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After releasing three studio albums, Girls Aloud released their greatest hits album, The Sound of Girls Aloud, in 2006. I really liked a lot of their songs, so decided to buy this album.
The band was originally formed through Popstars: The Rivals and have enjoyed more success than any other band formed on a reality TV show. The key to their success is undoubtedly the range of top class pop hits they had, which are showcased to good effect on this CD.
1. Sound of the Underground
This was the band's first single, released just after they formed on Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. It shot to Christmas Number One, making a change from the usual ballads. It's a catchy, slightly grungy guitar pop song.
2. Love Machine
From start to finish this song gets into your head and is one of the catchiest songs the band has done. I have fond memories of this song, as it used to be played at all the clubs when I was a student. It's light, fluffy and lots of fun.
*Slightly* more sophisticated than Love Machine, this track has attitude - another great pop song.
4. No Good Advice
This is the band's 'teenage rebel' song, in which the band sing about wanting to go out and have fun despite their parents telling them to stay in and work hard. Like their other songs, it's lots of fun.
5. I'll Stand By You
This is a cover of the Pretender's ballad. I'm not keen on this one as I'm not a massive fan of pop ballads.
Like Love Machine, this song was played a lot in the clubs at uni, and I have loads of good memories of it. It has a slight electronic feel and is very distinctive.
7. The Show
The Show has one of the best lines of any pop song I've ever heard: "Shoulda known, shoulda cared, shoulda hung around the kitchen in my underwear, acting like a lady". It's also a really fun pop song with a melodic chorus.
8. See the Day
Another ballad, and again I'm not keen.
9. Wake Me Up
This is another uptempo track, adding to the fun atmosphere of the album.
10. Life Got Cold
Probably the only Girls Aloud ballad that I don't find boring, this is a pretty decent effort.
11. Something Kinda Ooooh
A cheeky and fun dance-pop track, this was a new song for the album.
12. Whole Lotta History
This is another ballad and I'm not keen.
13. Long Hot Summer
As the name suggests, this is a summer song.
Though this is an uptempo song, I'm not keen on this one either.
15. I Think We're Alone Now
This is a cover, and I like this song as much as I like the original - i.e. not much.
Overall, this is a fab pop album and is designed to make you want to get your glad rags on and head for a night on the town. If I had a complaint it would be that the album peters out slightly towards the end, and there are too many ballads, but this is still an impressive collection of hits considering the band had only released three albums.
This is a classic pop album that contains the best hits of the girl group Girls Aloud.
I love this album purely because it doesn't have one bad track on it. All of the songs you will know (apart from "Money" which is a new track) and you will probably know the dance moves too. Vocally this album is better than the greatest hits of the Spice Girls, although the songs probably aren't as catchy. Each member gets a share of the vocals, although I still think they focus more on Nadine as she has the strongest voice. The songs are classic pop songs with a modern twist. The girls focus on fun and they like to bring their playful side out when they make music. I like this aspect as it means that their songs aren't cheesy, they're more modern and funky with a good beat and a great bass sound. The whole album is like this. It's a great party album and great for the car too!
There's a couple of covers on this album. One is "I'll Stand By You" and the other is "I Think We're Alone Now". I think these are two of the best songs on the album. Both of these songs are quite old now and dated but the girls remake them to make them sound up to date and fresh. They're certainly better than the originals.
This is a great album that you will never tire of. It's pop at it's best!
I have always quite like Girls Aloud. Whilst I wouldn't necessarily call them my favourite band, I do think that they have so good songs. I am actually looking forward to their comeback rumoured to be next year. In the meantime I have this CD to get my Girls Aloud fix.
The Sound of Girls Aloud is a greatest hits CD by Girls Aloud. It was released in the United Kingdom in 2006 and so in a way is fairly outdated now (as they have since added more hits to their belts). The CD is currently available to buy from Amazon for a price of £3.99 which I think is great value for money.
~ * Song list *~
1) Sound Of The Underground 2) Love Machine 3) Biology 4) No Good Advice 5) I'll Stand By You 6) Jump 7) The Show 8) See The Day 9) Wake Me Up 10) Life Got Cold 11) Something Kinda Ooh 12) Whole Lotta History 13) Long Hot Summer 14) Money 14) I Think We're Alone Now
This CD shows how far Girls Aloud have come. It is interesting to see how they have changed since 'Sound Of The Underground' up until 'Something Kinda Ooh' which I think was their 'latest' single when this album came out.
The album portrays the good and bad songs of Girls Aloud. Whilst I think that they have some really good songs; there are songs on here which I love and others which I don't really have much time for.
Songs I love include: Wake Me Up, Life Got Cold, Sound of The Underground and Whole Lotta History.
There are songs to suit all tastes and moods on this album; you have 'Jump' if you are in a party mood, 'Love Machine' if you are in a silly mood, 'Life Got Cold' if your feeling fed up and 'I'll Stand By You' if your feeling 'inspirational. So as you can see, there are different songs to suit all moods.
Songs which I am not really fussed about include: The Show, Money and I Think We're Alone Now.
I don't remember 'Money' being a single - I remember all of the others though and they bring back memories for me, as I feel that since the age of around 10, I have grown up with them.
The girls have ok voices although I wouldn't say that they are voices I love. Yes they are ok and some of the members are better than others. For example, I think that Nadine is a good singer and so is Nicola, but to me the rest can't really sing. I do however like how each member has a different voice as it makes the songs interesting and you can always guess who is singing which is good.
One thing which annoys me about this CD is the fact that it is not all of the greatest hits because Girls Aloud have been around another 5 years on top of the songs they have on the album. So to me, rather than see it as a celebration for the fans, it seems to be more about making money out the fans. Because when they do eventually finish, they will need to bring out another greatest hits album won't they.
All in all, if you like their songs then you will love this!
Thanks for reading!
Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x
Girls Aloud released 'The Sound of Girls Aloud - The Greatest Hits' just 4 years after they were created. Although I think this is a bit soon for a greatest hits compilation, it's nice to have all their singles together on one album.
The CD cover is a bit disappointing as it has no actual photo of the girls; just silhouettes (which could be anybody really) pictures of microphones, lights, stars and a tambourine, all on a white (or hot pink for the 2 disc edition) background. Very dull. The booklet inside the CD box has a photo of the girls, images of all their CD single covers, song information, a little information on the band itself, and thank yous from the girls.
