Hindsight is a bitch. If I had known that Girls Aloud‘s 2006 promo trip was my only chance to ever see them in Australia, I would’ve dragged my arse out of Editorial English for this life-changing fanboi moment.
The fabulous five flew down here virtually unknown to promote Chemistry to little effect or interest from the Australian public. But, of course, you’ll always get the nutters who knows exactly where Cheryl Tweedy stood when they posed for their mX photo shoot in Melbourne Central.
I am not claiming to be one of those said nutters.
Chemistry has always been the fan favourite. Sonically, Xenomania took the Girls on a glamour power-pop trip and dressed them in ostentatious lyrics fitting of young London scene queens.
The focus has been on more playful, unconventional pop song structures, cross-breeding elements of Southern rock with nu-disco, bossa nova and even R&B.
There are noticeably fewer pop ballads this time around but where the tempo drops, it is justified. The tear-jerking torch ballad ‘Whole Lotta History’ was a highlight, as was Nadine‘s ‘No Regrets’ – a fitting nouveau bossa nova piece for that last cocktail at the cruise ship bar.
Throw me a line…
“She’s got dreamy eyes, Lolita lips. She’s got endulating, grundulating grinding hips… she’s made seduction a work of art, a PhD with her legs apart.” – ‘Racy Lacey’.
Did you know?
The album’s first single, ‘Long Hot Summer’, became Girls Aloud‘s first single to miss the UK Top 5. Although it made sense as a summer single, it had always felt more like a What Will The Neighbours Say? track than a Chemistry one to me.
The Girls tried to repeat their last Christmas success with yet another cover ballad. Sadly, their rendition of Dee C. Lee‘s ‘See The Day’ failed to compare with the previous year’s hit, ‘I’ll Stand By You’, and became their lowest charting single at the time.
Funny to note that the playful album track ‘Watch Me Go’ was co-written by JC Chasez. He could’ve used with some Xenomania tracks himself.
Key tracks: ‘Biology’, ‘Swinging London Town’, ‘Whole Lotta History’ and ‘Waiting’
Chart performance: UK #11, Europe #14.