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post Mar 30 2021, 10:24 PM
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Tracklist:
01. The Show
02. Love Machine
03. I'll Stand By You
04. Jump
05. Wake Me Up
06. Deadlines & Diets
07. Big Brother
08. Hear Me Out
09. Graffiti My Soul
10. Real Life
11. Here We Go
12. Thank Me Daddy

UK Deluxe Tracks:
13. I Say a Prayer For You
14. 100 Different Ways
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post Mar 30 2021, 10:25 PM
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Singles:

01 - The Show:


(UK Peak | #2)



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02 - Love Machine:


(UK Peak | #2)



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03 - I'll Stand By You:


(UK Peak | #1)



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04 - Wake Me Up:


(UK Peak | #4)

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post Mar 30 2021, 10:27 PM
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I'm sorry about the cover in the opening post. The link from Wikipedia isn't letting me embed Selena.png

Hopefully when Joseph gets time, he'll be able to make it look neater sarah11.png

EDIT: Found a better one but it still looks like it's horrible quality drama.gif

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2nd album time now. I ofc remember all the singles! 'The Show' is one of my favourite GA singles. Love the 80's electro synths. 'Love Machine' just gets worse and worse for me with each listen, oops. It's really irritating! 'I'll Stand By You' is SO cute though. A bit "by the numbers" when it comes to covers, but it's nice. 'Jump' was on the first album (a reissue?) lmaoooo but one of my favourite covers from them. 'Wake Me Up' is so catchy & fun! It's a tad dated now, but I feel like it's always been one of their most underrated singles.

My Ranking:
1. The Show
2. Wake Me Up
3. Jump
4. Big Brother
5. Graffiti My Soul
6. Here We Go
7. Real Life
8. Thank Me Daddy
9. I'll Stand By You
10. Deadlines & Diets
11. Love Machine
12. Hear Me Out
13. 100 Different Ways
14. I Say A Prayer For You

I like the vibe and feel of 'Big Brother' a lot. Would've made a good single I think. It reminds me of a more mid-tempo 'Wake Me Up'. 'Graffiti My Soul' is v interesting. Quirky and different. 'Here We Go', 'Real Life' & 'Thank Me Daddy' are all fun & decent. These have potential to grow if I become more accustomed to the album. 'Hear Me Out', I'm sorry, but I wasn't feeling that much at all </3 I didn't dislike it, I just wasn't bothered by it.

Not won over by the original ballads (basically the bonus tracks) on this album I'm afraid! They're just kinda... there. Meh. 'Love Machine' is definitely their most irritating song/single to me. They definitely found their sound more with this album. It's good! Definitely enjoyed it more than I remembered I did in the past, at least. Solid album! I like it.

Album Rankings:
01. What Will the Neighbours Say?
02. Sound of the Underground
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post Mar 31 2021, 08:11 AM
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WWTNS? has always been such a fun record and I have very sweet memories attached to it. Starting already with the artwork, which was fab, as was the artwork for the singles as well (CD2 of Love Machine- iconic). You could feel they were really starting to find their sound with this one, obviously helped by Xenomania and the fact this was their first album to work together on every song. Funnily enough, I'll Say A Prayer For You has always been a highlight for me- Nicola's vocals are just stunning <3 The singles were all brilliant; ISBY is maybe not one of their most popular ones but I have always loved it. Here We Go was also a fun one for me as well, given that an earlier version of the song was used in the Totally Spies intro.
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post Mar 31 2021, 08:33 AM
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That WordArt front cover DeadBanana.gif really happy to see the 'Wake Me Up' love, Jonjo, as that's in my GA top 5 full stop - so underrated!