The first track 'Sound of the Underground' was the girl's debut single which they released immediately after winning reality TV show 'Popstars The Rivals'. I remember being quite surprised by this song, as it wasn't the sugary girly pop I was expecting. It sounded a lot dirtier and more mature than other pop acts in the early 2000s, and set a precedent for the very different, and fresh-sounding songs the girls would later release.
Track number 2 is 'Love Machine' and even though it's undoubtedly a great pop song, it's been so over-played since its release in 2004, I'm a bit tired of hearing it.
Next we have 'Biology'; released in 2005 it was described as 'the best pop single of the last decade' by a critic from 'The Guardian' newspaper. The song is brilliant from start to finish and really shows off Nadine's fantastic voice.
Track 4 is 'No Good Advice', the girl's second single. Another catchy tune with an infectious guitar riff and rebellious chorus. And if you get a chance, check out the video where the girls are wearing horrendous outfits resembling tin foil; thank goodness their style has improved since the early days - I bet Cheryl Cole wouldn't be caught dead wearing a roll of BacoFoil these days.
'I'll Stand By You' is up next. While it's a lovely song, it just doesn't compare to The Pretender's original version. Personally I think Girls Aloud suit up-tempo songs a lot better.
Track 6 is 'Jump', and like the previous song, is a cover version (originally by The Pointer Sisters). 'Jump' is great, and full of fun, and was included on the soundtrack to British film 'Love Actually' in 2004.
Next is 'The Show'. This is another fantastic, catchy tune, and (like most other Girls Aloud songs) has magnificently daft lyrics; 'Should have known, should have cared, should have run around the kitchen in my underwear'. Madness.
Track 8 is 'See The Day' - another ballad and a cover of Dee C Lee's 1985 original. Apparently the girls themselves aren't too keen on this one, but I think it's lovely; it has a very festive sound with lots of bells and shimmery noises in the background.
'Wake Me Up' is track 9; this reminds me of 'Sound of the Underground' and 'No Good Advice' with it's electric guitars, thumping beat, and ballsy lyrics.
Track 10, 'Life Got Cold' seems to be Girls Aloud's forgotten single. It's quite unlike any of their other songs; it's quite slow (but isn't a ballad) and moody, and is worth a listen, even if just to remind yourself how it goes.
'Something Kinda Ooooh' is next; for me this signifies a real shift in the band's sound. After this, the girls really seemed to grab hold of the electro-pop sound which has dominated their 2 most recent albums. I love this song but think it sounds a bit out of place here, and maybe in another few years, if the girls release another greatest hits, this should be included again.
Track 12 is 'Whole Lotta History'. It's nice to hear Kimberley's voice on this (she's my favourite member so I'm being slightly biased) as she's often overshadowed by some of the bigger voices in the group. This is a ballad so although I'm not raving about it, it does have a lovely dreamy chorus.
'Long Hot Summer' is probably my least favourite single. It's decent pop music but just isn't as good as the likes of 'Biology' or 'The Show'. Plus the girls all look painfully thin (and extremely orange) in the video.
Next is 'Money'. This was never released but is yet another really fun song, with even more ridiculous lyrics, and a frantic, ever-changing melody.
Finally we have 'I Think We're Alone Now'. Another cover of a song originally from the 1960s but more famously performed by Tiffany in the late 1980s. It's a good track but the 80s version has become something of a girly anthem and Girls Aloud don't really capture that magic.
Fortunately, I managed to get a copy of the special 2 disc edition of this album; the 2nd disc has 8 tracks and is entitled 'Rarities'. None of these are available for download (not legally anyway).
Track 1 is 'No Good Advice'; basically the same as the CD1 version, but with added swear words.
Track 2 is 'Wake Me Up'; here the verses are completely different (words and melody) to the version they released.
Next is a cover of the Kaiser Chief's song 'I Predict A Riot'. It was recorded live at Wembley and it sounds like the girls were enjoying the performance and not taking it too seriously.
Track 4 is 'Sound of the Underground'; this is an extended version (with longer guitar riffs) and doesn't really offer a lot more than the original.
Next is 'Hanging on the Telephone' a cover of the Blondie original. With such a brilliant song, it would have been difficult for the girls to mess this one up; thankfully they haven't and this really suits them. I would quite like to hear them tackle a few more Blondie songs, in particular 'One Way or Another' and 'Call Me'.
Next up is 'Loving Is Easy'; previously a B-Side and not that exciting. It's a slow, quite sultry number that I usually skip past.
The penultimate track 'Singapore' is fabulous, and definately a hidden gem. It's better than several of their actual 'greatest hits', with a very catchy tune and great vocals from Nicola.
Last is 'Sacred Trust'. This was recorded by boyband One True Voice (the girl's nemisis band on Popstars The Rivals). Nadine does a lovely job with the verses here but the chorus is so sickly sweet, I can't bare to listen.
This is a brilliant album; whether you're a hardcore fan or just a casual listener, there are bound to be a few tracks for everyone to enjoy. I look forward to the possibility of a 2nd greatest hits album as I much prefer their more recent songs ('Call The Shots', 'The Loving Kind') to this older stuff.
So what should Girls Aloud learn from this album? - Choose your cover versions carefully. And steer clear of ballads.
The Sound Of Girls Aloud was released in 2006 and is Girls Aloud's fourth released album, it in my opinion was the best Girls Aloudn album so far. There were some really sucessful singles released off this album, and for the fans this is a must have album in my opinion.
You can by The Sound Of Girls Aloud in most good music stores for around £5 to £10 which is a great price of such a great album with 16 tracks which is a decent number for an album.
The track listing for The Sound Of Girls Aloud is:
1.) Sound Of the Underground
2.) Love Machine
4.) No Good Advice
5.) I'll Stand By You
7.) The Show
8.) See The Day
9.) Wake Me Up
10.) Life Got Cold
11.) Something Kinda Ooooh
12.) Whole Lotta History
13.) Long Hot Summer
15.) I Think Were Alone Now
16.) Biology - Live At Wembly
Sound Of The Underground
This was the first song ever released by Girls Aloud as a group and it has a dark yet fun feeling to it, it was a great first single for the group and is a great song!
