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Chasing Lights by The Saturdays

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Reviewed on 24th March 2009.


Chasing Lights

By The Saturdays

Hold the front page! A girl band have released a half decent album! No, seriously.

The Saturdays are almost the perfect girl group, catering for all tastes. They immediately draw comparisons to Girls Aloud, but the Saturdays are far more beautiful and exotic. Even the ginger one is gorgeous. 'Chasing Lights' is their debut album and is a perfect example of 2009 pop music. You're probably familiar with 'If This Is Love,' 'Up' and 'Issues,' and the album continues with that summery pop benchmark.

The main problem we have with girl bands are the tame power ballads they release, or pathetic cover versions of songs we hated forty years ago, and find even more tedious now. But as soon as you hear 'Keep Her' you just know that The Saturdays are going to be a little different. The song benefits from a bass line your neighbours will hate, and the edgy lyrics give it attitude. Well, edgy for a girl band anyway.

'Set Me Off' and 'Lies' have similar success with body shaking drums, The Saturdays' sexy voices sounding great on the tracks. But the big success of the album is 'Work.' This song will definitely find a happy home in a packed night club. The attitude-laden lyrics, combined with the high and low electronic sounds making up the melody and bass, create a tune that might just rise near the top of the charts.

Of course the album does have its low points. The dreary and unimaginative 'Fall' and the boring 'Vulnerable' sound out of place on the album. They do give the album some variety, but needlessly so. Also included on the album is a Wideboys' remix of 'Up,' that will have you bouncing around your bedroom.

With a debut album as strong as this, you might just be seeing and hearing even more of The Saturdays.



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