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The Saturdays - Wordshaker

The Saturdays - Wordshaker

I know it’s not cool, but I love The Saturdays. They’ve always been seen as a bit of a Girls Aloud tribute act, which I think is a bit unfair. In their second album, Wordshaker, they attempt to move away from the pop sounds that cause this comparison and instead try out a rockier sound, similar to that of Kelly Clarkson or Pink.

The first song, Forever Is Over was chosen to be the first single from their album. In my opinion there were a number of better songs they could have chosen, like the attitude-laden, girl-power anthems Ego and One Shot, and title track Worshaker. Forever Is Over seems a little weak in comparison.

The band haven’t forgotten their pop roots, though. Open Up, Lose Control and 2 a.m are guilty pleasure, sing-a-long songs that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Girls Aloud album. Meanwhile, there are the usual ballads expected on a pop album. I usually skip past slow songs on my ipod, but I was pleasantly surprised with Here Standing, which isn’t as drippy as the lyrics would suggest (“you’re the reason I’m here standing”). The band co-wrote Deeper, and they should be proud of how it ended up. Meanwhile, the girls’ vocals shine on Denial, No One and Not Good Enough.

The only let down are the live versions of Chasing Lights, Wordshaker and One Shot on the Bonus Track Version. Much as I love their music the girls still don’t sound good enough live and it’s a poor ending to what is otherwise a top class pop album.

Wordshaker isn’t going to stop the comparisons with Girls Aloud. In fact they’ll have to compete with comparisons to Kelly Clarkson now too. It’s a shame because for a pop album, Wordshaker is pretty close to perfect.