After a very promising second half of 2008, and first half of 2009, The Saturdays looked as if they’d pushed their way into the two-horse-race world of girl bands, with only Girls Aloud and Sugababes having a strangle-hold onto the charts these days. But the key to holding their place in the industry lies in their follow-up album. Chasing Lights just scraped in the top ten, at #9, so Wordshaker was looking to set up and get them a top 5 album, at least. This album was released on October 12th 2009, just 4 months after their final single from Chasing Lights, this has its pro’s and con’s. Completing the album 4 months after the promotion of their last single leaves them in the minds of the public, but usually that means their songs are being written for them, so they don’t add their personal tweaks to it. I prefer it when artists write their own music, but I must admit I was looking forward to the new album nonetheless.

Forever Is Over was chosen as the first single, much better than Chasing Lights‘ first single. With a quiet first verse leading into an explosive chorus, you remember just why they’ve taken the UK by storm. It reached #2 in the charts, becoming their joint highest release so far. Vanessa White, the groups main vocalist, truly knows how to stand out, and we are treated to a bridge solo from Una Healy, which is a welcome change also.

Here Standing welcomes you with a piano intro the girls sing over the top of it, bringing a classy ballad early on into the album. The chorus builds up the song from its softer intro, before bringing down the tempo and volume back to the piano verse. The change in dynamics works really well, into another killer bridge where White bellows effortlessly.

Ego, chosen as the second single, is another electro-pop masterpiece. It just sounds like it belongs on the radio. It’s also clearly a ladies anthem, telling the men to ‘have a sit down with their ego’. It peaked at #9 in the charts, becoming their sixth top ten single.

No One slows down the pace again. For me, the verses are a weak link in the album. If it wasn’t for the chorus or the bridge, I’d dislike the song. It just about saves the song for me, making it just an ‘okay’ song in my book.

One Shot more than makes up for the last song. A real highlight on the album. This song seems like a logical release in the future, with all the makings to become a success if marketed correctly. The verses are in your face, with the chorus coming to life to bring you a winning track. With the repetition of ‘One Shot’ at the end of the chorus, you will have this stuck in your head.

Wordshaker, the title track to the album, continues to brilliance of the album. This and One Shot are pure electro-pop perfection. With a dirty baseline and an intro of ‘Baby, I got you on my answering machine on replay’ you know it’s another ladies song. They really know how to make girl power at it’s finest.

Denial is a soft, vulnerable ballad, bringing the tempo down from its firey predecessors. Usually the weak point of many pop albums, as the audience wants upbeat songs, this really is a delight on the album. You know that The Saturdays aren’t just one-trick ponies.

Open Up follows and is one of the better on this album. Clearly there are many highs on this album, but its the chorus that really shines here, as big choruses seem to be their strength. As peculiar as it sounds, the backing music for this song is my favourite of all the songs. I’m not sure what it is that I really enjoy about it, it just has ‘IT’, although I’m not sure what ‘IT’ is.

Lose Control brings you another baseline that lets you know it’s going to be one of THOSE songs that they do best. My absolute favourite part of the song is the ‘Never before I met you baby, never before tonight’. The wording of the lines is just genius. It’s a real belter of a song.

Not Good Enough, for me, starts off poorly. I don’t appreciate the ‘Not good enough, just not good enough for me’ beginning. I just feel it sounds too screechy. The rest of the song is pure magic, though. The repeat of the beginning line sounds much better with the music. It might just be that doesn’t prefer the acapella singing of it.

Deeper is the only song that the girls wrote on the album, with a little help from their main writer, Ina Wroldsen. The song is a decent ballad, but it sounds like a typical girl band song. There isn’t really a stand-out moment in there, which is a shame. I would be shocked if they wrote the majority of their songs on the next album. I do, however, thoroughly enjoy the backing singing of the long ‘Deep’ in the chorus.

2 a.m brings the album to a close, finishing with the electro beats we’re all too familiar with. ‘There’s a tug of way and I keep losing’ is my favourite part of the song. Unfortunately, the chorus that follows isn’t up to standard. It lacks the energy that the backing music should have.

Wordshaker is a brilliant follow album, with moments of magic and brilliance. With a few faults, although tiny ones at that, the album made it to an equal #9 in the album charts. I can’t actually figure out which album I prefer. That’s why I’ll give this 8/10 also. Definitely an album to purchase.

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