Released- 29th March 1999
I’m 15. I’m an idiot. While bowling I nick a couple of ciggies off my friend Ben. 16 years later I still haven’t kicked the habit. I have also discovered house parties and cider. That is more forgivable.
If I had to save one track from this album, and the rest were doomed to the inevitable smokers doom, that track would be… this, with no apologies
Track by Track Breakdown
Boyzone – “When the Going Gets Tough”
I wasn’t keen on the original on Now 6 or so, and this is worse.
Steps – “Better Best Forgotten”
Built over an interesting minor key chord progression, that they they try to hide under pop dance tropes. Gives it a slightly elegiac, defeated feel that fits the lyric very well. Surprisingly good!
Cher – “Believe”
And a trend that hasn’t yet stopped (Yeezy, Imma let you be, but I blame you for this), say hello to autotune laid on with a trowel as an instrument. It’s so prevalent today that it’s usage now sounds subtle to 21st century ears.
Steps, Tina Cousins, Cleopatra, B*Witched, Billie Piper – “Thank ABBA for the Music”
An ABBA medley which would be better if it had been performed by, say, ABBA.
Spice Girls – “Goodbye”
Cheerio. You probably stayed an album too long. And this sounds suspiciously like Mama