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Tears on the Dancefloor Import
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Audio CD, Import, April 28, 2017
Vinyl, Import, April 28, 2017
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2017 release from the British popsters. Steps return with Tears On The Dancefloor in what is their 20th Anniversary year. Filled with solid pop bangers from start to finish including first single 'Scared Of The Dark', this is the album that fans have been waiting for since the release of the band's last fully original studio album Buzz in 2000. Includes tracks written by the biggest songwriters in pop including, Benny Andersson & Bjorn Ulvaeus (ABBA), Ina Wroldsen (Calvin Harris, Britney Spears), Steve Mac (Jess Glynne, Little Mix), TMS (Years & Years, Sigma), Carl Ryden (The Saturdays, David Guetta), Fiona Bevan (1D, 5SOS) and Metrophonic (Take That).
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Scared Of The Dark: The lead single, and the perfect re-introduction to Steps as a group. The song is a total ear-warm and quite possibly their strongest single, ever. Claire's vocals sound better than ever, especially during the last chorus. Kudos to them for finding a single that brings back the classic "Steps sound" without sounding dated. I wouldn't have ever believed they could actually come back this strong!
You Make Me Whole: A bit less classic-Steps sounding than the previous track, this is more "Steps in a modern era." The structure of this song is not too dissimilar from recent hits, with a pre-chorus where the beat fades and builds for a big finish. The chorus then explodes into a sing-along anthem. Big fun!
Story Of A Heart: Steps have always been compared to ABBA, and have even covered them a few times, so how fitting is it that Benny and Bjorn from ABBA wrote this? This song was originally recorded by Benny Andersson Band in 2009. If you've heard the original, I'm not sure how this one would compare, but if you haven't, it's beautiful. I've often wondered what an ABBA song would sound like in 2017, and this is it. Heartbreaking lyrics with an irresistible melody. A true highlight.
Happy: Contradictory to the song's title and sound, this is actually a sad song! Opening and closing with the line "Now it's late, but it's morning. Damn, I can't even keep track of time," the song is about the emotions at end of the relationship. Another song with a bombastic chorus, the song is built around the lines "I used to be happy. We used to happy." Typical Kylie-esque melodrama over a big, pulsing dance beat.
No More Tears On The Dancefloor: The title track of this album is another cover, written by Darren Hayes and originally recorded by Anders/Fahrenkrog. Topically and sonically, the song is very similar to the previous track. What makes this song stand-out is that Lee, the member who rarely gets the chance to sing, gets the second verse! He has a very good voice, so it's nice that he was able to get a solo moment on the album.
Firefly: This track is dominated by Faye, who is the best thing about the track. Yet another disco-stomper, the track is probably the closest thing to filler on the record, as the pre-chorus sounds like it's leading to something epic, but never quite gets there. The main lyric, "I'm a light like a firefly," is your typical Steps cheese. Still, I've yet to skip this track so far, even if it's not my favorite.
Space Between Us: Now it's H's turn to step up to the mic. I'm not the biggest H fan so I was a bit nervous knowing that he did the lead vocal on this song (some of his solo tracks during their primitive years were disastrous - see "Experienced"). I have to say, this is a good track and after the last three songs, offers some variety. It still has a dance beat, but the tempo is slowed considerably, which allows you some room to breathe after all the dancing and the melodrama. I don't see myself seeking this track out often, but in context of the album, it works very well.
Glitter & Gold: All I can say about this track is that it is classic Steps. Perhaps the gayest sounding song on the album, if the title didn't give it away. We're back to the melodramatic, thumping disco again with this track, although the chorus is pleasantly subtle here compared to the some of the "belt-along" choruses. Another song dominated by Claire and Faye.
Neon Blue: This is a song that Steps personally hyped up in interviews. Like "You Make Me Whole," this is one of the more 'current' sounding songs on the album. I've seen people compare this song to Little Mix's "Shout Out To My Ex," however I think that's only due to the similar melodies. The production is still very "Steps" and fits in context with the rest of the album. I could see this being a future single, if they decided to release more from this project.
I Will Love Again: Apparently this is also a cover (originally by Lara Fabian), which I was unaware of when I first listened to the album. This is the only track not produced by the Alias. I think it is a perfect closer, and it is nice to hear Lisa opening a song. While most of the album manages to keep Steps' classic sound while bringing it into 2017, this song sounds straight off of one of their earlier albums as it is pure '90s euro-cheese. It is also fitting that an album that deals a lot with heartbreak would end on a hopeful note. "Though my heart is breaking, I will love again, stronger than before."
The next two tracks are only available on the digital version of the album:
Scared Of The Dark - Wideboys In The Shadows Vocal Mix: I wasn't too impressed when the Scared Of The Dark remixes came out a few weeks ago, as the original is already a perfect dance song, and the remixes either sounded too similar to the original, or didn't quite gel with the song. While I like the production of this mix, the vocals don't quite seem to fit well over this. I have replaced this with the Wideboys In The Shadows Dub Mix (from the Remix EP), which just uses select vocal samples rather than try to fit the unfitting chorus over the more modern sounding drop. The Dub Mix is the perfect modern sounding remix of this track.
Story Of A Heart - 7th Heaven Radio Mix: Now this is a treat! Given that Story Of A Heart is the only song that wouldn't really qualify as a dance song on the album, it is nice to have a dance version of it, especially since songs written by Benny and Björn lend themselves so well to dance music. While I prefer the original, this is a nice alternative and I'm a bit sad this one won't be on the physical CD when I receive my copy. I also hope since this is a "Radio Mix," there is a full Club Mix waiting for release, or maybe even some mixes by other DJs. Nice alternate ending to the digital version of the album!
Overall, I am very pleased, and I think this is Steps' best album yet. If you like fun dance pop, I could not recommend this album more!