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post Apr 23 2020, 01:53 PM
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As seen in the Britney forum where I counted down my favourite albums from least favourite to favourite im now doing a Girls Aloud one.

Counting down on what my favourite album is by the girls!

Aiming to begin actually counting down on Monday or Tuesday next week.

Guess away on what you think my fave / least fave may be.
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post Apr 23 2020, 02:03 PM
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'Tangled Up' to win wub.gif
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post Apr 23 2020, 03:34 PM
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Tangled up to win for me aswell but i also really enjoy out of control, chemistry is the only album i dont listen to.
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post Apr 24 2020, 07:40 PM
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Literally LOVING life discovering and rediscovering so many hidden gems.

Aiming to reveal my least favourite album by them on Monday.
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Hype!

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post Apr 25 2020, 09:58 AM
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Also hoping to see Tangled Up on top *.*
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post Apr 25 2020, 02:24 PM
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QUOTE(Jordan Lee @ Apr 24 2020, 08:40 PM) *
Literally LOVING life discovering and rediscovering so many hidden gems.

Aiming to reveal my least favourite album by them on Monday.

Ideally its chemistry but sense it wont.
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post Apr 28 2020, 02:53 PM
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Tangled Up remains their best collective album.
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post Apr 28 2020, 02:55 PM
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Oops Iím a bit late with this but itís still happening this week at some point!

Itís a lot harder then the Britney one I did huh.gif
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Excited to follow this!!
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post Apr 30 2020, 01:18 PM
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At around 3pm tomorrow Iíll be revealing my least favourite album by them!

Guess away on what you think is 5th place.

Iím writing my reviews up now doing them track by track!

Really been great hearing them all over again wub.gif
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post May 1 2020, 04:06 PM
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5TH PLACE - WHAT WILL THE NEIGHBOURS SAY (rate 5.5/10)





So my least favourite album by them was their second studio album and a Xenomania production based record. The album went platinum x2 and is their second highest selling studio album theyíd release (at the time
It come out it was the biggest however) I can imagine there was high demand for this after how their debut did.

The album kicks off with the lead of this era The Show. For me itís not one of their strongest singles but the video was always killer.

Classic Love Machine follows and a song what for me took a while for me to fully love its one of those what I guess you could call a guilty pleasure.

Their best cover release Iíll Stand By You which was the albums only #1 single follows and offers the first ballad of the album weirdly this is my favourite single from this era I know itís a cover version of ballad but the lyrics are quite meaningful and even though itís dated I really hold this song close to my heart for some reason and whilst most of their covers are a bit ďI could do without thatĒ (similar to Britney) this is the exception.

Another cover in form Jump follows and brings back the albums pace into being more uptempo. Wake Me Up another more forgettable single is the next track and to be honest it still doesnít do much for me definitely amongst their weaker singles.

Overall tbh the singles from this era are what Iíd call mid-bottom tier singles from them.

However as we move onto the album tracks Deadlines and Diets is another ballad. Quite a good one but theyíve definitely done better of these styles of tracks later in their career. Big Brother is dated and in ways described the show ďBig Brothers watching meĒ a definite album track although praise to Cheryl and Nicola who carry the song. Hear Me Out is another track whatís pretty ďalbum track likeĒ not one Iíd be in a rush to listen to again and I donít feel it adds much to the album.

Graffiti My Soul is the first album track Iím really wowed by. This is catchy and sort of similar to Love Machine production wise in places but more modern sounding. Itís definitely an interesting track shows off a lot of personality. Real Life is another good album track. Here We Go is a bit meh though Cheryls ďI donít do sex but I do do second baseĒ line.

Thank Me Daddy again isnít one Iím wowed by and just screams album track filler for me. Nicola solo track I Say A Prayer For You is a great moment though and really shows off her vocals and is actually amongst the better album tracks tbh. When I seen the tracklist I wrongly thought this was another cover so happy that wasnít the case. Album closer 100 Different Ways which is a Nadine solo. This is something what to me actually couldíve been a single! Can imagine all the girls performing this dressed in black on some
00s tv show or children in need or something a good closer.



Overall for me I wasnít wowed by much on this. Graffiti My Soui is by far the best album track. But I weirdly feel their debut had more spark than what this does and itís got quite a few forgettable moments on there too. Not their best. Not terrible by any means though just by their standards it lacks a certain punch. The fact two of the three best album tracks for me have just one member singing show for some reason thereís just something about this album what feels either rushed or like they were finding their feet to something. Hard to put my finger on but yeah this album didnít blow me away.

