Either the UK’s Fascination Records decided to create a girl group as the perfect complement to the all-conquering Girls Aloud, or they were hedging their bets, just in case Girls Aloud decided to go their separate ways. Either way, The Saturdays are one heck of a pOp discovery and their debut album ‘Chasing Lights’ is a heck of a delicious slice of pOp goodness. The insanely catchy singles ‘If This Is Love’ and ‘Up’ have provided us with a taster of what to expect from the band’s first long player and we’re happy to report that it delivers pOp nuggets in spades. ‘Keep Her’ with it’s deep synths and dark lyrical content deals with a cheating partner and having the strength to say ‘get out’. Rumoured third single ‘Issues’ is a sweet and inoffensive enough r&b-infused track “me and my heart we got issues, don’t know if I should hate you or miss you”, but we question whether it’s single material (probably best to go with ‘Keep Her’). ‘Lies’ with it’s rock/pOp sensibilities wouldn’t sound out of place on Australian radio playlists, stuck musically somewhere in between The Veronicas and Pink. ‘Work’ hits the dancefloor with it’s slow-jam 104BPM funk beat and forwardly flirtatious message, “I tend to get what I want so are you starting to see? I think you do”, while the album’s title track deals with emotional abuse from a partner, ultimately asking them to leave. The tempo falls on ‘Fall’, a song about unexpected strength, while the opening stabs of guitar in ‘Vulnerable’ sound a little like Rachel Stevens’ ‘Sweet Dreams My LA Ex’. The album concludes with the Wideboys radio edit of second single ‘Up’.
‘Chasing Lights’ is a pretty decent pOp debut with more than a handful of great pOp songs contained within it’s 12 tracks – it’ll be interesting to see where they go from here. We can only hope it’s ‘Up’.
The Saturdays’ ‘Chasing Lights’ is out in the UK – sadly there are no plans currently to release the group’s music in Australia.