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When Steps split up in December 2001, devastated, there was only one thing to do to take my mind of the situation; find a new pop group to fall in love with!
After Steps came S Club 7.
Sunshine is the third album from British pop band S Club 7. The album was released in the United Kingdom in 2001 and so this CD is quite dated now. The album reached number three in the British album charts. The CD is currently available to buy from Amazon from as little as £0.01 which I think is excellent value for money.
~ * Song List * ~
1) Don't Stop Movin 2) Show Me Your Colours 3) You 4) Have You Ever 5) Good Times 6) Boy Like You 7) Sunshine 8) Dance, Dance, Dance 9) It's Alright 10) Stronger 11) Right Guy 12) Summertime Feeling 13) I Will Find You 14) Never Had A Dream Come True 15) Don't Stop Movin (Remix)
This was the first CD I bought of S Club 7's. I remember thinking, whilst it was good, it was nothing compared to Steps' music.
There are some good songs on here. Ones which stand out the most for include: Don't Stop Movie, Show Me Your Colours, You, Have You Ever and Never Had A Dream Come True (they also thought that these were the best songs too, as these were the songs that they released as singles- apart from Show Me Your Colours).
Songs I don't like include: Good Times, Boy Like You, Sunshine and Right Guy.
I found that the better songs seem to be in the beginning (apart from Never Had A Dream Come True) and as the album goes on the songs just get worse. There is a huge difference between the good songs and the bad songs.
No offence to the boys but I find their songs to be really boring. For example 'Summertime Feeling' it not only a boring song but it is incredibly cheesy too, which makes me cringe. I just have to skip it.
There are songs to suit all tastes on here whether you like proper party tunes (Don't Stop Movin etc.) or you like emotional songs such as 'Have You Ever' or songs you can have a real old dance to like 'Dance, Dance, Dance'.
Because the songs on the album are so different, it makes me think that they have added all of the individual personalities of the band members together which is interesting.
As for the voices, everyone knows that Jo has the best voice. I also like Bradley's voice. Rachel's is ok too. Paul can sing quite well yet he doesn't really get much of a chance. As for the rest of the band, Tina and Hannah etc. they just cannot sing and are obviously there because they can dance and look good.
All in all a good poppy album.
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
I have a bit of an embarrasing confession to make . Whenever I get down, and a little bit sad, I love to listen to cheesy music to perk me up , and S Club 7 are one of my favourite bands to listen to on a bad day .
There, I've said it . I can't take it back - and I'm not going to . I'm by no means going to claim in this review that S Club 7 were particularly talented, or that their songs are lyrically amazing - and I'm certainly not going to claim that any of their songs have deep meaning . But I'll freely admit that on a bad day, their brand of sickly sweet high energy pop does make me feel a little more sunny :)
S Club 7 were pretty big at one point, adored by children and tweenies everywhere. As you might have guessed from the name, they has 7 members : Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara, Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens. I've no idea where the 'S' in the band name comes from at all . As well as releasing albums, I seem to remember them at one point having their own TV show aimed at kids . They had a very clean cut image which made them popular with parents too . Sunshine was their third album, and was released in 2001 .
In 2001, I was a goth with an attitude - I would never have admitted to listening to S Club 7, but the rock club I frequented would often end the night by playing an S Club 7 song at the end of the night in an attempt to get all us metallers to clear out . So for me, their music brings back memories of a time when I was young, carefree, and out enjoying myself frequently .
Onto the album - which kicks off with "Don't Stop Movin'" , a fast paced track about dancing to your favourite songs . It starts off with a robotically voiced intro, before heading into a fast tempo song with chirpy lyrics about just going where the music takes you.
Track 2, ''Show Me Your Colours'' , slows down a little bit, with some incredibly cheesy lyrics , including "Show me , Show me your colours, Show me , Don't break this spell I'm in. Please don't break my heart
Show me, Show me your colours, baby tell me who you really are". For some reason, although the songs have very different feels to them, this seems like some sort of shameful rip off of the Cyndi Lauper song 'True Colours'.
I'm actually not to keen on this track - the vocal are bland, the pace is bland, and the tune is, you've guessed it, bland .
