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Genre: Rock / Artist: Girls Aloud / Audio CD released 2012-11-26 at Polydor

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      04.08.2013 01:33
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      Ten years of Girls Aloud. 'Ten' celebrates a decade in music for an amazing pop group.

      Well who could have thought it that Girls Aloud would last ten years. Their success is incredible and its fair to say that no one could have dared imagine they would do SO well. OK they're no One Direction..or whatever, but its mega tough to break a girl band and breaking the UK this girl band did amazingly. For ten years they've barely left our newspapers and have carefully single and album by album won us all over - the media, the public and the critics.

      Girls Aloud have sold about 9 million records now - 4.5 million singles and 4.5 million albums. Girls Aloud it seems are a mega tour do force of pop amazingness. Critics have called their discography possibly one of the best of a pop group. In their ten years they have released an amazing 22 singles - here's the amazing bit, all 22 have gone into the Top 11. Pretty incredible right?.

      Girls Aloud are Cheryl - the most famous member, Nadine - the more laid back lead vocalist, Nicola very independent and individual, then we Kimberley as the girl next door and Sarah the blonde loud mouth. Together we have an amazing pop band. I own all their music so maybe i'm biased? But this is an amazing collection of singles.

      Here's my opinions on them all.
      Sound Of The Underground - great debut, very catchy, one of the best reality tv singles ever
      No Good Advice - amazing hooks, chorus bursting with attitude 9/10
      Jump - A turning point for the band, a cover but amazing production and mega catchy 8/10
      The Show - like 3 singles into one, mega mega catchy - 8/10
      Love Machine - one of the most iconic songs, very catchy will get you dancing for sure 9/10
      I'll Stand By You - a charity cover, but sang amazingly lead by Nadine others do well too really modern 8/10
      Biology - an iconic song for the group, literally pop genius - the perfect pop song 9/10
      Something Kinda Oooh - very cancy, very catchy and will stick in your head 9/10
      Call The Shots - mid tempo and amazing, very reflective and relaxing. Addictive 9/10
      The Promise - possibly their best ever single, 80s vibe very catchy and amazing verses 9/10
      The Loving Kind - just a stunningly beautiful song mid tempo 8/10
      Untouchable - WOW what a song. you cannot even describe its amazing. Its just wow. 9/10
      Cant Speak French - quirky, original and fun - perfect 8/10
      Sexy no No No - upbeat and catchy, a grower but its gets there 7/10
      Something New - possibly the best comeback singles of comeback singles. Stunning 10/10

      Every Now And Then - Amazing ending to the album a goodbye song very Untouchable not formulaic at alll 9/10
      On The Metro - what a chorus, very very catchy 9/10
      Beautiful Cause You love Me - beautiful ballad lead by Nicola 8/10

      Well Ten is an amazing collection of their best singles in their opinion. Just buy it it's an amazing collection.

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        24.06.2013 12:29
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        A good update to their greatest hits and a fitting send off

        WHAT'S THE STORY?

        Let me start by saying I love me some Girls Aloud. I followed their formation on Popstars the Rivals, cheered as they trounced One True Voice, bought their albums and watched Cheryl on X Factor. For the last ten years they have been Britain's premier pop act, bringing back fun and unique pop songs at a time when the charts were cluttered with depressing singer songwriters (who thankfully faded after their first albums, unlike the girls).

        Ten years have passed - but wait. For the last three, they have actually been on an extended 'break' which was supposed to last just one year, but Cheryl becoming astronomically famous seems to have gotten in the way, leading everyone to believe they had split up. They denied this, but then proceeded to make their big 'comeback' with this, a second greatest hits despite only having had 6 singles since the last one. This was combined with a greatest hits tour and then finally, they admitted what everyone had known all along - Girls Aloud are no more. So this is their final sendoff, a collection of all the songs since their last hits CD, along with the highlights of the last one (a deluxe version also included a bonus CD of fan favourites, voted for online, but I will only be reviewing the standard version here).

        TRACKLISTING

        1) Something New
        2) The Promise
        3) The Loving Kind
        4) Untouchable
        5) Sexy! No No No!
        6) Call The Shots
        7) Can't Speak French
        8) Something Kinda Ooh
        9) Biology
        10) The Show
        11) Love Machine
        12) I'll Stand By You
        13) Jump
        14) No Good Advice
        15) Sound of The Underground
        16) On The Metro
        17) Beautiful Cause You Love Me
        18) Every Now and Then

        Tracks 2-7 were not on the previous collection, and the CD also includes four new songs, 'On the Metro', 'Beautiful Cause You Love Me', 'Every Now and Then' and the single released to promote the album, 'Something New'.