This was a very popular song when it was released and is still is a favourite in the nightclubs on a night out, its a very sexy and fun song and typical of Girls Aloud songs.
This was another very popular song when it was released and done really well in the charts, its another confident and sexy song and when I hear it, it seems to lift my mood right up.
I'll Stand By You
This is a slower song and was also very popular, it is a slower song about standing by the one you love, I think that this is a really lovely song and is worth a listen.
This was yet another very popular song that was released as a single, it is a song about making men jump hoops for your love, its a very confident fun and sexy song and great on a night out.
This is a really great album, and was worth every penny I paid for it, it is a must have for any Girls Aloud fans and anyone who loves good fun upbeat dance pop type music.
I would not say I was a die hard Girls Aloud fan but this album was bought for me as a christmas present so I gave it a listen and I have to say it isn't bad!
This greatest hits album has 15 songs on it, some of Girls Alouds "classics" such as Sound Of The Underground and also some covers such as Jump and I Think We're Alone Now.
Personally, I have found myself putting this album on if I am doing housework as most of the songs are easy to sing along to and are "quick songs" and quite catchy like Love MAchine and No Good Advice.
There are one or two tracks on the album that I do not tend to listen to but overall for what it is, it is a good album.
It is good to listen to if you are doing housework or getting ready for a night out on the tiles.
I would not spend loads of money on it though!
Whether you like them or not, there is no denying that Girls Aloud are consistently at the top of their field, and despite the stigma attached to them of being a manufactured girl band, they have developed and are continuing to develop as musicians as well as just performers.
The Sound Of Girls Aloud was released late in 2006, and is a 'Best Of' album of sorts, surprising in a sense as the band was only formed in 2002. Four years to already have enough hits to make a 'Best Of' album is impressive, and shows how successful they have been.
Sound Of The Underground
No Good Advice
I'll Stand By You
See The Day
Wake Me Up
Life Got Cold
Something Kinda Ooooh
Whole Lotta History
Long Hot Summer
I Think We're Alone Now
I idly went by following the selection of the band members as they won Popstars: The Rivals in 2002, and if you had asked me how many hits they'd had, I would have said maybe 4 or 5, off the top of my head. This album shows how many hits they accrued in a 4 year period - a phenomenal achivement, and every single track is very catchy.
The 5 girls of the band don't profess to be extremely musically gifted in terms of song writing or lyricists, but what they do well is combine as a vocal group and engage an audience. Their range of talent is also impressive, with all of them being able to sing different genres of music, and while this album is mainly pop music, there are some faster, more fun songs, as well as heavier, more serious ones, and a couple of ballady tracks, too. Life Got Cold shows a pensive and harmonious side to thier voices, as does thier cover of the Cranberries' I'll Stand BY You.
Sound Of The Underground was the song penned for them as they won Popstars, and it was their first hit. The upbeat and catchy nature of it is typical of a lot of songs on this album. The only crticism I may have is that a lot of their hits on here are very similar to each other in many ways, but this is also worthy of praise as they have clearly targeted the right audience with this genre of music, and it has worked.
I am not the biggest Girls Aloud fan, and this is not necessarily an album I would choose to listen to over something else, but I can appreciate the musical quality and commercial appeal this album has to offer, and am impressed by the speed of the their first 'Best Of' album. There aren't many successful girl bands around at the moment, with perhaps them and the Sugababes cornering the market between them at the moment, and as long as they continue to do as they have here, success will surely follow.
The Sound of Girls Aloud is readily available on the internet, and can be picked up for £5 from Tesco.
In my opinion Girls Aloud are the best pop group to ever have been around in the UK consistently producing pop music that is outstanding, modern and different etc beating the likes Blue, Westlife, S Club and even the Spice Girls. They're really consistent and listening to this brillant CD just shows you that it's pack full of hit after hit and none of them sound the same except they all sound like Girls Aloud sound.
I think Girls Aloud are the best pop girl boy or girl group that the UK has ever seen there is something so incredibly modern and 21st century about them that is appeal that has kept them in the media and their records selling and selling now in their millions. This is packed full of all their singles from the first 3 albums. Sound Of The Underground, their career changing track Love Machine, the brillantly american No Good Advice meaningful ballads in the form of Whole Lotta History, Life Got Cold, I'll Stand By You and also See The Day the incredibly unique Biology, Something Kinda Oooh and summer hit Long Hot Summer. Lyrically i think they appeal to almost every teenage kid in the UK right now and talk about romance, struggle for dominance and packed full of attitude and fun and brillant melodies this is a great album
Vocally they're not excellent obviously but who cares right?
The UK public have had a fetish for reality TV shows since the turn of the century. An obsession that quite frankly leaves me dismayed at why people find trash such as Big Brother, The X Factor and all the other pointless dross that clogs up our TV screens.
However once in a while one of these so called shows create a real star. Will Young, Leona Lewis and of course the subjects of this review Girls Aloud.
Formed on Popstars:The Rivals in late 2002 and pitted against boyband One True Voice, the five sassy ladies Nadine, Cheryl, Kimberley, Nicola and Sarah went on to beat their rivals to the Christmas #1 spot with debut single 'Sound Of The Underground' and have continued to prosper long after their competition were thrown into the dumpster.
The girls are the most successful reality TV show product on UK shores having snagged 18 top 10 singles and an array of hit albums. 'The Sound Of Girls Aloud' plays on the title of their very first hit and was released in 2006 as an end to the first chapter of their career featuring the group's first 14 singles.
What sets Girls Aloud apart from the majority of reality tv winners is that they've never allowed themselves to be forced down the road of drab ballads and 101 cover versions. True there are 3 cover versions here 'Jump' [Pointer Sisters] 'See The Day' [D C Lee] and 'I'll Stand By You' [The Pretenders] and apart from the former they don't really sound a lot different to the originals bar the more modern sound of course. There's also a version of 'I Think We're Alone Now' previously recorded by one hit wonder Tiffany though the song has been completly made over and given a sprinkle of the Girls Aloud Chemical X.
It's plain to see that the girls produce a lot better material when not falling into that trap as the aforementioned songs are really the weakest here.
