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I have a soft spot for S Club 7 (later S Club after singer Paul Cattermole's departure), a sunny, cheesy pop band from the late 90s/early 2000s. During their short career they enjoyed many hits, and released this greatest hits album in 2003. During the band's lifetime they had two TV shows, Miami 7 and LA 7. I always thought that seven people were rather too many for a band, particularly as Jo (the best singer by far) almost always sang the lead vocals. However, they were still a good pop group.
The album opens with their original hit Bring It All Back, a cheery anthem about being confident and true to yourself. The general mood is one of optimism and the song carries a good message, particularly considering their young fanbase. Second song is one of my favourite tracks by the group: S Club Party is a dancefloor filler and a great tune. Two In A Million is a reasonable ballad, while You're My Number One is an upbeat, happy track. Reach is possibly their most famous song (and one which was played regularly at my uni nights out), a sunny, catchy song along the lines of Bring It All Back.
Natural is a bit more sophisticated and funky, and sees Rachel take lead vocals. Never Had a Dream Come True was a bit hit, a sweet festive ballad. Don't Stop Movin' was a funky dance track, mainly sung by Bradley, which is unusual as the men tended to provide only backing vocals. However it really works on this song.
Have You Ever was another Christmas ballad, while You is a cheery pop song. Alive is okay, but isn't as good as Don't Stop Movin', though it has the same dance vibe. Love Ain't Gonna Wait For You has a seventies disco vibe, while Say Goodbye is rather sad, as it was released when the band announced their split.
The album also contains two bonus tracks. Everybody Get Pumped isn't particularly memorable, but Bring the House Down is a fun party song - it really should have been released as a single, but wasn't.
Overall, this is a great album and as it costs only £3.49 on Amazon, is an absolute bargain. It contains loads of party hits and acts as a reminder that S Club 7 were a genuinely good pop band.
1. Bring It All Back
2. S Club Party
3. Two In A Million (Boyfriends & Birthdays Version)
4. You're My Number One (Miami 7 Version)
5. Reach (Original Version)
6. Natural (Single Version)
7. Never Had A Dream Come True
8. Don't Stop Movin'
9. Have You Ever
10. You (Single Version)
12. Love Ain't Gonna Wait For You (Radio Version)
13. Say Goodbye
14. Everybody Get Pumped
15. Bring The House Down
@ About @
I have had this album for over 8 years and I still play it now and again - its got songs on there that still sound excellent even today, but there are a few that I think S Club 7 didn't really put as much effort into as their more well known and chart topping tracks. It is a fantastic album but I also think there could be improvements. Generally speaking it is a pop and dance album with a few slower, more soulful tracks (I love a good variety)
@ Tracks @
Bring it all back is the first track on this album and is one of those slightly cheesy pop songs of the early naughties. It has a dance beat with very high pitched vocals. The lyrics. Talk about the world being on your shoulders and never giving up until you reach the top, then bring it all back to you. There is a constant saxophone in the song which really adds a certain something and makes this song unique from their other tracks.
S-Club Party mainly uses female vocals with male backing vocals and is a much slower song compared to bring it all back. It has a funky beat and the lyrics talk about how "there aint no party like an s club party" and then follows with lyrics about throwing our hands in the air. Personally I don't think this is a dance track, it's a funky borderline RnB track.
You're my number one could easily be mistaken for a Christmas track they way it starts, it has bells ringing and a Christmas like feel to it. But after 20 seconds it quickly becomes a high pitched pop track with brilliant vocals. Again the male members of S-club 7 only get involved with the backing vocals, the majority is female vocals.
Reach was a chart topper back in the early naughties and instead of the use full volume high pitched vocals it uses a much lower key and included both female and male singers. The male singers don't do backing vocals for a change and do actually get involved with the main lyrics. The song is "pop" genre and there are symbols with every beat. Not really dance music here. I personally think it could be better with a faster beat.
Natural is a soulful RnB track which has lyrics about natural feelings and chemistry. Again I am disappointed to hear just female lyrics dominating the song, I don't think this is a song the group put a lot of thought into, and its not their best song.
Don't stop movin is one of their well known tracks and is actually a "dance" track, and they DO let the male singers get involved! To start with there is a robotic voice which sounds excellent, followed by a male singer and female chorus where the male singers do backing vocals. There is a tambourine in the chorus which is very unusual but does make the song unique. I personally think this variety and whole group involvement makes this one of their best songs.
"You" is a faster song than S-club 7 normally make but like "alive" has a funky beat. The instrumentals in both tracks are low volume and don't really stand out over the vocals.
Finally "Bring the house down" (a bonus track) is one of those get stuck in your head tracks and has an excellent dance beat with vocals that are predominantly female but they aren't constantly high pitched until the chorus. A robotic voice joins in the chorus and sounds fantastic, there is no breakdown thought the song and you don't get a break from the background beat. The chorus comes around after 16 bars so you don't have much time in between vocals. One of their best songs right here.
