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Murder on the Dancefloor
I bought the Sophie Ellis Bextor album, Take Me Home a few years ago and it's still one of the ones I listen to. However, I generally only listen to a few tracks as I like the first part of the album but am not really thrilled about the rest of the tracks.
Sophie Ellis Bexter is a singer who has had relative success but I wouldn't say she is a big massive star. Her second album did well but not as well as this album as it only reached number 18 in the charts and she has since taken time off to start a family. Her sound is very pop, electric, dance style tunes which I generally quite like as they are fun to sing along and dance too.
Sophie is the daughter of Janet Ellis who was a presenter on Blue Peter back in the early eighties. She began her musical career in 1997, with an indie band called theaudience. She's quite pretty, with dark hair and clear skin which I think has added to her success in this business. She has a different look to some other people in the industry and generally has quite quirky make up and really interesting clothes.
Her voice is quite interesting too, it's fairly low and has a bit of a twang to it.
Read my Lips was her debut album and was released in 2001. THe cover is quite simple but works well. It features a picture os Sophie ont he front in black and white with her name Sophie Ellis Bextor written across the front. It has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. The first song on the album which is one of my favourites is called Take Me Home and was originally recorded by American singer and actress, Cher. I was actually unaware of this as I have never heard the Cher version but I do like Sophie's version.
My other favourite track on the album is song number 4, Murder On the Dance Floor, and was her best selling single to date. This track is a brilliant song for the dancefloor as it suggests and as such became the most played song of 2002 in all of Europe.
The rest of the tracks on the album are as follows:
"Take Me Home"
"Move This Mountain"
"Murder on the Dancefloor"
"Leave the Others Alone"
"The Universe is You"
"Is It Any Wonder"
"Everything Falls Into Place"
Sophe Ellis Bextor arrived at just the right time for me. There was a gap in the pop market for a feisty and sultry female diva with style. Madonna was still lodding away, Kylie was in the background, but nobody was doing it for the Brits, until Sophie appeared of course.
Who is she:
Daughter of Janet Ellis, ex Blue Peter presenter. Sophie found a little fame in indie outfit The Audience. She then guested on Spiller's 'Groovejet' which was a number one hit single.
On this album:
For me, 'Murder On The Dancefloor' sums up the album. Unassuming, trendy and chic pop music. Sophie breezes her way through the song, barely singing, but speaking the verses, before arriving at a fruity and fun chorus. It is catchy, sparkly and everything pop. 'Take Me Home' was a cover, but done with her trademark style, giving it a dancefloor sensibility.
'Music Gets The Best Of Me' is as close as she comes to outright disco. An effortless number with a chorus which could have been plucked straight from the seventies. 'Get Over You' has a nagging hookline which will remain with you for hours on end.
There are enough pop delights on here to please any fan of SClub, Kylie or possibly even Madonna. Sophie does not sing brilliantly, but she trots her way through with ease and makes her mark as a stylish female performer.
There is something about Sophie Ellis Bextor's voice that I find to be very soothing. She is by no means a good singer in my opinion but I could listen to her all day. I remember when I first heard her on the track "Groovejet" by... I don't know. Someone or other, I thought to myself. I could listen to more of this. And then when I heard the first single from this album - "Murder on the dancefloor" I was hooked. I listened to that track ad nauseum and then decided to get the album to see what else was going on in there. And I enjoyed it. It was never going to be album of the year (there are parts of the album that I consider to be unlistenable - but I will let you judge that for yourself as it is a subjective thing) but there was enough going on in it and enough of that voice to keep one interested. By far the best track on the album is "Murder on the Dancefloor" but there are enough other very good tracks too - "Music gets the best of me" for instance. A good listen and definitely not the worst album you are going to have sitting in your house.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor is something of a rarity in the music business. She has a class and sophistication which can't be matched or bought, a unique and articulate vocal style which you could recognise anywhere as being hers, she has very much input into her music, she's jaw-droppingly gorgeous and is one of the friendliest and most down to earth celebrities.
Sophie's career in music began in the late 90s as front woman of indie band TheAudience who were responsible for a string of mid-table hits but didn't amount to much and were finished by the end of the first album's era.
