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The short-lived British boy band 5ive made their debut in 1998 when they dropped their self-entitled debut record in the Summer of that year. Pulling attention to them from the offset with a string of successful hits through that year and the few to come members: J Brown, Abz Love, Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson and Sean Conlon (who had been put together by the sane team who brought us the Spice Girls help down the charts just as other Pop acts of the time, but from an alternate angle as a British Pop Rap crew.
1. "Slam Dunk"
They get the album off with a big one as we see that here they hit us with their first single, a track that gives you a strong impression of the sort of direction that their music was being taken in as we get a pretty funky one and a joint that has them taking on lots of Hip Hop influences as they come out with some in-your-face material that changes the direction of what boy bands were offering at the time to some degree.
2. "When The Lights Go Out"
The beats slap away on this one as they get right into another of the very popular cuts from the album and one of the tunes that would be released as a single from the thing. We see that here they take on lots of influences from the state-side equivalents as they do things (even singing with American accents at times) as they come out with a pretty fly one that has them appealing directly towards the girls.
3. "Everybody Get Up"
Moving things on here, on this one they come out with what I would consider to be their best single. It's an infectious one and a track that forces you to dance from the moment it begins and we see that they take things in a bit of a different direction with the "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" sample. The tune is the best example of their Pop Rap material and the Rock twist added to the Dance feel makes it a straight killer one.
4. "Got The Feelin'"
They don't stop with the singles as here they move into another of the big ones from the album and in this case we see that here they come out with one that's all about the rapping and sees that they restrict the singing to just the hook. I felt that it was composed incredibly well and has them showing how they are able to appeal to a massive audience in the process of things (although I can't see many other Hip Hop heads like myself opening-up to this kind of thing).
5. "It's The Things You Do"
Here they come off the much more popular work and into the main body of the album. We find that although it becomes much less familiar, the way that things are put together are essentially the same as most of the ones leading up to it and so I really can't see why anyone wouldn't get down to this one if they enjoyed others leading up to it. We see that they merge a *N Sync-styled approach with a standard Hip Pop one.
We find that here they cover some material from The Human League and transform into something that sounds much more like the general 5ive sound. I felt that it was much further away from the rest on the album (leading up to this one) as we see that they calm things down to the point where the raps aren't welcome and we see that their vocals aren't really all that and so don't really take them too far and we get a pretty weak one from them.
7. "Until The Time Is Through"
We see that one this one they get into more of the same kind of music where they really get away from the Hip Hop-influenced stuff and turn things around in order to show that they can also conform to the expectations of a nineties boy band. I really can't say that this did too much for me as they get into a little emotive work and show how much variety they can pack in here, but it just wasn't my thing.
By this point it we see that they aren't able to restrict themselves to the general Pop ballad work and so on this one we get a little something that I felt was much easier to digest as they throw down a fresh Hip Hop beat over the thing and we see that J comes with some raps as adlibs over the thing to make it sound more like they have done it. It may sound really cheesy to some, but it really does the job here.
After a few on low pace, we see that here they open things up again by getting into some party material and a little something that has them throwing down the Funk and giving people who were attracted to the album from "Slam Dunk (Da Funk)" and "Everybody Get Up", a little something else that they can really feel. I thought it was a great to time to unleash this one and it goes hard as nice one to switch up the direction a little.
10. "That's What You Told Me"
For this one we see that they use the same sample that Cypress Hill had for "Insane In The Brain" and from it they come out with a fly dance cut that is based in Disco beats, but they see how they are able to bring it into modern times with the dingy bass and the Hip Hop-esque beats to mask what's underneath it. I felt that that they did a good job at making it all work for them and to keep the fresh stuff coming.
11. "It's All Over"
This one sees the five of them go in hard with more of the 'raw' stuff that has them showing how they don't quite fit in with your typical connotations of a Pop boy band from the time. We see that they really do a great job at following-up the last track from the album as they sing (and rap) about how their relationship has come to an end with all the lies coming to catch up with them and pull things down.
12. "Don't Want It"
On this one we see that here they take things back toward the clubs again and we find that they incorporate more of the Disco-Funk elements into what they do, and although it may come across as out-dated, this was right on-trend as the Pop world moved into the late nineties and there was a pretty significant shift from what came before it and suddenly all the past stars were replaced with fresh new ones.
Here we see that they go a little too far when attempting to show that they are able to take on the American Hip Hop influences as on this one they try on something that uses lots of Miami bass into thing, but we see that they don't actually have any real 'bass' used and they simply try to mimic that sort of stuff (2 Live Crew, Quad City DJs, 69 Boyz) their clean rhymes just don't do it and they lose the main intensions of this sub-genre of Hip Hop being primarily aimed towards strip clubs in the Dirty South.
14. "Cold Sweat"
On this one we see that they take things back a little by comign out with a track that I felt sounded like it had the sort of Hip Hop and R&B mix that was heard in the New Jack Swing years (between 1988 and 1992) and so this sounds like they are attempting to come out with a little Bobby Brown cut about ten years after it first came into style, but I really can't say I didn't like how they managed to work it here.
15. "Straight Up Funk"
Here we see that they try out even more of the sounds that had been heard out in the States in recent years, and in this case we see that they trial some G-Funk. We see that they get some groovey bass and lace it with a Talkbox-vocalist and sounds which have been recycled from late seventies P-Funk material. It's another that I have to say I really enjoyed, but can see why some would be annoyed that they are coming out with the kind of thing that made for the foundations of the first mainstream Gangsta Rap.