        TRACK BY TRACK

        1) Something New

        The new single after three years, it's almost as if this had been sitting in a folder marked 'Girls Aloud' for the entire break. Perfect for a Greatest Hits, this is almost a checklist of all the things that made their songs unique, with the unfortunate side effect of making this sound a bit stale. Bombastic intro that sounds nothing like the rest of the song? Check. Bits and pieces of songs cut and stuck together? Check. The Girls trading lines in an utterly confusing blur as to who is who? Check. Nadine being diva, Sarah being screechy, Nicola being moody? Check, check, CHECK. A little dancier than their previous stuff, and without their trademark guitars, this is nonetheless Girls Aloud by numbers, and I rather like it, if only for the incessant chanting of 'WE'RE THE LEADERS OF THE PACK!' 8/10

        2) The Promise

        Their biggest hit of recent memory (thanks largely to Cheryl's X Factor stint) this retro, horn filled number still sounds fresh and big. 8/10

        3) The Loving Kind

        Co written by the Pet Shop Boys, this is a wistful, dreamy electronic midtempo. It's nice enough but it lacks a punch, the chorus is forgettable (with some clunky lyrics, rhyming kind with 'disinclined'? Really?) and the whole thing feels like an attempt to recreate Call the Shots, but with less success. 7/10

        4) Untouchable

        In the same vein as The Loving Kind, another electronic midtempo, but less dreamy and more epic. Mercifully cut to the radio edit (the album version is nearly 7 minutes long, sorry girls, you can't pull that off) this has heaps of added vocoder on the vocals, adding to the robotic effect. Nadine's outro is a highlight of their discography. One of their best 9/10.

        5) Sexy! No No No!

        In a word: Mental. Cheryl's detached, robotic intro gives way to a manic guitar based mess of a song that shouldn't work, but really does. Shouty, brash and utterly unique, this has the standard structureless blueprint of so many of their songs. 9/10

        6) Call The Shots

        Their first real attempt at a more mature midtempo, and still their best example. Nicola's heavenly vocals on the middle 8 are something special. 9/10

        7) Can't Speak French

        Hmmm. Something of an earworm, even seeing the title is getting the chorus stuck in my head. This one fades into the background compared to some of their more recognisable songs, and the lyric 'Can't speak french so I let the funky music do the talking' is still appalling. 6/10

        8) Something Kinda Ooh

        I think I'm alone in finding this one severely overrated, as it was a massive hit for them and contributed hugely to their first hits CD being such a massive seller. Again, lets run through the checklist - Cheryl has an intro that is then completely unrelated to the rest of the song. Cheryl and Nadine trade the first verse until you can't tell who is who. The lyrics are meaningless and appalling (something kinda ooh, jumping on my tutu???) and each girl has a separate piece of song that were obviously all unfinished parts of other songs. Not a big fan, but as relentless and full of energy as their other uptempos. 6/10

        9) Biology

        Girls Aloud's stone cold classic. The best example of the cut and paste approach to creating their songs, this one doesn't even attempt to tie the parts in together, with what is essentially four different songs coming in one after the other, with only the bouncy, jaunty backing track holding it together. Nuts. 10/10

        10) The Show

        Cool, icy electropop uptempo. Detached, almost bored vocals add to the effect. Somewhat forgettable but one of the the 'cooler' moments of early Girls Aloud. 7/10

        11) Love Machine

        Who doesn't know this song? That irritating guitar riff and relentless drums make this a hen party extraordinaire. Overplayed to the max, I'm utterly bored of this one, and it doesn't help that they wheel it out in every performance over the far superior BIOLOGY. 7/10

        12) I'll Stand By You

        Shame to have a cover on the disc instead of one of their originals (Wake Me Up only made the bonus disc for example) but this was a huge selling no.1 for them. I do however suspect that the charity angle had something to do with that, as this is a rather bland, sappy, sanitised ballad and the complete antithesis of Girls Aloud. Gets bonus points for obviously being a great, timeless song, but it feels unnecessary. 6/10

        13) Jump

        Two covers in a row? At least this one is a little more GIRLS ALOUD. Obviously 80's, full of fun, not a bad cover at all. 7/10.

