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Chances are, that if you loved both those landmark singles, you will end up loving this album as a whole. They all have some of the same qualities these singles possessed, coupled with some excellent harmonizing from all four members. Shaznay, who is the most unusual of the four vocalists, continues to hog the limelight, though this isn't a bad thing - even though all the All Saints members are older and hopefully wiser, the songs are still as light and carefree as ever, with common themes such as love, life, dating and relationships taking center stage.
Lead single "Rock Steady" is probably what led this album to obscurity. It's a nice-enough track, but there is absolutely nothing special about it other than the sing-along chorus that you'll find yourself remembering after one listen. "Rock Steady" isn't the weakest track on the album - that award would go to "Chick Fit", a two-step number that sounds like it belongs on a totally different record. For reasons best known to the producers, this track was released as the official second single, and it disappeared the very week it was released.
Pity, because real stunners such as "On and On" (which is very reminiscent of "Pure Shores"), and "Fundamental" (which capsulates the best of their work in one three minute track), highlight what works on this album.Read more ›
The reason why I'm now comparing the ladies to Destiny's Child is because this album feels like DC's The Writing's on the Wall in that there are a lot of songs about trifling men. But the problem here is that the lyrics aren't that exciting. "Not Eazy" and "Scar" are skippable, "Too Nasty" is hard to relate to, and "Hell No" took the words right out of my mouth.
The only song really worth hearing on here is "On and On". And "Fundamental" is passable. I doubt All Saints will gain any new fans with Studio 1, and given that it wasn't released in the U.S. anyway, you can probably do without it.
This album is overall stronger maybe than their previous efforts, but then there are no super-strong standout singles. Chick Fit is very cute. One Me And U has a strong melody and arrangement. I like the sentiment of In It To Win It. In Fundamental, Shaznay is trying to stretch. She'll get there, she has great talent, but it was a little too obvious where this one was targeted, and she doesn't have the *richness* (yet?) for a serious soul/gospel track. But only a few do. Why listen to Joss Stone when you can listen to Aretha herself? In the opening, more quiet, parts of Fundamental, Shaznay points to where she might explore further.
But what is sad, and maybe an indication of what this generation is going through, is that there are only two poles in the range of love: adolescent adoration, or betrayal. It's one or the other in every song.
This reflects an age when "human institutions" are no longer trusted. There is no song in here about building a home, sticking with your lover through hard times, or children. The girls write all sorts of giggly liner notes about their respective discoveries of motherhood -- but none of that made it onto the album.
If the All Saints are now 30-somethings, they need to leave the bubble-gum behind and move on up like Madonna.
As a reunion album this is nice "additional material" for those of us who were disappointed when they broke up. Hope it leads to a real Grammy winner on their next effort.
The reviewer who pointed out their inability to grow with the times has a valid point, but I would also like to say that as women, and as a pop group, they still are very much "young", and this is dealing with more mature issues than their previous albums. I feel this album has a whole lot more of a personal feel to it than their previous efforts, and while songs like "All Hooked Up" really made me love All Saints, Studio 1 has made them a staple on my future playlists.
This album will not disappoint, long term, is I guess where I am going with this. You may listen to it and go "WTF?", but keep in mind that it doesn't have to be pure pop to come from a pop group, and just because it is coming from a pop group doesn't mean it is bad. In fact, this is one of the most entertaining albums I've heard this year.
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I can't stop listening this album, Pop from the 90's is the Best. I'm looking forward for more music by All Saints.Published on August 20, 2011 by Manuel Saldivar
The music of the group All Saints will stand the test of time. A great music collection of songs here on Studio 1. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by Dorrie Wheeler
All right, got this at a great price, and having dug their earlier singles, and Nick & Nat's Appleton album ("Fantasy" is one of the 00's best singles bar none), I caved... Read morePublished on March 11, 2008 by Larry Davis
I used to really like what all saints did a few years ago. This however is not their best effort. Their strength lied in the vocal harmonies and you do not get to hear them as well... Read morePublished on January 31, 2007 by Lovblad
I heard one song on the radio and bought the album (at import prices!). I enjoy about half of the album, others aren't too bad either. Read morePublished on January 11, 2007 by J. McCord
I will admit i was a bit sad when All Saints went their own way a few years ago. I always hoped that they would get back together and put out a hot album. Read morePublished on December 13, 2006 by Derrick Jenkins
All Saints are back. Hurrah!
They are one of the very, very few bands I think are real pop music and at the same time have profound artistic value. Read more