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Genre: Pop / Artist: Scouting For Girls / Audio CD released 2010-04-12 at Epic

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      11.06.2010 19:24
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      A nice album, but with only 10 songs on the album it's not worth the price it is at the moment.

      The only CD's I seem to be buying recently are ones to do with Glee, mainly due to the fact I don't have enough money to go around buying albums, but also most of the bands/artists I like released albums last year etc. Today I was tidying up (shocker), and saw that my sister had this CD on her shelf, of course without her permission I picked it up, popped it into my laptop and put the songs straight onto my IPod.

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      Who are Scouting For Girls?
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      Scouting for Girls are a trio from Harrow, who with their debut album, sold around a million copies. Some songs that you might know by this band are She's So Lovely & Elvis Ain't Dead.

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      Everybody Wants To Be On TV
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      The first and only song I've heard from this album before listening to it today, is 'This Ain't A Love Song'. What I should say is I was not a huge fan of their earlier work, but with This Ain't A Love Song, I was addicted. During the time it was released I was doing a lot of driving and it always seemed to be on the radio when I was in the car.

      I will very likely be calling Scouting for Girls 'SFG' throughout the review, to keep the number of words down.

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      Track 1: This Ain't a Love Song
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      For me this song is one of the best songs of the year for me, it's very pop which I'm not a huge fan of usually, but it just works in so many ways. For me, the reason why the song is such a hit is I've never heard Roy Stride who is the lead singer of the band sound as lovely as he sounds in this track. The lyrics are fantastic, and the title really does explain what this song is about, it's a twist on your usual love song as it's all about Stride saying 'goodbye' to his love. The song is very up-tempo, but the reason why this song is one of my favourites is because without a doubt, it will get you singing along after you've heard it just once. I was driving with my mate the other week and it came on the radio, he hates pop music, and prefers bands like Slayer more than anything, but he was singing along to the chorus of this song along with me.

      A really nice strong 'summer' track, which works because of Stride's brilliant vocals, lyrics and the fact that it is so catchy.

      Rating: 10/10

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      Track 2: Little Miss Naughty
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      With this track, I had to double check on my ITunes because this doesn't sound anything like a SFG, it sounds like an RnB track at the beginning, but quickly the trumpets join in with the piano and then Stride's voice and it becomes a very different type of SFG track, but there is no doubt that they've put their stamp on this. This is very different from other 'pop' songs I've heard recently, and I do really like it, because it is quite unique for it's genre, but the reason that this song works is because of Stride's voice which is just a joy to listen to. This track again is upbeat and I'm sure after a few listens very catchy.

      Rating: 8/10

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      Track 3: Good Time Girl
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      Compared to the previous two tracks, this one is a lot weaker, the tempo starts off slow, and gradually builds up throughout the track, but for me, the song focuses more on the lyrics and the instruments rather than Stride's vocals which only really get a chance to shine through parts of the song. The bridge to the song as well does get rather annoying after a few listens as well as the chorus; the verses are nice to listen to however. A good little track and I'm sure if it's released it'll do well, but for me it's not as good as the previous two.

      Rating: 6/10

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      Track 4: Famous
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      The beat during this song is very strong, and at the beginning it made me believe that I was going to love this very upbeat song. Compared to the previous songs it's quite slow, but the beat is loud and is made to be in front of Stride's voice throughout, until the chorus where he lets loose. I'm not sure where this song fails, it's catchy, quite nice to listen to, but I just think there was too much production put into the song. Too many instruments and just way too much going on at once and I think that it could have done with just have being stripped down.

      Rating: 6/10

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      Track 5: Silly Song
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      This track starts with the lyrics 'Here's a song, you can sing along to' and there is no doubting that, like most of their tracks it's very catchy, but unlike the rest on the album, they've slowed things down and unlike the previous tracked have learnt the meaning of 'stripped' down and it really does work with this track. Again the reason why this song works is because of Stride's voice which is just beautiful. Like I said at the beginning of the review, I only really know two songs by SFG and I have not really noticed how nice his voice was before. A gorgeous little tune, I'm still a bit unsure of what they were trying to get at with the title, but some of the best songs ever have songs which don't seem to have too much meaning to the song.

