7

7

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by S Club
     
 

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Keeping the mid-'70s soul-pop flame alive is a safe route in teeny pop. S Club 7 -- a group of Euroteens called Rachel, Hannah, Jo, Tina, Bradley, Paul, and Jon -- have captured the attention of many preteens internationally through their catchy pop songs and their TV shows S Club 7 in Miami and S Club 7 in L.A.. They debuted in the U.S. in the summer of

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Keeping the mid-'70s soul-pop flame alive is a safe route in teeny pop. S Club 7 -- a group of Euroteens called Rachel, Hannah, Jo, Tina, Bradley, Paul, and Jon -- have captured the attention of many preteens internationally through their catchy pop songs and their TV shows S Club 7 in Miami and S Club 7 in L.A.. They debuted in the U.S. in the summer of '99 with the single "Bring It All Back," which was followed in early 2000 by the long-player S Club. A creation of Simon Fuller (master Svengali/manager of Spice Girls), S Club 7 won a Brit Award (like a Grammy in England) in 2000 for being Best British Newcomer, and they quickly followed up that success with another album, Seven. The disc opens with the supercatchy "Reach," which sounds like Michael Jackson fronting Wham! There are other Jackson 5-esque touches -- song titles such as "I'll Be There" and the Jackson via Pointer Sisters track "Bring the House Down" -- while the infectious "Natural" evokes Britney Spears, and "Two in a Million" is very Spice Girls. The production is a bit synthetic, and the band fares best when sticking to soulful R&B. But these feel-good tunes, rife with inspirational (if cheesy) messages like "there ain't nothin' you can't be," will keep your nine-year-old happy till the Club emerge with a worldwide tour.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
With teen pop trends changing ever more rapidly, the forces behind S Club 7 took action: just ten months after the release of their debut S Club, the inevitably named follow-up 7 arrived. However, in a misguided attempt to make the group's prefab pop sound more mature, 7 ditched their debut's fun, bouncy style in favor of by-the-numbers ballads and a forced eclecticism, both of which muddied S Club 7's sound instead of expanding it. Though their songs were never as recognizable as Britney, Christina, Backstreet, or 'N Sync's, S Club's cheerful, more innocent style at least set them apart from the rest of the teen pop B-list. But by adopting the poses of the style's bigger stars -- as on the Britney-esque "Natural" and the boy-band-lite "Best Friend" -- S Club 7 ends up sounding more faceless than before. Anonymous ballads like "Lately" and "Never Had a Dream Come True" emphasize the fact that the group's voices aren't as strong or interesting as those of teen pop's stars; the would-be dance-pop anthems "Bring the House Down" and "Love Train" (thankfully, not a cover of the O'Jays' classic) confirm just how thin the septet's pipes are. Worse, 7's first half never settles into a comfortable groove. Instead, the album skips from "I'll Keep Waiting"'s fusion of sugary pop, reggae, and hip-hop to "All in Love Is Fair," a lite version of contemporary R&B that whitewashes everything about the style, down to the syncopated, Timbaland-style beats. Wanting to showcase the band's range is understandable, but the disappointing results only prove how little they grew in the ten months between their first and second albums. However, 7 doesn't completely dispose of S Club's fun, carefree sound: "Reach" is a brassy update of the Partridge Family's bubblegum charm, while "Cross My Heart" is a slick pop confection that proves that the group's vocals can have some oomph to them. "I'll Be There" reaches all the way back to the Spice Girls for its fluffy inspiration, and despite its awkward title, "The Colour of Blue" is a shiny pop trifle that sounds like Sheena Easton or Olivia Newton-John could've sung it back in the day. Though S Club 7's fans will undoubtedly gobble up 7 as eagerly as they did S Club, some of them may notice that this time around, the group's candy-coated pop is considerably blander.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/14/2000
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0731454905725
catalogNumber:
549057

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

S Club   Primary Artist
Danny D   Drums
Kick Horns   Overdubs
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Milton McDonald   Musician
Brett Morgan   Drums
Pro Arte Orchestra   Bass,Strings
Steve Sidelnyk   Percussion
David Whitaker   Strings
Gus Isidore   Guitar
Jørgen Charles Dreyer   Guitar Effects
Børge Petersen-Øverlier   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tina Barrett   Vocals
Rachel Stevens   Vocals
Hannah Spearritt   Vocals
Bradley McIntosh   Vocals
Paul Cattermole   Vocals
Jon Lee   Vocals
Jo O'Meara   Vocals

Technical Credits

Cathy Dennis   Composer,Producer
Tracie Ackerman   Composer
Danny D   Producer
Alan Douglas   Engineer
Nick Ingman   Arranger
Kaj Robole   Product Development
Thom Russo   Producer,Engineer
David Whitaker   Brass Arrangment
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Jeremy Wheatley   Producer
Kenny Lewis   Producer
Stargate   Producer
Simon Ellis   Composer
Steve Hilton   Programming
Stefan Bucher   Art Direction
Absolute   Producer
Ola Haamplan   Programming
Bottolf Lødemel   Programming
Paul Wilson   Composer
David Burnham   Engineer