@ Overall @
This is an excellent album but. Think one or two tracks are not up to scratch. There is also too much focus on the female singers and the male singers only get to do backing vocals or get involved with a couple songs. Other than that this is a superb album and I would recommend it.
Ask anybody what track is always guaranteed to get people on the dance floor and they will usually mention an S Club 7 track.
For those of you who ahve not heard of them (where have you been, even my dad has heard of them) they were a UK pop group that were actually created by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller. The band had seven members, hence the name S Club 7, although they did change their name to just S Club when one of the members left. The band members were Tina Barrett, Paul Cattermole, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O'Meara,Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens. Their formation was actually an interesting conception because they were actually featured in a television show as a band The BBC series was called Miami 7 and it began in 1999. I remember watching it and although it was a bit cheesy it was good and a good way of introducing a new band in my opinion.
S Club 7 have to be my guilty pleasure band, ok they are cheesy and in reality probably weren't all that good but they knew how to rock a cheesy disco dance tune and they did it well. However, they did prove to be quite a successful band during their time in the business. According to an article I read, over the five years they were together, S Club 7 had UK #1 singles, UK #1 albums, a string of #1 singles throughout Europe, and top-ten singles in the United States, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. They recorded a total of four studio albums, released eleven singles and went on to sell over seventeen million albums worldwide. In addition to this, S Club 7 won two BRIT Awards--in 2000 for British breakthrough act and in 2002, for best British single. In 2001, the group earned the Record of the Year award!
S Club 7 are really a band from my youth and do bring back great nightclub/wedding memories but I do have to admit having a cheeky listen to them now and again and this album never fails in putting me in a good mood. I always like Best of albums as they generally contain all my favourites and this one doesn't disappoint.
I think the beauty of their tracks were that the lyrics were catchy, the tunes were upbeat and you could really dance to them. Of course, they had a slow song here and there, my favourite being, Never had a dream come true which talks about love and that they never had a dream come true until the day I met you! I have to say that every song stands out on this album but favourites for me include Reach (asking you to reach for the stars), Bring it all back and Don't stop movin' to the funky funky beat!! This album was released on 2 June 2003. The track listings are as follows:
"Bring It All Back"
"S Club Party"
"Two in a Million"
"You're My Number One"
"Never Had a Dream Come True"
"Don't Stop Movin'"
"Have You Ever"
"Love Ain't Gonna Wait for You"
"Everybody Get Pumped"
"Bring the House Down"
Most of us probably remember this lot. I wonder what they're all doing now though! The last I heard of them was when Jo was on that Celebrity Big Brother and not a peep since...
S Club were at the peak of their fame at the turn of the noughties. Comprising Jo, Rachel, Tina, Hannah, Paul, Jon and Bradley, they notched up an impressive run of top ten hits, including a handful of number ones.
'Bring It All Back' is way too poppy for me, with an overly enthusiastic chorus. The vocals are all quite sweet and full of zest, but the cheerful scent coming from this song sounds false to me. 'S Club Party' sounds like a fun party, with plenty of whooping and sounds of them enjoying themselves on the track. It would please fans of the early Backstreet Boys sound.
'Two In A Million' is soppy and sees Jo take on the lead vocals. It is well performed but the sentiment just makes me cringe. Slightly better is 'You're My Number One' which has flashes of brilliance as it retreads the sound of the sixities. A decent rhythm gives this song bounce and sparkle.
'Reach' is pretty anthemic with an uplifting chorus and a message of never giving hope on your dreams. Yawn. Typical lyrics, helped along by a catchy tune. If you want something at the other end of the spectrum, 'Never Had A Dream Come True' is all calming and fluffy, one to play when you're wrapped up by the fireside in winter.
The highlight on the album is 'Don't Stop Movin' which has a glorious seventies vibe going on. The mood is disco and the song is charged with brilliant chord changes and plenty of gusto. It is perfect for parties or getting ready to go out music. On a similar keel is 'Alive' which should have been a bigger hit, boasting a furious amount of energy in its three or so minutes.
The album is given added value with some bonus tracks. Dip into 'Love An't Gonna Wait' which is a pure pop fest. 15 tracks in total and some average artwork complete the package.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Bring It All Back
2 S Club Party
3 Two In A Million (Boyfriends & Birthdays Version)
4 You're My Number One (Miami 7 Version)
5 Reach (Original Version)
6 Natural (Single Version)
7 Never Had A Dream Come True
8 Don't Stop Movin'
9 Have You Ever
10 You (Single Version)
12 Love Ain't Gonna Wait For You (Radio Version)
13 Say Goodbye
14 Everybody Get Pumped
15 Bring The House Down