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Genre: Pop / Artist: The Saturdays / Audio CD released 2010-08-16 at Polydor Group

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      12.01.2012 17:02
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      This mini album from The Saturdays contains five new songs (at the time of release) and three songs that featured on their "Wordshaker" album. I paid £6.99 for this album, which I thought was reasonable price considering I didn't own five of the songs (I already had Wordshaker).

      The album is fun, girly, an easy listen and a bargain. It contains a mixture of both upbeat songs and ballads, although most of the songs are upbeat. Forever Is Over is a ballad that was written by ex Busted member James Bourne. The song is sang beautifully and it isn't cheesy in the slightest. It's an upbeat ballad, a ballad with a bit of a beat to it.

      The great thing about this album is that these girls can SING. They're nothing like the Spice Girls in terms of vocals. Okay, they're songs may not be as catchy, but the vocals are miles better. Missing You shows off the vocal ability of the girls. They share the vocals out on this song and it was the song that made me say "these girls are talented".

      This is pop music without the cheese factor. These girls take classic pop and churn it out in a way that doesn't make you reach for the sick bucket. This also applies to their ballads.

      You can pick this album for a cheap price now. You can also buy an extended version of it on Amazon.co.uk or download the deluxe version from iTunes. It's definitely worth a listen. Give these ladies a chance, you won't regret it.

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        A great EP with some interesting tracks on...

        If you look through my CD and music collection, it's not often that you will come across anything that isn't in the rock and indie genre - but when you do it is definitely one of those albums that I normally wouldn't go shouting that I own. But we all have our guilty pleasures, and for the time being this is staying guilty - and only everyone online will know about it, not keeping that one quiet for long am I really. In my defence I only bought it because it was cheap and I wanted the new single, and didn't realise until I got home it wasn't there - but that's no excuse really is it?!

        ~*~ The Saturdays ~*~

        The Saturdays are an all-girl group formed in the UK in 2006, under Fascination Records; the band currently consists of; Frankie Sandford, Vanessa White, Una Healy, Mollie King and Rochelle Wiseman. Frankie and Rochelle, being two former band members of S Club Juniors, if you remember them - I remember being about the same age as them and being really jealous I was at school when they were out singing and dancing. Anyway I digress, The Saturdays have had nine UK top ten singles, out of the ten they have released, and with two albums under their belt - they are about to hit us with their newest, featuring latest single notorious.

        Now 'Headlines,' is an EP not a studio album that the girls have produced, which is a bit of a weird one considering they are two albums into their career but never mind. This EP, actually comes in two forms the original copy, and the extended version - luckily for me I have the extended version featuring a lot of their recent singles, but as I said not the single I bought it for... The girls are back on tour in December of 2011, following their recent 'Headlines,' tour, the girls seem to have everything going for them at the moment - and the ability to produce good pop songs to go with it!

        ~*~ Track Listing ~*~

        1. Missing You - 3:41
        2. Ego - 2:59
        3. Higher - 3:36
        4. Forever is Over (Radio Edit) - 3:22
        5. Died in Your Eyes - 4:01
        6. Karma - 3:40
        7. Puppet - 3:42
        8. One Shot - 3:31
        9. Here Standing - 3:36
        10. Lose Control - 3:19
        11. Deeper - 4:05
        12. Higher - 3:21

        The non-extended version of this album stops at track eight and you don't get the final four tracks, but when I bought this EP it was only the extended version available, so it made no difference to me either way, but when I originally looked at this album it only had the eight tracks on it and I decided not to buy it.