Onto track 3, "You", which takes us right back into pure cheese, with a female vocal led song, filled with incredibly sick inducing lines, accompanied by a slightly 60'ish hint . The lines are cringeworthy, but it's a pretty catchy song about being lucky enough to with the perfect guy, who supports you through everything and brightens up your day like the sun . Unrealistic perhaps, but a very sweet , bright song .
The next track ''Have You Ever'' moves into ballad territory, with Jo O'Meara taking the lead. Out of all the S Club members, I actually think she has the strongest solo vocals, which lend themselves excellently to this song, a song that speaks of love, of loss, and of a wish that things could somehow be different . Lyrically, this is perhaps the only song on the album I would credit with any depth or meaning, and I'm not afraid to say I wallowed in this song a little after a break up once .
''Good Times'' , the next on the album, is incredibly poppy - essentially a song about working to hard, and making time to have a little fun with your friends . This track is one of the more forgettable on the album, not least because the bands target audience of kids and young teenagers would have had no experience of havign worked too hard in their lives . The song is very gentle, it's poppy, but it's also quite subdued for S Club, which sadly only adds to its forgettable quality .
''Boy Like You'' is a song sung by the females only, and although the tune is catchy, I find myself irritated by the lyrics, which roughly translate to 'Hey, you are an idiot, but I love you, you need me, I can change you, and until I do, you can play around'. Sadly, this song is rubbish .
Now we get to the albums title track "Sunshine" - this song is another one of those bland forgettable songs, which starts with rather shaky male vocals, and sadly only gets worse, with cheesy lyrics about someone bringing the sunshine into your life . Pass the sick bucket!
''Dance Dance Dance'' is a great disco pop song. There is a hint of jazz mixed in here too, and the song moves on at a really good fast pace . It has a really good disco feeling to it , and the robot voice makes a brief comeback here , thankfully it doesn't take over the song too much .
''It's Alright'' starts with a verse that basically says Dubbi dubbi ah a-a-ah Do do-do, do do-do Do do-do, do do-do Do do-do, do do-dubbi dubbi ah a-a-ah . This generally annoys me, I see it as the equivalent of 'Well, we liked this tune, but couldn't be bothered to make any lyrics fit with it'. But I have to say, it soon picks up into a catchy song, aimed at cheering people up with the message that tomorrow will be a better day. and until then, your friends are around to help you out .
''Stronger'' has a horrible early 90's euro-pop feel to it . I can't find any redeeming feature in this song, sorry. I just think it is utterly pants .
Moving on with ''Right Guy'' , and it seems like S Club are attempting to go all 'Hippity Hoppity' as my dad would say . This doesn't really work, except perhaps as a comedy vehicle, but I will give the song credit for being catchy and quite sing-a-long-able, and for actually sounding significantly more mature than any of their other songs . This is a song about *ahem* making love, at least in my interpretation, and while it works as a song in it's own right, it doesn't work as an S Club song, as it goes so much against their normal style and clean cut image .
''Summertime Feeling'' puts the album right back into the cheesy pop comfort zone, complete with the band mentioning themselves several times in the lyrics, just in case we forget who we're listening too . It has a quite sedate feel in comparison to some of their more well known songs, and there seems quite a chilled out vibe to the song, which definitely brings summer time to my mind .
''I Will Find You'' , despite it's slightly stalkerish title, is actually a very good song . No, it's not, I'm lying, the lyrics are stalkerish too, essentially about a guy meeting a gorgeous girl and being too shy to say anything, and now he's watching her . "I've been lookin' here, Lookin' there, Can you tell me who, Tell me where ,Cos wherever I am, Wherever you are
I will find you" . Luckily for him, she's stalking him too, at least thats the impression I get when the vocals switch . I can't help thinking that this mutual stalking might not end well .
''Never Had A Dream Come True'' is the last song on the album, and we are back in pop ballad territory, with a very sweet song about a guy making all a girls dreams come true the day she met him , and then things going awry. I know it's cheesy, I know the vocals aren't great, and I know the song lacks maturity, but I can't help but love it .
