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Holly Valance is one of those soap stars who went into pop music. It was once an old trend that soap stars would go into music, though none have really been so successful as Kylie Minougue. Jason Donavon, Delta Goodrem and Natalie Imbruglia also come to mind. She has no plans to release any more music because she didn't enjoy her music career anymore. I prefer her second album, State Of Mind a lot better. State Of Mind sounds less manufactured and has more personality.
I'm not too keen on this album. It lacks personality and relies on the leading track. Kiss Kiss was a song by Stella Soleil, which was an english remake of a turkish song ÅzÄ±marÄ±k by Tarkan. If you listen to Tarkan's track, it has the same rhythm as Stella and Holly's version. Holly Valance turned it into an international hit along with a kinky music video. Though I prefer the original turkish version more cause it sounds more authentic. Holly's version's not too bad. I think it's the best song of the album.
Tuck Your Shirt In and Down Boy aren't so bad. I do think it copies a bit of formula from Holly's first single Kiss Kiss, but it dosen't have the same magic as the leading song. But they feel watered down. I wish that this album was less watered down. There's no impact and no umph. But it wasn't until I heard City Ain't Big Enough was when I could see the decline in this album. It lacks excitement, it dosen't make me feel like putting the album on repeat. Holly's vocals are dry and a bit boring.
I was really disapointed in Cocktails And Parties because I was expecting a silly but fun party song but I got a stale ballad which sounds like an imitation of Atomic Kitten. I should have saved these expectations for Whoop which matched what I was expecting for Cocktails And Parties, but I don't like how watered down it sounds.
Hush Now has an exotic hook and a bubblegum pop vibe. It feels really dated and I'm sure I would have liked it some years ago, but I can't get into it now which is a shame because it's well produced and well written. All In The Mind has some low bases and can be seen as seductive, but I can't click with the song.
Harder They Come is a synthetic version of Madonna's Material Girl. It's very self indulgent, but not refreshing. Help Me Help You is the acoustic ballad I didn't see coming. It really reminds me of a non orchestral version of Atomic Kitten's song, Cradle. It's also quite cheesy and can be seen as a bit rude as well.
Holly's vocals are quite nice in Naughty Girl, but I still think the song sounds generic and bland although the song is well written and wonderfully produced. Connect has a nu-disco vibe with a little bit of attitude. It sounds like a b-side from Girls Aloud, although I think the song would have been better if it was sung by Girls Aloud. The album's anti-climatic closure is a "nice acoustic" song called Send My Best.
I listened to State Of Mind and the singles of Footprints before listening to this album as a whole and I am disapointed in this album. I did hope to enjoy it, but the pleasure was miminal. Baring in mind, it wasn't torturous. I couldn't click with Holly's vocals because I couldn't see the effort and it seems that she never took her music project that seriously. It's a shame because a lot of these songs are well written and wonderfully produced and I think I would have liked it if the vocals were more to my taste.
I can't reccomend this album, although I would say give State Of Mind a go because it has more impact and compliments Holly's vocals more. Of course she got hit by the second album curse but she breaks the tradition of the debut album always being the best album.
I was quite surprised by this album, it's actually rather good!
Holly isn't the best singer in the world but she has pulled it out of the bag here. Kiss Kiss is a great song with a turkish beat to it (she sampled a turkish song - hence the turkish reference). It's a great pop song and it's really fast and catchy. I can see why it went straight to number one - it's such a great song!
Down Boy was Holly's second single and it's included on here. It's a lot slower than Kiss Kiss but it's still a great pop tune and Holly's vocals are soft and gentle on the track. She can't reach any high notes (sorry Holly but it's true!) however keeping the song at the same level throughout isn't too bad - at least you can sing a long to the song without fear of embarrassing yourself. You can actually hear what Holly is singing too. I can understand every word she says - unlike wailers like Mariah Carey and Adele.
Naughty Girl is another soft song that you could class somewhere in between a ballad and an upbeat song. It's rather a unique song and it does stand out on the album. It's quite memorable and I kept skipping back to the song when I first bought the album.
There's a couple of fillers on the album but overall it's a good effort and not a bad debut for an actress. I prefer it to Natalie Imbruglia's debut.
Footprints is the debut album from Holly Valance. It was released in the United Kingdom in 2002. Amazon are currently selling the CD from as little as £0.01 which I think is excellent value for money.
