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New single, sounds absolutely brilliant as per.
I've got a feeling they're going to make it 6 albums, 6 specials.
Every Girls Aloud song just sounds like standard pop to me. Their last single was shite!
Except the first one
The sound of the undergrrrounndd duurrrnn durrnn etc.
Whatever it is, it probably doesn't sound like Biology or The Show...
but lots of people seem to make that horrible point of it being 'good pop' when to me it just sounds no better than any other pop.
with the racist monkey chants?
if any indie band came out with 6 albums that are as good as girls aloud's i'd be pretty impressed.
the single is really good
Where does one hearest thou?
indie bands don't use teams of songwriters, do they?
also, i'd fuck every single one of them at least once. i hope that this doesn't cloud your judgement.
First reaction - slightly shrugs
Second reaction - raises eyebrow
Third reaction - to follow later on...
Which is unusual as I love this band (or to appease some of you on here, 'Slung together piece of mass-market consumerism aimed at those stupid saps known as the general public who actually still BUY records')
Bad ending. But the chorus is very nice.
However, anything after the genius of "Tangled up" was likely to disappoint on first & second play..
dont tink sarah shoulda been givin lead...nadine is a proven winner in dat department...But LOVE DA SONG!!!!!
Lets Get it 2 No.1 Peeps xXx
the Sugababes. "Red Dress" being the highlight. Their latest single ("Here come the girls...") raises an eyebrow for un-originality, but I guess it's alright, if a little after the event (i.e. last Christmas).
but what do you mean by "6 specials"?
nobody counts greatest nits records...nobody.
Kim's lookin' mighty fine:
... can be found here:
if anyone's interested.
I sure am.
they have so many hits. leagues above other "pop" bands (except some sugababes stuff)
The rest of the song confuses me a little bit, and I'm not sure why
as chris martin put it "it is the mix of extreme physical attraction and brilliant songs"
... is now up here: http://popmusicology.wordpress.com/2008/10/29/girls-aloud-out-of-control-part-2/
for those remain interested.
But given time, it's a stormer. Third verse especially with Sarah's soul diva impression and then Nicola's bit is pretty ace too. Not keen on the key change though.
It's amazing how they can have such a variety of styles across the singles (in Biology, there's at least three different styles in the same song), yet they still have an unmistakeable Girls Aloud sound. I suppose that's cos they always stick with the same producers. That's the reason Sugababes will never be in the same class, they're far too inconsistent. They got Orson to write for them, for heaven's sake.
Also, (having just banged on about how Girls Aloud are ace cos they always stick with the same writers) Pet Shop Boys have written a song for the new GA album, which all right-thinking pop fans will be VERY excited about.
Oh, almost forgot, they are well fit and I want to sex them.
of the year, from a critical perspective.
"I want to sex them."
You were doing so well......!
Full of people who are like "Yeah, I'm really indie and alternative, but aren't Girls Aloud so incredible... God, how quirky am I?!"
Purleeze, Girls Aloud have had a few good tunes, but really, anyone would think they were friggin' martyrs the way this thread reads.
Their pop songs are okay as far as pop songs go. But they're still pretty dire.
It's genuinely appreciating a good tune. Or not appreciating it.
Remeber the boards are about musical debate, and that isn't limited to Los Camesinos and Fleet Foxes. Folk can geuinely appreciater tunes by GA and the Sugababes and any pop lot without it having to be a "check me out I'm so quirky" statement.
You may have a problem with your inetrpretation of this thread but I have a bigger problem with 14 year old lasses wearing "Iron Maiden" T shirts from TopShop just cos Alexa Chung wore one once, not becuase of a genuine love of Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
my spelling is rather "wack" today
to describe Girls Aloud songs, that confirms to me that this thread is nothing more than a plain and simple posturing effort, a "look how quirky my music taste is" mentality. It's painfully obvious!
Just because you can't appreciate how people can like/love the best pop band of the decade, it does not mean that they are "posturing" in order to show how quirky they are.
I love Girls Aloud. I am not going to be embarassed by that. Pop music can be brilliant, and with Girls Aloud it usually is. Liking "indie" music does not have to preclude me from liking pop. I can appreciate any music that moves me into feeling something - be that into dancing, into singing along, into just bopping my head, into feeling depressed or into amazement. They are all valid.
Do you not like pop songs? Fair enough if you don't.
I just think that Girls Aloud have sung some of the finest songs ever written. They're pretty much all tune-packed shiny nuggets of brilliance. Even better, they tend to be unpredictable and cliche free*, which is what I'm looking for in any band, pop or not.