Would I recommend buying the album ? Well, actually, No, I personally wouldn't. There are some tracks I hated, some I liked, but only a few I actually loved, and I personally would not recommend an album unless I liked it a lot . Particular tracks that stand out for me on this album (I will re-iterate here that they make me happy, not that they demonstrate any musical skill) would be Don't stop Movin', Have you Ever, and Never had a dream come true .
What I would recommend , as so many of these tracks are quite weak, is listening to them on youtube, and they paying only to download the tracks you like from Itunes . Not only do you avoid the rubbish ones, but you also avoid the shame of anyone finding an S Club 7 album in your house .
My final score for the album ? 3/5 . Some tracks that are great for cheering me up, soem that aren't too rubbish to listen to, but nothing that stands out either musically or lyrically as something we'll be remembering in years to come .
When i was younger, this is one of the first albums i bought myself because the cover looked fun and i liked the title Sunshine. By this point of course, S Club 7 had more or less proved themselves to be a premier group that had released enough songs and showed promise and consistently that i would pay money to buy a album by them. It is a fantastic song, and i watched their series's on TV and they play these songs and then you hear them all on the album and remember the bit where they used it and then you at the end think what a fab album - that's what happend to me on this one!
It's by no way perfect but it's a really good album. Cathy Dennis had a hand in everything on this album though so it's got some consistenty. Dont Stop Movin was a mega hit everywhere, it put them on a new height. Not my fave song from them but i can understand why it's so popular. Show Me Your Colours showcases Rachel Stevens very well, it's fun and meaningful reminds me of their other song Natural quite well as well. You is fan bloody tastic, i think that's one of my fave's songs ever, so fun and relaxing to listen to and i love that the song doesnt just go verse,chorus,verse,chorus etc and the song begins straight off with the chorus and what a chorus and a great music video!
I think Have You Ever of course was a important song for them, they really well with that and charity release of course but a really good meaningful song. Good Times slightly weaker but i like it. Boy like you takes a different form but i think Bradley does it justice. Now i didnt think Sunshine, Dance Dance Dance, It's Alright, Stronger are brillant that's why they're in the middle duh LOL! but Right Guy is a rachel/bradley tour de force that works well. Summertime feeling is relaxing. I Will Find You is one of their greatest song ever i love that chorus so catchy and showcases Tina off well. Never Had A Dream Come True is a tune, it's one of the best songs of the 90's did so well for them in the states and UK.
The itneractive CD is good but my computer strugged even loading it all up, the videos where in moderate quality though so i wasn't too impressed. The CD was all pristine and nice looking with all the skies and sunshine etc
I like this album, it's got 8 stellar songs and 4 good ones and one utterly brillant one and i think it's obvious from above which one's i mean. Great album, i would now pay £15.99 for it like the olden days but if it was in a bargain bin i would encourage you to buy it. Really good, this has some of their best songs on bar Reach. Consistent and it's more split rather than just Jo and Rachel singing everything etc! ;_)
S Club 7, where undoubtely one of the most successful and raved about pop bands in the history of chart music. S Club 7, stunned critics by delievering a fantastic piece of albums with amazing pop songs on them, along with asthonshing singles. There third album ''Sunshine'' is just an excellent repersentation of their musical sound and the talent both as musicians and as vocalists. This album is clearly very poppy with a fine selection of ballads thrown in all suitably make this album S Club 7, should be proud of.
''Don't Stop Moving'' is a fantastic piece of pop music. This was probably one of the most raved about tracks they ever released. It is fine fine music, pop music - catchy, hip hop all at the right level. This is an amazing track.
''Show Me Your Colours'' is a very nice and mellow song. This is generally ballad but a popish as well. Vocally this is a good shower of the talent in the group. The track is very mellow and good listening. Perfect listening.
''You'' is an amazing song, very upbeat and has most importandly has an outstanding chorus. The song is excellently written, the musical backing is amazing and lyrically it is very meaningful and deep. Very good listening, very poppish - This is brilliant.
''Have You Ever'' is an incrediably catchy pop ballad. The song is very meaningful, the lyrics are excellently written. The chorus is very catchy, this is an excellent song.