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1) Kiss Kiss 2) Tuck Your Shirt In 3) Down Boy 4) City Ain't Big Enough 5) Cocktails and Parties 6) Whoop 7) Hush Now 8) All In The Mind 9) Harder They Came 10) Help Me Help You 11) Naughty Girl 12) Connect 13) Send My Best 14) Kiss Kiss 15) Down Boy 16) The Making Of Down Boy (Video)
Wow! I am impressed with this album. If I am honest, I wasn't sure what to expect from this album at first, but I have to say that I do really like it.
This is a real 'fun' kind of album; the kind of album which you can put on and forget about everything. It is the kind of album which will put you in a good mood.
There are some really fun and catchy songs on here. Songs which stand out for me include:
Kiss Kiss - This was Holly's first single and I love how funky it is.
Naughty Girl - Very catchy!
All In The Mind - Can't resist singing along to this one.
The album is a cross between pop and R 'n' B; I love it. It has a really great vibe and I like how each song is very different.
Holly actually has a really nice voice; I wasn't expecting her to be that good, but she is. She brings great energy to the songs and the songs on here really suit her voice. There is nothing 'big ballad-y' about it, but they are fun songs and suit her personality.
I would recommend this album!
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Holly Valance is another pop star coming from Australian soap opera Neighbours. Footprints was her debut album and is a mixed sort of album, with some songs being quite good and others being complete and utter rubbish. After hooking people in with the catchy lead single Kiss Kiss this album does not appear to deliver. The next single was the weaker Down Boy which was followed by the slower Naughty Girl. As well as delivering 3 singles the album also has some strange songs which sound out of place like Connect and City Ain't Big Enough which don't seem to fit in with the rest of the album.
This album is a nice enough pop record from Holly Valance but the album does nothing to stand out from the crowd. It is not a particulary memorable album and seems to be a bit bland. However it is fine for people who want a nice happy slice of pop and R&B from Holly Valance.
What's there to say about Holly Valance? Well she's yet another Australian singer who launched her career off the back of successful soap Neighbours in which she played Felicity Scully.
Probably more famous on UK soil naturally for the video to debut single 'Kiss Kiss' in which it appears she is actually naked though I've heard rumours it's some sort of flesh suit so who knows!
'Footprints' is her debut album and is very weak overall in my opinion. I always love the way the fickle music industry works. Whilst neither were huge sellers her sophomore record was a lot stronger and showed more sense of direction but yet was a complete and utter flop compared to this which lacks any real imagination or style to be honest. It's watered down pop with half hearted lyrics and Valance herself has a bit of a poor vocal at the best of times [which probably explains that nudity thing].
01 Kiss Kiss
Originally a Turkish song called 'Samarik' this track is a great opener and a big fluke as far as Valance is concerned. A very catchy beat and seductive vocals laid over a fusion of hooks and grooves that definately make it a song that can cling onto your conscience and not let go for some time.
02 Tuck Your Shirt In
She starts to go down hill here with the first of a handful of 'Kiss Kiss' replicas all falling short of the mark. 'Tuck Your Shirt In' continues the seductive tone of the previous track with its racy lyrics and dirty, infectious beats but its not really a song I'd listen to again after the first time as Valance's vocal is too distorted.
03 Down Boy
Released as the album's second single - it's yet another 'Kiss Kiss' love child. By this time obviously I'm very bored and find her vocals to be greatly unpleasant and dull.
04 City Ain't Big Enough
A change at last! I have to say I do like this track and would call it a highlight. A sort of slow, RNB-Pop fused song that again highlights Valance's poor vocal ability but has some nice lyrics and a catchy hook.
05 Cocktails And Parties
Carrying on in a similar vein to it's predecessor this one however has a far more upbeat tempo and feel to it. It's actually a song that I found myself humming for quite a few weeks and could've done really well as a single in my opinion.
OK I'd rather listen to Westlife than this. It's a careless track with shoddy production and awfully poor lyrics and vocals. Makes you wonder what the hell was g oing through her head when she recorded this.
07 Hush Now
There's a sort of dark and electronic vibe coming from this track. Whilst it has the ability to pull you in and get your foot tapping it's another lyrically poor song and is only good here because most of the other tracks are abmysal.
