All killer, no filler. This is the best All Saints album, and the sound of them coming full circle, moreso than 2016's comeback Red Flag. So many different, and interesting sounds and songwriting here, and yet they all come together in perfect cohesion along with 2 epic William Orbit productions after an 18-year wait.
Studio 1 is fun, contagious reggae pop. The group embrace the genre well and it's an enjoyable contrast to the rest of the All Saints albums. Rock Steady is an absolute stomper. Scar, Hell No, Too Nasty and In It To Win It are all a strong 9 out of 10. On the other hand, Headlock is a bit by-the-numbers, Chick Fit and Flashback are annoying as hell, and One Me and U is just plain embarrassing.
Unperfect find their pop footing with this EP, it's an invigorating listen. Their vocals are no longer second fiddle to the Xenomania production and the more Soipan in a song, the better. Although Electric is a tad girl band on autopilot, Champagne and Body On My Beat are incredible, and IAFWU is a guilty pleasure in the best way.
Looking for a Hug is an essential listen, unique and innovative especially for a girl band. Rope is intriguing and a grower, while So Jaded is a nostalgia trip with hook after hook. Don't bother with the other 2 songs.
This album is best described as iconic and effortlessly cool. Shaznay Lewis and Melanie Blatt's vocals are at their peak here. The mellow R&B and quirky hip hop production are a vibe, and they somehow make the girl band ballad sound cool. Bootie Call, Under the Bridge, Heaven, Take the Key and War of Nerves are all solid 10s, but If You Want to Party is a dated new jack swing dud which should have been replaced by I Remember, the B-side to Never Ever.