Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Hark - it's a new Girls Aloud single

Earlier today, Girls Aloud "unveiled" (allowed someone to play) another song from their Greatest Hits album on Radio 2. But the reaction to Beautiful Cause You Love Me has not exactly been 100% positive. Let's look at the facts.

1) It's a ballad, traditionally the band's achilles heel.
2) Not written by Girls Aloud masterminds Xenomania.
3) "Empowering" message about being beautiful on the inside...
4) ...Sung without irony by five of the best-looking women in pop.
5) Essentially, not very good.

On the other hand, the song isn't a complete train-wreck.

1) Rhymes "basin" with "face in".
2) Nicola has the lion's share of the vocals. Nicola!
3) Miles better than I'll Stand By You.
4) Traces of Girls Aloud magic in "my baby" backing vocals.
5) Gets better with age, like a fine wine (or a broken rib).

Girls Aloud - Beautiful Cause You Love Me

FYI: The song was written by a relative newcomer called Maiday - whose previous credits include Wretch 32's Don't Go and Leona Lewis's Stop The Clocks. When she's not contributing underwhelming ballads to Girls Aloud projects, she's busy making an EP of her own - with contributions from Fraser T Smith and Josh Kumra. You can check out her solo material on this Soundcloud page.

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