Rachel Stevens
Come and Get It


4.0
excellent

Review

by HolidayKirk USER (151 Reviews)
July 8th, 2015 | 13 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: For Tomorrow: A Guide to Contemporary British Music, 1988-2013 (Part 99)

Rachel Stevens deserved better.

After busting out of teenpop group S Club 7 with the clever “Sweet Dreams My LA Ex” she created one of the snappiest pop albums of 2003 with Funky Dory, united the almighty British pop powers of Richard X and Xenomania for her sophomore effort Come and Get It and was rewarded with… a debuting position of 28 on the album charts and a swift end to her music career.

Beyond the typically brutal politics of UK pop music, there’s other reasons for this. For one thing, her genius 2005 Richard X collab and smash hit “Some Girls” was appended to a reissue of the struggling Funky Dory before being slotted onto Come and Get It, when it really should have been used as Come and Get It’s proper lead single. But when Come and Get It’s first two proper singles rolled around a year after “Some Girls” they barely scraped the top 10 and Stevens’ fate was sealed.

A crying shame considering the sustained greatness of Come and Get It. A brash, glammy, and fillerless electro-pop record, Come and Get It shoulda/woulda/coulda been number one but as is you’re still looking at a bargain for 13 fantastic pop tunes. Understanding the talent she’s working with here, Stevens allows herself to become an Aaliyah-esque instrument, a whispery presence executing no-nonsense hooks with surgical precision. The starscraping swoon of “I Will Be There” and driving flight of “Secret Garden” are sold on the restraint of Steven’s vocal performances. “It’s All About Me” packs a brilliant flip of The Cure’s “Lullaby” into a stomping pop banger. Richard X’s two contributions “Crazy Boys” and “Some Girls” are vintage X, big nods to David Bowie and Adam Ant that still culminate in a package that feels at home on modern pop charts.

Rachel Stevens may have been forced into hiding on reality TV following Come and Get It’s flop but the record remains a brilliant snapshot of post-Girls Aloud UK pop music. Pick up a physical copy for the cheap on Amazon while I use it to help dilute the unfortunate sausage fest that is For Tomorrow.



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HolidayKirk
July 8th 2015


1722 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Twitter/Instagram: @HolidayKirk

treeqt.
July 8th 2015


16968 Comments


not a bad album

NorwichScene
July 8th 2015


3119 Comments


Babe!

ShitsofRain
July 8th 2015


8217 Comments


dm is right again
s cluuuuub

SPRFanOf5H
July 8th 2015


870 Comments


Interesting pop album. Might give it a go sometime.

PumpBoffBag
July 8th 2015


963 Comments


I remember lovely Rachel, she definitely put out some catchy solo material way back when. I also remember she constantly mimed on tv appearances, so maybe she really wasn't any good

BallsToTheWall
July 8th 2015


50100 Comments


I came.

Digging: Kelly Lee Owens - Inner Song

ShitsofRain
July 9th 2015


8217 Comments


there aint no party like a s club party

rachel doin her thing

Guzzo10
July 9th 2015


1276 Comments


KIRK I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW I'M STILL YOUR BIGGEST FAN AND






iloveyou

DivergentThinking
October 11th 2016


6226 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is actually quite good

Tyler.
December 4th 2017


18059 Comments


when is part 100 coming?

HolidayKirk
December 12th 2017


1722 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn I really skipped town on part 99? Could have at least hit three digits.

JackySpence
February 23rd 2018


16 Comments


Are we ever getting part 100?!



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