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Early naughties pop legends
Best - The Greatest Hits - S Club
Member Name: Seven17
Best - The Greatest Hits - S Club
Advantages: Brilliant funky beats, good lyrics
Disadvantages: Female vocals dominate the album
@ About @
I have had this album for over 8 years and I still play it now and again - its got songs on there that still sound excellent even today, but there are a few that I think S Club 7 didn't really put as much effort into as their more well known and chart topping tracks. It is a fantastic album but I also think there could be improvements. Generally speaking it is a pop and dance album with a few slower, more soulful tracks (I love a good variety)
@ Tracks @
Bring it all back is the first track on this album and is one of those slightly cheesy pop songs of the early naughties. It has a dance beat with very high pitched vocals. The lyrics. Talk about the world being on your shoulders and never giving up until you reach the top, then bring it all back to you. There is a constant saxophone in the song which really adds a certain something and makes this song unique from their other tracks.
S-Club Party mainly uses female vocals with male backing vocals and is a much slower song compared to bring it all back. It has a funky beat and the lyrics talk about how "there aint no party like an s club party" and then follows with lyrics about throwing our hands in the air. Personally I don't think this is a dance track, it's a funky borderline RnB track.
You're my number one could easily be mistaken for a Christmas track they way it starts, it has bells ringing and a Christmas like feel to it. But after 20 seconds it quickly becomes a high pitched pop track with brilliant vocals. Again the male members of S-club 7 only get involved with the backing vocals, the majority is female vocals.
Reach was a chart topper back in the early naughties and instead of the use full volume high pitched vocals it uses a much lower key and included both female and male singers. The male singers don't do backing vocals for a change and do actually get involved with the main lyrics. The song is "pop" genre and there are symbols with every beat. Not really dance music here. I personally think it could be better with a faster beat.
Natural is a soulful RnB track which has lyrics about natural feelings and chemistry. Again I am disappointed to hear just female lyrics dominating the song, I don't think this is a song the group put a lot of thought into, and its not their best song.
Don't stop movin is one of their well known tracks and is actually a "dance" track, and they DO let the male singers get involved! To start with there is a robotic voice which sounds excellent, followed by a male singer and female chorus where the male singers do backing vocals. There is a tambourine in the chorus which is very unusual but does make the song unique. I personally think this variety and whole group involvement makes this one of their best songs.
"You" is a faster song than S-club 7 normally make but like "alive" has a funky beat. The instrumentals in both tracks are low volume and don't really stand out over the vocals.
Finally "Bring the house down" (a bonus track) is one of those get stuck in your head tracks and has an excellent dance beat with vocals that are predominantly female but they aren't constantly high pitched until the chorus. A robotic voice joins in the chorus and sounds fantastic, there is no breakdown thought the song and you don't get a break from the background beat. The chorus comes around after 16 bars so you don't have much time in between vocals. One of their best songs right here.
@ Overall @
This is an excellent album but. Think one or two tracks are not up to scratch. There is also too much focus on the female singers and the male singers only get to do backing vocals or get involved with a couple songs. Other than that this is a superb album and I would recommend it.
Summary: A good variety of tracks from Sclub 7 but I wish the male singers got involved more.