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Everybody is the second album from British boy/girl band Hear'Say. The album was released in the United Kingdom in 2002. The CD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £3.64 which I think is good value for money.
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1) Everybody 2) Suddenly 3) We Go On 4) Back Down To Zero 5) Play To Win 6) Angel In My Heart 7) You're All I Need To Get By 8) Not The End of The World 9) Don't Go Believing 10) Home Again 11) A Good Thing 12) Straight From The Heart 13) Pure and Simple (New Version)
Hear'Say seemed to have changed gear since their debut album Popstars. It's clear that the group changed musical direction with this album as the songs are much more upbeat and full of energy. The songs, despite having being released over ten years ago, have a much more modern sound than their previous album, Pure and Simple.
The album kicks off with the upbeat Everybody which I think has a real catchy chorus and 'feel good' feel to it; it's a very uplifting song. The sense of 'feel good' remains throughout the album, and the songs are good and are of much better quality than the songs on their debut album, which to me seemed to have been rushed. The songs on this album have catchy choruses and beautiful melodies. Songs which I absolutely love on this album is the beautiful 'Back Down To Zero' which shows off the group's voices really well, especially Kym's. I also love the song 'Play To Win' which is very summery.
The band sing well on this album. Again, Kym stands out for me, with Suzanne not far behind. Their voices go well together and the songs really show off their voices!
The group sing well on this album, and I think that the songs on here suit the group so much better than their previous album did.
I would recommend this album!
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Xd-o-n-z-x (CIAO & Dooyoo)
The short lived Hear'Say didn't live up to it's hype and only lasted 2 years. They seem to have been a faded memory. It's for the best. But it's legacy and influence on talent shows live on.
Hear'Say's debut album Popstars has been reviewed to death. I cannot add anything else that has already been said in the dozens of reviews. Popstars is the fungus of British Music: the end, so let's move on to their last fun- I mean album.
I could have rated their second album, Everybody three or even two stars because even though it's just as manufactured and fake sounding as their first album, it has some tempting ballads and nice upbeat moments on there. The vocals aren't really that bad, but the production is horrible. The reason I rated it one star is because the album tries to imitate other styles and claim then as their own.
Once again the much believed Second-Album Curse claims another casualty. I think the curse is a blessing in disguise. When I listen to this album I think of fake smiles, discomfort and constipation. Hear'Say where being sold as something they weren't: the next big thing. They where treated horribly and where merely puppets. I think this really affected their sound because what could have been a jolly album came out as emotionless noise.
They would have lasted longer if they where doing music they actually loved instead of being told what to do. Danny is more of a soul singer, Noel and Suzanne where more theatrical. Myleene is enthusiastic about classical music. Kym seems to be enjoying herself with acting and the solo singing. I think Kym had the most distinct vocals, Danny had the strongest vocals and Noel was the most likeable. Suzanne was okay, average but okay. Myleene had the worst vocals; completely breathless and forgettable which also reflects on Hear'Say's discography. They can't harmonize together without additional backing vocalists.
Everybody was released in the same year as Popstars. Nearly Eight months apart from each other. The album was nowhere as successful as Popstars but there is a very good reason for that. Both albums are heavily rushed and show no creativity. All of the songs are painfully bland.
Originality does not exist in Hear'Say. Especially in Everybody, the whole album sounds like segments of previous work by other artists mashed together, and then claiming it is their very own fresh material. I felt the rhythms and beats where similar to classic hits from the 70's, 80's and 90's. Somehow they managed to get away with it, but I don't think their target audience would notice as the album is kid-friendly.
"That everybody needs somebody to love be the one tonight
Just anybody won't shine the light that burns only you are right
I can't imagine how my life would be if I spent it without you
Cos everybody needs somebody to love and I want you." - Chorus to Everybody
Solomon Burke and The Blue Brothers anyone?
I actually like the music in the background for Suddenly, especially the introduction because it sounds synthetic and 8-bit like music from a retro video game. Then it all becomes riddled in clichés and epic fail.
The ballads such as Angel In My Heart, Home Again and Straight From The Heart are as close to beautiful as the album gets, but takes an R&B style which doesn't suit the group. The ballads remind me of Toni Braxton's ballads and I think there are a few notes where they try to sing deep and soulful vocals.
Another thing I really hate about this album is the terrible use of auto-tune. It's terrible because there's no reason for it. They are inconsistent with it and just throw it on any random note on the vocals which give the album a bad message and impression.
The album closes with an uninspired mix of their signature song, Pure And Simple which in fact is a cover of a band called Girl Thing. Pure And Simple is one of the most overrated songs of all time. This mix does not change my mind about it.
There's nothing else to say about the tracks as they're just big lumps of emptiness. If the concept of Camp-Bubblegum-Cheese-Dance-Pop still takes your fancy, you'd be better off purchasing any album from Steps. The album isn't really worth anything. The album is pointless garbage that doesn't even inspire a sausage.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Everybody (Single Edit)
3 We Go On
4 Back Down To Zero
5 Play to Win
6 Angel In My Heart
7 You're All I Need To Get By
8 Not The End Of The World
9 Don't Go Believing
10 Home Again
11 A Good Thing
12 Straight From The Heart
13 Pure and Simple (New Version)