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Album Review

London-based trio Scouting for Girls released their debut self-titled album in September 2007 and immediately drew comparisons as a sort of cross between the anarchic punk of the Arctic Monkeys and the ultra-safe piano-led Keane. The vocals of Roy Stride, backed by friends Greg Churchouse and Peter Ellard, also fell into the category of music occupied by the Kaiser Chiefs hiring Lily Allen or Kate Nash as a guest vocalist. Most of the songs were about Stride's lack of success in his love life, every disaster that could possibly befall a young man attempting to date girls, or being bored in a dead-end job, and were very highly repetitive in the lyric department, especially the hit single "She's So Lovely" (with its three-syllable "love-er-ly") and its nonchalant way of rhyming "I love the way she makes me drool, I think she is beautiful." "I Need a Holiday" repeated the line "I wish it could be Sunday when I wake up everyday" over and over again, and "The Airplane Song" began with the unforgettable lyric "She's a strawberry milkshake." The album ended with tributes to "James Bond," particularly the Roger Moore incarnation, and Stride's boyhood crush on "Michaela Strachen," reflecting on another girl who got away, as she broke his heart when he was just 12. A fun pop album with pleasant melodies, not unlike McFly or Busted.

Customer Reviews


I love every single song on this Album!! Keep it up Scouting for Girls and bring out some more excellent songs.


They are very good at making uninventive samey sounding music. 10/10

Nice and Easy

Very easy to listen to. If you've heard the two singles already released then you know exactly what you're going to get.If you haven't where have you been? If you want a record to have on while you do some thing else then this it. Clever lyrics, great tunes what else do you want form a record.


Formed: 2005 in London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

The whimsical indie pop group Scouting for Girls formed in 2005 in London, playfully modeling their name after the Scouting handbook (Scouting for Boys), published in the early years of the 20th century. Members Greg Churchouse, Peter Ellard, and Roy Stride signed with Epic Records in early 2007 and released their first single, "It's Not About You," that June. Soon after, the band's self-titled debut reached the top slot on the U.K. album charts, thanks to the popularity of such singles as "She's...
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