08 All In My Mind
The latter half of the record descends into more laid back, chilled tracks in which Valance tries to take on Kylie Minogue. This one is very gentle and quite easy on the ears.
09 Harder They Come
A mellow vocal backed against the sort of electro-pop beat that is consistant throughout the album takes off here and looking past the obvious filth in the title - it's actually one of the album's better songs and surprised me as it's one of two tracks that Valance actually co-wrote.
10 Help Me Help You
Co-written by none other than Melanie C of the Spice Girls! This is easily the strongest track here and you can see the traces of Ms C quite clearly. It's possibly the nearest to an actual ballad that Holly reaches on the album and has a lovely set of lyrics and nice topic backed with beautiful harmonies. Stuck towards the end of the album though doesn't really do it justice.
11 Naughty Girl
The last single from the album and I must say a personal favourite of mine. It carries on the sort of slow pop-dance vibe and a strong and raunchy set of vocals and lyrics from Valance. I find the hook and chorus to be the main culprits in getting this song stuck in my head and again it is one of the best tracks on offer on an otherwise poor CD.
I can imagine this track being sung by the likes of Rihanna or something for some odd reason. It has that sort of upbeat dance style but with a trace of RNB underlying it. It's a good effort with some strong lyrics and a beat that will no doubt have you begging for more.
13 Send My Best
Also written by Valance I found this to be a disappointing end to an overall disappointing album.
It seems as if Holly rebels against the formula of your best tracks first and stick filler at the end like so many other artists and bombards us with an array of 'Kiss Kiss' ripoffs and rehashes in the hope that it will still be sexy six tracks in. When she's not doing that she's get stuck in the rut of using the same rehashed pop melodies against a dancey beat and applying here strained and often quiet vocal to them.
There's honestly no real sense of direction or promise here at all though there are a few gems that are still great to lsiten to from time to time, if you ever happen to see this on sale or in a bargain bit somewhere unless it's dirt cheap I'd refrain cos hey I was only 14 when I was bought this and I feel ashamed every single day when I see it in my CD rack.
Long before "Pop Idol" appeared on our screens, the cast of "Neighbours" had already apparently cottoned on to the fact that get a person on TV for long enough, make them a familiar enough face to the public and they are, irrelevant of their ability to keep a tune, pretty much guaranteed a top ten hit. Time after time "Neighbours" has churned out wannabe popstrels who soar to the top of the charts in the flash of an eye - think Kylie, Jason (my favourite out the bunch!) and Natalie Imbruglia to name but a few.
The downside of this, however, is that these soapstars-turned-singers have started to face a bit of backlash and get a reputation as one-hit wonders and non-talents who are riding on the back of their TV fame. This is true for a lot of them, no doubt (not that you can really blame them, if you're offered the chance to make some extra money and have a bit of fun then surely it would be silly to say no!) but occassionally there emerges a real talent, someone with a bit of sticking power, like, for example, Natalie Imbruglia. However, occasionally a genuine talent emerges who seems to have everything in place to be the perfect pop package - the looks, the voice, even the ability to write their own songs, but they just don't seem to get there... and gradually they disappear in to oblivion, that huge studio (where is it?!) full of out-of-work soap/popstars who insist every so often to the press that they are "currently working on a new album" that never actually arrives.
Anyway, one of these forgotten talents, in my humble opinion, is none other than Holly Valance, aka "Neighbours"'s Felicity Scully. Holly was raised in a musical family, her dad being an accomplished jazz guitarist and pianist, and Holly is not just talented vocally but also wrote two of the songs on this album, which is good for a debut.
Holly brought out her first album while she was still appearing in the show over here in the UK, following the success of singles "Kiss Kiss", "Down Boy" and "Naughty Girl". From the release of first single "Kiss Kiss", Holly looked set for stardom, winning many awards such as 'Woman of the Year' by GQ (although this probably wasn't based on her singing ability!) and 'Best New Artist' at the Japanese Music Inustry Awards and achieving an instant number one hit with her first single and top ten hit with her debut album. Despite this success, Holly was unfeasibly dropped by her record company out of the blue after her second album didn't quitematch this success. Despite this I feel that Holly deserves a second chance and would like to encourage others to sample what was my favourite album of the year.
KISS KISS is the first track on the album and her first single. When Holly first brought this out a lot of people were surprised as it has a unique Eastern Europe type sound and is not very "pop princess", which is what many people had anticipated. It is very dancy and catchy and is a good one for a party or to get ready to. It sets the tone for this unusual, upbeat album.
