Well bugger me, I've fallen into the trap again. Remember "Hole In The Head", the fantastic first single from the Three? It was brilliant wasn't it? Just a pity really then that the album was the usual "three great songs and a load of dodgy filler" routine that I've come to expect from the Sugababes since they went the "manufactured pop" route (as evidenced by choosing an ex-member of Atomic Kitten as the replacement for that one who left).
So yeah, "Push The Button" is a fantastic single, indeed it's one of the best of 2005, but there really is nothing else that comes all that close to matching it. "Joy Division" (sadly not about Ian Curtis :D) and "Red Dress" come close (and will surely go down well at the Christmas disco's) and "It Ain't Easy" and "Obsession" would be decent enough as the songs on a great album that weren't quite as good as the others. Sadly they are the best of a pretty poor bunch.
I often contend that Girls Aloud don't get the huge success they deserve because they don't do enough ballads to draw the parents in. Well no worries about that on a Sugababes album. The only problem is that the ballads that they do serve up are trite, forgettable and so tailored for the commercial effect that I am left totally unmoved by any of them. The worst of the bunch must be "Ugly" (not surprisingly a virtual carbon copy of TLC's "Unpretty" due to the fact it's written by the same fella) and "2 Hearts" which ends the album on the most mawkish level possible.
This will sell by the bucketload I have no doubt, but for all the positive press that the 'Babes get (and yes they certainly can sing) the fact remains that just like every other manufcatured pop group in existance, the bottom line remains the money that can be made. This album, ahem, pushes all the right button in that respect, but you are left with the impression the 'Babes crowing moment is destined to be their greatest hits.
Icon's View - 3 out of 5.