December 8, 2004
Girls Aloud: Gift-wrapped kitty cats
The Brits take the idea of a Girl Group very seriously. They continue to tinker in Hello Kitty-wall papered laboratories, seeking the perfect combination of vocal harmony talent, shiny legs, psuedo-innocence and blow-job lips. The problem is that most producers forget the songs. Not Girls Aloud. Their songs are always the most: the most beats per minute, the most guitars, the most vaguely dirty lyrics, the most hooks crammed into one song.
We live in a PSG World (that's Post-Spice Girls, drips!), where the girls actually had individual personalities, albeit somewhat cartoonish. I think the blueprint for the working-class Girls Aloud is actually Bananarama, who once sang a song with the chorus, "I wish you were in our shoes / I wish you could be us / Washing all your laundry / and riding on the bus."
I was going to review What Will The Neighbours Say, the new Girls Aloud CD, but I gave up when I read the Popjustice Review. This time Popjustice adds little one-line video treatments as a way to describe the song. My favorite: 'Speed' meets 'Twister'. Band members cling to telegraph poles. Perrrfect.
Popjustice also has a knack for picking out the best song lyrics (and there are many to choose from), though they miss one of my favorites (remember this is dippy pop, people!): "We're gift-wrapped kitty cats / We only turn into tigers when we gotta fight back"
Girls Aloud website
HMV samples (try The Show for their signature sound)
Here is my previous review of The Show