        ~*~ Is It Worth The Headline? ~*~

        Given that the first four tracks of this album, and then the last song, is a single they have previously released, getting this EP isn't going to be full of surprises - that is until you get past those first four tracks. Admittedly they aren't the worst songs to have to listen to, but unless you haven't heard them a lot, or very recently they are hardly likely to set your world on fire. As to start the EP they chose 'Missing You' which when it was released in August of last year was literally just before this EP came out, was quite a popular song, but to be honest I'm not really sure why, the lyrics are very simple and with any pop song now it's about relationships, but it relates them back to some odd things that in reality no one would think of but - it has its moments later on in the track where it picks up a good beat and you could quite easily find yourself singing and dancing away to it - but for an opener to any CD unless it's a single it was a little bit too slow. Due to the fact it was a single it's a song that has been played to death and I am liable to skip over it, for a more favourable song! The next single on this EP was January 2010's Ego, now this song in itself isn't all that clever - the lyrics are again quite simple and relating to a relationship, and it seems to be a somewhat in your face, how are you going to survive without me kind of track - but musically it's a bit better. It's very electro and synthesised, but not to a point where it sounds ridiculous - the problem with this song now is that all you can relate it back to is the video, as when the song came out it was everywhere. The vocals on this song aren't actually too bad, the girls have varying roles and you can tell the difference between their voices but I have my thoughts about the vocals of this band which I will later share with you, the song itself is a bit more up tempo and very listenable if you aren't yet bored with it.

        The next track 'Higher,' is one that most people have heard a lot of I would have thought, but at track three of this EP they used the version that they did alone. Which is a very highly synthesised track, and if you aren't expecting it the opening to the track is very sharp, and doesn't seem to calm down until you get to the chorus, and it's really off putting. The song lyrically is again quite simple, but is one that I will admit I quite like, just talking about making your own decisions. The song keeps up the tempo from the previous track, but is a bit softer and far more like one of the songs you can sit in a car with a group of girls and sing along to. In fact it is a little bit of a girl anthem to be honest - now I think about it, but you do have to be in the mood to listen to this song though! Now when next single 'Forever is over,' came out I loved it, and that doesn't happen often - but this version is apparently the Radio edit, and it seems to have developed a bit of a funny noise in the background that was never there before - which irritates me like mad for no good reason really. The song lyrically is still as good as it was when I first heard it and watched the video - the song purely is about getting away from a relationship that is over already without feeling as hurt as you would have done if you waited any longer. By the last minute or so of the track Una gets a solo that is very empowering, and gives the song a kick to the end that makes it highly listenable - the girls voices are all really strong in this track - giving it a feeling of empowerment I can only assume.

        'Died in your eyes,' was a song I hadn't heard before I got hold of this EP, as it is a little bit slower than the previous three songs but, it's quite a good song lyrically - again it is about a relationship going sour, and the one thing that keeps you holding on is taken away. So if you are going through a break-up or something a bit sad, it is quite liable to get you singing along, and quite probably crying. I'm not sure what it is about this song musically that makes it sound a little more natural than some of their more synthesised songs, but it definitely sounds like a little more thought has gone into how this album sounds without using too many actually instruments which is a shame considering two band members are quite talented on the guitar, but it is definitely a good song, to get you singing along, but not one much for having on quite loud. The next track, 'Karma' however well that's a totally different story - the lyrics to this song sum up exactly how I feel about my ex-boyfriend now, and now it just means every time I hear it, it has to go up really loud as if I'm singing loud enough for him to hear. The lyrics 'You oughta know, I've got the pieces of the heart you broke, I've got the bruises from the letting go, You said you only needed time to breathe, A little time alone, So who the hell is she?!' It's exactly the excuse I got and well this song just strikes a chord with me, and musically it is quite upbeat and very much in your face, as with a lot of their songs, which is just a bonus, because every girl needs an album in her life that will give her a bit of girl power, and make her feel that she's right, even when she knows she is. (That's part of my reason for even owning this EP.)