        14) No Good Advice

        Now, whereas the Love Machine intro does my nut in, the 'My Sharona' knockoff electric guitar here still sounds exciting. This is brash and bold, with the most attitude of any of their songs (even if it is very faux teen angst attitude). This one tends to get forgotten, unfairly I say, it's still a great song even if a bit dated now. 8/10

        15) Sound of The Underground

        Their first single, and still an exciting statement. Noone expected a reality show group to come out with THIS, a perfect pop single. 8/10

        16) On The Metro

        The first of the 'new' tracks, this is again Girls Aloud on autopilot. The new tracks aren't bringing anything unique to the table, simply a rehash of their various successful formulae. Here you have the jaunty uptempo, a bit Love Machine, a bit the Promise, fun and lively but nothing exciting by this point. 6/10

        17) Beautiful Cause You Love Me

        Here is an attempt at least to do something different. Shame it's this dull as dishwater ballad saved only by Nicola's powerhouse chorus (who knew?). Boring, slow, sappy and cliched, too much Kimberley (who lets face it, is the worst singer in the band) too little Nadine (reducing your best singer to a few background coos?) and an awful message clearly aimed at silly pre teen girls. Ugh. 4/10

        18) Every Now and Then

        If 'On the Metro' is the new Love Machine then this is Call the Shots v.4, with that same dreamy, atmospheric, electronic midtempo vibe. YAWN! For a group that so consistently pushed boundaries with their singles, to see them turn out rehashes of their glory moments, essentially becoming a parody of themselves, is a real shame. This song is nice I suppose... 7/10

        LYRICS

        Nonsensical for the most part. I'm not sure any of these songs are actually about anything, and half the time it seems like they were written by a random word generator. But hey, that's part of the charm.

        MUSIC

        Generally exciting and genuinely original, the Girls were unashamedly brash pure pop at a time when it was utterly uncool, but still incorporating real instruments when most pop became increasingly computer generated. The result is usually a bit bonkers, but exhilarating.

        VOCALS

        Nadine heavy for the most part, although what is surprising is to go back and see how heavily Cheryl was always featured even in her pre X Factor days. Sarah tends to get the 'big' moments, Nicola the quiet and restrained, 'pretty' bits, and Kimberley, well she is mostly left out...

        WOULD I RECOMMEND?

        Well, if you own their last greatest hits then perhaps not, unless you are a big fan. The last package had far more of their early singles on it, whereas this is just 'highlights'. However, some of the songs that weren't on the last CD are among their best, and including four new songs ensures that this remains good value for money. All of the songs are quality (bar perhaps one...) even if I've been a bit harsh on them in places, it is only because of the exceptionally high standard they had set for themselves. This is pure pop in its highest form, and is completely proud of it. Awesome.

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          Ten is the greatest hits album from Girls Aloud. The album was released in the United Kingdom in 2012 and is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £8.00

          ~ * TRACK LISTING * ~

          1)Something New 2) The Promise 3) The Loving Kind 4) Untouchable 5) Sexy! No No No! 6) Call The Shots 7) Can't Speak French 8) Something Kinda Ooh 9) Biology 10) The Show 11) Love Machine 12) I'll Stand By You 13) Jump 14) No Good Advice 15) Sound of The Underground 16) On The Metro 17) Beautiful Cause You Love Me 18) Every Now and Then

          ~ * WHAT ARE THE SONGS LIKE? * ~

          SOMETHING NEW - This is their most recent single. It's very modern and 'girl power-y'. At first I did not like this song and could not understand what the whole fuss was about. Yes Girls Aloud were back after a four year break, but this song wasn't that great. Although after a few (if not hundreds of) listens, suddenly one day I heard it on the radio and thought 'oh my, I love this'. I would therefore say that this song is a grower. I don't particularly like the verses which consists of shouting lines such 'us girls gonna go go go' as I don't think that it fits in with their Glamour and lady-like image. Although the chorus is ok with plenty of 'punch'. This definitely isn't their best song though.

          THE PROMISE - This song is very, very different to Girls Aloud's usual songs. It has an old feel to it which I like. Another song which I didn't like when I first heard it, although after a few listens it kind of grows on you. I have to say that whether or not I like this song depends on my mood; some days I'm like 'yeah turn it up - love this' and other days I can be like 'oh skip this one'. I do think that the girls do sound a bit 'shouty' on this song especially Sarah.

          THE LOVING KIND - I like this song. It has a very laid back feel and there is something quite emotional about it - although at the same time there is something quite happy about it which is strange. A nice easy to listen to song.

          UNTOUCHABLE - This song is very modern with a very modern and electronic sound. I love this song. It's not very 'out there' and 'in your face' and so I was surprised that it was a single. It's a lovely, laid-back song with a good beat though. Different, but still one of my favourites.

          SEXY! NO,NO,NO! - This is very girl power-y. The song makes use of electronics on this song with a lot of the vocals being 'electronic' which is kind of annoying. The song is very dramatic and bursting with attitude. I guess you could say that it is similar to 'Something New' as it has the same kind of sound and 'attitude' to it.

          CALL THE SHOTS - A nice laid back ballad. It's nice to hear some proper singing for a change as opposed to loads of electronic voices etc.

          CAN'T SPEAK FRENCH - Love this song! It's so catchy and girlie. It's also quite romantic and emotional but in an upbeat way. It's a song you can't resist singing along too. There is something really sweet about this song.