After an unsuccessful stint at modelling, Sophie guested on Spiller's 2000 summer smash 'Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)', which in a high-profile chart battle with a single Victoria Beckham was featured on, trounced the former Spice Girl turned WAG into the ground and reigned supreme at the top of the charts.
A year later Sophie emerged as a solo artist in her own right, releasing a part-cover of a Cher track called 'Take Me Home' which she took all the way to #2 and the album followed.
Sophie's signature song 'Murder On The Dancefloor' was the second single and also reached #2 in christmas 2001.
In the summer of 2002, Sophie re-packaged the album and released a new song 'Get Over You' (which is effectively Sophie's 'I Will Survive') double-A-sided with 'Move This Mountain' (Sophie's personal favourite track on the album) went to #3, and in November the era was rounded off with the other new song added to the re-packaged album released as a single, 'Music Gets The Best Of Me' which reached #14.
The album itself is vastly different from the singles, which perhaps give a slightly false representation of the album. The singles are upbeat, pop-disco affairs whereas the rest of the album is more innovative, mature pop.
With 'Lover' you have a lower tempo electronic pop number (this was once a planned single), 'I Believe' blends vaguely hip-hop esque beats, electronic and pop-rock with a powerful chorus, 'Leave The Others Alone' is as close to trip-pop as you can get with strings throwin in for good measure, 'Final Move' has a slight retro sound to it where Sophie deliberates about ending a relationship, 'Everything Falls Into Place' is pure 80s through and through.
All in all, this is a very solid album with not one filler track and is a major grower. Sophie was blessed with a very special talent and I hope she's here to stay forever.
Being the child of a famous kids TV presenter can often come in handy if you want to break into the starry world of showbiz - just ask Zoe Ball. However, it wasn't always easy for Sophie Ellis-Bextor, whose Mum Janet Ellis was a 'Blue Peter' presenter in the mid-80's... It was as the frontwoman for the band 'Theaudience' that Ellis-Bextor first gained notoriety with her nonchalant and aloof mannerisms and her clever-clever songs. Still a teenager when they were signed, a high media profile wasn't matched with sales, and despite the hype, releases like 'A Pessimist Is Never Disappointed' failed to make much impact on the charts, and the band were dropped. Fast forward a year or two (and after leaving music behind for some modelling work), and Ellis-Bextor was thrust into the limelight once again after providing vocals to Spiller's 'Groovejet', which beat Victoria Beckham's first solo offering to number one. Dubbed as the battle of 'Posh vs Posher', it set the foundations for a frantic record company scramble to sign Ellis-Bextor as a solo artist. After settling on Polydor, she went about recording 'Read My Lips', on which she co-wrote all of the tracks. Her opening single 'Take Me Home' gets the album off to an outstanding start. Something of a grower, it was an old Cher track that had it's lyric sheet ripped apart and rewritten with typical Sophie style. Blowing her own trumpet with lines like 'you deserve a girl like me', it was a big smash, reaching #2. The following two tracks are two of the strongest. 'Lover', was a moody electric number that had a gorgeous chorus, a little bit reminiscent of Blondie. Although (wrongfully) not released as a single, it is one of the most addictive songs on the album. 'Move Any Mountain' was the B-side to later hit 'Get Over You'. The only song that I can remember in recent
memory to use hand-bells, it shows Ellis-Bextor off at her feisty best. Track 4 is the infamous 'Murder In The Dancefloor', which was a big hit around Christmas 2001. With it's disco chorus (and even a cheesy guitar breakdown), it was a bit of a deviation from the rest of the album, in that it doesn't take itself too seriously. Complete with a hilarious video (which shows Sophie deviously rigging a dancing competition), it was co-written by Gregg Alexander, who had a massive hit with 'You Only Get What You Give' under the guise of 'The New Radicals'... After the classic openers, 'Read My Lips' soon descends into also-ran territory quicker than you can say 'here's one I made earlier'. 'Sparkle' fails to spark, whilst 'Final Move' fails to pack a punch, and has the effect of wanting to hit the skip button. 'I Believe' starts off a bit more promising, with it's Neneh Cherry-esque hip-hop-pop beats. However, it fails to have the magic touch of the quartet of songs which opened the album. 'Leave The Others Alone' is a bit darker, and has some nice strings in it, but by this stage, Sophie's voice is beginning to grate on the sparse tunes, and you're dying out for a song with a catchy hook that makes the most of her unique style. There's something faintly retro about 'By Chance', a bit like it should be performed by an also-ran girl-band on 'Pebble Mill' at some time in the mid-80's. 'The Universe Is You' is an attitude-laden 3 and a half minutes who's lyrics spawned the album title. Even so, it still seems to lack a vital hook, and doesn't really stand up to repeated listening. 'Is It Any Wonder' is as close to a ballad as you get, despite having a fast backing beat. Minimalist, it is nothing more than aural wallpaper. 'Everything Falls Into Place' ends the original for