Uk peak #6 (85k sold week 1!) (highest new entry of that week).
Weeks top 40: 8
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post May 2 2020, 12:21 PM
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I think love machine should have been the lead single for the album and the album may have possibly had even higher opening sales to to have went top 5. It's a good album and it set their sound more so than their debut for future releases.
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post May 2 2020, 04:13 PM
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4TH PLACE - SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND (Rate 7/10)



The Girls debut album. Recorded after their triumphant win the album was released in the lead up to 2003s summer months. Debuting at #2 on the albums chart (where another debut album was at #1 Justin Timberlakes Justified). Iím however listening to the reissued version as thatís the one I have.

The album is a fun pop album. It contains several hit singles from the title track and their first #1 Sound Of The Underground, and top 3 hits No Good Advice and Life Got Cold, and their cover of Jump. All of the singles begin this album so from track 5 onwards everything was like listening with fresh ears.

Some Kind Of Miracle is a mid tempo easy listen whatís kind of mature for a debut album although I can see why it wasnít a single. All I Need is very much album track material and doesnít add too much to the album although the production on it is reminiscent in places of debut era Xtina / P!nk itís amongst the low points of the album lyrically.

Mars Attack is a good track and sort of feels like it fits an interlude on tour between costume changes it lacks that pow but is quite interesting.
You Freak Me Out is a return to form though and is probably something what couldíve been a single it also is a track where I clearly hear Nicola shine on her voice is very distinctive on this one. This is something what sounds like something debut era Avril couldíve had a hit with while still having a classic Girls Aloud feel to it.

Girls Allowed has a club feel to it! And also is something what couldíve worked as a single. ďIf you want it come and get itĒ itís kinda like an early version of Selenas Come and Get It. This is something what also feels like a huge club hit and I could kind of imagine that being a fan favourite from the album tracks on that era.

Forever and a night changes the albums pace and offers a mellow moment. Itís a girl band ballad not one of their better ones but one what shows off their vocals and harmonising more than perhaps anything on the album. Cheryl actually shines on this track the most!

Love/hate is a forgettable moment on the album and a track what probably isnít needed. Boogie Down Love brings back the spark however. Another Cheryl / Nicola shining moment. This is one of the more funky moments on the album perhaps one what I could see being polarising but for me itís one of the stronger album tracks.

Stop is another one of the ďfillerĒ like tracks for me. White Lies however is a better track and again gives Cheryl another chance to shine this is one of the more mature sounding tracks and wouldíve perhaps been a great closer for me.

The cover of Girls on Film which is the album closer however isnít really needed and definitely not as an album closer either! Itís not a terrible cover but given thereís already a cover on this and a better one in the form of jump Iíd have just left it off.

Overall for a debut album by a girl group itís pretty strong. No obvious bad tracks on here. The album tracks are solid too but the single are the highlights on this. But it shows great promise and for the time it was released it doesnít sound too old either! Itís vibrant enough to show personality and Cheryl and Nicola really had their moments too on certain albums.

Iím also low key surprised this is their lowest seller from their studio albums! Although it does suggest their fan base grew to a larger scale after this era like Little Mix I always felt GA had a huge debut era for some reason idk why!

UK peak #2 (37K week 1)
Weeks in top 40 - 7
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post May 3 2020, 08:42 PM
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3RD PLACE - CHEMISTRY (Score 7.5/10)




The Girls third studio album and the only studio album theyíd release what would miss the top 10! An album what also has a theme of A List life and celebrity life. Itís also their only album what has an intro what actually works well tbh.

First full length track Models is a bit of a bop and definitely something what wouldíve worked a single. Itís different sounding and actually kinda sounds fresh to be honest a great way to start the album.

Biology follows and remains a classic! The unusual structure makes the song tbh and it still sounds as good now as it did then, again itís not really something to me what sounds dated!

Wild Horses follows and the intro Is interesting to say the least. I can see this being polarising I kinda like it in places though itís sort of like a better version of Gentleman by The Saturdays. Definitely works as an album track though but it has a lot of personality.

See The Day shows the first slow moment of the album. Itís kinda better than I remembered it being itís Christmassy sounding and a good vocal point but itís probably got the least personality on the album. Iíd say as far as their covers go this is one of their better ones though.

Watch Me Go uses the times a lot and is quite a jarring listen. Cheryls middle 8 is quite good and the final verse / chorus is good but overall itís quite messy and not amongst the highlights.

Waiting is a better track. Quite summery sounding and potential end of campaign single vibes I got from first listening to this. Itís a solid track. Whole Lotta History follows on and remains a great single choice for me I think itís one of their most underrated tracks and if they come back with something like this if they made a comeback Iíd love it! Definitely one of their more mature moments.

Long Hot Summer follows and sounds great! Always used to be my least fave track by them yet now I love it and given itís sunny outside as I listened it just added to my mood.