      Rating: 8/10

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      Track 6: On the Radio
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      Like Famous, they use the technique of keeping Stride's voice behind the instruments for most of the verse and it does add great contrast with the rest of the song. Like where Famous failed however, the song is too overdone and it's quite hard to just pay attention to Stride's voice and the lyrics rather than everything else going along. It's a good little track, but one of the weaker ones so far on the album.

      Rating: 5/10

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      Track 7: Blue As Your Eyes
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      This song should be considered as a slow song compared to the rest of the album, but like previous tracks, and it's a weird song because in places I love it, however then I listen to it again and just think, my god is this song overdone to the point of annoyance. I think it really is one of those songs where you have to listen to more than a few times to really make your opinion on it. Despite this, I can see them releasing this song next, as I think that it will be a perfect summer anthem and I think that their fans will love it.

      Rating: 8/10

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      Track 8: Posh Girls
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      This song has some brilliant lyrics, but for me, it just gets rather annoying and it just doesn't seem to fit on the album anywhere. It's very up-tempo, and I think the reason why I'm struggling with it, is the fact that it doesn't seem that unique. I am thinking it sounds like a Kaiser Chiefs song, but knowing me, it'll probably end up being just an old SFG's song. I think this is a 'fans' song, and not really for people who are coming into the band.

      Rating: 4/10

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      Track 9: 1 + 1
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      The song starts off with quite a rock sound to it, you can hear the pop beat throughout still. For me if you are a fan of bands like The Kooks and the Hoosiers then this song will be a perfect fit for you as it does sound a lot like the former band. It's a great little song, Stride's voice is strong, the lyrics are brilliant and I think if the song was released it'll be a number 1 track.

      Rating: 7/10

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      Track 10: Take a Chance on Us
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      I was so glad that they've decided to close the album with the tempo which I think they do the best, it's another slow tempo song and the lyrics are very strong and it works brilliantly well with showing off Stride's vocals. I think this is one of the strongest on the album and it works brilliantly well with the rest of the album and I think if they decided to release this as a single, it'll do very well because the lyrics are lovely to listen to, and sung by the beautiful vocals of Roy Stride, it's a very gorgeous track, which will be staying on my ITunes after I've written this review.

      Rating: 9/10

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      My Opinion
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      With only 10 songs on the album, I do feel a little bit cheated out of decent music, as it only runs for roughly about 35 minutes. The album at this moment in time is over £8 on Amazon, and for that I expect a decent length CD with decent songs running throughout. I was brought into listening to this album due to the fact that I absolutely adored 'This Ain't A Love Song' which is a just a stunning 'summer' anthem and I was hoping to hear more and more of these types of songs throughout, there are a few that I would go out and recommend to friends, but for me, none of them live up to the awesome This Ain't A Love Song.

      I am not a 'fan' of Scouting for Girls unlike most of the people who would go out and buy this album, I am a newbie who has admired a few of their songs and because I saw that my little sister had brought it so I decided to give it a go. As always with my music reviews, I do a bit of research into the album to begin with, especially if I am about to buy it, and I noticed this album caused a bit of a mixed reaction. The people that seemed to love the album, seemed to be big fans of SFG's where as people who had gone into this album rather than listening to their earlier work, were like me not too sure.

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      What is good?
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      For me the shining star of this album is the fact that their lead vocalist's voice is absolutely gorgeous to listen to. I had no idea that his voice was that nice, and I actually thought when I listened to This Ain't A Love Song that a lot of tweaking went into making his voice that way, but throughout the album, even when the songs were pretty crap, his voice was solid and really nice to listen to.

      The second good point of the album has to be the lyrics, which are very, very catchy and for me, I think with pop bands it's imperative that their lyrics are very catchy. I'm sure for all of you that have heard Elvis Ain't Dead, She's So Lovely or even This Ain't A Love Song, would be able to sit there and give your own rendition of one of their songs on the spot, go ahead try it.

      Thirdly and finally the final good point of the album is the fact that all of these songs could be released as singles and I'm sure they'd do well in the charts. It is VERY rare for an album to be full of 'singles', as most albums tend to have weaker tracks and then hidden gems, which are tracks which are absolutely fantastic, but to get the point of these tracks, you need to find them on the album rather than listening on the radio. There are a few weak links on the album, but fans of SFG will love these tracks that I would call weak, so I'm sure they'd do brilliantly in the charts.