mat of the album (see below). Another 80's throwback, it sounds a little like the Human League, but once again, isn't a patch on 'Take Me Home' or 'Murder On The Dancefloor'. Although my album ends here (with a whimper rather than a bang), the all-new repackaged 'Read My Lips' has the single 'Get Over You' as a bonus track, as well as a live version of 'Groovejet'. 'Get Over You' was something of a disappointment - despite growing on me slightly as it constant radio and TV play, I can't help but think that she needs a new change in direction - not necessarily 'Groovejet Part Two', but something that makes the best of her unusual delivery without frustrating the listener with bland sub-standard tunes. Although it's nice to hear a different version of 'Groovejet', you can't help but think that putting on a re-issued album two years after it was released smacks of desperation. In all, 'Read My Lips' is disappointing. Had the opening two tracks released from it not been so good, the other tracks may not have appeared so bad, but the chasm in the quality of the beginning and end of the album is too obvious to cover up. It seems almost shocking to think that someone who turned down 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' filled her album with some of this stuff... A new album is due from Sophie at the start of 2003, and hopefully it will be more considered and less rushed than this collection. Her cover version of Blondie's classic 'One Way Or Another' sounds superb, so I'm not giving up hope on that just yet. I just wish that 'Read My Lips' contained a little bit more 'Murder On The Dancefloor' and a little less mediocrity...
This is a fantastic album from a fantastic star. Sophie Ellis-Bextor is truly shining as one of Britain’s brightest stars of the moment. This album is full of fantastic tunes. Her cover of Cher’s Take Me Home is great and Murder On The Dancefloor is another firm favourite of mine. Each track here could be a single, with only one exception. By Chance is a disappointing track on this amazing album. As many reviewers have pointed out, there are no tracks with the immediate poppy sparkle of the two singles, but it is highly innovative, feel good, exciting music. Other tracks to watch out for include Lover, The Universe Is You and Leave The Others Alone. Sophie’s vocals are very distinctive and a joy to listen to. The artwork’s great and highly original too. It’s a shame that Spiller’s Groovejet isn’t included, but that’s only a minor moan. Get this as soon as you can.
Sophie Ellis Bextor is a 20 something year old singer. She used to be a model and if you look back you will probably see her in magazines, but she first hit the music scene with her song 'Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)' with Spiller. This song had huge competition as to whether it was going to beat Posh Spice in the charts and luckily enough it did. It was a catchy song and I wondered if she would sing again and then in 2001 she released her first solo single 'Take Me Home', this got intothe top 5 something like that and ever since then she has been successful. ***When saying Sophie first hit the music scene with Spiller I mean as a solo artist. She was in fact in a group called the audience but they weren't well known, so they broke up. They did however release some songs.*** I wasn't a huge fan of the song 'Take Me Home' when I first heard it because Sophie has a strange music sond it is very old fashioned and she dresses in 50's style too, so I didn't know what to expect. My friend asked me what I wanted for my birthday and no other albums were out so I asked for this album, and when hearing it, it took a while to get used to but I now really like it. The thing which impressed me with this album is that Sophie wrote the songs, or even parts of them herself which shows she is talented. COVER LAYOUT ______________ The cover to the album is quite classy, it is in black and white so it makes the photos look classy. The paper used for the book is very posh and quite expesive and all the lyrics are inside which is good if you need to sing along. TRACKLISTING _____________ 1.Take Me Home 2.Lover 3.Move This Mountain 4.Murder On The Dancefloor 5.Sparkle 6.Final Move 7.I Believe 8.Leave The Others Alone 9.By Chance 10.The Universe Is You 11.Is It Any Wonder 12.Everything Falls Into Place 1.Take Me Home-This is Sophie