It's a true evoloution in the sound of the girl band as you listen to this CD. With Xenomania ever present on most of their tracks the singles here are miles away from the days of Atomic Kitten, All Saints and the Spice Girls. A fresh, slick, polished collection of hits is here with catchy hooks and a blend of electronica, pop, dance amongst others. The group are not afraid to push the boat out and experiment with the clear sleazy electro 80's feel to 'No Good Advice' or the swinging 60's beat evident on 'Love Machine' - one of their most famous hits.
The majority of the songs on the album are not really that instant at least I've found though they soon crawl their way into your brain and stay there for days on end and you'll find yourself humming them noin stop. 'Biology' and 'Something Kinda Oooh' are prime examples of this. Both tracks have a rather odd structure and even odder lyrics but the hooks just wind their way around your ears like a snake ensnaring it's prey.
The girls don't really venture into softer territory that much rolling out a laid back, acoustic tinged number on 'Life Got Cold' though one of my personal favourites by the group is 'Whole Lotta History'. A song that actually has a nice set of romantic lyrics and a beautiful melody and solo vocal from all 5 girls proving that they can produce any style of music they want to if they put their minds to it.
It's a shame that recent hits from their 4th album aren't included as the group have continued to experiment with new styles on tracks such as 'Call The Shots' 'Sexy... No No No' and 'Can't Speak French'. For extra interest there's also the fast paced, dance infused new track 'Money' thrown in as an extra.
At the end of the day this is the perfect CD for anyone who likes any number of the group';s singles and doesn't want to invest in their albums [which I personally think are very inconsistant].
Girls Aloud are a great group and are flying the flag for pure British pop right now so what you waiting for? Go on and see the show! [Ok awful pun there]
girls aloud are so good to the point that it frustrates me! they should have only lasted a couple of albums max before another group came on to the scene. yet the train shows no signs of slowing down after 5 years! girls aloud are just a great op group with greatr pop songs that know their market and dont claim to be anything better than they really are. how many bands have released a great debut then come back a year later with a more 'mature' sound only for the album to be a comlete flop. so many artists have committed career suicide in this way. yet the girls aloud team stick to what they know they are popular for: good, catchy, pop songs with sexy videos.
ok, their ballads are questionable and they have done too many covers when their own songs are so much better, but for the simple fact that the only thing about them that has changed is their hairstyles, they have to be respected for moving with the times while sticking to their roots.
every song from sound of the underground to call the shots has a similar sound, yet they are unique but just as catchy. the guardian newspaper even called 'biology' the best pop song of the new millenium.
even if you hate pop or manufactured bands, you cant help but love girls aloud for their songs, their sexiness, their britishness.
they are great entertainment and hopefully they will keep churning out the same sort of stuff for years to come.
Girls Aloud, one of the only groups that have managed to have an extremely successful career after appearing and winning one of Britains music talent shows, Popstars : The Rivals back in 2002. Now six years later they are still making their funky tracks, however becoming a little bit les heard off as they used to be and will Cheryl Cole appearing on a release with Black Eyed Peas Will I Am, rumours have began to spread whether this is becoming the end to one of the most loved girl bands in the UK.
Girls Aloud, made up of Cheryl Cole (Formerly Tweedy when this album was released) Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Kimberley Walsh and Nicola Roberts jumped to fame almost immediately as soon as they had released their first single and the success has continued over the years with this particular album going straight in at number one when it released back in 2006.
The Sound of Girls Aloud is a compilation of some of the best tracks that they had released over the previous four years. Although I am not a big fan of Girls Aloud and wouldn't as a rule purchase any of there music I was attracted to this particular album, because it is full of the well know tracks and the rubbish has been removed, like with all Greatest HIts albums.
The Sound of Girls Aloud kicks of with their very first single, The Sound of the Underground, the track that they had to make as part of their contribution to the competition when they were chosen as the actual girl group in competition with the boys. Going back to when this was released, it was played a lot, that was the case to see who could sell the most records and to be honest even though it is a catchy track, I did get fed up of it. It one of the tracks that is less popular these days and you very rarely hear so its has kind of grown on me.
This album is packed full or feel good tracks and I love having it on when I am driving, especially if i am trekking across the country and its getting a little tedious driving you do need something on to cheer you up and that you can sing along with.
They have done a couple of covers on this particular album, the likes of Jump which was featured in the movie Love Actually. On this particular occasion I prefer the original version of the track and they did actually use the original on the film and used Girls ALoud version on the soundtrack. They have also covered Tiffany's "I Think We're Alone Now". This was a track that I loved when I was little, I was probably only about 7 / 8 when Tiffany released this and I do think that they bought this song into the times that we are in now and did make it there own, which is the difference between that and the other covers that they produced.
ON any album there has got to be one or two tracks that should have been missed off, the likes of Life Got Cold which is probably one of the tracks that I have disliked because its not really a track for them. They are used to these girly girly upbeat tracks and when they produce something a little slower, it really does not suit them at all. Another track that I completely dislike from the album is Money. THe whole combination of the backing music, very similar to the latter Prodigy albums i.e. Firestarter and the lyrics and actually their vocals, the whole song is a pile of garbage and should have been missed off.
Sound of the Underground
No Good Advice
I'll Stand By You
See THe Day
Wake Me Up
Life Got Cold
Something Kinda Ooh
Whole Lotta History
Long Hot Summer
I Think We're Alone Now
This was released as a Greatest Hits album and it is padded out with a few cover versions as well, it is a pretty good album if you like the manufactured pop band style of music, I much prefer dance music like the Chemical Brothers but this music has its place and having seen them perform live I can appreciate the fact that they can sing and dance and certainly put on a decent show for an audience.
The album kicks off with the song that was a hit when they were created as part of one of those reality shows, Sound of the Underground has a driving almost monotone delivery to it and is a strong track to start with. After that it is a number of hits that are to follow with Love Machine a sign of the stand in a line and do the dance move style of music that they produce, personally I prefer the Arctic Monkies cover that was done on the Radio 1 live lounge album.
Biology is another hit and one of my favourite Girls Aloud tracks and there is also Long Hot Summer and Whole Lotta History on the album which are decent tracks.
