Jackson C. Frank - Jackson C. Frank
1 CD(s) - Folk - Label: Sanctuary - Distributor: Universal Music, PIAS UK/Arvato Services - Released: 01/08/2013 - 5050159136629
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This is a review on the new album Buzz!!It has been years since Steps burst onto the pop scene and it is now hard to believe that they are on their third long player, sold 2.8 mil albums, 3.3 mil singles, 500K in videos and performed to over 1 million people here in the UK alone, not bad for those that dubbed them one hit wonders.
Buzz sees the guys moving away from the bubble gum pop camp of Pete Waterman, and heading to the States to work with big names such as Cyndi Lauper and Lulu and all the guys have a bash at writing a song each and damn fine they are.Like all artists Steps want to be taken seriously and take a great stab at it with Buzz, starting off with the fun stuff then into the we are all grown up mode.
1 - Better The Devil You KnowThe only sign of Waterman on this album, and the Steppers attempt at the classic Minogue anthem, this one lacks anthem material but never the less is still a lot fun, especially when they do it at their live shows.
2 - StompThe long awaited second number one, this is the most fun song on the album and is what Steps are all about, nice and easy catchy chorus with an easy to follow dance routine although they do seem to get harder with each release, a classic tribute to Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers.
3 - Summer Of LoveThis is the third double AA side that Steps have done and as a single alone I am sure it could have done very well, classic Latino, Balearic feel to it, and a bass line to die for, excellent vocals from all of them, maracas and castanets at the ready here, a classic summer anthem of 2000.
4 - It's The Way You Make Me Feel.Step's have never been the greatest contenders when it comes to ballads, but this one is full of beautiful harmonies and the polished vocals of all five are just superb, it sounds like a classic ABBA tune and is by far the finest work Steps have ever done, and since it was written by a Swede it explains the ABBA sounds I suppose!
5 - You'll Be SorryThis is reminiscent of Deeper Shade of Blue but with a more high tech feel this time, H sounds great and a little like George Michael, starts of very smooth then crash there is that classic Steps chorus and definitely single material.
6 - Learn To Love AgainThis is the first on the album that is written by a band member, this is H's offering and it is not at all that impressive, it starts of very well and has a great build up that does not really lead to anything, but never the less a good filler for the album is bearable after a few listens.
7 - Never Get Over YouYes at last the real Steps are back this is Lisa's attempt at writing songs and we can truly see that she loves to party, this is 80's Stock/Aitken/Waterman through and through and brings the album right back to life, Lisa has one of the greatest voices for this type of music, I just wish we could see a bit more, an upbeat ballad about breaking up with her lover learning her lessons through the mistakes, is love really this joyful when you are breaking up?
8 - Hand On Your HeartBack to the ballads and this one is again not all that bad, and this is Claire's turn on the album, and it is easily seen that she loves this sort of stuff, with massive orchestra and full of beautiful harmonies from all the girls and H, a lovely chorus that is very strong and shows that Claire has a beautiful voice for whatever song they do.
9 - Happy Go LuckyStarting of like the theme for Inspector Gadget, then Faye bursts into action as lead on this one, it also has a very Back Street Boy's feel to it, a very strong chorus letting us know that she is actually very lonely and that she uses her smile as a disguise, Faye and Lisa are the main guys on this one and they have always worked well together this is no different.
10 - Buzzz (it is meant to have 3 zzz's in it)This one again is Faye and this time it has a very Britney feel and it is now that you realise that the last two tracks have been written by the Britney and BSB camp, it also has a very R&B Hip Hop feel to it, something that a lot of them are going for these days, a good rap in this one from Lee and the first time that we really hear him on the album!!
11 - Here and NowStill on the BSB boy's band wagon and still with Faye and Lisa and Claire, this is back to ballads and again is a big improvement on any of the attempts on the other albums, h burst in half way through with some of the strongest vocals we have ever heard from him on any of the material.
12 - Paradise LostRemember Ace of Base, well think of them and you will be listening to Paradise Lost, although sung by Steps, it sounds so like them that I almost thought I was listening to the wrong album, it also has a very Spanish feel to it and is evident that it is written by the same combo that wrote "Summer Of Love"
13 - Turn AroundYes it is that, we actually here Lee take lead vocals, this is a first for any album although if you have seen them live you will know he does take his turn. Unlucky 13 is actually one of the finest tracks on Buzz and Lee works well with the girl's on this ditty, it is one of my favourites and it sees us back to what Steps are all about, so he is not just good looks and muscle, he in actual fact is not to bad a writer.
14 - Wouldn’t Hurt So BadThis is a stunning upbeat ballad, with a very All Saints feel to it with the three girls working together well with each other, harmonies and vocals are perfect.
15 - If You BelieveThis is now Faye's turn at the pen and is yet another ballad, but it is again another good one, with assistance of Cyndi Lauper on this one, Faye takes lead vocals and shows that she is just as strong at the old ballads than usual main lead singer Claire, it climaxes into a massive crescendo of vocals and harmonies and is a the perfect way to close the stunning new album from Steps.
Yes another manufactured pop band that wants to cut it as a serious band, and this is a very good attempt and no doubt will see the guys notch up many more top ten hits, I am sure there will be many stockings Buzzin' with this long player this Christmas.
Product Information : Jackson C. Frank - Jackson C. Frank
Manufacturer's product description1 CD(s) - Folk - Label: Sanctuary - Distributor: Universal Music, PIAS UK/Arvato Services - Released: 01/08/2013 - 5050159136629
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