Chasing Lights [UK Re-Release]

Chasing Lights [UK Re-Release]

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by The Saturdays
     
 

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For the past six years, Sugababes and Girls Aloud have had the monopoly on girl groups. Surviving in an increasingly narrow pop genre, they've witnessed the death of the traditional boy band and seen off potential competitors the 411 and Clea to become two of the biggest bands in Britain.See more details below

Overview

For the past six years, Sugababes and Girls Aloud have had the monopoly on girl groups. Surviving in an increasingly narrow pop genre, they've witnessed the death of the traditional boy band and seen off potential competitors the 411 and Clea to become two of the biggest bands in Britain. The Saturdays, the first major-label girl band to be launched in four years, are therefore in the unenviable position of trying to muscle in on some pretty safeguarded territory. Featuring two members of the pre-teen pop band S Club Juniors and several former stage school students, they've certainly got the experience, but judging from their debut album, they've also got a fighting chance of chart success too. Chasing Lights isn't exactly a radical departure from their counterparts, but it has an infectious quality which proves the recent Top Ten success of their first two singles, the Yazoo sampling synth-heavy "If This Is Love" and the robotic disco-pop of "Up" were no fluke. "Keep Her" is a Timbaland-style urban number featuring a bubbling acidic bassline and a feisty "Girl Power" chorus; the equally fierce "Set Me Off" is reminiscent of Goldfrapp's electro-glam period; while "Work" echoes the muscular dance-pop of Rihanna's recent chart-toppers. The ballads, so often the weakest link on a pop album, are nearly as convincing. The title track is a gorgeous midtempo acoustic number and "Fall" is a classy Ne-Yo-style seductive slow jam, but the dated "Issues," featuring the rather clumsy line, "can't decide if I should slap you or kiss you," sounds like a Max Martin reject from the '90s. If they're lucky to make it to album number two, the Saturdays will have to try and develop a sound of their own. But brimming with hooks and sparkling melodies, Chasing Lights is undoubtedly a consistent pop album that should, at the very least, keep their rivals on their toes.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2009
Label:
Polydor Uk
UPC:
0602527011622
catalogNumber:
2701162
Rank:
173310

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Saturdays   Primary Artist
Joe Belmaati   Percussion,Keyboards
Stein Austrud   Keyboards
Nina Woodford   Background Vocals
Josef Larossi   Keyboards
David Eriksen   Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Hannah Robinson   Background Vocals
Jim Sullivan Sound   Guitar,Keyboards
Edward Craig   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Evan Rogers   Composer,Producer
Chris Braide   Composer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Vince Clarke   Composer
Cutfather   Producer
Alex James   Composer
Alison Moyet   Composer
Paul Statham   Composer,Producer
Carl Sturken   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Benny Wood   Programming
Dick Beetham   Mastering
Matt Ward   Composer
Joe Belmaati   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Hemberger   Engineer
Wideboys   Programming,Producer,Remixing
Stein Austrud   drum programming
John Reid   Composer
Nina Woodford   Composer,Vocal Producer
Josef Larossi   Composer,Programming,Producer
Richard Edgeler   Assistant Vocal Engineer
David Eriksen   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Kalle Engstrom   Composer,Producer
Olga Fitzroy   Engineer
Alex Cartana   Composer
Dean Gillard   Composer
Hannah Robinson   Composer
Mich Hedin Hansen   Composer
Adrian Breakspear   Engineer
Jim Sullivan Sound   Programming
Graham Archer   Vocal Engineer
Edward Craig   Programming

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