I'm less convinced with the cover versions they attempt, Stand by You which is a cover of the Pretenders song is awful, Chrissie Hynd has a distinctive voice that holds this song togther and non of the Girls Aloud band can match this so you are left with a pretty dire dirge of a song. The Pointers Sisters song Jump adapts to their style a little better as does an inane track from Tiffany but both were better live than a studion version on the album.
For fans this is a good album and bringing out a Greatest Hits tends to suggest that solo careers and obscurity beckon although at least one will make a mint when they divorce their cheating footballer husband.
Girls Aloud were famously formed on reality tv show Popstars the Rivals and went on to beat one true voice to the christmas number one. Ever since then, however, they have shaken off their reality tv tag and become one of the most successful pop groups around, while still managing to be credible with a variety of audiences. They are admired by NME and MTV alike, something that rarely happens to any band, let alone a pop band.
With a record-breaking seventeen consecutive Top 10 singles (including three number ones), four platinum albums (including a number one) and record sales in excess of 4.2 million in the UK alone, Girls Aloud have broken records even the Spice Girls couldn't. This CD collects all of their singles together and adds new tracks as well!
Girls Aloud are:
Cheryl Tweedy-the most fancied member, mostly famous for firstly assault and then marrying ashley cole. If I sound negative then I dont mean to because Cheryl is probably my favourite out of the group!
Nadine Coyle-the best singer easily, with the longest legs ever. She was also going out with Jesse Metcalfe for a bit, so just about every girl in the world hates her now!
Kimberly Walsh-is NOT the daughter of their manager Louis Walsh! She has those gorgeous big lips!
Sarah Harding-doesnt get to sing half as much as she should because she has more personality than any of the others and sounds great.
Nicola Roberts-poor Nicola tends to be the most insulted member, which is unfair because she's really pretty and her red hair makes her stand out!
1. "Sound of the Underground" 3:40
The first single and a christmas number one, this song is nothing like a typical pop song, the guitar in the background gives it an edge and makes it more credible and cool.
Reached number one
2. "Love Machine" 3:27
The best song they have ever done, by miles. Again one of their more credible tracks, especially after it was covered by the Arctic Monkeys. This is jaunty and loads of fun, with cheeky lyrics! It has a famous twangy guitar intro that is instantly recognisable.
Reached number 2
3. "Biology 3:36
A bit odd. At first it sounds like they took the pieces of three songs and mashed them together to make one, it makes no sense and jumps around a lot. It has a jazzy opening which turns into a straightforward if dull pop song which then turns into a funky chorus, and none of them go very well. However, its cool backing track makes it work and this is definately memorable.
Reached number 4
4. "No Good Advice" 3:48
Very eighties 'My Sharona' but with attitude! They sing their hearts out on this one with ANOTHER cool use of a guitar to create something different, even if its not completely original! It lets itself down with the annoying talky bit at the end though, I think.
Reached number 2
5. "I'll Stand by You" 3:45
A sappy cover of the classic Pretenders song, with some poor harmonising and noone but Nadine sounding very good, even Cheryl who normally sounds great on ballads. It was for charity though, so its forgiven.
Reached number 1
6. "Jump" 3:40
A dancy version of the Pointer Sisters song which is nowhere near as good but if you've never heard the original then its a really great song, a good choice.
Reached number 2
7. "The Show" 3:37
An odd choice for the first single off their second album as its one of the worst songs on it! Its a bit electro with some classic girls aloud attitude lyrics but is all a bit forgettable, to be honest.
Reached number 2
8. "See the Day" 4:05
ANOTHER COVER, Im not sure who did the original of this but this is probably not as good. It was a christmas single and it does sound very christmassy, but the verses are a bit dull. It does have a very good chorus though which I love. All in all is just a bit cheesy and reminds me of cold dark winter too much.
Reached number 9
9. "Wake Me Up" 3:28
Starts with a cool guitary-ish intro and is generally full of attitude and some great singing. Not a classic but worth a listen.
Reached number 4
10. "Life Got Cold" 3:57
Just beautiful, moody and atmospheric yet still catchy and sweet, it is a far superior ballad to the others on here. In fact it is almost not a ballad at all. In a weird way it reminds me of Wonderwall by Oasis, even though I'm sure it probably sounds nothing like it to anyone else!
Reached number 3
11. "Something Kinda Ooooh" 3:22
This is great whenever Cheryl sings on it, she gets all the best bits! The chorus is average, but it still has a great hook and got stuck in my head for days. Its electro dancy pop again, like a lot of their stuff. I think they're better with a guitar in there, And what does 'something kinda ooh jumpin on my tutu' mean exactly? BAD LYRICS.
Reached number 3
12. "Whole Lotta History" 3:48
This has a very All Saints talky beginning, and they sound great on this reserved ballad, which is more like Life got Cold than See the day. However, its all a bit boring, and it was only the fourth release off Chemistry, so its not amazing.
Reached number 6
13. "Long Hot Summer" 3:53
Not the summer smash it wanted to be, this is so summery and fresh, like the title suggests! Its laid back and relaxed and it has a GREAT verse where Nadine almost raps the lyrics, its briliant!
Reached number 7
14. "Money" 4:13
The first new track, and not a great one. Its filler material at best.
15. "I Think We're Alone Now" 3:18
They went for the christmas number one again with this cover of Tiffany's famous song (and didn't manage it!). Its a passable cover but this song was never really meant to be sung by a group, it sounds odd and quite bland really, like a lot of their covers. When they do their own stuff its great but on covers they always end up sounding a bit kareoke, especially here. Nothing special really.
Reached number 4
Verdict: Covers bad, originals good. Unfortunately Greatest Hits album are the kiss of death for pop groups, so I'd suggest you buy this because its great and you'll have something to remember them by!
If you like pop music this is for you, but even if you dont you might be surprised because they incorporate a variety of styles into their music and they really do make good songs that anyone can like!
Lyrically, most of their songs are about the standard sorts of girlband fodder that is sung about these days. They're rebellious, they like to dance, yada yada yada. It's pretty dull and uninspired stuff. The exceptions to this are 'Love Machine' which has fun and original lyrics like 'we're gift wrapped kittycats!' and 'Life got cold' which shows genuine emotion.
