Single review: Steps celebrate 20 years with ‘Story of the Heart’

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If you want to feel old today, the British pop group Steps is 20 years old this year. Yeah, I bet you feel really old now. In honour of that accomplishment, they have released a music video and a single for it.

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“Story of A Heart” is a cover of a song written by ABBA’s Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus for Benny’s band. It’s extremely obvious that one of their song because of how it’s set up. It’s the ABBA formula that got the band famous. It’s an extremely well done song that is catchy and just will get stuck in your head. Irony in this is that Steps have been compared to ABBA for all of their career. The song fits them and is actually better than the original version in some regards.

The vocals on the song are mainly the girls with Lee featured in the background vocals. It really works for this song, mainly because all of the ABBA songs feature female lead vocals. Not one girl outshines the other in this song and it’s just really refreshing because it’s usually Claire that shines a little bit brighter due to her ability to park and bark. It’s also nice to clearly hear Lee in the background vocals.

The video itself is a love letter to their fans. It’s just them reminiscing about the last 20 years, mainly the good in the video. The video fits the song well. It’s takes a long song about a lover and turns it into about the fans. It even follows the original video for “One For Sorrow” by featuring the dance steps until the end of the song. It’s just a well produced music video that is better than one for “Scared of the Dark.”

“Story of a Heart” is an extremely well done song that fits the group to a T. There really isn’t any wrong with the video or the song. It was the highlight of the album and it’s still is. “Story of a Heart” is the perfect Steps song in this day and age.

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Album Review: Steps release ‘Tears on the Dancefloor”

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British Pop group Steps finally graced us with the gift of their fifth studio album, yes-“Light Up the World” is a studio album. “Tears on the Dancefloor” is the album that Steps fans having been waiting since their Boxing Day, or the day after Christmas, split that shocked the world in 2001.

“Tears on the Dancefloor” is a classic Steps album. It follows the same styles that the first three were. It’s catchy, dance pop music that can be cheesy. The difference with this album is that it’s really mature. It’s not like they are dropping “fucks” and “shits,” I personally would love that, but the nature of the lyrics and the story that they are telling isn’t what you would hear when the band formed in 1997. It still has a heavy influence of ABBA, including one song called “Story of a Heart,” which was written by Benny and Bjorn of ABBA. “Story of a Heart” is probably my favorite song off the album. I’ll review it more in-depth when it’s/if officially released as single but it’s just a great song.

One of the issues with the album is that it starts off amazingly strong. The first five songs are all amazing and great songs. “Firefly” and “Space Between Us” is the middle of the album. After that, the rest of the album doesn’t carry the amazingness that is presented in the first half. They are still great but the excitement just fizzes out. The rest of the album never regains it. “Neon Blue” comes close to bringing the excitement back because it’s an amazing song but the fact that it’s at the end of the album, second to the last song before the two remixes, doesn’t help. The songs after “Space Between Us” aren’t horrible songs at all, it’s just that it’s hard to compete with pretty much with a heavy loaded opening. If they were to reorder the album and not have the first five songs together like that, then it wouldn’t feel like that.

Surprisingly, there really isn’t any filler songs on the album. The only song that I would classify as a filler song if I really need to was “Firefly.” It’s not a horrible song but the repetitive lyrics in the chorus and the just the feel of the song itself just makes it feel out-of-place. It’s kind of like they needed one more song and decided to use this one. If they were just to change the lyrics, it would be way better. “Space Between Us” is the most anti-Steps song on the album and I love it. It’s not dance pop but rather more of a modern pop hit. Like, it is a nice change of pace and I want more songs like it. I also think it should be a single. My only complaint with the song is the fact that there are two remixes at the end of the album instead of two more new songs. If there was a deluxe version, then that would be okay. But most people won’t listen to the remixes at the end so it’s kind of waste of space.