Swinging London Town is a interesting first listen! Itís like Timabands The Way I Are mixed with Madonnaís I Love New York. I kinda really like it actually itís different sounding and fits the theme of the albums earlier tracks of celeb lifestyle. Iíd say it could be oddly placed on the album but itís a interesting number.

Both Its Magic and No regrets were a bit of a lull. Not the most interesting tracks and both kinda passed me by. Iíd say they were the filler like moments but Racy Lacey at least ends the album on a high point.

Overall Iíd say at the point they were in their career this was the strongest album theyíd put out at that point. Itís interesting loosely follows a theme and doesnít have usual song structures too! A lot of personality too. Bravo it definitely deserved a top ten peak! At least it went platinum though.

Uk peak: 11 (highest new entry that week)
81K sold week one
Weeks top 40: 5
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Tangled Up Vs Out Of Control!

Revealing my winner today after Iíve been on my daily exercise.

Any thoughts on my rankings so far? Agreements / Disagreements thoughts on the first 3 albums? etc laugh.gif
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A bit surprised by the last place and low score for Neighbours! sad.gif I feel like that was their first album where they really demonstrated what they were about as a group. Here We Go is one of their best early career bops, a shame you werenít feeling it! I love Real Life, interestingly at the time that was one of the more underrated album tracks. Everyone was raving about Graffiti My Soul (understandably so!) and Deadlines & Diets (which I like but Iíve never loved).

SOTU has some great moments for sure, itís a good & underrated album. Thereís a handful of tracks which donít feel very ďthemĒ, but itís understandable considering they were finding their feet as a group back then. Girls Allowed was my favourite album track & You Freak Me Out is a guilty pleasure bop! Sound of the Underground felt like a big era to me at the time even though the album sales were a tad lacklustre! A singles run of 1-2-3-2 and their constant promotion made it feel like a big era. Although funnily enough their label werenít satisfied and they risked being dropped... Jump & the decent sales of the SOTU re-release saved them! Feels crazy that three Top 3 singles and a #2 album left them on thin ice!

Chemistry is a fantastic album! Waiting is my favourite album track & I loved that they randomly included it on their Out of Control tour! Iíve always been a bit 👀 at See the Day placed between Wild Horses and Watch Me Go, really strange sequencing! Also agree that Swinging London Town after Long Hot Summer is oddly placed. Iíll never quite get over the #11 peak and missing the Top 10 by 200-ish sales. Iím not too keen on the artwork, itís pretty but bland and doesnít really reflect the album well. Love the Christmas version artwork though!

Looking forward to your Top 2!
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Thanks Jay!

Very interesting to hear that they risked being dropped after their debut era! Until I delved into the sales thread on here a few weeks ago I always thought that was their biggest seller before Out Of Control dropped so I was shocked to see itís their lowest selling studio album! Their debut is actually very underrated though and thereís an element of charm to it as well as it having a lot to it like thereís many styles on it and throwing stuff at them to see what fits. There wasnít much between that and Chemistry for 3rd place but Chemistry got it as that album has a theme to it what flows well throughout the album and despite some strange tracklisting the personality makes up for it.

Neighbours however was just one of those albums where nothing was terrible but everything was verging on just being ďgoodĒ. It had the least wow moments of any of their albums for me. Surprised that went on to become their second biggest seller and sold like over 200K more than their debut without getting a re release too!
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RUNNER UP - TANGLED UP - (Score 9/10)



So I have this album on CD but I canít remember the last time I heard this in full it was ages ago however I very often see this album discussed on the site in a positive light as many think itís not just their best album but the best girl group album ever... so here goes my review!


Call The Shots opens this album and already gets the album off to a fantastic start. The mid tempo bop is one of the best tracks they ever did and I can clearly see why itís amongst their highest sellers singles wise. Iíd say this is their most robbed non #1! Genuinely one of the best 00s tracks for me in general.

Close To Love follows. A solid bop tbh with a great instrumental. I can imagine this working well as a tour opener itís definitely something which I can see potentially being a fan favourite amongst the non singles. I like that the structure is quite different sounding and a bit like itís more than one song like the verses to the choruses to the middle 8 they donít necessarily flow yet it works.

Sexy! No No No follows and remains another one of their strongest singles for me! Not a typical pop song but thatís part of its appeal to me. Thereís no other girl group whoís he able to pull off a song what sounds like this and it still sounds fairly fresh too definitely doesnít sound like a 2007 track.

Girl Overboard follows. Another great instrumental here reminiscent of early 00s clubland type house music. Itís definitely strong single potential. Parts of this song kinda remind me of All Fired Up by The Saturdays (or what All Fired Up tried to sound like) I think itís more the instrumentals are similar.