        My favourite track of the EP is 'Puppet,' I saw this live on TV a few weeks back, and was so happy to see this song on the track listing - because it is an infectious song, not in a bad way - but it definitely gets in your head. It's very synthesised, but immediately makes you move when you hear it, currently sat here dancing in my seat as I listen to it! The lyrics are about a girl controlling a man, which do you agree girls we all wish we could to an extent anyway! The chorus and musically is quite similar throughout the song, and it is a highly listenable pop song, that sounds great loud and even better in a live setting, with it being up beat it keeps the tempo going from 'Karma,' and when it's done 'One Shot,' takes over. This track is again quite high paced and very much synthesised beat, similar to 'Puppet,' but the verse is a little bit more harmonised, until it launches into a high powered chorus, with a very punchy backing track that is lyrically easy to remember, and sing along to if the mood takes you - lyrically it is just about waiting for the right bloke and once he's there that he only has one chance with you, and that well just gives girls a bad name, I'm more than happy to give a second chance if there is a good reason! 'Here Standing,' drops the tempo slightly, and is a bit more piano based than any of the previous tracks on this album, lyrically it is a little bit soppy, in that it is thanking someone for being there and it's due to them that they are doing what they are. It is quite sweet in a way, and is one of those songs that in an emotional mood you could relate back to someone you love or are close to and it would bring a tear to your eye. I love singing this song in the car, mainly because no one can hear me - but it is a really powerful song, that incorporates a bit more of an organic sound with piano and strings in the backing track.

        'Lose Control,' was the theme song for a television programme a year or so ago, and for the life of me I cannot remember what, but I just remember really enjoying it and thinking oh what is this song. Then it popped up on this EP and it quite quickly became one of my favourites, purely because it's a little bit of a song for the underdog in some respects, the girls that never had it all in school, and never got the attention the overly pretty girls get - but now is more than up there with them - a bit of an ugly duckling story! Musically though it is back to the highly synthesised backing track that is very dancey if you were out it would be mixed with a heavy beat and everyone would be dancing, not going to deny it - me included! 'Deeper,' is the one track on this EP that the girls had a full hand in, when writing and without sounding cruel it is a bit of a boring track, not down to the lyrics because they are fairly standard and in line with the rest of the EP, but it is quite slow and well nine times out of ten I will skip over it, or just take the CD out to be honest - though the one thing it has going for it is that it has more piano and actual guitar playing in it which is rare in itself on a Saturdays album it seems... Then the last track on the album is 'Higher,' again but this time with Flo-Rida, and if I'm honest I can't stand that version it's just unbearable to listen to knowing at one point or another that deep voice is going to burst into this very girly song - just can't really be bothered with it!

        Ok so here comes my biggest bug-bear with girl groups in general, and it applied a lot to Girls Aloud as well - that how much do they have the life produced out of their voices. Just one listen to the girls live and you think hang on what happened to the voices on the CD, it's not the best advertisement if you can tell a massive difference between the two. Personally I like not to be able to tell the difference between a CD and a live performance, but there just seems to be something a bit funny going on with these 5, the songs are good girly pop songs, but they seem to have their problems on stage with breaking voices and the wobbles they have at times just shows the difference. The problem with the record companies is that they are so desperate to bring on the next Spice Girls with a modern twist they forget that some of the girls especially in The Saturdays are only 21 and it just seems like they are being pushed quite hard to be sexy, but be able to sing well live too. I don't know it might just be me ranting a little bit but it's not how I like my artists to be normally, but with this album I'll let it go because I like my chances to have a bit of a sing every now and again to something not infused with screaming!

        ~*~ Download This... ~*~

        Karma...
        Puppet...
        Lose Control...

        It's these three that are in my playlist on my MP3, and no doubt if I heard them out I would be dancing with my mates within a few seconds.

        ~*~ Price and Availability ~*~

        I got my copy of this from HMV in store for £3, bargain however online it is £2.99 as it is available in the £2.99 sale HMV currently have on!

        On Play.com the CD is £3.99 with free delivery...

        Amazon currently has the CD from £4.45 depending on what quality you want the item, so for now your best bet is to get down to HMV and pick up a bargain EP.

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          11.06.2011 16:49
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          Catchy, summery pop tunes which may surprise you with their vocals and quality

          In just three short years, the Saturdays have done the impossible and bucked the trend of here-today, gone-tomorrow girlbands. Achieving an impressive string of nine top ten hits, and selling almost two million singles, the band created a bridge between their sophomore album and their upcoming third disc, by releasing the eight track EP entitled Headlines!. Consisting of three tracks from their 'Wordshaker' album, and five new songs - the girls do not disappoint in delivering a fantastic set of back-to-back potential pop hits.