''Good Times'' is a fantastic pop song. It is incrediably catchy, the lyrics are amazing - the verses are very well written as is the chorus. The song is very meaningful and poppy and amzazingly brilliant.
''Boy Like You'' is a nice pop song. Very gentle, a very catchy chorus. The song shows vocally how good the singers are in this band. This sang is obviously well written, and the musical backing to this is fast and very catchy. Excellent.
''Sunshine'' is a nice pop ballad. The song is very well written and excellently produced. This is a very nice and simple but gentle pop ballad, Excellent.
''Dance Dance Dance'' is a great rockish pop song. There is abit of soul and jazz mixed into this as well. The song is generally very fast, it is incrediable listening.
''I'm Alright'' is an amazing pop song. Lead vocals and backing vocals on this song, are fantastically produced. A nice, loud, fast pop song is amazing, as is this one. Very nice listening.
''Stronger'' is very rockish and pure pop, this is again very fast. The vocal production is this very nice, this is a very loud and fast song. Very nice.
''Right Guy'' is an incrediably hip hop pop song. This is very soft and gentle but yet fast in the chorus. This song is incrediable, lead vocals are amazing. This song is instantly catchy. Very good.
''Summertime Feeling'' is a very nice and sweet pop song. A very nice repersentation of music in general, amazing quality. Very slow and gentle, and very catchy - this is Brilliant.
''I Will Find You'' is an incrediably nice song. This is quite pure pop, very well produced and sang well. This is instantly catchy. An amazing pop song.
''Never Had A Dream Come True'' is a nice and gentle pop ballad. This was released as a single for BBC Childern In Need, understandably this promoted a nice message and suited the ceremony really well and quite rightly went to the top of the music charts. This song is written by Cathy Dennis who is a fantastic writer and this is a perfect and fine repersentation of a great songwriters ability. This song is instantly catchy, it is a fine pop ballad.
This is an outstanding and excellent album for S Club 7. The album is filled with an amazing selection of very good pop songs. The songs are seemed to be instantly catchy, impressive, well produced and well sang. Lyrically these songs are really good. This is a fine selection of well sang pop songs.
Well I initially bought this album 'cos I figured that with all their catchy, tuneful chart hits, the album would be kinda the same. Just some simple, poppy, get dancin' numbers followed by the obligatory all-proceeds-to-charity ballad or two. When I listened to the album for the first time, at first it seemed I was right. I had a good dance around my front room to 'Don't Stop Movin' and 'You' (don't tell any one) and sang along in my best sad voice to 'Have You Ever'. But about halfway through the horror struck. Early 90's disco. I mean, what's that about?!?! It subsided but made several more appearances before the album was out - and it sounded the same every time. In fact, the whole album was distinctively repetitive. Despite these disadvantages, it has been a succesful album as a definite must-have for all teeny-boppers' CD collections and is a good representation of their music. The vocal performance is excellent, particularly from miss-of-course-i'm-not-the-lead-singer-we're-all-equal Jo, and miss-i-look-nothing-like-Jennifer-Aniston Rachel. Also the boys get a couple (just a couple, mind) of songs all to themselves, in which they perform shockingly well - I didn't know they had it in them. So, if you're a die-hard fan of S Club (or early 90's dance) then this is a must-buy. But for those who just liked a couple of the songs, grab the singles...that's what I'll do in future anyway.
I think that this has to be one of the best albums that I have purchased. It contains some low and high tempo songs. My favourite is You and it did pretty well in the charts so I wouldn't be suprised if you like it. The more you play the better it gets, its totally unbelieveable but it does wear out after a while and plus tracks are very similar sounding. I would strongly reccomend this to anyone even if you're not an s club fan but... beware you may be after you heard this!!!!
Well, if you read my other s club opinion then you'll know I'm not exactly a huge fan. I pretty much think that they're a waste of space. Maybe one or two of them can sing in tune but its still quite painfull on the old ears! Well, I put myself through it again...
