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Album: Union J – “Union J” (2013)

Before I skip the country, I should really review a bunch of albums I’ve had sitting on my iPod for ages – I suppose none of them particularly excited me, but none of them are bad, and Eurovision got in the way (and it will again). But having listening to them on the big journeys this weekend, I think it’s time.

union j albumSo, Union J. Where do they fit in these days? I suppose they’d been pushed in the hope that One Direction-sized success might appear, coming from similar roots. The band auditioned as three-piece “Triple J” (Josh, JJ & Jaymi), while fourth member George auditioned as a solo singer. Both acts got through the auditions but failed at Judges’ Houses.  After another group were removed from the contest, they were invited to continue as a four-piece, and ultimately came 4th in the series.

I have a soft spot for them, perhaps in the same way as I did for The Wanted; there is the excitement of what they might bring out in the future, after this initial ‘safe’ boyband album prepares the ground. They seem like thoroughly likeable guys, and not yet the overstyled messes of One Direction. Sales-wise it’s not quite working out yet but they’ve got a second album on the way, hopefully benefitting from The Wanted’s departure. But what about this album? A slim 35 minutes and 10 tracks makes it hard to get bored, and I enjoyed it more than I expected after my first listen. Continue reading

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Album: Ace of Base – “The Bridge” (1995)

That difficult second album, eh? For Ace of Base it was made all the more difficult by the massive sales of their debut “Happy Nation“, which had become one of the biggest selling debut albums of all time worldwide, shifting 26 million copies. So it was almost inevitable that they would struggled to measure up to this success. It managed 7 million copies which is still nothing to be sniffed at, but it seemed that their best was already behind them.

For me, “Happy Nation” was one of the first albums I owned, and while I still don’t quite view it as a solid classic, it showed their talent for great pop music without the cheese. “The Bridge” saw them crashing down to Earth even more in the UK, where it didn’t even reach the top 50, after their debut went double-platinum only two years prior. As a result, it was never a very visible album for me, and it’s only now that I have thought to really listen to it. Continue reading

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