          The first single released from the album is the sparky, electro-pop infused ballad 'Missing You'. At first the song, is a little jarring, as it features the first time that the band has used autotune - an effect notorious for making pop singers sound robotic and soulless. While the first verse is a little excruciating to listen to, luckily the effect dies out later in the song and the emphasis is placed more on the production and lyrics. Lyrically speaking, it is one of the group's best songs - it's surprisingly dark, talking about longing for the spark that used to exist in a relationship, to the point that you crave anything (including pain) just to make you feel that passion again. "Sometimes I'm just missing... missing you," sing the group in the chorus. The song is the definition of a grower. On the first few listens you may feel underwhelmed, but something just clicked with me, and I became addicted to the track .I love the synths that really pick up during the bridge, adding a bit of tempo - if anything, I'd have loved the song even more if it had become a club banger for the last chorus - just because the production feels like it's building up to it, yet doesn't quite deliver.

          'Ego' is one of the band's biggest hits - and for good reason. It is brimming with sass and energy, with a strong chorus. "And now you want to pretend that you're a superstar, and now you want us to end what's taken you this far/Don't tell me that you're done as far as we go, you need to have a sit down with your ego" scolds the group in the addictive hook. The rippling electro-pop synths and pumping beats compliment the girls' personalities and voices well, with Vanessa (the strongest vocalist of the group) really showcasing her pipes in the bridge. I've been listening to the song on repeat since 2010 and it still hasn't got old. Without a doubt, a flawless pop gem.

          The third track, 'Higher', is yet another instant pop song. The surging beats and uplifting, almost-breathless chorus make for another high-energy up-tempo. It is different to the radio edit featuring Flo-Rida - and is in my opinion, better. The rap version removes the stunning bridge where Una delivers a spine-tingling note, which ends up being the highlight of the track. The short, snappy lyrics ("So when I speak listen, this is my decision/But you keep on pushing, like I need permission to be heard") get quickly stuck in your head, and you can't help but sing along with it at the top of your lungs. Without a doubt, this track is one of their best recordings yet.

          The fourth track, 'Forever is Over', divided critics when it was released and it still perplexes me a little. Lyrically, it's quite feisty ('Now I realise I'm in paradise/Because you're out of my life') but it is quite jarring when you consider that the Saturdays have carved out a niche of glossy pop music. It's not quite a rock song, but the fact that it was written for Kelly Clarkson should indicate that it doesn't quite fit the band. However, to their credit, they do make this slightly odd song choice work - with it being quite a good opportunity to showcases their voices. Una's huskier Irish tones fit in well with the guitar-based production, and Vanessa (as always) shines when she gets to soar in the chorus. Not a bad song, but just a strange one when you consider the tracks it's placed next to.

          I must say, I'm a big fan of the only ballad on the disc - 'Died in Your Eyes'. The song is probably one of the group's best vocal performances to-date, which is definitely helped by the minimal instrumentation and synths. The sparse production in the verses is almost theatrical, in that they lull you into a false sense of security before the crashing chorus hits. "Your hands start undressing me, your lips won't stop kissing me, I hear you say you love me..." the song seems a pretty standard love song, until the powerful, angry refrain of "But you're lying, lying/I see the truth, you're hiding, hiding/The one thing that keeps me alive, just died in your eyes." A clever track, which has a really powerful delivery. Great song.

          I feel conflicted listening to 'Karma'. In many ways, it is incredibly cheesy but ultimately, it's a great up-tempo - if a little throwaway. "If you wanted diamonds, why'd you settle for a rock?" Frankie scolds in the opening line of the song. The feisty lyrics sometimes miss the mark ("I hope you choke on some real hot coffee") but the sentiment is compelling. "You oughta know, I got the pieces of the heart you broke/I've got the bruises from the letting go" is an addictive chorus, which is let down by the overuse of autotune. I'm not really sure why the band let their producers do this to them, as they are all very proficient vocalists.

