|Ten by Girls Alouds
Release Date: November 26, 2012
Buy It: Amazon
|Despite their prefabricated formation through a television program called Popstars: The Rivals, Girls Aloud achieved both mainstream success and widespread critical acclaim in their native England. Through Popstars’ process of elimination, Girls Aloud’s membership amounted to Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Cole (née Tweedy), and Kimberley Walsh. The group took shape in November 2002, and soon began a streak of Top Ten singles that broke a record for all-woman groups and remained unbroken through the end of 2006, when the compilation The Sound of Girls Aloud: The Greatest Hits was issued. Their first three proper albums — 2003′s Sound of the Underground, 2004′s What Will the Neighbours Say?, and 2005′s Chemistry — were similarly successful, though the latter stalled at number 11 on the album chart. Girls Aloud recharged with Tangled Up (2007) and Out of Control (2008), a pair of albums that were just as strong as any others in their past. As with their second and third albums, these releases were produced exclusively by Brian Higgins and Xenomania. The latter release was the group’s fourth number one U.K. album. Ten, the group’s second compilation, was released in November 2012 and featured four new songs.|
There’s so much I have to say about this album and these girls! In the past 6 months, I’ve become addicted to British pop and Girls Aloud are the icing on the cake for me. While the Spice Girls may be known internationally, Girls Aloud is the longer lasting of the British girl bands. They’ve been around for ten years. That’s longer than most bands that are on the charts today – think Britney Spears, without so many meltdowns. It took me quite a few days to finish this review because I love them so much and I couldn’t figure out how to express it properly! I’m somewhat of a music snob, I won’t deny it at all, but I love pop music like no other. I was an *NSYNC fanatic when I was a tween/teenager so true pop music has a special place in my heart. And that’s what Girls Aloud is – pure pop.
A lot of times people don’t think that pop music is legit or that it’s just silly. It’s true that Girls Aloud does have some songs with lyrics that aren’t too serious but at the same time, they have some great songs with wonderful lyrics too. That’s the beauty of being a pop artist. And they aren’t a throw-a-way group. The fact that they’ve stuck around for so long is a testament to that. Did I mention that they also performed for the Queen at the Royal Variety last December? THE QUEEN. That doesn’t happen every day.
The album, however, is a greatest hits album with four new songs that encompasses their best songs. I’ve honestly listened to it on repeat for over a week at this point. It spans ten years but I honestly couldn’t tell which songs were from this year and which were from 2002. Good pop music is good pop music. I dare you to listen to Love Machine and NOT dance. Seriously. The best part is that it was released more than five years ago. And I’d still rather listen to this than half the stuff on the radio today. Some of the lyrics are silly in this one, “Let’s go Eskimo?” but at the same time, it’s a quippy song that makes comments about women and men. They may not make extremely serious music but they don’t make pointless music either. It’s fantastic.
So Girls Aloud hasn’t made it over in the States and since this album seems to be their farewell, it doesn’t look good, but that doesn’t mean people outside of Great Britain shouldn’t be informed! These girls are a force to be reckoned with that have great chemistry both on and off the stage. I wish there was an American artist that I could compare them to but there really isn’t. These girls are national treasures in Great Britain. When Cheryl Cole’s husband cheated on her a few years ago, I thought for sure he would be run out of the country. In other words, if you’re looking for a change of pace from the pop music on the radio in the US – gives these girls a try. (Then you should try Take That, Cher Lloyd and Little Mix too!) Now I’ll leave you with this…