*Apart from when they do covers. Their cover versions are all pointless and shit.
All I'm saying is that using words like "genius" to describe Girls Aloud's music is pushing it too far and that people are getting carried away in their praise.
In my mind, a superb pop song is something in the vein of "Waterloo Sunset", "Raspberry Beret", "...Baby, One More Time" or "Don't You Want Me" - arugably good, random examples of truly inspired pop music (stressing "random" and "examples"!)
Without wishing to sound like I'm comparing the songs, or saying that their (GA) songs aren't worthy etc, all I'm saying is that most Girls Aloud songs are not quite hitting pop's premiere league.
I didn't know that the word "Genius" was reserved for Chaka Demus & Pliers.
I wish I wasn't so busy at work so that I could enter into a very long, pointless debate about why you will (hopefully) come to regret most of your comments in this thread in a few years time but I won't.
I shall merely say is that I love Future of the Left, The National, Battles, Mogwai, Black Dice, Holy Fuck, Pivot etc (eg. more DiS accepted acts) as much as the next guy, but that my love of almost all things Girls Aloud and Rihanna (since her second record) isn't as you call it, posturing, more personal opinion. Personally, there's only so much chin stroking and head nodding I can do before I scream "GIVE ME A FRICKING TUNE I CAN ACT A BIT GAY TO YOU OBTUSE NORTH AMERICAN FUCKS" at my record collection.
I genuinely think that music is cyclical, with the mainstream often being what was the underground a few years beforehand. As such, pop music has had to fight very hard in recent years to regain some of its lost ground after the debacle that were 90's boybands, and indie has gotten away with murder in its slump. However, I firmly believe there are far more interesting things at work in recent Timbaland, JTimberlake, Richard X and Nelly Furtado records than there are in 80% of the bands we wank over on these boards, and that pop is in the ascendancy right now.
The moral of this meandering nonsense? All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy...
I second this.
I third this
Girls Aloud's music is not a great example of 'genius' pop music. In my opinion, I find their brand of pop music is average, though in few cases it is, without doubt, flawless ('No Good Advice').
The point about the 90s being a pop debacle is absolutely spot on, and no-one could argue with it. But pop music nowadays is nowhere near as good as it used to be.
I enjoy being proven wrong, but only time will tell.
But there are several gems; "Biology" is a wonderful track, three different songs somehow melted into one cohesive whole; "The Show" has something about it that for me makes it one of the best pop songs ever, but I can't explain what; "Sound of the underground" was the nail in the coffin of 90's boybands and dared to 'zig' when everyone else 'zagged'; "Call the shots" is that rarest of things, a genuinely heartfelt but not slushy ballad; "Something kinda oooh" I'd also wager is the most ridiculous attempt to meld pop and dance music this decade thus far, though I expect this to be a totally bollocks argument when I reassess it in ten minutes.
The thing that is so good about them (on a personal level) is that so many of the album tracks are great too (Control of the knife, Graffiti my soul, Watch me go) and they don't overload us with 5 singles off one record when 1 or 2 will suffice.
They ultimately just release consistently good music with the odd duff track (every cover version they've done or closing ballad) and the odd classic, and more importantly employ very good producers, but I reckon the same could be said of most of the bands on here we rate...
Have Los Campesinos, Fleet foxes or Johnny foreigner released many true genius tracks either? Time will tell, but I suspect no more so than this quintet have to date...
I also think the debate on these boards about old vs new pop music is a thankless one. The Kinks were never 'pop' music when they came out, merely regarded as such after years of hindsight. The same will likely be true of M.I.A. and Bright Eyes...
Does it make anyone else dislike themselves sometimes? I read back posts like that of mine and think "For fucks sake, do some work and get somewhere in life Sean rather than arguing about the merits of Girls Aloud album tracks..."
have a read of the review, i think there's a lot to be said for the group actively aiming to ensnare the sort of person you're referring to.
i'm not saying anyone posting is/isn't like that.
The Loving Kind is better than Call the Shots. Rolling Back the Rivers in Time sounds like Divine by Sebastien Tellier. Untouchable, Love is the Key, Miss you Bow Wow....all blimmin ace. A couple of stinkers, as is to be expected, but seriously, the quality is so high.
no idea why they get so much love from the hipster posse
I reckon it's a solid 7 / 10
• I really like 'Live in the country'. I have no idea why.
• When that awful intro to 'Rolling back...' transforms from a hideous grub into a fully formed butterfly
• The breakdown part of 'Untouchable' about "My beautiful romance..."
• 'The loving kind' is essentially 'Call the shots' Part 2, but I like it
• The techno ending of'Miss you bow wow'