1. Don't Stop Moving!
This is "grown up" S Club! They're trying to appeal to an "older audience". I think they're going for the 12 year olds as opposed to the under tens! Its still rubbish! All the can hear in the chorus is Jo screeching along. And the arse wiggling in the video! Haha. Thats pretty much all I have to say!!! Its pants!
2. Show Me Your Colours
this one just drones on and on and on. Its Rachel attempting to sing again. Its boring!!! All the people who insist on telling me that she can sing really should get their hearing checked. It doesnt give you much confidence in the British erm, well the guys that check peoples ears!!!
This is their latest single. Its appalling. And the lyrics?! Ahahaha, Like a falling star I fell for you Puhlease!
4. Have You Ever
This is a perfect example of why, if the group MUST stay together they should be renamed S Club Jo and six people who stand there looking stupid. All you can hear is her, non stop all the way through. Its one of the most dull and uninspired songs in the world and only got where it was because it was for children in need. Well that and all their fans would buy it even if they didnt like it.
5. Good Times
*falls asleep* thats pretty much the whole story. From the song name I was expecting something annoyingly bouncy and cheerful. this is in fact worse (yes that is possible). Its slow, has hardly any tune and goes nowhere.
6. Boy Like You
I remember seeing them do this on Children in Need last year. Im very surprised it got as far as an album. Its Rachel telling us what a crazy girl she is. Its a pathetic excuse for a song. I mean whoa, stop all this craziness now. You might mess your hair up, or break a nail or fall of a cliff or you know, something!
I could have sworn I listened to this song five minutes ago. This is Jon taking turn. He's probably the best singer out the lot, but the competitions really not upto much! But yeah the songs total mush and really really boring.
8. Dance Dance Dance
Ok, I know I whinge about the peroxide one singing ALL the time but, Ive changed my mind. If it stops the likes of this being recorded then she can wail along to her hearts content!!! I mean what the hell is this?! Im now realising exactly why Hannah never sings. I like the way they try their very best to disguise her voice by using one of those electronic thingys all the time. Bad luck! We can still hear how crap she is!
Jesus Christ! I am actually listening to the same song again and again! Its another bouncy happy, we love the world and the world loves us ramble which is almost identical to "You"
Ok, seriously, if this was me singing on this song and it was played in public I think Id probably die of embarrassment. Its Tina (surprise surprise) and its awful! Plus the lyrics dont really help matters You are vital to my survival, come and skydive into my life. A 3 year old could write better song lyrics than that!!!
11. Right Guy
Ah, its Bradley time again. Here he is being all soulful *chuckle chuckle* This is probably one of the worst songs on the album. I didnt listen to it all the way through cos it really was p*ssing me off something chronic!
12. Summertime Feeling
Ok, again with the déjà vu. They honestly all sound the same. And theyre so boring. I think I actually preferred the irritating chirpiness of songs like Reach to this drivel.
13. I Will Find You
K, I give up. I cannot listen to this crap anymore. Thats pretty much the whole album anyway but this song was doing my head in after 5 seconds!
So yeah same story... stop buying it!!! Then maybe they'll go away!!!
Now I know I'm nearly 28 and some would say I shouldn't be listening to pop bands such as S Club 7, but the fact is I think they are great. Thats why I bought their most recent album Sunshine. There are 15 songs in all, some of which are well know chart sucesses, others I'd never heard of, all are very good and easy to listen to. Even the ones I didn't know are still vrey catchy. The well known songs on the album include:- Don't stop movin', Have you ever, Never had a dream come true and You. Theres a good mixture of dancy, up beat songs along with slower more smoochy numbers. Some songs are a bit soppy for my likeing, but most are very good. The only downside I can see to this album is the cheesy cover. It shows all 7 in a line with their arms round each other with big grins on their faces, not very imaginative! All in all a good all round album that I'd recommend to anyone into good pop music.
