Monday, October 20, 2008


Put A Record On: Sugababes Swagger Back Up The Charts
October 20th, 2008 | London

Sugababes is a pop force to be reckoned with. There might only be one original member remaining and the latest addition may look a bit like her predecessor, but their new album Catfights and Spotlights only reinforces the London trio's undying Girl Power.

As the name suggests, the album—their sixth studio release—is a tale of life in the public light. Catfights and Spotlights refers to everything—both good and bad—that comes with fame, and Sugababes has had their fair share of feuds, both internal and external. A chart rivalry is blooming with Girls Aloud, Britain's other successful all-female pop group, but Sugababes' strength has always been the critical acclaim they receive alongside their commercial success. Old hits like "Round Round" and "Freak Like Me" were beloved by both critics and clubbers.

The girls have clearly been around the block (and the world), but founding member Keisha Buchanan is only 24-years-old. She joined up in 1998 and has seen the trio develop their sound ever since. The new album shows them maturing by abandoning their pure pop sound and going in search of soul music. First single, "Girls," even has a sample from Ernie K Doe's '60s hit "Here Comes The Girls." Motown-inspired "You On A Good Day" shares a producer with Sweden's Robyn, and "Murder One" continues the Scandinavian theme with ABBA-inspired beats. The Supremes are back in the shape of a Benetton ad and I dare you not to shake some booty down to the disco.

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—David Hellqvist

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