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7 [Bonus Tracks]
     

7 [Bonus Tracks]

by S Club
 

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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

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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. [The reissue includes two bonus tracks: "Lately" and "Never Had a Dream Come True."]

Product Details

Release Date:
01/24/2001
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0731454962827
catalogNumber:
549628

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Performance Credits

S Club   Primary Artist
Cathy Dennis   Keyboards
Yak Bondy   Drums,Keyboards
Danny D   Drums
Andy Duncan   Drums
Paul Gendler   Guitar
Kick Horns   Brass
Roger King   Keyboards
London Session Orchestra   Strings
Milton McDonald   Guitar
Brett Morgan   Drums
Pro Arte Orchestra   Strings,Brass
Steve Sidelnyk   Percussion
Kate St. John   Cor anglais
Gavyn Wright   Leader
Dave Arch   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Trevor Barry   Bass
Gus Isidore   Guitar
Geoff Holroyde   Drums
Tim Laws   Keyboards
Simon Ellis   Keyboards
Mark Jaimes   Bass,Guitar

Technical Credits

Marvin Sease   Composer
Cathy Dennis   Producer
Anne Dudley   String Arrangements
Phil Bodger   Producer
Yak Bondy   Programming
Danny D   Producer
Nick Ingman   Arranger
Roger King   Programming
Stephen Lipson   Producer
Kaj Robole   Producer
Dave Arch   Arranger,Programming
Jeremy Wheatley   Producer
Andy Wright   Programming,Producer
Tim Laws   Programming
Simon Ellis   Programming,Producer
Steve Hilton   Programming
Stefan Bucher   Art Direction
James Sanger   Programming
Armand Aubaille   Arranger
Absolute   Instrumentation
Bottolf Lødemel   Programming
David Burnham   Engineer

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