Vocally, these girls are ok. Noone is ever going to describe any of them as the Mariah or Whitney of their generation, but all of them can hold a tune and sound pleasant enough. Cheryl has an interesting voice that adds a different sound to it and gives an edge, and Nadine is pretty damn good. However, I find that she tends to overpower the rest of them somewhat. The other three don't really get to sing as much which isn't fair.
Overall, I would say that if you like pop music then this would be for you. It's original without being too out there, and should be able to find a mainstream audience. If you don't like pop music, don't dismiss it, because there will be something on here that you will like I promise, it's great to sing and dance to!
Back in the Summer of 2002 something special was happening; something that would have massive repercussions for the music industry and the future of reality TV; ten beautiful girls and ten moderately attractive boys were battling it out in a London studio in front of three famous music industry insiders for the chance of winning a music contract and achieving worldwide fame.
Now, put like this, it might not seem like the most exciting prospect in the world but it was this show that not only eventually launched the most successful girlband since the Spice Girls, but it was also their success that proved to all the doubters who had, erm, doubted the significance and credibility of reality TV since the sad flop that was HearSay that televised talent shows would, and could, generate talent, longevity and music worth listening to and they have provided the best supporting argument for reality tv talent shows ever since.
Anyway, going back to the year of 2002, in fact to be specific back to the evening of 30th November 2002, the girls and boys had been whittled down by the public and judges (Geri Halliwell, Pete Waterman and Louis Walsh) all Summer until all that was left standing were six girl and six boys, the perceived cream of the popstar crop. Fighting the boys corner were Jamie Shaw, Keith Semple, Anton Gordon, Daniel Pearce, Matt Johnson and Chris Park, all hoping to make it in to Pete Watermans Vocal Harmony Group. On the other side, Louis side, the girls hoping to make it in to the shows girl group were Cheryl Tweedy, Kimberley Walsh, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, Nadine Coyle and Javine Hilton.
So, the votes were in and the contestants were eagerly waiting for their fate to be revealed. The boys names were called and One True Voice were formed, then it was time for the girls. Cheryl was called first, having obtained the most votes out of all the girls. Second place went to Nicola Roberts, third to Nadine, fourth to Kimberley, and finally Sarah and Javine were stood alone, both having polled the least votes. Well, it was at this point that half the country expected to see the back of Sarah. Sarah was never a favourite to be in the group and had been in the bottom two a couple of times. Javine, on the other hand, had been deemed the talent of the show from the beginning and was told week after week by the judges that she was 100% certain to be in the group. However, the results were announced and to much shock, especially that of an hysterical Sarah, Sarah Harding was announced the winner of the vote. She took her place in the line-up and the groups were formed. The battle was ready to commence.
Although the show was now technically over and the groups had been formed, it was now that the interesting part really began. The boys, managed by Pete, and the girls, by Louis, were set up for a battle of the sexes, battling it out for the Christmas number one. Initially, me and my friends all agreed that this battle was pretty pointless, the boys would inevitably get the number one hit. After all, boy bands had always been successful and popular, whereas girl bands had not, and as the audience of the show was predominantly female, and the boys were predominantly deemed as cute (a point I beg to differ) it didnt take many brains, we thought, to work out that they were going to get the number one. However, finally the singles were revealed and our minds were rapidly changed. The girls, who had decided to go by the name of Girls Aloud, had produced a unique, a fun and an instantly catchy pop classic, the boys, well, lets just say they were lucky to get a number two.
Of course, we all know the ending to this story; Girls Aloud achieved the much anticipated number one. Not only that but as One True Voice (the boys band) decided to call it a day, as Clea (the group formed by Chloe, Lindsay, Emma and Aimee, the girls from the top ten who didnt get in to Girls Aloud) failed to make an impact on the charts, as Phixx (the losing boys from the top ten) fell apart after a couple of relatively unsuccessful singles and as Javine failed in her bids to win the Eurovision Song Contest and have a long and successful recording career, Girls Aloud consistently held their ground and continued to go from strength to strength to strength, obtaining new fans, number one hits and music awards on a regular basis.
Now who would have thought that almost five years later, these girls who started out on a much ridiculed talent programme would still be going strong and would have their own Greatest Hits album which not only immediately went in at number one in the UK album chart but continued to stay in the top 20 for eleven weeks. Yes, the girls have managed to achieve the near impossible, producing consistently great pop songs that steer away from cheese and somehow managing to appeal to almost everyone (whether they admit it or not!); girls, boys, ten year olds, fourty year olds, their appeal transcends all boundaries. Still so young, ranging from 21 (Nicola and Nadine) to 25 (Sarah and Kimberley) the girls have achieved so much success in such a short amount of time and show no signs of stopping, despite the many rumours. So what happens when these unstoppable girls, the best thing in pop at the moment, combine all their best songs, the best songs in pop at the moment, on one little CD? It just has to be a great thing, right?
You bet ya life it is!
SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND was the first, and arguably the best, single by Girls Aloud, and one that immediately grabbed the attention of the pubic. This is a unique, fun, edgy track with heavy guitar music and synthesisers. It is fast paced and well sung electro pop that will never grow old. 10/10
LOVE MACHINE was a bit of a standout track for the girls and perhaps one of the most successful that they have yet released, not on sales but play time, as I have never yet been on a night out where I have not heard it played and it is perhaps one of the first songs people think of when they think of Girls Aloud. This is a fun, fast, quirky track with entertaining and obscure lyrics (We're gift-wrapped kitty cats, we're only turning into tigers when we gotta fight back, let's go, Eskimo, out into the blue) and an equally fun video that features the girls over-acting (in a good way), flirting with random men and dancing around in pretty dresses. 8/10
The release of BIOLOGY was another pivotal moment in the career of the band, as this is a clear favourite amongst many fans of the band. This is a definite grower; the first time you hear it you will undoubtedly find it a bit strange, I did, as it sounds strangely like three completely different tracks randomly stuck together, and I still cant fathom how exactly it works, but just go with it, it does! The track has a bit of a strange intro bit with staccato backing music and quite whiny lyrics, followed by a more poppy, faster middle bit then an extremely catchy chorus, which is the bit that will undoubtedly stick in your head! It again has a bit of an electro pop feel and the usual fun lyrics (Why don't you fool me, feed me, say you need me without wicked games, Come on and hold me, hug me, say you love me, and not my dirty brain) but this is a more quirky track. The girls have again taken a risk with this track and have again pulled it off; they are clearly leading the way in the field of pop and are making their own rules as they go. Youve got to love them for it! 9/10
NO GOOD ADVICE is actually one of my favourite tracks on the album, although I know many people who have labelled it as a watered down version of Sound of the Underground. I, however, loved the track at the time and still love it now. This is an 80s sounding assertive pop track that manages to walk the middle line between edgy and commercial perfectly. It has strong, almost aggressive vocals, an extremely catchy chorus and more rocky, edgy guitar backing as previously displayed in Sound of the Underground. The lyrics are confident and send a message to the public that the girls are going to do things their way, no matter what the critics say; Everybody's talking like I'm only just another phony girl who can't play, but I dig the music that I'm making, Baby and I'll break it into your brain; a motto that the girls have continued to live by. 9/10
ILL STAND BY YOU was the second ballad to be released by Girls Aloud and their first cover. It is a cover of the Pretenders Ill Stand By You and was released in 2004 as the official Children In Need song. It is less quirky than their first ballad Life Got Cold but is a really nice, very listenable ballad. It was a refreshing change of direction for the girls and showcases the great vocals that won the girls their places in the band brilliantly. I particularly like Kimberleys part in this as I think her voice carries emotion very well and I really like its husky, vulnerable tone. 8/10
JUMP is another cover (of the Pointer Sisters track) and was recorded for the film Love Actually. It has a more of a disco feel compared to the earlier guitar-led, electro-pop tracks and I have to say, I am really not a fan. This is another track that again seems to be played every time I go on a night out and it has just never grown on me. I think Nadines vocals sound strained, the choruses are really repetitive and its only redeeming feature is the slower interlude in which Kimberley sings, as I always really like her voice. 4/10
THE SHOW is a brilliant track. In fact, it was one of my favourite Girls Aloud tracks for a while. I love the catchy, nonsensical chorus (Should have known, should have cared, should have hung around in the kitchen in my underwear acting like a lady, should have made me) and this is just total undiluted pop with an over the top fun, dancey feel. Love it. 9/10
The first time I heard SEE THE DAY I didnt like it at all; it just seemed to drift on peacefully and never really get anywhere. I havent heard the original, dont even know who its by, so I cant say how it compares, but on its own merit I was simply never a fan. However, I have now started to see its appeal. I must admit that this change first came about when I realised that the girls were actually sat around in a little snow globe in the video in their pretty dresses and I thought this was really fab and pretty. Also, it is all snowy and that, combined with the gentle, floaty ballad makes me feel all nice and Christmassy, which is always a good thing. I would never say it is a favourite but its very pretty, and every album needs a pretty ballad in the Law Of Hannah. 7/10
WAKE ME UP is one of my absolute favourite tracks on the album, although it never made as much impact on the charts as the girls subsequent tracks. I loved this track as soon as I heard it, before it was even released, and its appeal has not faded. I love the fast, poppy chorus and its hard, edgy sound. It represents to me what the girls are all about; fun, energy and confidence. 10/10
LIFE GOT COLD was Girls Alouds first ballad and it was such a quirky song that it couldnt have failed to do well. The track is very subdued and downbeat with dejected lyrics and vocals (My life got cold, it happened many years ago when summer slipped away) and an edgy feel to it; a world of difference to the gentle, pretty ballads and soaring, loved up choruses that most pop groups tend to churn out (although as previously mentioned, the prettier ballads still definitely have their place in pop!) 8/10
SOMETHING KINDA OOOOH is again a fun track with more obscure and nonsensical lyrics; Something kinda ooooh jumping on my tutu, something inside of me wants some part of you, something kinda ooooh makes my heart go boom boom, something inside of me wanting what you do. Cheryl and Nadine take lead vocals on this track and this is a frenzied, fun dance pop track that is good for a dance and cant fail to get you in a good mood. 9/10
WHOLE LOTTA HISTORY is a really, really lovely ballad and was easily one of my favourite tracks of the girls last album. The girls each take a turn at singing and they are all in good form, managing to convey the emotion and feeling of the song beautifully. This is a bit of a change from the other tracks, with more emotion and meaning, and shows the versatility of the group. 9/10
LONG HOT SUMMER is second least favourite track on the album after Jump. Although I dont actively dislike it, as I do with Jump, I just think it lacks the edge and fun factor that Girls Aloud usually lend to their tracks. This is a standard, slightly cheesy dance/pop song that is very summery but other than that, lacks anything that would make it really stand out. 6/10
MONEY is the only track on the album that was not a single and I absolutely love it. It has the fun, electro pop sound that has made many of the other girls tracks successful with a bit of the feel of Biology about it. Like Biology the track is fast and moves all over the place erratically, going from one sound to another randomly. I love the acting in the girls vocals and the catchy, quirky choruses and fun lyrics. It is an entertaining and fun track with the girls distinctive fun pop stamp on it. 9/10
I THINK WERE ALONE NOW is a cover of Tiffanys track, and I really dont get the problem with that! People are so quick to condemn covers but really whats the big deal? I didnt like this track to start with but even if I did it would never have bothered me. Saying somebody has ruined he original is clearly wrong as, regardless of whether you like the cover or not, nobody has touched the original. Just because a band has brought out their own version of a song, it doesnt mean you cant listen to the original song anymore and it doesnt mean you have to listen to the new one if you dont like it; they are two separate songs, listen to the one you like, ignore the one you dont, there is a place for everything! Anyway, moving on, I actually like this song more than the original; it is not my favourite track on the album but I think it is a fun, energetic track that is definitely worth a listen.
1. Sound Of The Underground
2. Love Machine
4. No Good Advice
5. Ill Stand By You
7. The Show
8. See The Day
9. Wake Me Up
10. Life Got Cold
11. Something Kinda Ooooh
12. Whole Lotta History
13. Long Hot Summer
15. I Think Were Alone Now
BEST TRACK- Everyone is bound to have their own personal favourite with such a brilliant album so I can only tell you mine. This was a really hard one to choose as they are all so fab but if I have to pick one, which I guess I do since I created this category, the title of best track would go to either the classic Sound of the Underground or the brilliant Wake Me Up. I also have a bit of a soft spot for Money, perhaps because it is the only non single on the album so is still a novelty, I dont know.