          SOMETHING KINDA OOH - An upbeat song with a catchy chorus. Again lots of girl power going on in the song. There is something quite 'dirty' about this song, if you listen carefully to the lyrics.

          BIOLOGY - I would describe this song as being weird; it has never been a song I have liked to be honest. It's quite 'robotic'. It's like a couple of songs rolled into one. It's ok, but not my favourite. I think this was a song where they were trying to discover a new sound.

          THE SHOW - Another song I wasn't keen on at first. I don't know what it is about this song but you either love it or you don't. It's very 'girls against boys' but more in a cute way as opposed to a girl power way. An ok song, but not one of my favourites.

          LOVE MACHINE - I have always hated this song. However lately it has seemed to grow on me. It's very catchy and the lyrics are interesting to listen to. It's always a song to get everybody up on the dance floor.

          I'LL STAND BY YOU- I love this; it's such a beautiful song. It's so laid back and easy to listen to. It has a beautiful melody and is a very romantic song. This song also shows off the girls voices.

          JUMP- I remember when Jump was released very well, because I got to ask Girls Aloud a question on the CBBC programme X Change and they gave me a signed Jump CD for doing so (I had sent in a question, can't even remember what it was, the programme then called me and said 'we loved your question' - would you like to ask Girls Aloud a question on the show? Which I thought was amazing! They then gave me a question of their own to ask them though which was 'if you could have another girl in the band which popstar would you choose?' and they said 'we wouldn't want anyone else in the band'.) So this song always reminds me of when I got to ask them a question. Jump is a cover and I much prefer this version of the original. It certainly makes you want to get up and jump around.


          NO GOOD ADVICE - I love this song. It has a real 80's sound to it. It has a very 'moody teenager' feel to it and is very easy to connect to. I love the 'I don't care' attitude this song has. I love the catchy chorus.

          SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND - This was Girls Aloud's first song and I remember I loved it as soon as I heard it. It's very unique with a catchy chorus. Each of the girls get a sing song on this song. A lovely catchy song.

          ON THE METRO - I don't really like this song. It's just not 'Girls Aloud' at all. Nicola seems to be the leading lady on this song. My least favourite song on the album. SKIP.

          BEAUTIFUL CAUSE YOU LOVE ME - A very laid back and beautiful ballad. Nicola really stands out vocally on this song. It has a very simple, yet beautiful melody. There is something very grown up and 'womanly' about this song.

          EVERY NOW AND THEN - I would describe this song as being quite crazy. It has a heavy beat and shouting. I don't like this song.

          ~ * SO WHAT DID I THINK? * ~

          Not bad! Not bad at all! I have always kinda liked Girls Aloud. They have never been my favourite band although I have liked them on and off over the years. I wouldn't say I was a fan of the band, more a fan of their songs.

          There are some great songs on here, my favourites being; Untouchable, No Good Advice and I'll Stand By You. They have a great mixture of songs; each one is different and individual. The majority of the songs tend to have that 'typical' Girls Aloud song, although there are also some songs which are completely different and do not sound like their usual style at all.

          Girls Aloud aren't the best vocalists in the world; in fact they are very weak. Apart from Nadine of course; she's definitely the best. Nicola's quite good too. I don't like Kimberly's voice (sorry to be mean), Sarah shouts rather than sings, and Cheryl, well she just can't sing (no offence). There is a lot of auto-tune and electronic voices on some of the songs which I find to be really annoying.

          I was disappointed to see that some of my favourite Girls Aloud songs aren't on here. Life Got Cold is missing and that is one of my favourites. Also missing is 'Wake Me Up', 'Whole Lotta History' and 'See The Day'. It seems weird that they haven't included them. I would have preferred if they had put Life Got Cold on here and Wake Me Up rather than On The Metro and Every Now and Again as they aren't particularly nice songs anyway.

          Would I recommend it? Yes if you like Girls Aloud's songs. If you like girl power songs then you will probably like this - although I'm sure that you will know already if you will like this CD or not as you will have already heard their songs over the years. I wouldn't buy this CD if you already own the Girls Aloud albums as you will already have the songs on there (apart from 'On The Metro' and 'Every Now and Then - I think that they are only on there so that fans by the album in fear of missing out, even though they already own the CD).

          Thanks for reading!
          March 2013
          Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 Something New
        2 The Promise
        3 The Loving Kind
        4 Untouchable
        5 Sexy! No No No?
        6 Call The Shots
        7 Can?t Speak French
        8 Something Kinda Ooooh
        9 Biology
        10 The Show
        11 Love Machine
        12 I?ll Stand By You
        13 Jump
        14 No Good Advice
        15 Sound Of The Underground
        16 On The Metro
        17 Beautiful ?Cause You Love Me
        18 Every Now And Then