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      What is bad?
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      For me the biggest let down of this album is the fact that it seemed to be over very quickly, and at just around 35 minutes it was. There are only 10 songs on this album and I think if I remember rightly there are only about 4 songs which I have not deleted from my ITunes. I think they really made a mistake not adding extra tracks, or maybe that is what they are hoping to do. Maybe in a few months time, probably closer to Christmas they will release a Deluxe version with the songs that should have been on the album and make every one pay extra.

      There are quite a few weak links on the album, for me these are the ones that seem to be really overdone in the production room. For me SFG's sound works best when it's them and a few instruments, but in way too many tracks, they add little tricks and little extras which just clash against the rest of the song. I'm sure this is maybe what SFG fans want, but for me as a new listener I was not a huge fan of these certain tracks.

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      Final Opinion
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      This album was not one I went into with high hopes and if my sister hadn't have brought it, I would not have gone out of my way and spent my money on this album at all. I am quite glad I didn't, due to the fact that at the moment it would have been a very big waste of money, as you only get a small number of brilliant songs on the album. From what I can gather this album seems to be a big hit with fans of Scouting for Girls, but you really have to like this type of music to appreciate this album to the best. I think it was a nice little album, but like I said only four songs remain on my ITunes, the rest were all deleted.

      If you are into this sort of music, and you like the sound of the album, please take a look on YouTube and sample some of the songs I have raved about on the album.

      Final Note: I have now got my sisters permission to have borrowed the album, and except from a few songs, she agrees with my review.

      Thank you for reading and I hope it has helped.

      (C) Kirsty 2010

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        23.05.2010 11:28
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        Brilliant album

        This is the second album from Scouting for Girls, it was released on 12th April 2010. Scouting for Girls are a male trio who are fronted by Roy Stride. In 2008 the band released their self titled debut album which has sold almost a million copies.

        Track 1 - This Aint a Love Song
        This was the first track to be released from the album and went straight to number one in the UK charts. It is up tempo and features a piano. Roy's vocals are very good on this track and I think everyone finds themselves singing along when this comes on the radio. Great opening song to the album. *5 stars*

        Track 2 - Little Miss Naughty
        The opening of this track is very different to S.F.G's usual style and instead sounds something more like Kanye West would do, it is repeated for the bridge throughout the song which makes it quite fresh compared to other tracks on the album. The song has a really good beat that remains throughout the song and I love the chorus. Roy's voice sounds great in the chorus of this song and it really sounds as though he's smiling singing it! One of my personal favourites on the album. *5 stars*

        Track 3 - Good Time Girl
        This song begins quite slowly but a beat soon picks up. A guitar features heavily on this song and as always, the lyrics are well thought out and tell a decent story. The chorus is extremely catchy and I have no hesitations in suggesting that if this were released as a single it would do very well. *4 stars*

        Track 4 - Famous
        Again, this has a very catchy tune! The lyrics are catchy and you will find yourself joining in with the 'woo-hoo's' and the 'na-na-na-na's!' this is one of the more laid back songs on the album but it is far from slow and is quite upbeat. I really like this song but don't think that it is anywhere near as good as some of the other songs on the album. *3 stars*

        Track 5 - Silly Song
        The song starts quite slowly and is quite similar to a ballad. This is welcome at this point in the album as it is quite calm in comparison to other songs. Roy's voice is very good on this track and I really enjoy it. The title does confuse me a little - its meant to be written as a silly tune written for a girlfriend as he is going away but I think the title suggests it could be something else. I don't think this would be to all fans tastes but I really like it. *4 stars*

        Track 6 - On the Radio
        This takes the album back to the usual upbeat sounds. It is very faced pace and one to dance to! It definitely puts me in a good mood if I am feeling a bit down. It has a really summery feel to it and a very catchy beat. The chorus is great and very fun to sing along to. *5 stars*

