Iguana rates every song by The Saturdays (updated with LIVING FOR THE WEEKEND)

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  1. Tisch

    Tisch One step forward. And zwei zurürck.

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    Were they not before?
     
  2. dUb

    dUb EXCITING WEIRD

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    :D Ooops soz @Tisch but congrats on your great opinions!
     
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  3. Iguana

    Iguana How much longer til you completely absolve me?

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    I think Kala means the 'CD singles' in digital form with b-sides etc, as opposed to just finding the singles on the album
     
  4. Tisch

    Tisch One step forward. And zwei zurürck.

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    Oh that makes sense! I wondered if they'd deleted Gentleman because of SHAME.
     
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  5. SDF

    SDF We're all Angles in Chainz

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    The first album is their best album
     
  6. SDF

    SDF We're all Angles in Chainz

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    I remember loving Chasing Lights (song) at the time so will need to reinvestigate later
     
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  7. FetchFugly

    FetchFugly closing in again

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    I haven't played them in an age but I really liked this one too, and think it was the first album that got the most spins from me as well.
     
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  8. Jacques

    Jacques doing it for my lover

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    The first album provided neither their best banger nor their best ballad but on balance I think it included the best run of singles. Each of the following albums had at least one clanger of a single for me (I won't spoil before we get there as I know at least one will be quite controversial..)
     
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  9. Kalabaliken

    Kalabaliken Pop Precision Since 1978

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    if you say All Fired Up you can just delete your account NOW.
     
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  10. Kalabaliken

    Kalabaliken Pop Precision Since 1978

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    Yes, I think this was pretty much the reason.
     
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  11. Iguana

    Iguana How much longer til you completely absolve me?

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    Wordshaker (2009)

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    UK album chart:
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    07 Forever Is Over - This just isn't as good as they wanted it to be. It's very shouty and that vocal on "You're out my LIFE" before the final chorus is HORRIBLE. It is a catchy song in its own way, but not really a direction I was interested in them taking. I can see a pattern of bad first single choices here - did they really think the gays wanted guitars?! The mix on Spotify sounds different from what I remember, are there different mixes of this on Wordshaker and Headlines?

    08 Here Standing - Quite an epic chorus. The chorus really does burst out of nowhere - a bigger build-up may have made it really special. God they are really trying to ram that chorus down our throats aren't they? I think this is a bit of a fan favourite but Fragile was a better ballad.

    10 Ego - This is more like it! As with Up, it does sound a bit dated now but it's still a banger. This should have been huger than it was but it did the trick of getting attention after the lukewarm Forever Is Over.

    06 No One - This one is very much like Keep Her but doesn't quite have as much to it. It's pleasant enough but meanders along a bit. Also a bit shouty.

    09 One Shot - DIRTY synth. :horny: This is what they do well. Catchy chorus and I know this one's a fan favourite.

    09 Wordshaker - More dirty synth. :horny: It sounds a lot like One Shot though in the verses! But the chorus cannot be denied. This is lush. Also a nice idea for a song/album name.

    10 Denial
    - Bit of a grittier chorus here and I love it. This one is the most like Lies - tune-wise and attitude-wise - so I'm bound to like it.

    07 Open Up (my hole (Song 4 @SDF)) - Hello Kelly Clarkson vibes in the verse! I remember this one because of the ludicrous chorus. They really do take the 'knock the door down' trope to its very limit, it's quite clunky but sort of fun. If I were their gentleman friend I'd keep them OUT

    04 Lose Control - Now this is just getting cheesy. "I should be the face of every fashion magazine"? Do fuck off. It's a bit If You Seek Amy except not fun or good. Oh for the love of dUb make it end

    08 Not Good Enough - This is MUCH more like it. It reels you in from the start. The chorus quite triumphant but it doesn't quite go anywhere. It was close to a 9 but I think it's an 8.

    09 Deeper - This is like a Britney 90s album track! Which means I like it, naturally. Maybe a little bit throwaway but it's much more pleasant to listen to than say Lose Control.

    07 2am - Pleasant enough but a bit of a comedown after Deeper and an unremarkable closer.

    Average score: 7.8

    Biggest keepers:

    Ego


    Wordshaker


    Denial
     
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  12. BoysForSeles

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    I remember Rochelle wittering on some nonsense how Forever Is Over was going to sound great at festivals. As if any festival had any intention of booking The Saturdays...
     
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  13. FetchFugly

    FetchFugly closing in again

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    One Shot in all its Up pt 2 glory is the one from that album.
     
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  14. Iguana

    Iguana How much longer til you completely absolve me?

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    Chasing Lights b-sides

    07 What Am I Gonna Do - Ooh this is good! The chorus does have a BIT of a bargain basement b-side quality but I wouldn't have been mad about this being on the album. Towards the end,

    09 Crashing Down - The bassy synth is quite a precursor to One Shot. Slightly odd nasal-y vox on the verse. Quite like the chorus, it's got a bit of a semi-banger feel to it. OMG this got really good by the end! It grows as it goes on actually, this started a 6 and ended an 9.

