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Album Review

Now here's a real novelty: a pop act from a reality TV talent show that continued its success after the furor of the show had died away. In the case of Girls Aloud, they had been a fixture on the pop scene for so long (compared to their contemporaries) that many had almost forgotten which show had originally launched them. For the record, it was Pop Stars: The Rivals, a show that pitted a girl group against a boy band and never reached a second series; in fact, the show's format had been killed off even before the end of the career of the boy band equivalent of Girls Aloud, One True Voice. But mainly thanks to the singles chart, Girls Aloud were still going strong — well, maybe not as strong: the cracks were beginning to show. After all, when your main audience consists of preteen girls, you have to understand that when your own fans grow up, new generations of preteen fans will favor bands closer to their own age — and there will always be many, many bands waiting in the wings to satisfy that market. Chemistry was the third album by the girls, and although (like predecessors Sound of the Underground and What Will the Neighbours Say?) it produced its fair share of Top Ten singles such as "Long Hot Summer" (not the Style Council song), "Biology," "See the Day," and "Whole Lotta History" (sounding like the Spice Girls in their "2 Become 1" mode), the previous two albums' batches of singles had hit numbers one or two and these were only reaching numbers seven and nine, not good enough in the mid-2000s for an out and out pop act. "Models" was used as the theme to a TV documentary about the band, and they do attempt some rapping on the song "Wild Horses," but the track does begin rather like a twee children's choir. In a similar vein to "I'll Stand by You," a big ballad in the middle of the fun and froth of What Will the Neighbours Say?, on Chemistry they sang a cover of Dee C. Lee's "See the Day" that was rather formulaic and lacked the soul of the original. It had never been a good idea to release major pop albums in December, most retailers having allocated the space both in the windows and at floor level, and Chemistry suffered from a December 5th release, not being eligible for the charts until the week just before Christmas. Although it sold well, it became their lowest-charting album to date, not even reaching the Top Ten.

Customer Reviews

In Oz At Last

This awesome album redefines what pop should be - it's massively catchy, hyper-modern and full of confidence. This band is huge in the UK and have staked a real claim to being the new Spice Girls with good reason, but the 'post-modern-post-feminist Spice Girls' would be more like it. Their image is unashamedly sexy but still cute enough to win them a legion of tween and teen fans. It's a perfect pop album that won't disappoint.

Perfect - They Work Their Chemistry!!

Ok, so excuse me for the terrible pun in the title! This album is exactly what pop today should be - catchy, well-written, quirky and modern. Formed on an early version of the UK 'Popstars' (don't hold that against them!) these girls can obviously sing - lead singer Nadine is a delight to listen to. Xenomania are the main songwriters for the album, so quirky lyrics abound. Racey Lacey features lyrics such as "She's not very smart, but shes got a phD with her legs apart" and Swinging London Town, "there a cocktails with prices that make me choke on my sushi". Girls Aloud also co-write a few songs. Highlights inlude Biology, Models, Wild Horses - oh hell, they're all great! Even the intro can't be skipped. Now, of course, this album may not be everyone's cup of tea. It's a "no-brainer" if you like, all you need to do is play it and dance. No thoughtful lyrics or contemplative emotions. But who cares? This is pop at its absolute best - listen and enjoy.

This is really good!

Girls Aloud Rock! Please add their other albums!


Formed: November, 2002 in England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Despite their prefabricated formation through a television program called Popstars: The Rivals, Girls Aloud achieved both mainstream success and widespread critical acclaim in their native England. Through Popstars' process of elimination, Girls Aloud's membership amounted to Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts, Cheryl Cole (née Tweedy), and Kimberley Walsh. The group took shape in November 2002, and soon began a streak of Top Ten singles that broke a record for all-woman groups and remained...
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