        Track 7 - Blue as Your Eye's
        This again starts off as quite a slow song (by SFG's standard anyway!) and provides a calmer moment after track 6. Again, the lyrics are very catchy and the way they are sung is fun and Roy's voice is strong as ever. This is not one of my favourites on the album but is still very strong and certainly worth a listen. *3 stars*

        Track 8 - Posh Girls
        One of my favourite songs on the album due to the upbeat tempo and the amusing and funny lyrics! The song talks about posh girls being better in bed because they are not used to the company of boys. The chorus is very fast and noisy and its certainly one to dance to. The verses are slower but still keep a good beat. Fun tune. *5 stars*

        Track 9 - 1+1
        My absolute favourite song on the album! It has a very rocky feel to it and I really like the lyrics. They all rhyme and Roy's voice singing them provides a very good song. The lyrics are very easy to sing along to and I often find myself listening to this time after time. I love it! If they were to release this as a single I am certain it would go to number one. *5 stars*

        Track 10 - Take A Chance On Us
        Another slightly slower song to bring a close to the album. I really like this song and the lyrics help to show off Roy's vocal talents. Its very catchy and I think it provides a brilliant close to the album on a calmer note. *4 stars*

        As you can tell from my comments, I am a big fan of this album. I have been a fan of SFG's since their first release and was eagerly awaiting this album. I am very pleased to say that I was not at all disappointed and this album is on par or possibly even better than their debut. The songs are fun and interesting to listen to, each one tells a story which I find attractive. The album is very upbeat and definitely one to sing along and dance to. I find that it puts me in a happy mood and retains my interest throughout the album. I often listen to this on the way to uni which takes me over an hour and I don't get bored of it at all.

        There is one tiny problem I have found with the album. The length of the album is quite short (as was their first one) at just 33 minutes, in this time the boys have produced a fabulous album but a few extra songs wouldn't go a miss so it didn't feel as though you were listening the same songs over and over.

        This is one of my favourite albums out there and I think it has been thoroughly thought out and is very well written. SFG's actually scrapped their first attempt at this album as they wanted to get it perfect and I'm pleased to say that they have done very well.

        I recommend this to anyone, I am usually a fan of pop and RnB but I really like this album, as I did their first. It is very fun and is certainly worth a listen. The CD is available from Amazon for £8.83 or the download costs £7.49. I guarantee it will be money well spent.

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          08.05.2010 11:48
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          The second album from the British pop band Scouting for Girls.

          I'm a massive Scouting for Girls fan, in fact I'd almost go as far as to say that they're my favourite male band. They're a British pop band which consists of three males who are all from London. They actually got their name from a book entitled "Scouting for Boys" which was based on the scouts, the male equivalent to brownies. Two of the members of the band actually met at scouts when they were much younger! They shot to fame back in 2007 with their catchy debut album which was essentially pop with hints of indie in there as well. Songs such as "Heartbeat" and "She's So Lovely" received major air time in the UK. Their first album "Scouting for Girls" went to number one in the UK back in early 2008 and their second album "Everybody Wants to be on TV" was released in April this year.

          The first track on the album is "This Ain't A Love Song" which was the first single to be released from the album and it went straight in at number one back at the start of April. It's a really chilled out song that is essentially pop, but not your cheesy or irritating pop. It makes for really easy listening and I can't help but sing along to it. The lyrics and the message behind the track is really refreshing, so many songs are all about love but this takes a really unique approach to it and it's actually quite a motivating track to listen to if you're suffering from a broken heart in any way, "And I'm a little bit lost with you, this ain't a love song this is goodbye." It really sums up the whole feeling of the first album but with a more mature approach to it somehow, you can tell the band has definitely progressed.

          "Little Miss Naughty" is the next track up and has the same relaxed feel to it. It's got quite a hypnotic, spaced out feeling to the start of it but this soon returns to the strong guitar pop feel that is representative of the whole album. The lead singer's voice is really quite fresh and mellow, there's nothing high pitched about it and it really suits the guitar accompaniment which seems to be found on the majority of their tracks. His voice is also quite raw in that there's nothing overtly polished about it in any way, it's almost got a rough edge to it which I really like and it definetly suits this album superbly. The track is about being found out cheating on a partner, "A little mistake and that's how you caught me, running around with Little Miss Naughty... I see in your eyes you're going to be trouble."