TUCK YOUR SHIRT IN, the second track, sounds quite similar to KISS KISS and is also very upbeat with lots of bass and with an unusual sound. It is a really good track but should not perhaps have been placed directly after KISS KISS as it is quite similar.
DOWN BOY was Holly's second single and has a catchy chorus but is more chilled out than KISS KISS. It is not your usual pop but is very catchy. It is one of my favourite tracks on the album and one that I don't get bored of listening to, even though it was a single and on the TV a lot. It is a grower but also a stayer!
CITY AIN'T BIG ENOUGH is a huge change from the first three songs and sounds as though it belongs to a different album. A lot of people that I know who have the album said that it was their favourite song on the album. It is a nice, slow song (but not a ballad) and Holly's voice sounds really nice on it. It is a great track to be placed here as it emphasises that Holly is not just a one trick pony and offers a different sound from upbeat pop.
COCKTAILS AND PARTIES is also quite slow and a nice enough song if a bit forgettable. It seems to be a bit of a filler and I tend to skip it sometimes, even though it is a good song in its own right, simply because it is nothing special and it precedes my favourite song on the album, WHOOP. WHOOP is probably one of my favourite songs ever. And I mean ever! I just love it, it always cheers me up when I put it on and makes me want to dance which is saying a lot because I never ever dance ever. The music is so unusual, the lyrics are very girl power (not necessarily a good thing, I'm no feminist, but just thought it helps describe the track!) - "I don't need a man to have fun" - and it is pop music at its absolute best - as in it sounds like no song that I have ever heard before.
HUSH NOW is a bit more standard pop and is a nice one to listen to but not one that really sticks out. It is a bit slower than some other tracks and tends to be a bit forgettable. However, it is followed by ALL IN THE MIND which is absolutely amazing. Holly has gone back to the Eastern sound here and I love the music at the beginning, I keep saying this but it is a really unique sound of Holly and one that I haven't heard on any other pop album.
HARDER THEY COME was written by Holly Valance and it is quite a chilled out track that shows off her voice. It is, truth to tell, a bit of a filler, but that is only becuase the songs surrounding it are so good and it is not a weak song in itself.
HELP ME HELP YOUis probably the weakest song on the album, it is a bit too slow and doesn't really go anywhere. I think this song and SEND MY BEST (which is written by Holly Valance) are offered as the comulsory ballads but although they show that Holly can actually sing and hold a tune there is not much else going for them and I think that she should really stick to the more upbeat pop sings (or pick better ballads).
NAUGHTY GIRL is a great track and consequently Holly's third single. It is quite laid back with a nice tune and is a unique song that I love listening to.
CONNECT, along with WHOOSH, is my favourite song on the album and one that I used to play over and over again when I first got the album as I just absolutely love it. The music is great and it is just an amzing upbeat song.
I know that this album sounds a bit dubious, an ex-Neighbours star is never a great selling point, but I just cannot express how much I love this album. I found it difficlut to review as there are only so many times that you can use the word "unique" and "unusual" but that is what this album is all about. It is pop but not pop as you know it! If you have heard Kiss Kiss then you may know what I mean by this! It is deffinitely a feel-good make-you-wanna-dance album and deffinitely worth a listen. I recommended it to everyone when I got it and those that got it loved it too. It may not appeal to everyone but if you like a bit of pop yet are fed up of those same-sounding songs then you should deffinitely give it a listen! There may be some fillers but the majority of songs are amazing and really need to be heard!
she was in neighbours,she went on top of the pops with a great pop song then she blew it by making this dreadful record.I can't even write enough words for dooyoo to let me put up this review,that's how bad it is!so I'll just fill it up.Apart from kiss kiss,down boy,tuck your shirt in & naughty girl this album is a load of sh*t.Snazy production doesn't even win here.Defienetly not worth buying unless you want to carry on seeing ms.valance taking her clothes off,which many people do.oh well that's the way it works.Oh and by the way,she can't sing
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Kiss Kiss
2 Tuck Your Shirt In
3 Down Boy
4 City Ain't Big Enough
5 Cocktails And Parties
7 Hush Now
8 All In The Mind
9 Harder They Come
10 Help Me Help You
11 Naughty Girl
13 Send My Best