    06 Beggin' - Not a bad cover but I didn't really need it. Was this for one of those Radio One Live Lounge things?

    05 Golden Rules - This sounds like it's trying to be Girls Aloud but it doesn't quite work. It passed me by rather.

    04 Unofficial - This sounds like it never really got out the demo stage, and this was a wise choice. Nothing to see here people.

    Crashing Down
    is the big keeper from these.

     
  15. Iguana

    Iguana How much longer til you completely absolve me?

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    I remember this too! It sounded very much like wishful thinking. Thankfully the whole album didn't adapt that sound
     
  16. ButterTart

    ButterTart Ninja Buttertartle

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    I forgot about Ego. Please add that to my official list of Saturdays songs I like.
     
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  17. Iguana

    Iguana How much longer til you completely absolve me?

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    Just not quite as good :(
     
  18. SDF

    SDF We're all Angles in Chainz

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    :D

    The song is basic too, like me x
     
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  19. SDF

    SDF We're all Angles in Chainz

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    The artwork for Wordshaker is so lush
     
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  20. Iguana

    Iguana How much longer til you completely absolve me?

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    It is! Those cloth drapes beneath their dresses are stunning and it's quite an eye catching cover. Too bad no-one bought it :(

    I was quite surprised to see it reached number 9 - I thought it flopped worse than that
     
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  21. SDF

    SDF We're all Angles in Chainz

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    I don’t understand why it did so badly. I guess Forever Is Over killed a bit of the buzz for them?

    Not Good Enough has a brilliant chorus.
     
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  22. Devil

    Devil I Need A House

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    I never bothered with Wordshaker, but this review has made me think I may need to give it at least one spin...
     
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  23. Iguana

    Iguana How much longer til you completely absolve me?

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    It's pretty good if a bit patchy. But I'd definitely take Chasing Lights or Headlines over it, I have to say
     
  24. Iguana

    Iguana How much longer til you completely absolve me?

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    Yeah and I think they were just seen as over already. Ego brought back some goodwill but it wasn't until Missing You that they were taken seriously again, if I recall
     
  25. Iguana

    Iguana How much longer til you completely absolve me?

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    What's mad is that Forever Is Over flopped but they still then put it on Headlines! There was absolutely zero need for that
     
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  26. SDF

    SDF We're all Angles in Chainz

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    I’ve just put the first album on :disco:
     
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  27. Iguana

    Iguana How much longer til you completely absolve me?

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    Party! :disco:
     
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  28. Kalabaliken

    Kalabaliken Pop Precision Since 1978

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    @Iguana here is the original version of Crashing Down :D

     
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  29. Kalabaliken

    Kalabaliken Pop Precision Since 1978

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    Also B-sides for Wordshaker

    I Can't Wait
    Flashback
     
  30. OutSynk

    OutSynk Born to dare

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    Lies is great but mostly I don’t know them aside from the Headlines EP which houses what I assume is their CAREER PEAK Missing You.
     
  31. Iguana

    Iguana How much longer til you completely absolve me?

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    That is so random :D Well I certainly prefer The Saturdays' hot take on this!
     
  32. Tisch

    Tisch One step forward. And zwei zurürck.

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    They really BRANG it with their artwork actually (except that Guess Who monstrosity)
     
  33. SDF

    SDF We're all Angles in Chainz

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    Song rank from Chasing lights

    1. Up
    2. Issues
    3. Lies
    4. Keep her
    5. If this is love
    6. Why me why now
    7. Chasing lights
    8. Work
    9. Fall
    10. Set me off
    11. Vulnerable
     
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  34. Dark Carnival

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    Up is one of my favourite pop songs EVER. It was the actual soundtrack of me embracing the gay and becoming full-on FAGGOT.
     
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  35. Iguana

    Iguana How much longer til you completely absolve me?

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    Love you but your number 9 and 10 are wrong :(
     
  36. Iguana

    Iguana How much longer til you completely absolve me?

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    How would your life be now without Up :o
     
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  37. Dark Carnival

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    BORING
     
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  38. Nancy

    Nancy CAR CLAMP CLUB

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    I remember being told that the members The Saturdays was made up of former Saturday kids TV presenters
     
  39. Kalabaliken

    Kalabaliken Pop Precision Since 1978

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    Only Rochelle was a TV presenter, I think.

    And WHO KNEW she would become the most successful one post-Saturdays by some considerable distance? I'd say it's probably THIS in terms of post-split fame...

    1 Rochelle
    2 Frankie
    3 Mollie
    4 Una
    99 Vanessa
     
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  40. Nancy

    Nancy CAR CLAMP CLUB

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    Isn’t that from the lyrics of Higher?
     
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