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JosephStyles
post Dec 5 2014, 07:43 PM
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Standard
1. Intro
2. Models
3. Biology
4. Wild Horses
5. See the Day
6. Watch Me Go
7. Waiting
8. Whole Lotta History
9. Long Hot Summer
10. Swinging London Town
11. It's Magic
12. No Regrets
13. Racy Lacey

Deluxe Christmas Disc
1. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
2. I Wanna Kiss You So (Christmas In a Nutshell)
3. Jingle Bell Rock
4. Not Tonight Santa
5. White Christmas
6. Count the Days
7. Christmas Round at Ours
8. Merry Xmas Everybody

UK Stats
Peak Position: #11
Certification: Platinum
First Week Sales: 81,962 (Entry at #11)
Total Sales: 390,000 (Official figure from March 2013)
Best Sellers List: 74th (Albums in 2005)
Chart Weeks: 3wks (Top 20) | 5wks (Top 40) | 10wks (Top 75) | 33wks (Top 200)

UK Top 200 Chart Run [Peak Position: #11]
[1st Entry: 11/12/05] 11-20-17-29-39-56-55-77-98-127-145-123-133-66-61-71-97-137-128-101-139-162-186-Out
[2nd Entry: 16/07/06] 194-159-152-108-102-127-Out
[3rd Entry: 24/09/06] 81-97-90-121-Out

UK Top 50 Budget Chart Run [Peak Position: #36]
[Entry: 30/09/07] 36-43-39-Out

Ireland Top 75 Chart Run [Peak Position: #31]
[Entry: 09/12/05] 34-36-33-31-51-67-Out

Australia Hitseekers Top 20 Chart Run [Peak Position: #12]
[Entry: 05/03/06] 14-12-19-Out

European Top 100 Chart Run [Peak Position: #43]
[Entry: 11/12/05] 43-71-63-96-Out


Chemistry is the third studio album by Girls Aloud, containing the top 10 hits Long Hot Summer, Biology, See The Day and Whole Lotta History. The album CRIMINALLY peaked at #11, for which we can blame Sugababes and Pussycat Dolls for reducing their albums midweek smile.gif Plus rubbish single choices for what many on here seem to consider as GA's second best album. It is 9 years old today, what is everyone's thoughts on it now?

Feel free to submit rates and reviews for the album in here, we'd all love to hear your thoughts on Chemistry on its 9th birthday!
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post Dec 5 2014, 07:52 PM
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Was the Christmas edition released simultaneously with the standard? If so, seems even more bizarre that "Not Tonight Santa" wasn't pushed as a single (especially as "See the Day - their worst ever single - was). Minus the latter, almost every song on the standard edition is amazing. I often overlook Chemistry in terms of my favourite albums of theirs but it's definitely up there!
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post Dec 5 2014, 08:02 PM
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Yup it was released the same day! Not Tonight Santa would've made a fantastic single sad.gif See The Day still sounds very...odd....in the flow of the album, I think, doesn't quite fit in amongst the rest.
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post Dec 5 2014, 08:49 PM
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Can't believe it's been 9 years already! I remember going to HMV after school to get it heart.gif

Will never forget the heartache when I found out it only charted at #11 sad.gif It seemed such a disaster, even though the sales were fantastic. I think the albums chart performance and the fact none of its singles went top 3 (and only one went top 5!) that triggered them to do the first Greatest Hits, which was a good move in hindsight, but at the time I wanted a new studio album!

My Chemistry rate:
(Not rating Intro as to me it's just an extra bit to Models)
10 Models
10 Biology
11 Wild Horses
07 See The Day
10 Watch Me Go
09 Waiting
08 Whole Lotta History
08 Long Hot Summer
10 Swinging London Town
07 It's Magic
07 No Regrets
08 Racy Lacey

Yeah, they really picked the wrong singles! The b-sides were really strong this era too. heart.gif
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post Dec 5 2014, 10:44 PM
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A wonderful album. wub.gif I was also so disappointed when I saw that it had entered at #11, especially given that it started out being midweek #6. sob.gif Sugababes & The Pussycat Dolls playing dirty and reducing their albums in price that week too. dry.gif

I remember that the Christmas version of the album was expensive, 16.99. I do wonder if it'd been a bit cheaper whether their sales might have been higher.
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post Dec 8 2014, 06:04 PM
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Gosh it's so hard to choose between this and Tangled Up! Chemistry has the non-single "W" winners - Wild Horses, Watch Me Go and Waiting while Tangled Up is just a crazy quality ride.

Chemistry wins though as their tour DVD is so entertaining while TU tour was already tad polished and professional and therefore not as fun.

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post Dec 10 2014, 08:48 PM
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I bought the Christmas edition the week it was released, so many happy memories. In terms of the album tracks I utterly adore Models, Watch Me Go, Swinging London Town and It's Magic. 'No Regrets' is the only real skipper for me.

'Not Tonight Santa' is an utter gem, I do hear this around quite a lot to be fair. I also love the cheesy covers of the classics.

So yeah, a lot of good memories attached to this album. I too was really annoyed at it being #11, especially as it was just a whisker away from being #10! sad.gif
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post Dec 10 2014, 09:17 PM
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Sales that week for the Top 10 & Girls Aloud at #11:

241382 Eminem (1)
132632 Robbie Williams (2)
124647 Westlife (3)
111666 Take That (4)
102947 Madonna (5)
101157 Il Divo (6)
94946 James Blunt (7)
91035 Sugababes (8)
83980 Kelly Clarkson (9)
82193 Pussycat Dolls (10)
81962 Girls Aloud (11)

sad.gif Just 231 copies in it.

