The Saturdays – Wordshaker – Album Review
Wordshaker, The Saturdays second effort out on October 12 through Fascination Records, suffers no sign of the sophomore slump anywhere on the album. Complete with twelve single-ready tracks (yes, all twelve), the follow-up is a complete and utter triumph complete with massive choruses, catchy harmonies, and pulsating synthesizers.
While thereâ€™s nothing especially â€˜newâ€™ to be found here, Wordshaker provides a relentless procession of radio-ready, primarily uptempo numbers; the majority of which were penned by the same writer responsible for much of their debut, Ina Wroldsen.
â€œAnd now you want to pretend that youâ€™re a superstar,â€ the ladies chant off the top of one of the albumâ€™s most massive tracks, â€œEgo.â€ If thereâ€™s any theme to be taken from the album lyrics, itâ€™s confidence. Further along, songs like the storming â€œOne Shot,â€ â€œWordshakerâ€ and â€œNot Good Enoughâ€ all deliver the right goods to provide the archetype girl group anthemâ€“â€Girl Powerâ€ for the 21st century.
The only break from tradition comes in the form of â€œOpen Up,â€ a bizarre tale spun on the doorstep of a lover: â€œOh baby, open the door, I promise never no more,â€ the Sats cry, turning the tables on your standard â€˜Donâ€™t show up drunk at my placeâ€™ pop rant and instead shedding the drunk tears firsthand. â€œI will be a good girl,â€ the girls plead, becoming increasingly agitated as the song continues: â€œIf you keep this up, Iâ€™ll find a way to knock the door down. Iâ€™m not playing, unlock the door now.â€ Itâ€™s a fantastic track, if not a bit unsettling.
The albumâ€™s sound makes sense as a complete package, though thereâ€™s enough variety withinâ€“from the electro-samba of title track â€œWordshakerâ€ to the bubble-pop (ever-so-slightly country tinged) sound of â€œOpen Upâ€â€“to keep the listener from ever feeling the need to skip ahead.
Arguably, the album might even be the one with enough of a modern punch to break the group into the States. There is however, the risk of sounding too modern from time to time, as demonstrated by the only mix-up in the bunch, â€œHere Standing,â€ an unapologetic rip-off of Jordin Sparksâ€˜ â€œNo Air.â€ Still, even as a copycat, it sounds damn good.
Wordshaker is no supplement for the Aloud-less winter of 2009, but letâ€™s face it: I donâ€™t even care for The Saturdays, and Iâ€™m stil declaring this one of the punchiest pop albums of the year so far.