Released: 12th October 2009.
'Wordshaker' is the sophomore album from girlband the Saturdays. Their debut was a critical success and performed very well in the charts. This album takes the girls in a new direction as they try their hand at a more mature sound for most of the record.
It opens with the lead single "Forever Is Over", which, although it starts the album off well, is one of the weakest tracks on it. Windswept ballad "Here Standing" is a cracking tune despite sounding similar to Jordin Sparks's "No Air". We then have a couple of up-tempos with future single "Ego" which showcases all the girls' vocals perfectly, and the magnificent "One Shot" which has the potential to be a future anthem as Rochelle takes lead vocals and delivers them perfectly. Similarly, title track "Wordshaker" and "Not Good Enough" show that these girls have talent. Mid-tempo "Denial" has the potential to be a bland song, if not for Mollie's stripped-down vocals after the choruses. "Lose Control" and "Open Up" are two stand outs for me, despite being in the latter half of the album - they're instantly memorable songs.
This album does have some amazing songs on it, but a few of them take time to grow on you. "Deeper" and "No One" are the only real fillers on the album - neither song has any substance and are quite forgettable. Although I give this album high praise and hope that it performs well, the Saturdays haven't marketed it to the best of their abilities. Being a fairly new band, they took a risk by releasing the album after one single and it hasn't really paid off sales-wise. However, it's a gallant attempt and I'm hoping that these girls are here to stay and can churn out some more albums.