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I was browsing Amazon when I found this album by the Sugababes that I hadn't heard of. I thought I owned all of their CDs, but apparently not. This two-disc collection of their best B-sides is only available on mp3 at a cost of £7.49, so I bought this and another album as there was an offer for two mp3 albums for £10 on at the time.
The Best of the Bs consists of 24 tracks from throughout the Sugababes' career. The collection of covers and original songs, as well as new versions of familiar songs, is varied and shows a different side to the girls; it is very enjoyable to listen to.
The album kicks off with a live version of the group's hit About You Now. It is much slower than the original, and accompanied only by a piano. It is a very different, lovely version of this familiar song and really showcases the members' vocal talents: the harmonies are beautiful. Following this is Spiralling, a track that was unfamiliar to me. It is a slower, acoustic track and again shows how talented the girls are. Shake It is a funky dance track that sounds like it should belong on the band's 'Three' album, whereas Down Down is another pop song but this one sounds more like the 'Babes of the 'Change' era.
Groove Is Going On has a late 90s R n' B sound, while Come Together is a funky cover version with a strong beat, as well as some rather odd-sounding noises that sound like part of the soundtrack to a film set in space. Continuing the cover versions, I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor sees the Sugababes tackling the Arctic Monkeys hit, which keeps the rock edge of the original while adding a bit of a pop vibe. Rocks shows the girls tackling another classic, turning it into a soulful tune.
Colder In the Rain is a typical pop song, while Like the Weather makes use of dramatic arrangements. Hey There Delilah is another cover, a slow acoustic effort, while Push the Button is another version of the band's popular hit, with a different dance beat.
The second half begins with a light, poppy version of Living For the Weekend, and the refreshing, acoustic Don't Look Back. Someone In My Bed, with its retro pop vibe, sounds like something Girls Aloud would have done. In Recline is a fun pop song, while Breathe Easy is a different version of a song already featured on a previous Sugababes album. I actually prefer this version, which makes a bit more of an impact. Killer is another fun pop track, while Ugly is an acoustic version of the band's successful single, again showcasing the girls' lovely harmonies.
I Can't Take It No More is a funky, laid-back pop song, rather repetitive, while This Ain't A Party Thing is an uptempo song with a strong beat. Who and Favourite Song are modern-sounding dance-pop tracks, while closing song Disturbed has a strong memorable beat and sounds a bit trance-like. It rounds the album off nicely.
Despite the fact that it is an album of B sides, this is a surprisingly strong and varied collection. If you're not a fan of the Sugababes you probably won't be interested, but if you like the band this is a highly recommended album. A good mix of original songs, new versions of past songs and unusual covers make for a very interesting and entertaining listen.
1. About You Now
3. Shake It
4. Down Down
5. Groove Is Going On
6. Come Together
7. I Bet You Look Good On the Dancefloor
9. Colder In the Rain
10. Like the Weather
11. Hey There Delilah
12. Push the Button
1. Living For the Weekend
2. Don't Look Back
3. Someone In My Bed
4. In Recline
5. Breathe Easy
8. I Can't Take It No More
9. This Ain't A Party Thing
11. Favourite Song