Released: 27th May 2002.
Even before the so-called >flop-stars added the x-factor to their music they were looking promising. But, since the release of their number one single, "Just A Little", Liberty X have gone from strength to strength, arguably dethroning Hear'say as the most popular act to come out of Popstars UK. But does the album live up to expectations? Does it possess the credibility of an established artist, or is simply a case of Hear'say revamped?
The album has a definite pop/R&B flavour to it. Upbeat single, "Doin' It", aswell the more relaxed No. 1, "Just A Little", make appearances early on, while the debut single and title track, "Thinking It Over", opens the album. Another potential single, the brilliant "Wanting Me Tonight", is of a similar style, while the album's originality is also perhaps here at its height. "No Clouds", one of the slower numbers on the album, offers one of the biggest surprises with a fairly convincing Liberty X rap, while the fresh-sounding "Feel The Rush" is another of the album's highlights.
The final track on the disc, the short but sweet "Never Give Up", takes a gentle swipe at the record bosses who encouraged the group to cash in quickley on Popstars phenomenon, else "fade away". Looking back a year on, just how wrong could they have been?
Sadly, it's not all good news, however. The lyrics of "Saturday" are, at best, described as waffle, the chorus containing such lyrical gems as:
">Can't wait 'till Saturday
I just wanna party and I just wanna play
Call me on Friday
We can have some fun and just get away"
The track is, however, redeemed by an acceptable tune and a combination of excellent vocals and stunning production. Meanwhile, "Got To Have Your Heart" sounds dated, reminiscent of some of the less catchy numbers on the mid-90s debut Spice Girls album, "Spice".
The album is not by a long way a masterpiece parade. However, where some of the songs themselves are perhaps lacking, Liberty X have made up for it in vocal performance and excellent production. Hear'today gone tomorrow? Not a chance - Liberty X are here to stay. You shouldn't be disappointed.