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90's Girl Power!
Power Of A Woman - Eternal
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Power Of A Woman - Eternal
Advantages: Some good material on here
Disadvantages: Goes downhill after Track 10
Eternal were one of the biggest girlbands in the UK during the 90's. Many people may find it hard to believe that this girlband had more Top 10 hits than both the Spice Girls and All Saints, yet these two groups seem to be more remebered than Eternal.
'Power Of A Woman' was the bands second album, released in 1995 and their first album as a trio, with Louise Nurding quitting the band the previous year. The album consists of 13 songs, mixing a range of pop, r&B and funk.
'Power Of A Woman' - The title track from the album and the first single. It's a sassy, very Americanised pop track. They released this in mid 1995 and it sounded so fresh and in your face back then. It's the orignal 'Girl Power' anthem, which sadly got overshadowed when the Spice Girls burst onto the scene the following year. However, it still is one of their most well known hits. 10/10.
'I Am Blessed' - The albums second single, reached number 7 in the UK charts. This is a beautiful ballad, released perfectly around Christmas time. It has a magical 'sparkle' to it, and showcases Easther Bennets find vocal. Lovely. 10/10.
'Good Thing' - Another funky R&B song. Very 90's sounding and urban. It is definatly a standout on the album and served as the 3rd single. It's more 'lighter' than the single version of the song. 9/10.
'Telling You Now' - This track is quite a dreamy mellow ballad. It floats along nicely and is a great album track. The chorus definatly outshines the verses. Not a track that would be a single but it's pleasent enough 8/10.
'Hurry Up' - This has a kind of poppy feel to it, reminiscent of their first album. This song definatly sounds like a leftover track from 'Always And Forever' and was also the B-Side to the first single on this album. Like the previous song it's ok but compared to the first three songs on the album, it feels very watered down. 8/10.
'Redemption Song' - The band covered Bob Marley for this track and it was always one of the most 'talked about' songs on the album by the fans and the media at the time. At one point it was intended to be the fourth single from the album (but they were offered to do the Hunchback of Notre Damne song instead) but was cancelled. It is completely different to anything they had ever done before and doesn't really have a reggae feel with I think was intended. It's a nice change from them though. 8/10.
'It Will Never End' - Time for another ballad. This is an epic 90's track, which sounds very dated in present day. I still like this though and at the time of rleease it was definatly one of my faviourite songs on the album. 8/10.
'Who Are You' - Has the same kind of American(ised) pop sassiness that 'Power Of A Woman' and 'Good Thing' has. Was released in Japan but not in the UK. Quite a good pop song. 8/10.
'Secrets' - This was the fourth and final single from the album, although was remixed for the official release. Probably one of Eternal lesser-known singles but it's a good song. It's a harmless pop/R&B track which ended the album campaign nicely. 9/10.
'Your Smile' - As we appraoch the end part of the album, I feel this is the downward point from here on. This song is again a pleasent pop track, but doesn't have that 'punch' that you need. 7/10.
'Don't Make Me Wait' - This song is one that I rarely listen to. It's pure album filler and totally uneccessary on the album. 4/10.
'Up To You' - A funky pop track with a cringey rap from Kelle Bryan in the middle! It's harmless enough but bleugh, where has all the funk gone from this album? 7/10.
'Faith In Love' - The album ends on this number. More watered down pop. Absolutely nothing remarkable about it sadly. 4/10.
Overall, not a bad album. It does tend to turn into 'filler' material from track 10 onwards. But the first 10 songs are pretty decent enough and warrent a purchase. Get it if you want to remenice about 90's R&B.
Summary: Buy it! Eternal seem to have been forgotten by the public!