Canít Speak French follows and is a real grower for me over the years. At the time of its release I didnít get it yet now I really do hey it and consider it alongside their best.

Black Jacks is an interesting one. I like parts of the song like the first minute to so then thereís certain parts Iím not keen on. Basically the parts where Nadine along is singing i like but the other members parts kinda mess the song up for me.

Control The Knife is one what doesnít really give me anything. Not terrible but not amazing either just an average album track maybe itíll be one what grows on further listens but so far Iíd say itís the weakest track.

Fling is a bop! A really solid track and something whatís catchy itís perhaps quite marmite sounding but I think it works really well as a trashy bop.

What You Crying For is a solid track! The instrumental is also great on its own. Its a very solid album track. I like the chorus on this a lot.

Iím Falling is a bit filler like tbh. Kinda like a tour interlude type thing where they get changed between songs this is kinda the album equivalent to this. It doesnít add much to the album.

Damn is another kinda trashy bop but it fits the album. Itís sort of like early Avril sounding in places or a pop Taylor album track I donít know why I got those from the track but I could picture both singing it. Itís a solid album track though.

Closing track Crocodile Tears is a more mellow
number but one where Cheryl really shines as she sings the entire first part. The chorus is weirdly the weakest part of the song but itís still a great track. Cheryl slays on this though!

Overall itís a fantastic pop album with killer album tracks and three of the best singles they ever released. At this point in their career Iíd say this was their best album! Itís interesting that this album had lower first week sales than both What Will The Neighbours Say and Chemistry yet managed more weeks top 40 than both those albums combined perhaps showing that they cracked longevity with this release. With 19 weeks top 40 this was their studio album to get the most weeks on the top 40 of the chart.

Uk peak #4 (49k sold week one)
Weeks top 40: 19



WINNER OUT OF CONTROL 10/10



The Promise opens their final studio album (as of 2020) and remains a classic. The Motown like inspired track again shows just how bold and different sounding Girls Aloud were with their single choices. It would also go on to become their final UK #1 single.

The Loving Kind follows and for me this also amongst their all time best and is rather underrated within the fan base. The ďstanding on a crowded platformĒ line is one of my favourites.

Rolling Back The Rivers In Time is perhaps my favourite non single theyíve ever done. I was drawn to it way back in 2008 and I still am now so nostalgic. The production on it is lush.

Love Is The Key opens with talky like vocals. Itís rather country esque sounding on a relisten to me. I could kinda see it on Kylies Golden. Another solid bop though usually not very keen on talky like vocals but it sort of works on this track and their personalities make it work.

Turn To Stone is another track what has great production. They all sound good vocally on this too. This is a lot stronger than I initially remembered it to be actually. I can see why it wasnít a single but I think this is solid.

Untouchable, another top tier single follows. Wrongfully their only non top ten at the time of release yet it feels much more remembered and bigger than a lot of their stuff what peaked higher. Definitely a fan favourite. Iím glad it managed to get single treatment as it is very strong.

Fix Me Up again follows the trend and is another bop. This couldíve actually worked as a single itís catchy again has great production and a lot of personality.

Love Is Pain follows and sounds rather 80s like. Nicola opens the track and sounds lush throughout. This is one I always appreciated and I think actually sounds better now itís aged like a fine wine. It really reminds me of another track what I canít place but itís definitely solid.

Miss You Bow Wow is the weakest track on the album for me. Itís still good but definitely the weakest track for me. The only thing close to being a ďdudĒ on this for me. The ď999 saying need a doctorĒ line still sticks in my head though.

Revolution In The Head is one I always remember. Itís probably my second favourite album track on this. Hey hey hey oh oh oh so infectious. This really deserved a killer video.

Live In The Country is a solid album track but not one of the major highlights. Itís catchy enough though but probably bottom tier of the album as everything else is super strong.

We Wanna Party the album closer is another bop. Which ends the album on a high note and on a big high this couldíve also had a killer video!

Overall this is definitely still their strongest for me
I feel the way about this as most on here do about Tangled Up. An all killer no filler bang and what an album to be a final album! Very worthy of being their highest selling studio album too as for me it is their best!



Uk Peak #1 (their only UK studio album to go to #1!)
Weeks top 40: 18
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So thatís my countdown all done and dusted!!

I genuinely think listening back theyíre perhaps our best UK girlband. I love some of the bonkers stuff they did what they carried off so well and you could never call them generic despite them being a pop band they always had that different edge thanks to the incredible writing team they had.

I loved that they peaked with their final two releases too so much growth on those records! But every album has something special about it tbh. If only their first two releases were the other way around Iíd have been able to say they got better with each album.
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