This group of seven youngsters have become very successful over the past couple of years with the combination of pleasant pop music and a very popular television series. This album brings together a lot of their most famous songs, plus a few not so famous ones to produce an easy to listen to album. There are 15 tracks on this album and these are: Don’t Stop Moving’. This track seems to epitomise a lot of what S Club 7 has come to represent. A good, easy to listen to tune, that has a good rhythm that encourages people to sing along or to get up and dance. This fast moving number has the whole group singing together and some interesting electronic distortion effects on their voices. This song was a big number hit for the group. Show Me Your Colours. This slower track is very pleasant to listen to, with a lot of clever acoustic guitar accompaniment, it is very relaxing. Rachel sings the lead vocals and this gives a lot of feeling to this track as she has such a passionate voice. The slow gentle start to this track leads into a powerful performance. You. This softer sound has a very sunny, bright sound to it that seems to make you think of sunshine and happiness. This tune was used as the theme music at the start of each of their television programmes for the Hollywood 7 series. This track just wants you relax and smile to a very jolly little song. Have You Ever. This slower track has lead vocals by Jo and her powerful voice really does make this a very powerful ballad. This track was also used on the Hollywood 7 series, as the closing music. It also raised a lot of money for charity as it became part of the Children in Need television appeal. The lyrics are a bit soppy and this is not a track to listen to if your love life has just fallen apart. Good Times. This smooth track is lead by Paul and is one that I had not heard before getting this album. It is a bit soppy and has a real sin
g-along quality to it, but not really one of my favourite tracks. Boy Like You. This track sounds more like a Britney Spears number than an S Club 7 tune. It has a funky beat that is very catchy and a very repetitive chorus. It is the shortest track on the album at just a few seconds over three minutes. Sunshine. Jon sings this romantic song that is the title track of the album. This track seems to have an older feel to it and does not seem to have the freshness that most S Club 7 music has. I usually skip this track. Dance Dance Dance. This is a great dance track that really does make you want to get up and dance around. There is a “Saturday Night Fever” disco feel to this track. Night-clubs with glitter balls and packed dance floors come to mind as you listen to Hannah leading this very funky track. An excellent dance tune. It’s Alright. This faster tune brings out some of the individual voices of the group. The seven members of the group – Bradley, Hannah, Jo, Jon, Paul, Rachel and Tina, all have good voices and on this track they have the chance to show off their individual talents. Stronger. On this track S Club 7 have entered the electronic music world with a very unusual keyboard accompaniment. Tina leads this track which at first I didn’t like, but it does really grow on you after a few listens. Right Guy. There is a definite Latino start to this track with a Spanish guitar beginning, but then the track seems very mixed with all different sounds, that to me don’t seem to work very well. I think Bradley was trying to over impress with this song, that just does not seem to come together. Summertime Feeling. This track brings back the smooth harmonies of the group and the sunshine feeling that a lot of S Club 7 music portrays. It always amazes me how many times the group can mention it’s own name in its music and this track is no
exception with quite a few “S Club 7” phrases thrown into the lyrics. I Will Find You. This is a good “foot-tapping” track that actually has a bit of a story to the lyrics. This love song is sung between Jo and Bradley and their voices really compliment each other. This is one of my favourite tracks on the album. Never Had A Dream Come True. This is definitely the most moving track on the album. This beautiful ballad is sung with real feeling and passion. This is a great track for playing late at night, or for a slow dance at a party. It is very difficult not to sway along to this song. The violin backing to this track gives it great depth. This is my overall favourite track on the album. Don’t Stop Movin’. (Radio Mix) This extra track is a good way to finish the album, but I still prefer the original version at the start of the album. This is a good album to listen to with a mix of disco dance tracks, soft romantic tunes and easy listening tracks. My favourite tracks are definitely “Don’t Stop Moving”, “Show Me Your Colours”, “I Will Find You” and “Never Had A Dream Come True”. There are only a couple of tracks I am not very bothered about - “Sunshine” and “Right Guy” are normally tracks that I miss out. Overall this is a good album and even the worse tracks are not bad. For some easy to listen music I can certainly recommend this album.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Don't Stop Movin'
2 Show Me Your Colours
4 Have You Ever
5 Good Times
6 Boy Like You
8 Dance Dance Dance
9 It's Alright
11 Right Guy
12 Summertime Feeling
13 I Will Find You
14 Never Had A Dream Come True
15 Don't Stop Movin'
16 Never Had A Dream Come True