Sugababes – Catfights and Spotlights – Initial Thoughts

I’ve steadily been going off Sugababes with each album. Whereas once they had funk and attitude they seem to have drifted into ‘could be anyone’ territory. Live they’re lifeless and need some bite adding.

Now the as yet untitled album number 6 zooms into horizon. We’ve all heard the single ‘Girls’ and yet again it leaves me thinking ‘meh’. Today I stood in a field 10 000 miles from human contact and was allowed to listen to 5 other album tracks. This are the half formed thoughts I scribbled down:

No Can Do – A super summery song that could have been a Jackson 5 hit. Very 80s funk. Cool layered vocals at the end.
Best line: ‘Don’t try and call me on the telephone’ (obv this is a rubbish best line but it’s the only thing I wrote down’

Murder One – Unfortunately not a song based on the greatest crime tv series of the 90s. It’s a delicate piano ballad that starts with Heidi before a drum machine kicks in. There’s a couple of nice key changes. Best line: ‘Every heart that’s broken is a murder one’.

You On A Good Day – Doesn’t particularly go anywhere but has a fun, bouncy 60s beat with a proper old school girl group feel to it. Some quirky sounding Supremes-esque instruments and nice harmonies.
Best line: “I want it, I hate it, I need it, want it, want it.”

Hanging On A Star – What a lovely song name. Starts with Salt N Pepa esque ‘Tell Me Baby, Baby’ with a softened singing repeater. Again there’s a funky 80s feel. It’s the type of thing I might have expected Dana Dawson to sing (and yes I know she was 90s!). Obviously Heidi has an amazing middle bit.
Best line: “Hanging on a star, I was waiting to fall in love”.

Sunday Rain – Here’s the big Sugababes ballad of the album. It starts with haunting ooohs, then there’s trumpets and a gorgeous swelling wall of sound. Undoubtedly the winter single. It’s got a Sam Brown ‘Stop’ feel to it. Best thing so far
Best line: ‘You give all your heart and get nothing to show.’

Sunday Rain wins!

[edit: the title has now been revealed by PopJustice.