Out of Control

Studio Album by released in 2008
Out of Control's tracklist:
The Promise
The Loving Kind
Rolling Back the Rivers in Time
Love Is the Key
Turn to Stone
Fix Me Up
Love Is Pain
Miss You Bow Wow
Revolution in the Head
Live in the Country
We Wanna Party

Out of Control review

Girls Aloud prevents us from getting bored

The vocals of the British band Girls Aloud members are quite original so as their producers have decided the most suitable style for them is that of the 1980’s which leaves enough space for the diversity of music. Mainly their hits combine pop, disco and some rock and soul elements and always eventually find themselves among the most popular tracks on the world’s best dance floors. Catchy tunes, vivid choruses and interesting lyrics often dealing with relationship define the collective’s music. Last year the team released a great danceable album Tangled Up that signed its significant professional growth and gave the world several dance hits as always, and this fall already the girls are back again to surprise everyone with the new material. Record Out Of Control, declared as the most exciting in the band’s discography does contain some soulful compositions but the danceable tracks still prevail on it. Undoubtedly one of the year’s best pop works Out Of Control is released right in time to prevent us from getting bored during the long winter evenings.

There are practically no fillers on Out Of Control

Out Of Control is in many ways the continuation of Tangled Up for there is the mixture of different styles, contagious beats and splendid vocal parts and practically no fillers on it. The album opens with the single The Promise in a classic Girls Aloud style combining the music of the last century with some modern trends, besides, the vocals of each of the members is presented well here. The band’s collaboration with Pet Shop Boys on The Loving Kind is another dance track with somewhat sad lyrics and one of the best on the record. Composition Rolling Back The Rivers In Time is first of all attractive for its beautiful and unusual melody and a classic 1980’s rhythm whereas Love Is The Key takes off with a cathedral choir and then gains almost a country sounding taking us even farther back to the past. One of the brightest and memorable compositions on the album is Turn To Stone, a ready electronic dance hit easily pretending to be the following single as it possesses both tune as simple as everything genius and unsophisticated lyrics. The longest track, 6 minute Untouchable reminds of the best DJs’ works due the amazingly contagious house beat and the verses of dreams and flying and the song with an erotic implication Fix Me Up is refined with a stylish sample and pleases with the girls’ best vocals on the album. Another danceable track Love Is Pain is again filled with a bit sad reminiscences contrasting with Miss You Bow Wow showcasing the collective’s sense of humor. A real surprise is Live In The Country based on a drum’n’bass beat and the album closer is a cover of Lene’s song We Wanna Party, a mid-tempo track with a contagious chorus. As with most of the albums Out Of Control

One of the most unpredictable bands

The album Out Of Control has got such a name because this time the girls have decided to try themselves at something new, as one of the members Kimberley Walsh said, ‘to step outside the comfort zone’. In fact there are both pop songs on the record that we are already acquainted with as they remind of the previous works and they are just perfect for a girls band such as Girls Aloud, and also some quite unexpected tracks. For instance those are the electronic Turn To Stone and drum’n’bass Live In The Country. Although the vocals still occupy the central position in these compositions stylistically they are quite different from all we have heard from the British team before. To the girls’ credit it would be right to say that the attempts to diversify the music even more have proved to be far from failures and all the new elements that have appeared in it are rather appropriate. So, on its seventh album Girls Aloud has once again convinced the audience that it is one of the most unpredictable bands and despite already reaching real heights it raises its level with each new album.

Alexandra Zachernovskaya (10.11.2008)
Rate review4.46
Total votes - 15

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