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All Rise - Blue
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All Rise - Blue
Date: 17/04/02, updated on 17/04/02 (359 review reads)
Advantages: good music, good singing
Disadvantages: a few ballads I didn't like
After three hit singles including two number 1's, Blue finally released their debut album. I decided to get this album after hearing all the hype about this great new boy band called Blue. Blue are Lee, Duncan, Antony and Simon. I was expecting to hear some cheesy ballads like the type that Westlife would sing but I was pleasantly surprised when I heard R 'n' B and mid tempo songs. Unfortunately I also heard some ballads which I think boy bands should avoid as usually they are dull and I skip them. I hope by the end of this review I'll have given you more reasons as to why you should by this album.
1. All Rise : the debut single which I think is definitely one of the stand out tracks on this album. It has a great beat and is the type of song that would make me want to dance. Another plus to this track is excellent vocal harmonies and catchy lyrics.
2. Too Close : the second single to be released and is also a cover of a track by an American R 'n' B act. I've heard the original version of this song and I have to say that I prefer Blue's version as they built up the music and they sing it better. This was also Blue's first number one which I think they deserved.
3. This Temptation : this track is the only song which has a dance feel to it. I really like it and I definitely think it should be a future single! The music is different from the rest of the album and the singing is also unusual. I like the part which goes " one night's not my styyylllleee " as Duncan sings it high pitched and it makes me laugh!
4. If You Come Back : this was the third single and is a mid tempo ballad. Usually when I hear these words I think " oh no! " but this track is actually very good and I wasn't surprised when it went straight to number one in the charts. It shows off Lee's vocal talents as the chorus has some hard to reach notes and he reaches them perfectly.
5. Fly By : t
he fourth single which was released not that long ago. I don't think this track is excellent but I don't dislike it either. The single version of this album was different to this version but I thought the single version sounded too much like " All Rise " and I thought it was cheeky of Blue to use a sample from a Notorious BIG song. I actually prefer this version but I could do without the American lyrics! That's one of the things which stops this track from being great. I love the music though.
6. Bounce : this track has a Carribean sound to it. The steel drums used remind me of a tropical beach which is definitely a good thing. I don't know if this track would be suitable for a party but it would be great for relaxing to. I think this song is okay but not brilliant.
7. Long Time : well I had to mention it sometime during this review and looks like I'm going to say it now. This track is you guessed it, a ballad. It has a decent beat but it's not one of the best tracks and I hope it is never released as a single. The thing is Blue sing this track a lot on TV appearances and they seem to like it so it'll probably end up as a single. I can't even begin to imagine what the video would be like! They should leave these tracks to Westlife.
8. Make It Happen : this is track is an upbeat track which is good after having to listen to " Long Time ". This is the kind of song that I would listen to but it doesn't make me want to sing along to it. It's an alright track but nothing fantastic.
9. Back To You : one of my favourite tracks. The chorus is very catchy and I like the way Lee sings " you know I'm coming back to you ". The only thing I don't like about this song is the rap. It isn't necessary and it doesn't make the track any better. The music's very hip for a boy band and it has a great beat. Perfect for singing along to.
10. Girl I'll
Never Understand : nnnoooo not another ballad! As usual this ballad is dull and the only thing I've got to say about it is I'll Never Understand how Blue could put such a boring track on this album!
11. Back Some Day : why do boy bands think it's a great idea to finish a great album with ballads? This song is okay for a ballad as it has a good rhythm and the vocals are strong. The only time I would listen to a track like this is when I need to go to sleep.
12. Best In Me : this is an acoustic mid tempo ballad and is not a good way of ending a great album. This is one of the worst songs on this album and there's not much else to say about it.
Overall this album is a great album and I'd rather listen to an album by Blue than Westlife or A1 any day. The stand out tracks are definitely the singles and the only thing bad about this album is the ballads. However, if you like ballads then you'll probably love the ballads on this album as they are sung well but they're just not my thing. The only way you'll find out is to check out this album for yourself.