Buzz

Buzz

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by Steps
     
 

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Maybe it was merely a Steps overplay, between consistent singles and a new album each year, but it seemed like time for the group to embark on something new. Buzz avoids the pitfalls of repetition they had fallen into and, while it remains embedded in nostalgia for ABBA, the inspiration this time seems to derive from

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Maybe it was merely a Steps overplay, between consistent singles and a new album each year, but it seemed like time for the group to embark on something new. Buzz avoids the pitfalls of repetition they had fallen into and, while it remains embedded in nostalgia for ABBA, the inspiration this time seems to derive from their own sound. They do in fact have their own sound, and it has revealed itself here, crystal clear. Buzz is arranged like clockwork, beginning with a disco dance track called "Stomp," and when they shout "Everybody clap your hands, get on up and dance," it is not a faulty request -- the album really does press the dancing buttons on your toes. There are very worthy, if trendy, pop bits like "It's the Way You Make Me Feel" and "Happy Go Lucky" (which may be an unconscious tribute to Britney Spears' work) as well as the title track, which is blissful. The male members play a better role than before, sticking to the background and only coming to the lead vocals when their voices will serve the role. There is a sense of risk-taking, of confidence, that pulls the album through the dance music, the electrical pop, and the couple of ballads. That's right, only a couple. They saved the best for last, "If You Believe," written and sung by group member Faye Tozer and co-written by Cyndi Lauper and Jan Pulsford. It is a great song because of great writing but, without the right singer, it wouldn't have pulled off the same height of emotion that it does. It is more than all right and, as lyrically simple as it is, it is all-encompassing. No offense to anyone in Steps, who are all energetic and talented, but they have a gem in the palm of their hand with Tozer -- for their sake, she's worth keeping.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/24/2001
Label:
Jive
UPC:
0012414175229
catalogNumber:
41752

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Steps   Primary Artist
Lance Ellington   Background Vocals
Andy Goldmark   Bass,Keyboards
Greg Bone   Guitar
Dave Deviller   Guitar
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Andy Caine   Background Vocals
Mary Carewe   Background Vocals
Esbjörn Öhrwall   Guitar
Mark Topham   Bass
Karl Twigg   Keyboards
Andreas Carlsson   Background Vocals
Gustave Lund   Percussion
T-Bone Wolk   Guitar
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
Rita Campbell   Background Vocals
Patrik Andrén   Keyboards
Ernie McCone   Bass
Chris DeStefano   Bass,Keyboards
Stockholm Session Strings   Strings

Technical Credits

Andy Goldmark   Arranger,Composer,Producer,drum programming
Jimmy Bralower   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Dave Deviller   Composer,Programming,Producer
Sean Hosein   Composer,Programming,Producer
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Henrik Janson   String Conductor
David Krueger   Producer
Nigel Butler   Arranger,Composer
Tim Donovan   Engineer
Mark Topham   Producer
Karl Twigg   Producer
Daniel Frampton   Engineer
Jörgen Elofsson   Composer,Producer
Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Ulf Jansson   String Conductor
Andrew Frampton   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Simon Hill   drum programming
Josef Larossi   Arranger,Producer,Instrumentation
Mark "Ridders" Risdale   Engineer
Lisa Scott-Lee   Composer
Claire Richards   Composer
Chris DeStefano   Engineer,drum programming
Steve Price   Engineer

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Buzz 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WOW THIS IS AN AWSOME CD!!!!!!!! All the songs are really good!!! I especially love Stomp,summer of love,It's the way you make me feel,You'll be sorry,Buzzz,Here and Now, and also, Paridise Lost! Steps RRRUUULLEE!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to hear that Steps was releasing Buzz in America! I've heard some of the tracks and it was great!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this album is probably the best of them all, i love ''you'll be sorry'' and ''Human Touch'' if you haven't bought it yet go to the shops quick!!!!