Sugababes
Catfights and spotlights


4.5
superb

Review

by DutchDevotee USER (7 Reviews)
May 31st, 2012 | 16 replies | 1,940 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Sugababes deliver the highlight of their career. Everything is in places, except for the inclusion of a bonus track that has nothing to do with the rest of the album and can't even be called a Sugababes song.

The Sugababes are a strange band. Somehow these three female vocalists have managed to produce hit singles that have a bit more depth to them than the average single you’ll find in the charts. Reminder for instance the intelligent use of Gary Numan’s Tubeway Army single Are friends electric in Freak like me from 2002. And who doesn’t (secretly?) know the melody and words to hits like Push the button or About you now.

After the release of the somewhat bland studio album Change and the subsequent, hugely enjoyable greatest hits compilation Overloaded, the Sugababes returned to form with Catfights & Spotlights. Lead single Girls was once again a great reminder of the fact that the girls can do great, catchy singles with good lead vocals and great harmonies. The rest of the album isn’t quite that catchy, but needs some more spins before you get it. But once it does grab you, it grabs you hard.

After the start with Girls the album seems to start again, when the girls ask each other if they are ready (of course they are), before You on a good day kicks in truly. This song is the first of three songs with a similar feel to them, that seems to find its roots in the pop culture from the mid 90’s. But true to Sugababes-style, they somehow feel fresh and modern.

Than the album takes a more adventurous road. Sometimes lyrically, like in Every Heart Broken . The song tells little tales about 8 lost loves and contains some great tongue-in-cheek lyrics, like:

Boy 4 was filthy rich indeed
He flew a private jet but see
He crashed and burned
There's just no buying me


or

Last boy was a director on a silver screen
He went and wrote a slasher flick just for me
When he said cut
I took it literally


Sonically, Beware is a standout track. I can’t quite explain what they did with the track, but the backbone is intriguing. It’s like they recorded a fully instrumented song and then filtered out some of the drum and bass parts. Great song, both vocally and sonically.

The best song on the album, and arguably the best song the Sugababes have ever recorded, is Can we call a truce. This ballad features great lead vocals by all three girls, fantastic harmonies, and a refrain to die for:

Can we call a truce? We both have our truths
And I just wish this God damn mess...
We could try and play it cool
I don't wanna fight, to lose you


Add to this the fact that the songs contains one of the best vocal performances from Heidi Range (the blond one). I wasn’t too fond of her high pitched voice before I heard this, but what she does here in both timing and the use of her voice is amazing. To put it short: a fantastic song and a great way to end the album.

Too bad the album doesn’t end, because two bonus tracks were added. The first is an acoustic version of About you now, which shows that the up-tempo original has a good song structure. How else would it still hold as a stripped down ballad. The second bonus track should have never been released. Featuring Taio Cruz, She’s like a star has nothing to do with the rest of album and doesn’t even feel like a Sugababes song. A bad decision to include it in an otherwise fantastic album.



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Lought
May 31st 2012



87 Comments


these guys is like the barbie dolls

i like this review thougt

Adabelle
May 31st 2012



4251 Comments


andcas, pretty sure they didn't get famous in America. Also, DutchDevotee you have the highest pop% on your pie chart that I've ever seen haha

DutchDevotee
May 31st 2012



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@Adabelle: what can I say, I like what is considered pop over here. Nothing to be ashamed of, imho ;-)

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012



8321 Comments


@andcas

They're actually pretty food. I used to unashamedly dig their Angels With Dirty Faces album.

HSThomas
May 31st 2012



668 Comments


^Still do probably.







Jk

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012



8321 Comments


To be honest I haven't listened to it in such a long time that who knows, I just might haha.

Tyrael
May 31st 2012



20797 Comments


for someone called metalstyles you don't really have a lot of metal cred

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012



8321 Comments


...over which I have no concerns whatsoever ;)

Apollo
May 31st 2012



10281 Comments


wtf

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012



31047 Comments


Artwork like this deserves better quality

Digging: Marcel Dettmann - Fabric 77

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012



31047 Comments


Much better

DutchDevotee
May 31st 2012



37 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

@ Deviant: I tried to upload a better picture, but editing is still a problem. Any idea when this will be possible again?

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012



31047 Comments


Edit album function works, disregard the error message (how many times have I said this recently?)

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012



31047 Comments


Just go to the top of the page if you want to get to the forums

BigBlob
May 31st 2012



1632 Comments


Just log into the forums and change it there.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
May 31st 2012



31047 Comments


Just click on message boards at the top of the page



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