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The Saturdays – Wordshaker

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.


The Saturdays – Chasing Lights

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.