WORST TRACK- Jump; the only Girls Aloud song, out of all the album tracks and singles, that I really dont like.
NUMBER OF GOOD SONGS- 13 out of 15
ALBUM UNIQUE SELLING POINT- If you like pop then this is the best contemporary pop album that you are likely to find. Pop appears to be changing nowadays so as its all about R&B artists or Indie bands and good fun pop, in its traditional sense, is thin on the ground. Girls Aloud are refreshing in that they have put the cool factor in pop and are keeping it at the top of the charts. The unique thing about the girls is that they reach, and appeal to, such a wide and varied audience so even if you dont think you are a fan of the band, I challenge you not to find at least one song you quite like on this brilliant compilation of the girls best hits.
ALBUM NEGATIVES - They really need to let the other girls sing more. OK, Nadine can reach all the notes but, ironically given my love of the band, I dont really like the tone of her voice, I think it is a bit harsh and I am a bit bored of hearing it overpowering and leading the vocals on every single track! I think that Nicola actually has a stronger voice and Kimberley has a nicer tone to hers and, as Nadine actually only got the third highest votes in a singing competition, surely it should follow that in the opinion of the majority she is the third least favourite of the girls and perhaps the two girls who scored the highest should be singing more of the vocals?
ALBUM SUMMARISED IN ONE WORD- Pop!
SCORE OUT OF 10 FOR
VOCALS- 8 (I think all the girls can sing but Im a bit tired of Nadines voice now)
LYRICS- 8 (theyre not deep, but theyre fun!)
MUSIC/BACKING TRACKS- 10
VARIATION IN TRACKS- 9
OVERALL ALBUM- 10
RECOMMENDED- Yes, I would recommend this to anyone who likes a bit of energy and fun in their music, likes a bit of a dance or likes a bit of a singalong. Oh, and everyone else to! You know you want it!
It doesn't seem like 2 minutes since Girls Aloud got together so it is quite unbelievable that they are releasing a greatest hits album, but when you listen to this album it is jam packed full of hits.
In 2002 they were formed on Popstars: The Rivals and unlike a lot of girl groups they have stuck around for half a decade. Getting through countless nights out, blokes and tubes of mascara they have kept up a high output of pop-tastic tunes. Its unbelievable to think they have released at least 3 singles a year since they were formed and a testament that they have never charted low than number 9 in the UK singles chart
Girls Aloud are made up of:
Cheryl Cole (nee Tweedy) - the Geordie one who is married to England & Chelsea left back Ashley Cole, who found infamy after bitch-slapping a toilet attendant.
Nicola Roberts - the Ginger one who would be really pretty if she actually bothered to crack a smile.
Nadine Coyle - the lucky cow that is going out with Jesse Metcalfe, the hunky gardener from Desperate Housewives and who has the best legs in showbiz (not that I'm jealous at all!)
Sarah Harding - The blonde from Manchester who is the current face of Ultimo underwear. Has had a string of high profile flings including Stephen Dorff!!
Kimberley Walsh - The only member of the band to have gone to University but wasn't smart enough to realise a photographer was around when she was smoking a spliff.
The album went in a number 1 and rightly so in my opinion.
1 -Sound Of The Underground (#1 - 2002) The first single, twangy guitars, catchy chorus - one you can dance around the room to
2 - Love Machine (#2 - 2004) - Funky bass line with a super sassy video, the lyrics are bonkers but you always end up singing along. One of their biggest hits and a camp classic
3 - Biology (#4 - 2005) - Has a really great intro (which I think the Fratellis pinched for Chelsea Dagger) but isn't one of their catchiest.
4 - No Good Advice (#2 - 2003) - Their second single sampling the brilliant "My Sharona." Jam packed with attitude and rockier than most pop bands would dare to go.
5 - I'll Stand By You (#1 - 2004) - Cover of the The Pretenders song. A bit of an anti climax from the original but was a song for Children in Need so deserved to get to Number 1.
6 - Jump (#2 - 2003) Another cover and taken from the Love Actually soundtrack. I always think they are better with original material so not one of my favourites.
7 - Show (#2 - 2004) An electropop masterpiece, catchy song, great harmonies. Sounds like about 3 different songs blended into one but it works.
8 - See The Day (#9 - 2005) A slow ballad which I don't think suits the bands sassy vibe. One to put on for a romantic night in.
9 - Wake Me Up (#4 - 2005) My favourite on the album, not one of their most succesful, but it has funky guitar riffs, high tempo, rocky and another catchy chorus.
10 - Life Got Cold (#3 - 2003) Another ballad, silky smooth vocals, a great song to chill to. Much better than See the Day.
11 - Something Kinda Ooooh (#3 - 2006) - Has a comletely mad title but is another song that sounds like a blend of different songs. From the racy introduction to the slower verses and a cracking chorus
12 - Whole Lotta History (#6 - 2006) Their best ballad, whispy vocals and chilled out guitars - still prefer their more uptempo numbers
13 - Long Hot Summer (#7 - 2006) An alright pop song - one of their least succesful and I can understand why it is one of their least succesful - doesn't have the girls aloud stamp on it
14 - Money (Bonus Track) Not the greatest - you can see why this wasn't a fully fledged single. Is a bit shouty for my taste
15 - I Think We're Alone Now (#4 - 2006) - Undoubtedly a cracking pop song but I can't help but think Tiffany's version was a cult classic (even though her version was a cover too.) There wasn't a baggy jumper in sight or strange hand movement!
Long gone are the days when girl groups are for 10 year old girls. These songs are rocky, funky and cheesey all rolled into one. When you look at the competition there is absolutely none that pose a serious threat and are arguable this decades Spice Girls. These 5 girls are tabloid sweethearts who are often overlooked as credible artists but this is a great album to have on when you are getting ready on a Saturday night - whilst drinking lots of wine and dancing round in your undies!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Sound Of The Underground
2 Love Machine
4 No Good Advice
5 I'll Stand By You
7 The Show
8 See The Day
9 Wake Me Up
10 Life Got Cold
11 Something Kinda Ooooh
12 Whole Lotta History
13 Long Hot Summer
15 I Think We're Alone Now