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Louise Redknapp carved out a fairly successful solo career after departing from Eternal in 1995. After releasing three fairly successful solo albums in the 90's she had gained enough material to release her first Greatest Hits album and titled it 'Changing Faces'. Seventeen tracks were added onto this album which also included three tracks she released with Eternal, despite her not featuring on the lead vocals to these songs. The album features all of her Top 20 singles and included three brand new songs.
Naked - The opening track of the album is 'Naked' which was her third UK single and firmly established herself as a credible pop star back in the 90's. Every teenage boy in Britain had a slight crush on Louise after seeing the video to this single. The song is a fantastic slice of fiesty pop. Edgy and definatly ahead of it's time. This was definatly one of Lousie's most successful singles and a great start to remebering how good her pop music was. 9/10.
Just A Step From Heaven - It does seem weird that they decided to include 3 Eternal tracks on the album despite Louise not singing on these three songs, maybe a little cheeky and obviously made to 'make the numbers'. However, they could have given us a couple of extra new songs instead of maybe add a few of her album tracks on here that weren't singles as she did have some corkers on her albums 9/10.
Undivided Love - "I'm gonna give you my Undivided Loving baby!" sings Louise. Another fantastic pop record that still sounds fresh to this day. It's pure pop without sounding cheesy 9/10.
Stuck In The Middle With You - This song was the lead cut from the albums and a cover of the Stealers Wheel classic which Louise updated. It's not a bad cover version actually, and she imitates part of the Resevoir Dog's scene for the video. A good track but not as edgy as the previous songs on the album 8/10.
Stay - Her first every single as part of Eternal. Not really needed on the album 9/10.
Let's Go Round Again - Another cover version, this song was released in 1997 and sounded good back then, but has sadly aged since then. Still a nostalgic bit of pop though 8/10.
Light Of My Life - Time for the first ballad on the album and it is Louise's first solo single. A lot of people, including Louise herself, was surprised when she chose to release a ballad as her first single, everybody was expecting something a bit more 'noticable' but it's a fine song. Probably one of her forgotton tracks but still nice to remember when listening too 9/10.
2Faced - The first single to be released from her third album 'Elbow Beach' released in 2000. 2faced is as you've guessed, about bitchiness and backstabbing within friendship groups. This turned out to be Louise's biggest single, reaching #3 in the charts. A great pop song 10/10.
The Slightest Touch - One of the new songs for the album and Louise covers Five Star for this track. A slightly disco-ey type song. Would suit being played on a 90's night at your local nightclub 8/10.
One Kiss From Heaven - The album takes a mellow turn now, and this song shows a slower side to Louise. It's a kind of 'watered down' ballad. Doesn't really go anywhere. Not one of her best songs 7/10.
In Walked Love - The third cover version, and this song was originally done by Expose in the early 90's. A great pop song that should have achieved much bigger success than it did 9/10.
Beautiful Inside - Pure pop. About loving your inner self and being confident in your own skin. It's easy for Louise to say that though when she was voted FHM's sexiest woman of the decade in 2006 isn't it? 7/10.
Oh Baby I... - The third and final Eternal song on the album. A great ballad 8/10.
Arms Around The World - The first song from Louise's second album 'Woman In Me', this song has a great sound it, probably a bit before it's time when it was released in 1997. Fantastic 10/10.
All That Matters - One of Louise's less known singles, just an average pop song really. Noting else to say about it. There's nothing wrong with it 8/10.
Come and Get It - A brand new song and it's an original (horray!). However the words 'album filler' spring to mind. I can't see the appeal for this song and don't know why it's needed for the album as its awful. It's a shame the album finsihed on this song as its a bit of a let down 4/10.
Louise had every right to release a Greatest Hits album in her own name. However the Eternal songs were not needed and the new songs on the album were dissapointing. If you're a fan of 90's pop then this album is perfect.
God bless lovely Loise with her angelic features and nice safe pop sound. Louise carved out a career in the pop combo Eternal before launching a solo career in the late nineties. She wanted to be like Kylie, she wasn't. But she did score a run of top twenty hits and was popular for a few years with the Smash Hits generation. This album gather some of her biggest hits from her career.
'Naked' is not nearly as exciting as the title suggests. Louise tries to sound raunchy and struts her stuff on a lively enough chorus, but the song falls somewhere short of being an appetising sensual sensation. Very formulaic and too busy for my liking. 'Just A Step From Heaven' is a calmer affair, though equally uninvolving with a drab melody that stands up to a few listens then grows painfully dull.
'Undivided Love' is more uptempo, though her vocals are overpowered by the backing singers and she plays second fiddle to them most of the way through, otherwise a bit more energetic than the aforementioned.
Louise comes more unstuck with dubious covers of 'Stuck In The Middle With You,' hideous through and through and the marginally better 'Let's Go Round Around' which is always dug out at naff discos.
Ballad territory resumes with the soppy 'Light Of My Life.' Watery and full of pseudo emotion from Louise, her voice has no depth to carry this properly. The only redemption comes in the form of the sassy '2 Faced' which just about pulls off enough attitude to make it a laugh. This is a pretty lacking album though. Her voice is safe, at best. The material is lacking and Eternal were ten times better. Sorry Louise, poor show, pretty face. Sixteen songs for your four quid here...
