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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Saturdays Managed To Make It 'Work'

Last August I posed the d'luvvly question: Can the Saturdays last? Could the latest in an seemingly endless army of slinky, sexy Brit girl groups rise above their less fortunate counterparts (Red Blooded Women) and more successful predecessors (Girls Aloud, Sugababes) to make a name for themselves?

The answer, upon the eve of their fifth single's ("Work") release is a resounding Yes!

It was a depressing fall last year, no? Keane flopped. Sugababes flopped. Christina Aguilera debuted a new electro sound to a collective yawn. The Killers put out a decent album, but we realized they may not again touch the greatness that was Hot Fuss.

Luckily, the Saturdays' Chasing Lights came along and reminded record-buyers that there is still decent pop to be made. And, geez, they must be doing something right; the days of an artist managing five singles off an album—especially in less than one year—are all but gone.

Here's the video for "Work." Official single is out June 29.



  • At 3:12 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    This album by the Saturdays is as close to Pop Perfection as any album has gotten in the last 5-10 years.

  • At 4:28 PM, Blogger John said…

    Well, technically they got four from the original release. But still, even four is impressive. And while Girls Aloud have sold more full-length CDs, the Saturdays already have more Top 10 singles, and I wouldn't bet against this one becoming #5. And to think we were all speculating on their long-term prospects after the first single ONLY went Top 10.

  • At 8:00 PM, Blogger Michael said…

    Work seems like the best tune for a first US single.

  • At 8:40 AM, Anonymous If This Is Love said…

    Fuck you, Beatles--The Saturday wear different colored leggings! Pop Artistry at its finest!!

  • At 9:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wasn't Keane's cd one of the best selling of last year (in the UK)? Are you saying they flopped in the US?

  • At 10:09 AM, Blogger Mike said…

    Sure The Saturdays are better than Girls Aloud and RBW - but that's not particularly hard. I personally think their album is weaker than D'Luv's bed springs.

  • At 2:10 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    its certainly feels like the saturdays should be having a brand new song out now, but this nicely fills the gap, and strangely doesn't feel six months old!


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