          The demented lyrics and production on 'Puppet' help it to be one of the band's most unique recordings to-date. The clunking beats and industrial synths create an eerie atmosphere in this personality-rich pop outing. "Like a p-p-p-puppet on a string, I'll make you dance, make you sing" the girls hiss in the stuttering chorus. It's a little ridiculous. Yet it works so well.

          'One Shot' is without a doubt, a potential hit. It's a shame that the group's label never chose to release it, as it has all the makings of a huge radio smash. The catchy melody, heavy beat and infectious chorus would sound equally as good in the car as in the club. The thundering bass and the glossy chorus juxtapose nicely against each other. "All I am is constantly, waiting for somebody good enough for me/So keep it steady you've got, one shot/one shot" they sing, in one of their most addictive hooks to date. There is something irresistible about this uptempo, and for sure, it's a highlight on the disc.

          This review has focused on the standard edition of 'Headlines!', which as previously mentioned, features three songs from their 'Wordshaker' album but five new tracks too. An expanded edition was also released after the phenomenal chart success of 'Higher' and features three more tracks lifted from their 'Wordshaker' LP. 'Here Standing' is without a doubt, an amazing addition to the record as it showcases a beautiful piano melody and gorgeous vocals. 'Deeper' was written entirely by the band, and it's lyrically simple, but has incredible harmonies in the chorus - one of my favourite songs they have sung. It also includes 'Lose Control', a fun, sing-a-long pop number. This edition of the album is perfect for those who never got round to buying their sophomore record, but without doubt, is not worth the extra money for those who already own it as the songs have not been remixed or changed.

          Without a doubt, 'Headlines!' is a criminally underrated pop record. It's not revolutionary, but it's packed with wall-to-wall radio-friendly uplifting music. You'll find yourself singing along, and on the slower tracks, becoming more and more conscious on how the group's vocal proficiency is improving with every song they release. With the expanded edition only £3.99 on Play.com, this is a bargain and a sure-fire pleasing purchase for any pop fan.

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            Great songs!

            I like British girlband The Saturdays! I wouldn't call myself a massive fan, but I do like their music as it is a little bit different and they are not your not your typical girlband, which I think is what makes them soo great. I own both of their previous albums; Chasing Lights and Wordshaker and really like them, and so when I heard they had a new album out, I just had to buy it.

            Headlines is the third album from The Saturdays and was released in the United Kingdom in August 2010. You can buy this album from Amazon for a price of around £7.

            * Tracklist*
            1)Missing You 2)Ego 3)Higher 4)Forever Is Over 5)Died In Your Eyes
            6)Karma 7)Pupper 8)One Shot

            I really liked this album as it's a new chapter in The Saturdays' story and so it's great to hear a change of direction in their musical style. It's a great girlie album ; the kind of album you would listen to when you are with your friends getting ready for a girlie night out or when your out driving in the car ; there's something about it that's a bit like 'girl power' but not so in your face as a lot of other 'girl power' kinda girl bands which is good.

            One thing which I was a bit annoyed about was the fact that there are only eight songs on this album ; a bit short , but fair enough, short and sweet. However, the thing that annoyed me was the fact that three of the songs(Ego, One Shot and Forever Is Over) from this album had already been on their last album, Wordshaker (and they are the same versions, so it is not like they are remixes) and so there are only five songs on this album which fans havn't already heard. I think it would have been better if the band had waited a bit longer so that they had material for a proper album; they would only need about four or five more songs. Not only is this a bit of rip off for the fans,but also means that they will have to wait longer for a proper album as there will no doubt a 'break' between this album and the next one.

            Despite my moan above, I do like this album. I mean I really like the three songs that they have put on two albums, I think they're great, its just the fact that fans are paying for something they already have. The songs which stand out the most for me on this album are ; their latest single Higher, Puppet gets you up and dancing and
            Missing You, well that song has really grown on me!