16. "My Song"
They just don't stop with showing just how much Hip Hop they are able to cover here (luckily they don't try out any underground East coast stuff) as on this one we see that they take things to the Old School and come out with some lively, party-suited material that has them using some production that attempts to work off Chic's "Good Times" (which was used for The Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight".
They end the album off with this one as they come out with a fresh tune that I felt brought the thing to a relevant end as they keep coming with some of that exciting Dance stuff that forces you to want to really engage with the music. From the point where they've take you in, they try to see just how much they can play around with the production (trying out lots of different genres) just to show that they aren't scared of trying out anything.
This is a big album from 5ive and although they may not have been able to keep it all consistent throughout, when they get into the sort of stuff that I felt represented their music the most, they came out with material that I can't see anyone wanting to complain about. There's a little something in here for everyone.
This is Five's first album, it is self entitled and has a five feeling to it. It has 16 songs on it inclufding the hits 'Slam Dunk Da Funk' and 'When The Lights Go Out'. I bought this when it first came out back in '98. I loved the song 'Everybody Get Up' so I decided to buy the album. I love music and five have to be one of my favourites. I love their kind of music. 1. Slam Dunk Da Funk; Their first release, did quite well but unfortuantely didn't get to number one. This is one of my favourites because of it's tune. It is a great party track. 2. When The Lights Go Out; Another release, a lot of people seemed to like this one and it is still played on the radio quite a lot. I think this song is one that people will never stop likeing. 3. Everybody Get Up; An exellent party track it was another one that was released, guarenteed to make everyone dance. This is my favourite on the album and I listen to it all the time. 4. Got The Feelin; Yet another release. This, like the first three is a supurb party track and I love it! 5. It's The Things You Do; This is more of an N*Sync track than a Five track, but none the less it is a good track. Not my personal favourite but I still enjoy listening to it. 6. Human; Very Westlifey at the beginning then goes a bit wierd. This is one of the few let downs of the album. I always skip this one because I really can't stand it. 7. Until the Time is Through; Again Westlifey, but this time all the way through. I have nothing against Westlife but I don't think the sound suits Five. I don't like this one but it may grow on me. 8. Satisfied; This time it's not westlifey buy very N*Sync again. I don't mind this one but I would rather listen to the first few on the album. 9. PartyLine 555-on-line; After all those slow songs we finally get a decent party song. It so
unds very much like Five and I love listening to it. 10. That's What You Told Me; I like this one, it has a catchy tune which does make you want to listen to it. This is one of my favourites on the album and whenever I put on the album I always make sure I get to hear this one. 11. It's all over; The sound at the beginning sounds a bit 1920's but after a couple of seconds of that we finally get some real Five music. I love this one and can't stop playing it. 12. Don't You Want It; This track is a bit like number three in a way. It's songs like these which make the album worth buying, it is a really good song which I think they should have released. 13. Shake; The beginning sounds like one of Eminem's conversations on his albums (i've written one on them so if you want to you can have a look what i've put!). A bit wierd. Certainly not my favourite. 14. Cold Sweat; Again this one is more like an N*Sync song, but apart from that it is a good track which I enjoy listening to. 15. Straight up Funk; Probably the last decent song on the album, very much like a Five song and a great party track, fun to listen to and stays good the whole way through the song. 16. My Song; This is like a bad ending to an exellent album, it lacks 'funk' as Five say. If they had left this one off of the album then there would be a great ending to the album, but never mind. I would reccomend this album for anyone who is into Backstreet Boys, N*Sync, Westlife (only for osme tracks though) and of course definately if you like Five. I love this album and think it is better out of the two, the other, although good is not as exellent as this one. I play this all the time because it is exellent. Although there are a few let downs on the album, it is overall one to buy and you may get it cheap because it is quite old.
Five burst onto the scene with their debut song Slam Dunk Da Funk which was hugely popular. After that there was no stopping them and they continued to produce top 5 hits. The slower, more mature sounding Christmas song Until The Time Is Through was a contender for the Christmas number one but narrowly missed out. If You Got The Feeling was a brilliant summer song which had everyone singing along to it. Partline 555 Online could have been released as a single because it is a great party song and very catchy. Five produce great pop songs and all the songs on this album are great to lift your spirits when you`re down.
Five's first album has to be the best one they have produced. With sixteen tracks and one hidden bonus track (track 55), five of the track shave been brought out as singles. "Slam Dunk Da Funk", "When The Lights Go Out", "Everybody Get Up", "Got The Feelin'", "Until The Time Is Through" and to the best of my knowledge, "Straight Up Funk" (their first). The other 15 tracks are of the same standard as those released as singles. The album is absolutely brilliant and never lets you stop singing along to it. By now you would have most probably heard more than half of the album one way or another. At first you may think, at first that the songs are there to fill up the space, but the album and ALL of its songs grow on you very quickly. Give it a chance.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Slam Dunk Da Funk
2 When The Lights Go Out
3 Everybody Get Up
4 Got The Feelin'
5 It's The Things You Do
7 Until The Time Is Through
9 Partyline 555 On The Line
10 That's What You Told Me
11 It's All Over
12 Don't You Want It
14 Cold Sweat
15 Straight Up Funk
16 My Song