S Club 7
Released: 26th November 2001.
The S Clubbers have always been fun and bright with a huge dose of sparkles and smiles with each single. Could that formula last and prove fruitful for their brand new album, "Sunshine" (originally titled "S"), as well?
Keeping some elements from the past two albums, the kids haven't changed their style too much, just enough to satisfy their musical tastes while making sure their loyal fans remain content, yet surprised, with the next offering.
Motown, a style that became popular for the group when "Reach" and the second album "7" were released, has not been forgotten here, just skimmed off a little with only two tracks featuring the 1960s feel. Those being "It's Alright" andá"You". The latter is a definite stand out from the album which you'll instantly fall in love with.
The most noticeable addition to the S Club formula is feel-good disco, as revealed in the first single taken from the album, "Don't Stop Movin'", and carried throughout the album in the likes of "Stronger" and "Dance, Dance, Dance".
Then we have the epic ballad, and second single, "Have You Ever", which sits nicely as one of two ballads included on the album. The other being "I Will Find You", which seems to be the least likable track on the record, due to its slightly bland melody. The 7 have also added some acoustic pop to the bill, with another stand-out, "Show Me Your Colours", and the title track "Sunshine".
Also on the album, there are some mid-tempos, which, unlike on previous LPs, are all catchy songs. However the real gem, which shines through the album like a bright light hitting you in the eyes, is "Boy Like You", which sounds a little like "Natural", however ten times better, with a hook so catchy you'll wish the song would never end. The best track S Club 7 have offered so far? I think so! One can only hope they produce more music like this.
With each member taking the limelight on individual songs we can finally hear what Paul sounds like on the soulful "Good Times".
This is S Club 7 at its classiest and should go down as >the summer album to own. Not only is it candy pop at its absolute finest, each song being damn catchy you'll be hitting repeat on the CD player for hours.
Some might say the music is so ridiculously sweet it'll make your teeth rot, but don't we just love it?