Something I haven't done in quite a while, a single review! haha.. here goes..I've never really paid attention to Liberty X as much as the other Popstars contestants (Hear'Say, Girls Aloud, Six), so it's a bit out of the ordinary that I'd post something about them.
If my memory serves me right, they were the five who didn't make it into Hear'Say, but they were certainly the better band. I love the cheesiness of Hear'Say songs, but it wears off, the edginess of Liberty X however, doesn't. It sounds like Hear'Say's music is stuck in the time period it was created in, and no effort whatsoever to make it the least bit timeless.
But reality show winners constrained to record company and TV executives come to learn that they're not about making music that's edgy and timeless, they're about selling records. Music, after all, has become a business. That just doesn't cut it for people like me, who look at the music side and not the business.
Look at what's happening to the companies now, they're being outwitted by people like Steve Jobs, who created iTunes, and countless pirates. The problem with the bosses is that they're not creative enough to think of ways to get people to buy the music. They're using the same tricks they were using ten or twenty years ago, but we're not living in the 80's or 90's, it's the 2000's already for heaven's sake. Are the stuck in a time warp or something?
And that's why I think Liberty X are an amazingly good band, and which is most probably why they won a BRIT instead of Hear'Say. Hear'Say could never have won a BRIT, even if they had lasted longer. With songs that cheesy, but none of them really standing out, they were left with two not so bad albums and maybe one good single. Liberty X however, just creamed the living daylight out of them, making better songs and eventually lasting longer.
Thinking It Over is just amazing, and it's miles better than Pure And Simple(although I liked the Girl Thing version). It's very 2001, but it sounds like it could've been released later, say 2006 or 2007 and it would still be a hit. The song sounds like Craig David's Fill Me In(not as good as that, but still amazing..), but they have their own take on it, and they made a song that kick-started their entire career, the career that outlasted Hear'Say.