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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. However, the track "I Say a Prayer for You" on the U.K. bonus tracks edition is a pleasant Spice Girls-type ballad.

Customer Reviews

Almost perfection

Listening to this album didn't skip tracks once. I love all the girls' own songs. Cheryls- Big Brother, Sarah- Hear Me Out, Kimberly- Thank Me Daddy and on the proper album Nadine- 100 different Ways and Nicola- Prayer For You. Watch out for the slinky Real Life and the rocky Graffiti My Soul. Includes the singles from 2004 too.

A Part Of Pop Perfection

The girls second album is full of pop at it's best! Tracks like Love Machine, The Show, Graffiti My Soul & Wake Me Up are some of their best songs... A deffinate choise for pop lovers!


I love this album, I already have it. All of the songs are awesome, it's a really good buy, you won't regret buying this album, or just even a song! You won't regret it, ever. Love you Girls Aloud!!! xXx


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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