's debut single, it has a sort of retro sound but it is still catchy and good for a sing. This did well in the UK charts and got the singer well known. 2.Lover-This has a strange beginning it then builds up a little. It doesn't get any faster than it was at the start but it is ok. I don't really know what kind of music Sophie's is. This again has a retro sound, more 70's but Sophie's voice fits in. 3.Move This Mountain-this is a great song really catchy and good for singing. The music has bells in it and a noisy background in the chorus. 4.Murder On The Dancefloor-This is the second single Sophie released, it got to number 2 and stayed high for about 4 weeks. This song is about a dance competition and getting everyone out so she can win, strange theme but the video is funny. This isn't particularly very fast but it's great to sing to and builds up to be really catchy. It's easy listening and so nothing to hate. 5.Sparkle-This has a strange noise at the start, a weird beat but again catchy, she has a tendency to do that. This isn't a favourite of mine but I still listen to it, because it isn't annoying it's quite relaxing. 6.Final Move-I like this song it has a nice but again unusual sound. This is a ballad but not too slow just fine. I like the part building up to the chorus for some reason, I like singing it all . 7.I Believe-I don't really like this song, it's quite dull not as catchy as the others and one of my least favourites. The backing beat is quite irritating and her vocal don't fit this song. 8-Leave The Others Alone-This has a really weird piece of background music, and again this isn't a spectacular song just average. In the middle of this album the songs aren't that great. 9.By Chance-This song is quite good, it's a midtempo song, quite happy and nice and peaceful to listen to. 10.The Universe Is
You-I like this song it has a great upbeat catchy beginning and I like the music to, this is great for singing to, even dancing. The first line of it is 'Read My Lips' maybe where she got the title from? 11.Is It Any Wonder-This is definitely my favourite song on the album and is one of Sophie's too. It is quite slow but I love the background music it's so peaceful and nice to listen to. The music and her vocals blend well together. This is definitely great and hopefully a future single. 12.Everything Falls Into Place-This is quite a catchy song for a last album not boring and dull. This is upbeat, not great but not terrible either. I would have swapped number 11 around with 12 to end the album because it would have ended on a more relaxing tone. Overall this is a good album and quite impressive for a debut album. It really depends on your music style to like this album, I would say if you like her singles you will love the album but if you don't you will completely hate this album.
I bought this album just before Christmas on the basis of 'Murder on the Dance Floor' and have been listening to it ever since. Being honest, when I first heard 'Murder on the Dance Floor' I was not that impressed, but the song just stayed in my head and I could not get rid of it and so took the chance and purchased the whole album. The album begins with the top ten hit 'Take me home' which I tend to skip past now as I have heard it so many times, but the next 3 tracks - 'Lover', 'Move this Mountain' and 'Murder on the Dance Floor' are really superb. 'Sparkle' is quite good, but seems a little weak following the 3 before it. The album then raises several notches with the darker 'Final Move' and 'I believe'. The album then dips momentarily with 'Leave the others Alone' before rising again with 'By Chance', 'Universe is You' and 'Is it any wonder'. The whole album seems to have a strong 80s influence to it which I found quite refreshing! If you are expecting songs like 'Groovejet' then you will be disappointed, but if you enjoyed 'Take me Home' and 'Murder on the Dance Floor' then I whole-heartedly recommend you purchase this as the whole album is good. Normally, there will be tracks that you don't like, but with 'Read my lips' you will be quite happy to listen to the entire album! I am actually quite surprised that it is not a lot higher in the charts.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Murder On The Dancefloor
2 Take Me Home (A Girl Like Me)
4 Move This Mountain
5 Music Gets The Best Of Me
7 The Universe Is You
8 I Believe
9 Get Over You
10 By Chance
11 Is It Any Wonder
12 Leave The Others Alone
13 Final Move
14 Everything Falls Into Place
15 Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)