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How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted in Ten Easy Steps

Studio Album by released in 2006
How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted in Ten Easy Steps's tracklist:
Introducing the Brand
Lonely at the Top
Great Big Rip Off
Club Chez Moi
I Luv U
Nine2five
Commercial Breakdown
Ballad of an Unrequited Self-Love Affair
The Higher the Highs
Shut Your Mouth
We've Got the Best Job Ever
Walking on the Faultlines (The Ultimate Step)
Thank You and Goodnight
Who's That Boy?
Boys Will Be Boys

How to Get Everything You Ever Wanted in Ten Easy Steps review

The Ordinary Boys remains the audience’s favorites

The style of a British indie band The Ordinary Boys resembles Britpop in many ways, though it is not devoid of the peculiarities of its own. The band’s front man Samuel Preston has relatively recently appeared on a popular reality show in the UK which has attracted the audience’s attention to the creative work of The Ordinary Boys and increased its sales volume to a great extent. Apart from that from the beginning of its existence the group has enjoyed the support of a loyal fan base calling itself The Ordinary Army. This year the band releases its third creation How To Get Everything You Ever Wanted In Ten Easy Steps, a follow up to the comparatively successful work Brassbound. The Ordinary Boys has changed its style from ska-influenced British indie to a somewhat pop and disco one, which has been taken with varied reaction by the fans and the critics. Nevertheless the members of the band claim that album How To Get Everything You Ever Wanted In Ten Easy Steps is their best creation so far and the one they are most proud of. Despite the changes in style the critics still find moments on the album, bearing resemblance to other bands’ works, but it never prevents the guys from remaining the audience’s favorites.

How To Get Everything You Ever Wanted In Ten Easy Steps resembles a live show

When the band’s second album was released, many have noted, that its’ only worthy song was the single Boys Will Be Boys. This catchy composition has become extremely often played on the British radios and The Ordinary Boys and producer DJ Plastic Man have decided to place it on the new album as a bonus track. On the whole, How To Get Everything You Ever Wanted In Ten Easy Steps is a somewhat conceptual album, arranged as a live concert, and hence there are several interludes that add to the feeling of the listeners’ personal presence at this show. The opener Introducing The Brand serves to greet the audience and start the concert and Thank You And Goodnight prepares to its ending before the final song Who’s That Boy? Current single Lonely At The Top serves as the first full length composition that has all the chances to substitute for Boys Will Be Boys in some time. Another song as catchy and powerful is Great Big Rip Off, although track Club Chez Moi is not left too far behind. A beautiful ballad I Luv U reveals Preston’s ability to sing in a sensitive voice expressing deep feelings, whereas sultry composition Nine2five with its simple refrain is sure to warm up even the most modest audience. One of the most lyrically witty tracks is Ballad Of An Unrequited Self-Love Affair telling about the life of celebrities, and on We've Got The Best Job Ever the guys inform us how content and cheerful they are. There is little doubt that this album contains much more successful creations than both previous ones and takes The Ordinary Boys on an uttrely different level.

Approaching a unique style

A really lucky creation cannot leave anybody indifferent to it, and in most of the cases opinions split into the most positive and categorically negative. That’s exactly what The Ordinary Boys’ new creation is. Many condemn Preston for taking part in a reality show and having an affair on public with one of his competitors in it. Others belive that this event only added fame to the vocalist and his band, and now that the guys have refused from the old manner of performance, it also rises hot disputes. The Ordinary Boys is compared with Blur, Arctic Monkeys, it has taken its name from the song of singer Morrissey, and some find resemblence with Duran Duran on the new album. The funniest thing is that the guys have never hidden their most significant influences, and it is but natural that there is something in common between their sounding and that of their favorite bands. Yet album How To Get Everything You Ever Wanted In Ten Easy Steps has marked its approaching a unique style and if they try a bit harder it is very probable that with their next creation The Ordinary Boys finally occupies its own niche. For now it’s only the third album, and the band can experiment with the style as many times as it wishes, for the fans always approve of it and the critics need a new material to discuss.

(13.11.2006)
Rate review4.12
Total votes - 8


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