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Album Review

Defying convention, the winners of the TV reality talent show Pop Stars: The Rivals recorded and released a second album featuring a handful of big hit singles and not a song in sight that had been performed on the show. What Will the Neighbours Say? was the second album by the girl group Girls Aloud, and it had a head start with singles, since "Jump" had already been added as a bonus track to the first album, Sound of the Underground, to squeeze a few extra sales out of that debut, and had also been heavily featured in the film and soundtrack to Love Actually (heard during one of the film's more amusing moments when the Prime Minister played by Hugh Grant dances solo around the interior of 10 Downing Street). "Jump" was, of course, also well-known as a major 1980s hit by the Pointer Sisters. Throughout 2004, the singles were released thick and fast, including "The Show," a new song created by the production team of Brian Higgins and Xenomania, and "Love Machine," which inspired the title of the album with a lyric asking "What will the neighbours say this time?" (itself a reference to a lyric from their breakthrough hit, "Sound of the Underground," in which they sing about "neighbours banging on the bathroom wall"). "Love Machine" was their fourth single to peak at number two, and just as they may have been thinking they would never scale the summit again, the next single, a cover of the Pretenders' "I'll Stand by You" (previously released as the 2004 Children in Need charity single) hit number one the week before the album was released. The album's running order is top-heavy, with the five singles comprising the first five tracks — not that this really mattered in the days of downloads and track cherry-picking, but that did leave the second half of the album rather thin on killer tracks, particularly considering that Girls Aloud are, after all, more of a singles act than an album-oriented one. "Deadlines & Diets" could well have described the current state of the girls' hectic lives, although one is left wondering about the lyric "Deadlines, diets and devious men," and it was surprising — if not a little annoying and clichéd — to hear a 1970s-style voicebox à la Peter Frampton. [This edition of What Will the Neighbours Say? included two bonus tracks, "100 Different Ways" and "I Say a Prayer for You," a pleasant Spice Girls-type ballad.]

Customer Reviews

Lovin' this is as easy as pie

'What Will The Neighbours Say?' is possibly the strongest Girls Aloud album to date, bettering their debut in almost every way and being narrowly more epic to their follow-up. One reason to buy? One track to download? It's impossible to choose. Obviously, 'Love Machine' remains one of the girls' signature tunes and one of the greatest pop songs of the last 10 years...but that doesn't mean it out shines the rest. 'Graffiti My Soul' is up there with the best of them and that never even got a release! Add to that tracks penned by the girls - 'Big Brother,' 'Hear Me Out,' 'Thank Me Daddy,' 'I Say A Prayer for You' and '100 Different Ways' - and this album really proves the groups worth. Quite simply, this is Girls Aloud at their best.

very good

At this point, Girls Aloud were not sure what was going on i reckon. They had won a talent show whch usually has a life span of about 6 months yet this was their 2nd album! this was the stage with tracks like i'll stand by you and this album when the artwork was boring. With a potential couple of songs, and a few amatures, this really shows who they are. The Show - Makes you wanna dance. 9/10 Love Machine - I don't know what to say. This was my favourite song for a long time. 10/10 I'll Stand By You - The first real single ballad. Children In Need. 7/10 Jump - Jumpy! 9/10 Wake Me Up - The next single. Pure rock. 9/10 Deadlines & Diets - Amateur 6/10 Big Brother - Again, amateur 6/10 Hear Me Out - ummmmm.... 6/10 Graffiti My Soul - Originally written for Britney. 9/10 Real Life - Kinda a big songish. never a single though. 8/10 Here We Go - The Totally Spies theme. Ye this is good. 8/10 Thank Me Daddy - Has potential 7/10 I Say A Prayer For You - Too much like Deadlines & Diets 7/10 100 Different Ways - Beautiful. 9/10

One of the greatest pop albums of all time

If you want an example of a complete pop album, look no further than this album - The Show, Love Machine, Wake Me Up, Graffiti My Soul, Real Life and Here We Go are some of the best pop songs to be written in the past five years, and there's also nice slow songs like I'll Stand By You, Deadlines & Diets and Hear Me Out. A true pop masterpiece.

Biography

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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