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7 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 77 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD is excellent! It has a creative title and it's lyrics just blew me away. These songs are just as good as their last CD. S Club 7 really know what they're talkin' about and their songs are what makes them unique.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dear Barnes and Noble, You left out these folowing songs: 11. Stand By You 12. Spiritual Love And #11 on your list ''Two in a Million'' is on theur last CD- S Club
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is great
Guest More than 1 year ago
I didn't really like this album! I thought that they sounded too much like a computerized group! Too popish, and too yucky for me!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love Sclub7,there so kewl.I got there cd. as a early Christmas gift.i LOVE Hannah's new haircut.Hannah's my favorite.I also love that c.d,its kewl.My favorite song on it is .........well it's 2 hard I love them all. well byebye every1.Email me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD rocks!!! To the kid who said songs were missing... Thats because this is the american version not the uk version which has those songs on it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of my favorite CDs. I think if you buy it you will think the same. My two favorite songs on it are ''Reach'' and ''Natural''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i only listened to a few songs, but itz not that bad. The best song to me is Natural. That's it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Sclub gang has grown a lot since we have last heard them. In Sclub there really wasn't a lot of meaningfull songs. On the latest album they have delbt with a lot more grown up subjects!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this album! My favorite songs are Natural, Reach, and Bring the House Down. My favorite member is Hannah. The singing on '7' is great! I would rate this CD 7 stars but that was not a choice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I very much love this CD. It's very lively and perky.My favorite is Natural because Rachel sings the lead!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The new CD from S club is the bom!I listen to it every time I get home from school.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a grate new c.d the group has a nice different sound different from some of todays ''boy bands'' no affence
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sclub7 is the best group.Move over backstreet boys,britney spears,and other rock stars sclub7 is taking your place.Sclub7 should win all of the grammy's this year for best artist!Natural rules for their number 1 hit!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't have many things to say,only:THEY ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Contact me! I like a lot Hannah(My name is Hanna!),Jo,Jon and Paul.But everybody is very cool.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely die over the song Never Had A Dream Come True. But, looking at their new album, it's not on there. Am I looking at the wrong album or group? If someone could answer me I would be very happy!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It has some awsome songs.You should get it.I especially recomend hearing ''Never Had A Dream Come True'' and ''Two In A Million''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Here's a great review for S Club 7's album, '7' 1.REACH: This is a great tune. Every Time I hear it, I sing along and I get all hyper. It's the theme song to S Club 7 in LA. 2.NATURAL:This is a really good song. rachel sings the lead. The video is on the beach and they sung it themselves on LA7 at the Vina Cafe' on the episode when they first reach LA. 3.I'LL KEEP WAITING: This is a great tune. Bradley sings the lead. 4:BRINGTHEHOUSEDOWN: this is a funky 70's tune. Sorry I couldn't do all the songs!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This CD has something for everyone. I liked it because it's an upbeat CD as well it is very fun to listen and sing along to.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this CD. It has a song for every mood!I love Jo O'Meara's lead vocals. She is amazing! This 4 girl (Jo, Rachel, Hannah & Tina, 3 guy (Paul, Jon and Bradly) band is like no other. They are the British version on ''Friends'' with their tv show on Fox Family. They will continue to hit the top of the charts ans will become a household name.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'7' by the S Club 7 is absolutly wonderful!!! The S Club is at their best while recording this CD and the vocals are excellent. If you enjoy any music from R&B all of the way to pop, you will love this CD. Any music fans out there will love '7' and all that the CD has to offer. The bonus tracks adds more to the wonderful sound of the S Club. The S Club 7 is definitly ''Reaching For The Stars'' and they deserve all five of them!!! Go out and buy your copy of '7' today!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
There is a new album out called ''7'' by a british group called S Club 7. The tunes are fun and catchy and great to dance, sing or even just to listen to. The c.d. includes the hits ''Natural'' and ''Reach''. I love this c.d so go and pick one up. It's great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sclub7 is the best there is.Their new album ''7'' totally rocks!!!!They have the best music!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
''I never had a dream come true...'' I drift away to sleep as my CD player softly plays this new CD by s club 7. ok, I'm awake now! hehe :) This new CD by the fabulous band, S club 7, is making incredible success in the USA. Unlike their previous CD, this CD includes mostly R'n'B slow songs, with the exception of a few, such as Reach, Bring the House Down, and Love Train. I love this CD so much, it rarely leaves my CD player! I especially love the pop ballads such as Never Had A Dream Come True and Cross My Heart. These songs have such a beautiful tune! I guarantee, if you love pop bands such as N*sync or the Backstreet Boys, you'll just LOVE S club 7's music! So what are you waiting for? Go out and buy the brand-spanking new CD by S Club 7, called '7' You'll just love it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
well my headline says it all SCLUB7 RULES THEY ROCK THIS WORLD.I love I never had a dream come true in thier new album