o here we are a brand new Steps album in 2017! Since the news dropped that the band would be releasing a new album back in March, it has been a lot of hype with Steps fans and I for one was very excited.
The first single from the album “Scared of the Dark” got me even more hyped! It was new and fresh, yet familiar! In the first note of the song, you instantly know its Steps and takes you right back to the cheesy dance vibes of ‘Summer of Love’ and ‘Deeper Shade of Blue.’ However, as the song progresses, it feels more mature compared to the bands hit singles from two decades ago. Even though their classic Steps sound is in this song, it is certainly a modern take on the band and their style. The band has said that this single is the bridge from their old material to where their new album is going.
Do you want the good news or the bad? Let’s get the bad out of the way – “Scared of the Dark” is the best song on the album. After that song, the rest is just pure cringe, cheese or just downright bad! I can’t believe I’m writing this as a lifelong Steps fan myself. There is a new sound throughout the album in the mixes of the music, but it doesn’t suit the band or should I say the band doesn’t suit the sound.
There is an almost complete overshadow of the male members on the band with this album, but we do finally hear them for more than a line in the song “No More Tears on the Dancefloor”. It starts off okay and at first it reminded me of the good old days of Steps, then the verse kicks in with H and I physically cringe. The melody and key H is singing teamed with the upbeat dance beat in the music just doesn’t go well for my ears, I find myself physically cringing listening to this and most of this song. The bridge of the song is the worst part for me, the band repeats the words “No more” and those are the words I can’t help but think while listening – please no more! This song is just a no from me.
There is another song on this album that I just cannot stand, this track is called “Glitter and Gold” this song starts off with a hard, thumping dance beat which catches your ears straight away, making you think that the song is going to finally be something different, but no – the song soon mixes into the same generic dance track with the same cheesy harmonies.
It’s not all completely bad, there were 2 songs on the album that I actually enjoyed “You Make Me Whole” has a great modern mix, it reminds me of something that Calvin Harris would release. It has great soft start, building up to an upbeat modern bridge and chorus, this song actually makes me bop along, I also love the rhythm of the male vocals in the verses as it gives the song a slight unexpected punch. The harmonies in this song are not over done either, making it a true representation of a new sound, the other song I liked was “Firefly”. This one is a slow burner but pleasant. It has a vibe of Kylie Minogue to it which I strangely enjoyed, especially when it builds up the chorus.
This album really wasn’t for me as I’m really disappointed after being so excited about it for a long time, but every time I listened to it, my brain switched off. Every song ended up blending into one generic dance song with cheesy, bland haronies. I’m sorry to say that this album won’t be finding its way into my stack of CDs.