Louise, as we all know, was originally 1/4 of Eternal, UK R&B band that set the charts alight. She ended up leaving in 1994 and went on to do some solo work, which has gone down successful, in terms of singles. Album wise her "Elbow Beach" effort, and this GH have failed to live up to her previous two albums, her debut "Naked" and sophmore "Woman In Me". This Greatest Hits, if you aren't a Louise fan, may not seem a Greatest Hits. Solo wise you are looking at 11 singles, 8 of which made the top ten, 5 of which made the top five. Nothing amazing here. As a fan though, this is rather brilliant. The album contains her 11 solo singles, plus two new songs, and three of Eternal's best singles from 1993/1994. Here is a guide to the album: *** 1: Naked Louise's first top 5 smash, and the signle preceeding the debut album. An upbeat, dancey pop track (not to mention the saucy video!), her biggest seller to date. Great start to the album. (10/10) ***2: Just A Step From Heaven Eternal's top 10 hit from 1994. Its a rather good R&B/Pop song, that does make me wonder - as songs like this are coming out nowaays thought to be a "new sound". Eternal were well before their time. Nice song, but kind of weird to have a #8 song as track 2. (8/10) ***3: Undivided Love Catchy, upbeat, poppy. A solid all round track. Made #5, deservedly so. Nothing much more to say about this one! (9/10) ***4: Stuck In The Middle With You Louise's cover of Steelers Wheel hit. Not a bad effort, but this song has a habit of sounding boring, as it is similar the whole way through. Not bad, but too boring after a few months. (7/10) ***5: Stay Eternal's debut single. It is a good song, yet again, and an obvious choice of the Eternal ones to include. Keeping the album in full upbeat teritory so far. (9/10) ***6: Lets Go Round Again My personal favourite
Louise song. Its another cover here, one that is done really well. Always puts a smile to your face. Upbeat, very catchy and very carefree. Video is rather good too - Louise is a red suit running around a building! (10/10) ***7: Light Of My Life Louise's debut single. Its the first ballad on the album - and not a bad one at that. Once again, if you are a Louise fan - you will like this. If you don't like her - stay away, as this is just her getting all slushy and soppy. (8/10) ***8: 2faced Louise's highest peaking single (#3), and anthem against all bitchy people! True to life lyrics make Louise seem more natural than other Barbie Dolls that are up there singing. R&B mixed with feisty pop. (10/10) ***9: The Slightest Touch Her third cover on the album, one of the two new unreleased tracks. Should have been a single, its dancey and upbeat - not to mention catchy. Sadly, it is a bit weak in my opinion, but worht a listen. (8/10) ***10: One Kiss From Heaven The final single from Louise's debut album. Its a slinky, mid temp number that doesn't really have a climax. Still - a nice pop song, if not exciting. (8/10) ***11: In Walked Love Her lowest charting single - #17. I wonder why, as I love this song. No - it isn't as good as her top 5 hits, but it is certainly better than her lower top ten hits. Upbeat and catchy. (9/10) ***12: Beautiful Inside Her second - and final - single from "Elbow Beach". Similar in sound and lyrics to "2Faced" - complainging about shallow people. Once again R&B/Pop that has a good chorus, and brilliant chorus. (8/10) ***13: Oh Baby I The best Eternal song on the disc. A ballad that puts the Spice Girls/All Saints to shame. Sing-A-Long material here. (10/10) ***14: Arms Around The World My favourite Louise song, alongside "Lets Go Round Again". Summery, happy, catchy, mid tempo. Pure brill
iance! (10/10) ***15: All That Matters Louise's #11 hit from 1998. Its a nice enough ballad, if uneventful. Not much to say. An average song - shouldn't have been a single. (7/10) ***16: Come And Get Me The second new song, and wind up to the album. Very simple lyrics, very simply sung. Catchy and happy - but nothing special. (7.5/10) Overall, Louise is a great artist, with a brilliant Greatest Hits. BUT - if you don't like her, this album isn't for you, as it is just a selection of typical Louise-style songs. Judge for yourself on the singles you've heard, as the new songs are good, but nothing special.
Louise has always made fantastic pop songs and this is an eagerly anticipated greatest hits collection. On top of all her hits, we get some old Eternal tracks and new songs too. Her later material is her best, with tracks such as 2 Faced and Beautiful Inside being my favourites. Lyrically they're the strongest here with the best tunes, although there are really no bad tracks. Stuck In The Middle With You is a great cover version, whilst classics such as Naked and Let’s Go Round Again are nice to hear for the first time in a few years. Get this collection; you won’t regret it. She's also touring small venues over the next few months - try and catch her!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Just a step from heaven (Radio mix)
3 Undivided Love (Single mix)
4 Stuck in the middle with you
5 Stay (7" mix)
6 Let's go round again
7 Light of my life
8 2 Faced
9 The slightest touch (Almighty 7" radio mix)
10 One kiss from heaven (remix)
11 In walked love
12 Beautiful inside
13 Oh baby I
14 Arms around the world (Radio mix)
15 All that matters
16 Come and get it