Music Review: The Saturdays: Chasing Light
The Saturdays are a five piece girl group gathered together from around Britain and Ireland. Heralded as the next big thing, they recently supported Girls Aloud on tour. Two of the band members are ex S Club Junior members.
From these premises, it’s fair to assume that their debut album Chasing Light will not give us anything too substantial to think about.
It is indeed 50 minutes of glorified girly pop about boy troubles and then more boy troubles and then more.
The album opens with their first single Is This Love which reached number 8 in the charts. With its amped up bass line, their most edgy offering wouldn’t feel out of place in a Sugababes album.
This is followed by their most successful and danceable single Up which will no doubt soon become a club favourite. A Wideboys remix of this is featured as a bonus track.
The rest of the album glides along nicely with more polished pop. They find sensitivity in Issues and the title track Chasing Light, which tells of growing weary of being messed around by boys.
Here they show their more delicate side and you can picture the album fast becoming the fifteen-year-old girl’s favourite soundtrack. That’s not necessarily a good thing, however, as the lyrics don’t really appeal to the twenty-year-old student: “Me and my heart we have issues, can’t decide if I should slap you or kiss you”.
The scope of the songs is narrow, all aimed at the opposite sex and the joy/ problems they bring into our otherwise empty lives.
Tracks such as Work and Vulnerable pass without impression and show themselves to be clear fillers.
In terms of vocals Vanessa White is their leading lady while the others Frankie, Una, Mollie and Rochelle chip in where need be.
While their voices range from average to good, one glance at the album cover will tell you why they were picked. This is of course their ridiculous good looks, so it’s a familiar story told many times before and to be told many times again; five pretty girls dancing to songs written for them.
The fan base is the teenage girls who want to be them and the teenage boys who want to be with them.
Overall, the album does what it says on the tin. It is the next manufactured girl band offering and there is always space in the market for this.
What they offer us is a sweet and polished unpretentious set of feel good bouncing ballads which can be a refreshing change to the try hard indie out there.
However they seem to lack some of the edge that rival girl bands like Girls Aloud and Sugababes possess. The main problem if anything for the Saturdays though is that of the audio CD.
This being that on an audio CD you can’t see the artist. You can only hear them.