really gets into full swing near the end when the girls sing the chorus with White singing over them. Her vocal ability is just incredible.

Fall is one of the slower songs on the album, showing they can do belting anthems and soft ballads. This song actually doesn’t use White as the prominent singer apart from in the vocal harmonies, which is nice that they change it about a little bit.

Vulnerable is next and is a real sing-along song. It’s really difficult for me to find any faults in their songs, as I seem to really enjoy all of them. All I can do is praise them, as they swap roles between them for the verses, individually showing their capability.

Why Me, Why Now is the final track on the album, before the bonus tracks. In my opinion, is the weakest track on the album. BUT, I really like this song, so it’s not a negative thing to say, I just think that this is the “least good” song. That’s also not a real phrase, but the more I listen to this song, the more I enjoy it.

Up (Wideboys Remix Edit) is the bonus track on the album. It is just a decent remix of Up, although I’m not a huge fan of remixes in general.

Just Can’t Get Enough was added to the album in the re-release. It was their fourth single, and the comic relief single. It charted at #2 and was a cover of Depeche Mode’s song of the same name. Although it is the first single never to reach #1, it was their highest charting song to date. I really like this song, as it has a positive energy and really gets you singing along.

Overall, Chasing Lights is an amazing debut from The Saturdays. The only disappointing thing was that it didn’t chart higher, peaking at #9 on the album chart, but getting certified Platinum. This is one of the best pop debuts I’ve heard and it doesn’t fail to put me in a good mood. This album is more than worth 8.5/10.

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