Girls Aloud – Sound Of The Underground

Debut album from Popstars victors described by Julie Burchill as the most important group since The Sex Pistols

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La Burchill may have a point. Sort of. Girls Aloud’s second single “No Good Advice” is a terrifying celebration of blankness with a payoff?”cos frankly I just don’t care”?that sounds like a teen-pop riposte to “Pretty Vacant”. Elsewhere, the supreme confidence of the chart-topping title track is carried through to terrific songs like “Girls Allowed”-1988 pop house reborn, thanks to producers the Beatmasters?and “Stop”, all gleaming synths and poignant Kim Wilde descending chords. The obligatory naff ballads are balanced by the cackling glee of “Love Bomb”, which is, literally, Betty Boo?who co-wrote it?goes salsa.

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