            Their sound has really changed since they first came out. They seem a lot more mature now ; as though they aren't afraid to be themselves. They also have a more 'rockier' sound which I really like.

            I would recommend this album, especially if you havn't got 'Wordshaker' it's just annoying that both albums have some of the same songs. I suppose you could download the tracks that you havn't got which would work out cheaper.

            Thanks for reading!
            October 14th 2010
            xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)

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              Great album for a boogie

              Headlines is the 3rd Album from British girl group 'The Saturdays'. It was released on the16th August 2010 and reached number 3 in the official UK Charts. It is advertised as a mini album and contains 5 new tracks, and 3 tracks from their previous album. The mini album comes in cheaper than a full size album, selling for £6.99 at hmv and £5.99 on iTunes. I am not sure if I got a special addition (I downloaded it from iTunes) as mine also had 2 acoustic versions of their songs and 3 music videos.

              The Album Tracks are as follows:
              Missing You
              Ego
              Higher
              Forever is over
              Died in your Eyes
              Karma
              Puppet
              One Shot (Starsmith mix)
              Forever is over (Acoustic)
              Ego (Acoustic)

              I must admit I have not always been a fan of the Saturdays and can not compare this album to the previous 2 however I really enjoyed this album. I do not normally listen to standard 'pop' which is what this album is but the songs are catchy, fun and very girly.

              My favourite track on the album is "Higher" which is also set to be their 2nd single from this album. It is catchy and a great tune to dance to. However like many of their other tracks their lyrics are probably aimed at 13year old girls. I also love "forever is over" it has more of a rock like feel to it.

              Karma and Puppet are pure 1990's manufactured pop which is kind of refreshing. They defiantly stand out in today's music.

              I love the two acoustic covers of Ego and Forever is over. Una Healy is on guitar which is a nice change in a girl band. I love how a few of them can play instruments. They also sound much stronger vocally when they sing their acoustic versions (live lounge style)

              If you are in two minds about buying the album then go for it. It is not my type of music I normally buy but I love it!!

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              Good for Saturdays, or Sundays, for that matter.

              Ever since their imperceptible debut in the music world back in late 2008, The Saturdays have slowly been creeping up on UK audiences with their mix of light-hearted electro pop, with subtle R&B infused beats. Girls Aloud and The Sugababes have long been the girlbands to compete with in the UK mainstream market, whereas The Spice Girls and All Saints were the 90's girlbands to compete with. At first it seemed that The 5 girls that make up this girlband were a clear rip-off of Girls Aloud and were destined for the bargain bin. 2 years on and 7 top 10's, 5 of which were top 5 hit's The Saturdays have cemented themselves firmly in the running to become one of the UK's biggest girlbands.

              Released at the beginning of August 2010, Headlines has become The Saturdays third album, although it leans towards being more of a mini album with only 8 songs included.

              Missing You
              Ego
              Higher
              Forever Is Over
              Died In Your Arms
              Karma
              Puppet
              One Shot (Starsmith remix)

              I must admit, I was something of a Saturdays adversary until I finally caved and decided to give them a chance. I've never liked Girls Aloud, although I've always been a fan of The Sugababes (the first incarnation, I hasten to add), but with these two bands becoming somewhat redundant in the last year or two, the path was clear for The Saturdays to tip toe up and take us all by surprise. After releasing two successful albums, they're back with Headlines. Having only heard the single releases from their first two albums, I don't have much in the way of comparisons, so will be taking this album on its own merit.

              Mini albums seem to be all the range at the moment - Eminem did it last year after releasing Relapse, Lady Gaga has done it with her Monster album and now these girls. Ok, so The Saturdays may not quite be in the same league as two of the biggest names in music, but, to my surprise, I was actually more impressed with this release than I was with Gaga's and Mather's. I've always thought of mini albums to be something of a cop-out - not wanting to put in the effort to create an entire album, yet still wanting to rake in the cash. Headlines is a pretty mixed bag in this area, whilst the majority of the songs are brand new, a couple (Ego, One Shot) have been lifted straight off the girl's second album, Wordshaker and plonked onto this to increase the numbers. They've aimed to disguise this, not so cunningly, by adding a remix of One Shot, instead of including the original and far superior version. Infact, the two songs sound so incredibly similar, I'm not entirely sure if the 'Starsmith remix' label was just added for vanity.