The vocals on the album are great! It’s the same Steps vocals that you know and love but with more maturity in them. Oh, and the guys sing lead on two of them. “No More Tears On The Dancefloor” and “Space Between Us” is songs predominately featuring what the group is calling “Blocals.” And I think it safe to say that Lee heard more on the album than H. While both are great, it’s just nice to have a change. Claire vocals are amazing on this album. Like they use her ability to belt in the most amazing ways. While it really doesn’t get old, it’s used in a way that doesn’t overly dominate the song.

This album is the best album they have put out since their third album “Buzz.” It’s a classic Steps album that showcases maturity and trying different things while also playing with their winning formula. The album is front-loaded and that is what hurts the album. There’s really no need to replay the album after track five. “Story Of A Heart,” “No More Tears On The Dancefloor,” “Space Between Us,” and “Neon Blue” are stand out tracks for me on this album.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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New Song: Steps release ‘You Make Me Whole’

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In order to hype up their new album “Tears on the Dancefloor,” Steps graced us with a new song that will make you feel things that you didn’t know you could feel all at once.

“You Make Me Whole” is Steps combining their classic style with a new school vibe to it. It’s actually a really well-produced song. It’s not that I was shocked by that but It was a pleasant surprise, mainly because how much it sounds like a currently. The song mixes the blend the steps style with the current style of music perfectly.

The lyrics songs are beautiful and really tell a story. The lyrics though come across that they aren’t anything without their significant other. While is very good for a love song and also makes them sound like that they don’t have much self-confidences with other their significant other.  Anyways, it’s very well done love song that is just perfect for them group. This probably would have been a better single for the album. It makes them stand out more with this than “Scared of the Dark.” This song is pretty much a banger.

The vocals on the song are spectacular. The girls sound amazing on it and it really helps make the song pop. Especially, at towards the end where Claire just in the background belting it out and just is killer. It really adds to the song and just makes it way better.

My only complaint with the song is that it doesn’t showcase all of the voices well enough. While I understand that it’s impossible to do all the time, this is the second song to not have a male vocal on it. There’s a hint of it but other than that, there isn’t really any male vocals. What’s the point of having males in the group if you can’t hear them? Its just stuff like that could really change and make the song even better than it is.

Overall, the song is a great song. I just wish there were more male vocals in it. The lyrics needed a little more fine tuned but it’s still a great song.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Video Review: Steps releases classic “Scared of the Dark” video

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Steps have released the newest music video for the single “Scared of the Dark.” Oh boy, did this video bring back so many memories of the late 90s. This just proves that the 90s have come back and all is right in the world.

The video is your classic Steps music video. For those of you who have never seen a Steps music video, it’s easy to follow dance moves. This video is just that. There’s nothing really to it. That’s the biggest problem I have with the music video. It’s so simple that it’s too simple. It doesn’t add to the story of the song. Visually, the song is pretty much amazing. The camera work and how it was shot was just great. The close ups and the dance breaks are done in visually appealing way.

I rather find it funny that people praised the song before the video but now are being critical of it now there’s a video of it. Like, you didn’t feel like mentioning this before the video? They are mainly being critical of the fact it’s only the girls singing and not any of the guys, just like before the infamous break up on Boxing Day, which is December 26th, in 2001.

The only criticize that really was important was the fact that the video featured a shirtless scene of Lee Latchford-Evans and yet, he had no vocals on the song. Many believed that they were using Lee for his “physique.” While I don’t think that was actually true, it does prove that they are sticking to the formula they used to rise of fame. While it’s good and still works with the music, it’s not working when it comes to music video. If they are trying to stand out then they need to fix their formula.

The song was a very good song but the video didn’t help build up the song. While it was trending on YouTube, the video just wasn’t great. It hit all the nostalgia points but other than that, it just left wanting more. Like, the backgrounds they were dancing in front of. What did that have to do with the song? It just the little stuff like that would help make the video better.

Overall, the music video is okay. It could be way better and actually help build the song up. It sticks to the tried and true Steps formula but they need to change it up if they are looking to stand out in the sea of Pop acts.

Here’s the video for your eyes to watch.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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