I bought the promo vinyl of this album on eBay last year for a double-figure amount and there's currently one on there for £500 tearsmile.gif
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post Mar 31 2021, 08:13 PM
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I was never a fan of the album cover but the album itself is fun and i think they showed great progression from the first album as the style was different this time around, none of the songs came close to been as good as no good advice or sound of the underground for me but i still enjoyed the album alot and still do.
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post Apr 2 2021, 01:59 PM
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What an era this was for them, such a shame Love Machine just missed out on #1 as that is such a career defining song for them. I always loved the artwork , very of it's time but very colourful and fun. The only thing I didn't like about it was that the girls were different sizes always wondered whether that would have caused any tensions within the group.
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post Apr 2 2021, 05:19 PM
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Its s shame they dont have more number 1s, was live machine the closest they were to number 1 without actually getting there.
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post Apr 3 2021, 11:10 AM
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QUOTE(spiceboy @ Apr 2 2021, 01:59 PM) *
The only thing I didn't like about it was that the girls were different sizes always wondered whether that would have caused any tensions within the group.


I had actually never realised this, until you pointed it out. It is very strange indeed, I mean, Nadine was seen as the voice of the group and Cheryl as the most well known one, so I guess that's why they are bigger but it's s still a strange one.

Also agree with both of you that it's a shame LM missed out the top spot. At the same time, it also shows getting a #1 position is not all that. LM is remembered a lot more than a lot of #1's around that time (especially thinking of those Mcfly songs that got to #1 and pretty much fell down the charts in a matter of weeks afterwards).
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post Apr 3 2021, 04:05 PM
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QUOTE(Feel_The_Fever @ Apr 2 2021, 06:19 PM) *
Its s shame they dont have more number 1s, was live machine the closest they were to number 1 without actually getting there.


Call The Shots and Life Got Cold, despite *only* peaking at #3, were actually closer to the #1 spot than their #2 hits!

1- IGNITION (REMIX)- R Kelly (72,000)
2- NO GOOD ADVICE- Girls Aloud (42,000)

1- BREATHE- Blu Cantrell Ft Sean Paul (40,000)
2- DANCE (WITH U)- Lemar (33,000)
3- LIFE GOT COLD- Girls Aloud (32,000)

1- MANDY- Westlife (68,620)
2- JUMP- Girls Aloud (59,000)

1- BURN- Usher (49,334)
2- THE SHOW- Girls Aloud (28,572)

1- CALL ON ME- Eric Prydz (68,138)
2- LOVE MACHINE- Girls Aloud (35,800)

1- STAR GIRL- McFly (54,802)
2- PUT YOUR HANDS UP FOR DETROIT- Fedde Le Grand (46,896)
3- SOMETHING KINDA OOOOH- Girls Aloud (42,114)

1- BLEEDING LOVE- Leona Lewis (40,530)
2- HEARTBROKEN- T2 Ft Jodie Aysha (31,768)
3- CALL THE SHOTS- Girls Aloud (31,457)

1- TROUBLEMAKER- Olly Murs Ft Flo Rida (121,497)
2- SOMETHING NEW- Girls Aloud (70,850)

Annoyingly, Jump and Love Machine would have been #1 if they were released a week earlier! sad.gif
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post Apr 5 2021, 11:10 AM
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This album places last out of Girls Aloud's albums for me, but it's undoubtedly the moment they really discovered their sound. I think people tend to overlook just how edgy their music could be and I definitely get the sense that the girls and Xenomania had a close working relationship. The artwork is my favourite, although the gap between Nadine's arm and the shadow of the 'A' has always annoyed me!

The singles campaign leading up to the album release was spot on and the results speak for themselves: 392k sold in just 5 weeks, compared with 245k across 7 months for their debut album.
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post Apr 6 2021, 12:30 PM
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QUOTE(Seinfeld @ Apr 3 2021, 05:05 PM) *
1- MANDY- Westlife (68,620)
2- JUMP- Girls Aloud (59,000)


This really was an absolute travesty that still annoys me to this day. mad.gif
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post Apr 6 2021, 08:29 PM
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Ya jump was way better than mandy but i find it easier to lose out on number 1 by 9000 rather than the 200 odd they lost out on top 10 with the chemistry album.
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post Apr 6 2021, 09:21 PM
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QUOTE(Feel_The_Fever @ Apr 6 2021, 09:29 PM) *
Ya jump was way better than mandy but i find it easier to lose out on number 1 by 9000 rather than the 200 odd they lost out on top 10 with the chemistry album.



That was galling... and compared to todays sales omg blink.gif
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post Apr 6 2021, 09:38 PM
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I would assume that overall Jump outsold Mandy?
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