              Well, I suppose at least they actually made the effort with One Shot, whereas with Ego, a hit for the girls in late 2009, hasn't even attempted to put on a guise and was, as aforementioned, simply added to make up the numbers. A pretty poor start girls. Oh well, onwards and upwards as they say. The album kicks off on a sturdy start with current hit Missing You. This is pop gold - a velvety, cuddly beat with just as gag worthy lyrics. It works, and it works damn well! This is, however, a grower, the record label, of course aware of this, let the song loose on airwaves months before it was released, this shrewd move worked as the track charted at number 3 in the charts, only just missing out at the top spot. That's not to say Missing You is perfect, far from it infact. The lyrics are absolute tripe "I miss missing you/I miss hurting you till' you cry/ I miss watching you as you try/try not to end up in tears/begging to get back together", a 13 year old girl who's just split up with her first crush could have written this cringe worthy nonsense. "I just miss all the mess that we made/when we still had the passion to hate". This song certainly isn't sung with an ounce of passion, infact the girls sound utterly bored throughout, and the choreographed dance - don't even get me started. Nevertheless, this song has become something of a guilty pleasure for me.

              Other single release, Forever Is Over, features here and provides another strong pop infused track, this time a little more resolute than Missing You. The girls take turns in the verses, reminiscent of the way The Spice Girls worked back in the day and it works a treat. The verses have a lot more finesse to them than the previous track, whilst the girls just seem a little more alive and kicking, singing with furore. The song treads on a slightly rocky note, with guitar riffs apparent numerous times throughout proceedings. Forever Is Over becomes one of the standout tracks for numerous reasons, with the simplest being - it's the best. The other standout track comes in the form of the irrefutable Puppet. The song sounds slightly like a superior version of Miley Cyrus's 'Can't Be Tamed', with a bit of Britney at her best thrown in for good measure. The song begins with an edgy intro, with gaps between lines and R&B welded beats. The girls really start to show some credibility at the start of this song and as it transcends into a stomping, rip-roaring chorus, things only look up. The lyrics are simple and likeable enough, with something of a hidden meaning behind them and there's more than a hint of Britney's controversial 'If You Seek Amy' in there.

              Higher and Karma are pure, manufactured glossy pop. The two sound strikingly similar, both being excellent tracks, possibly with Karma pipping Higher to the post in terms of lyrics and attitude. That's the thing with these girls - they're not the rough and ready Sugababes (again, I'm referring to the original line up), nor are they are the perfectly preened Girls Aloud, they fit comfortably in the middle - a good place to be. Unlike Girls Aloud, these girls are likeable, they've got personalities, they don't come across as threatening where your boyfriends are concerned, nor do they look like they could scratch your eyes out at any moment. Whoever put this band together, got it scarily right.

              These girls don't have the strongest vocal ranges, nor are they ever going to come close to the sheer brilliance of Lady Gaga or Britney, however, when it comes to UK girlbands, the market is rather thin on the ground and The Saturdays have certainly filled a huge gap that Girls Aloud and The Sugababes have left. These girls could be a real threat to their territory and for that reason, they should be worried. Overall the album is a pleasingly fresh concoction of pop/electro pop songs that teenage girls will eat up like it's going out of fashion. Unlike a lot of girlbands, The Saturdays remain relevant in a competitive pop world that seems to be flooded by mediocre boy bands at the moment (JLS, The Wanted) and for that reason, these amiable girls should be given a chance - if only to get Girls Aloud firmly off our airwaves for good!

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            • Product Details

              Disc #1 Tracklisting
              1 Missing You
              2 Ego
              3 Higher
              4 Forever Is Over
              5 Died In Your Eyes
              6 Karma
              7 Puppet
              8 One Shot
              9 Headlines PUSH Content