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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The first two albums from this manufactured pop outfit were both highly succesful selling millions of copies. However, personally i found them both slightly disappointing with way too many album fillers and only the singles really generating any quality pop.However, i'm pleased to report that this is an improved effort from the lads and lasses of steps. It's slightly more mature, the pop seems to have more meaningful lyrics and direction in terms of tune and the ballads actually have a chorus!
Steps are never gonna be a ground breaking group, but what they can do is create pop that is both credible and a joy to listen to.The first single to be lifted from this was the chart-topper 'stomp'. Worked around a 70's disco tune, it's a perfect party song and really makes you want to get out of your seat and onto the dance floor.
The next 2 tracks are part of double a-sides previously released by the band. Whilst the kylie minogue cover 'better the devil you know' is best not talked about 'summer of love' is a real favourite of mine. It sounds so good blaring out the car stereo in mid-summer and with it's latino theme is a good summer anthem.Next the group turn to the Britney Spears hit factory 'Cherion' for the irresistible 'It's the way you make me feel'. This is different to anything steps have done before and shows a step forward in terms of variety.
Steps display attitude in next single 'You'll be sorry' and is a bitter attack on an ex-lover who is the dumper. For me, this is the first time i've listened to a steps song and the lyrics have meant anything to me.The other notable highlights of the album are 'Paradise lost', another latino tinged summery track, title track buzz (you gotta love this for it's simplicity "I getta b-b-buzz off you, bec-c-cause i do"!) and 'happy go lucky'. Whilst this is a carbon copy of just about every Ace of Base song ever made and many will attack it for it's 'tackiness', i love this one. The lyrics are meaningful again "This smile's a frown turned upside-down i do my happy go lucky so well i'm even fooling myself".
"Turn around" is very much the kind of song which you could imagine getting a regular spot in nightcubs up and down the country with it's more trancey beat and breathy vocals and then it's time for 2 ballads to complete the album. Surely this is gonna spoil it you think...Well, No actually! 'Wouldn't hurt so bad' has a real hum-a-long chorus and easily makes the grade as a good pop ballad and 'if you believe' wouldn't sound out of place in a west-end musical and shows off Faye's strong vocals to good effect. It's almost as if they left these two ballads to the end so they could show us what they're capable of.
Of course there are the odd few weak tracks on here, like 'hand on your heart' and 'Never get over you'. Both of these could be described as lightweight pop. But this is as bad as it gets. Apart from this, Buzz (for me) has affirmed Steps as a group that have finally made the grade from good singles group, to good album group. Please boys and girls, make the next one just as good.
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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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