          The third track on the album is "Good Time Girl" which has quite a morose feel to it, especially at the start and it does take a while to get going. However it does get there by the chorus and I can't help tapping my feet along. It's probably my least favourite track and the fact that I'm never tempted to skip it shows just how good this album is. The track is about wanting to forget about a girl "Everybody wants to know your name now baby, all I want to do is to forget." This is followed by "Famous" which reverts back to the catchy electro style beat of their first album, it's a really quick and upbeat track and is clearly very much where the album title came from. It's a light hearted, jokey kind of track "Forget Audrey Hepburn, forget Benny Davies, I wanna be known just for being famous."

          "Silly Song" is the somewhat bizarrely titled fifth track on the album and it's much calmer and soothing than the previous four tracks. The singer's voice is really shown off well on this album due to the less frantic backing music and it's a refreshing change to the start of the album. Despite the misleading title it's actually got a deep meaning within the lyrics which is lovely, "So if you're down and I'm not around, and the days seem far too long, well I'll be there, if you're ever scared, you can hear me sing along." It's followed by "On the Radio" which is as cheesy as you're going to find on a Scouting for Girls album, but instead of being openly cheesy it takes a more basic look at the memories that music can retrieve. It's very catchy too, "They'll be playing your song out everywhere I go."

          The seventh track on the album is "Blue As Your Eyes" and the opening reminded me of Coldplay before quickening up into the familiar style of this album. This track reminds me most of their first album somehow, it's got a really catchy chorus "Everyday, right from the start, when I showed you my hand, I gave you my heart, falling in love, feeling alive." The next track is "Posh Girls" which reminds me a lot of "She's So Lovely" which was a major hit for the band from their first album. It's quite a satirical look at posh girls in both a humourous and endearing way with a very entertaining chorus, "He was a little bit scared, he was just a boy from a local comprehensive but he heard that, posh girls have got manners but they go like the clappers because they never got to hang around with boys at school."

          "1 + 1" is the penultimate track and has a great cockney twang to it, it's upbeat and I could imagine dancing around my living room to it! It reminds me very slightly of something by Busted or McFly in terms of the beat and the speed but there's a much more mature and sexy feel to it, "Take off your clothes, take off your clothes that's what she said... I got my needs and I don't need sleep." The final track is "Take A Chance On Me" and is by far the longest track on the album as it's over five minutes long. It's quite soothing yet still retains a slight upbeat feel. This is probably my favourite track on the album, it's essentially a love song but in such a refreshing way, "I know it's been a difficult year, it's been all I can do just to keep you near, I want you to know you're the star of my show."

          The tracks touch on a variety of themes, there are your love songs which seem essential to most albums these days but they're refreshing and often take both an original and realistic look at love without your typical sickly sentiments. There's also some tracks on the album that aren't about love but take a satirical look at fame and other themes too. There's a real mixture on this album and it can be listened to regardless of your mood or time of day. Some albums I find are too upbeat to listen to before bed while some albums are too morose to listen to during the day, with this album there's really something for everyone. The highlights for me are "This Ain't A Love Song," "Silly Song" and "Take A Chance on Me" but there really are no weak tracks and no tracks that I tend to skip when listening to it.

          This album is a firm favourite of mine at the moment and is one that will stay on my "most played" list for a long time. It's full of catchy and upbeat melodies which stay in my head all day. The other thing that makes this album stand out is the band play all their own instruments, which contrasts sharply with the majority of pop bands in the charts today. I'd definitely recommend this album and am giving it the full five stars which it thoroughly deserves in my opinion. It's refreshing in that the love songs aren't sickly and they're the only people with enough gumption to state that everyone wants to be on TV "just for being famous." They seem to be on some sort of quest to critique our society through their music, some reviewers don't seem to like that but for me they've done an excellent and entertaining job.

          Thanks for reading.

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          Disc #1 Tracklisting
          1 This Ain\x{2019}t A Love Song
          2 Little Miss Naughty
          3 Good Time Girl
          4 Famous
          5 Silly Song
          6 On The Radio
          7 Blue Is Your Eyes
          8 Posh Girls
          9 1+ 1
          10 Take A Chance