Absolutely incredible sales all round! ohmy.gif
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post Dec 11 2014, 12:20 AM
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Interesting how Madonna almost sold MDNA's total in a week there as well. laugh.gif
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post Dec 11 2014, 10:08 AM
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I LOVE Chemistry, I think it was the last gift my gran gave me for Christmas before she passed away. cry.gif I knew she had great taste! biggrin.gif

Wild Horses remains my favourite Girls Aloud song wub.gif heart.gif
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QUOTE(Camdy Cane @ Dec 11 2014, 10:08 AM) *
Wild Horses remains my favourite Girls Aloud song wub.gif heart.gif


I always knew you had impeccable taste Cameron!
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post Dec 11 2014, 06:34 PM
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Watch Me Go is still my favourite from Chemisty. Cheryl's little rap wub.gif
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Onto 'Chemistry' we go (minus the Christmas disc x)... The singles are solid. I always forget 'Long Hot Summer' is the first single though laugh.gif It really feels like it was the last single from the era! But I find LHS quite underrated tbh. It's so fun. It's a bop! 'Biology' is still fantastic, even to this day. So brash and bold/like it's making a statement. The structure of the song is very unique! 'See The Day' is dull af. Not as monotonous as LGC but just as rubbish. Finally, 'Whole Lotta History'. Another one I find really underrated and I can't help but feel that if that was the Christmas/Winter ballad instead of 'See The Day' and then they pushed another song (that's not STD) in WLH place, it would've been more fondly thought of I think. Would have worked quite well.

My Ranking:
1. Biology
2. Models
3. Wild Horses
4. Whole Lotta History
5. Long Hot Summer
6. Swinging London Town
7. Racy Lacey
8. It's Magic
9. Waiting
10. Watch Me Go
11. No Regrets
12. See The Day

I removed 'Intro' from the ranking coz it's always weird to me if I rank them... laugh.gif

'Models' and 'Wild Horses' fit the sound that 'Biology' lends to the era very well I think. Just not as brash or daring as that, but still great songs in their own right. Idk why but I always remembered 'Watch Me Go' being better... oops. Although I don't dislike it, I always remembered 'Swinging London Town' being more of a highlight for me.. It's a v interesting track though.

It's a solid album and their best of the 3 so far. I know the fans absolutely love this album, but Idk what it is, but there's something that is missing that gives me that "I have to revisit this more than I do" feeling, if that makes sense. So I think that's why I never refer to it much when talking about Girl Group albums that I like. The top half of the album are great/very good though. The only song I really don't like is their cover of 'See The Day'. The other tracks are fine and work well within the album (I just dunno if I'd go back to them away from the album - unlike the top 6)!

Album Rankings:
01. Chemistry
02. What Will the Neighbours Say?
03. Sound of the Underground
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post Apr 2 2021, 05:18 PM
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Chemistry is by far by least fave album from them, it never really clicked with me.
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Their best album and, obviously, the inspiration for me user name. This whole era just holds so many special memories for me, it was actually their first era as a fan that I could follow and stan for them (during the SOTU era they only released a few of the singles over here and during WWTNS? not much happened expect for a performance of Love Machine at a local awards show, but around summer 2005 I visited London for the first album and started to actively follow the UK pop scene).
I bought all of the CD2's editions of their singles, which were fab! LHM having the cocktail cards and obviously THAT Biology CD2 cover.

Looking back now, the singles campaign overall was a tad messy. Already starting with Long Hot Summer being their first single to miss the top 5, which was a real bummer as it was the lead single, and the total bizarre decision of releasing See The Day literally weeks after Biology. Who decided on that? Easily the most bland song on the album; there was no way this was going anywhere near Christmas #1 and if they really wanted a ballad to shift records during the Christmas rush, Whole Lotta History would have been more sense. Also not releasing Models, which screamed single release, while it was the theme tune for Off The Record was very interesting.
Biology was ofcourse a bloody fantastic choice and I still feel to this day that it's that song that give them the second part of their career. It was the song that made music critics and non-pop fans appreciate them and their music. Also one of the highlight of the album, and probably their career, for me. I still remember seeing the video for the first time and playing it on repeat and repeat. Or watching the Whole Lotta History, while being ill in bed, and just loving the mood and vibe. Album track wise I always loved the already mentioned Models, the three W's (Wild Horses, Watch Me Go, Waiting) and Swinging London Town.

The Christmas album was also a nice bonus, loved the artwork, and still listen to it every Christmas period and who can talk about this era without mentioning Off The Record? Nicola's impression of The Cheeky Song, Cheryl climbing the mountain, Nadine in the taxi in Greece- it's all so iconic and just showed them as the lovely, down to earth girls they are.


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Chemistry was their least consistent release and a rad messy which reflects why it was their lowest charting album.
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QUOTE(pippa @ Apr 3 2021, 09:11 PM) *
Chemistry was their least consistent release and a rad messy which reflects why it was their lowest charting album.

No, the only thing the chart position reflects is that they were pretty daring to release it so deep into Q4. Nothing to do with the perceived quality of the tracks.
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Girls Aloud - Chemistry (2005)

My rate : A (Wonderful)

Top 5 songs :
1. See The Day
2. Whole Lotta History
3. Models
4. Biology
5. Waiting
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QUOTE(Jay❄ @ Apr 4 2021, 12:41 AM) *
No, the only thing the chart position reflects is that they were pretty daring to release it so deep into Q4. Nothing to do with the perceived quality of the tracks.


Exactly! It sold 81K first week, while charting at #11 which was still a fantastic sales result. Just a shame it was so close to top 10 cry.gif
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Did it miss the top 10 by much?
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