Chasing The Saturdays

Music review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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U.K. girl-band makes U.S. debut with lame, sexy dance-pop.

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Positive Messages

The song "Higher" is sort of a girl-power anthem with lyrics like "When I speak, listen, this is my decision." While it doesn't negate the rest of the raunchy lyrics about looking to get lucky, it does show women standing up for themselves.

Positive Role Models & Representations

One the show the members of the band work hard to reach a common goal. The sometimes questionable lyrics do not advocate many positive behaviors, though.

Violence
Sex

Most of the songs contain a lot of innuendo and sexy lyrics like "Been a long time coming, now I need that loving" on the song "What About Us," and "We make the party super naughty, dancing on the bar" in "All Fired Up." 

 

Language
Consumerism

The EP's release coincided with the debut of their E! channel reality show of the same name.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

While there's no direct reference to drinking, the ladies do talk about "dancing on the bar" in "All Fired Up."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Irish/British girl-pop group The Saturdays are breaking into the American music scene with a new EP and E! Channel reality show with lots of sexy talk and outfits. There's no iffy language, violence, or references to drugs, but the suggestive lyrics ("We make the party super naughty, dancing on the bar") make it best for teens.

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What's the story?

One of the latest in the new British Invasion, English/Irish girl-pop group The Saturdays are breaking into the American music scene after huge success across the pond. The scantily clad quintet sings sexy dance numbers and draws obvious comparisons to the Spice Girls. CHASING THE SATURDAYS, their five-song EP, shares its title with their E! Channel reality show.

Is it any good?

Unfortunately -- or fortunately, depending on your musical tastes -- The Saturdays aren't the second coming of the Spice Girls. Despite a big-budget sound, a guest appearance by Flo Rida, and a reality show to chronicle their exploits, Chasing the Saturdays falls kind of flat. The same tired and cliched lyrics are repeated over and over to dance beats that seem to be missing something. And some lyrics are downright laughable, like "I'm an outlaw, I'm the big boss, I'm a gangster on the dance floor" in "Notorious." With so many other great dance pop albums out there, this is one you can skip.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about reality shows and the music industry. Do you think musicians need to be featured on reality shows to become famous? Why are so many musicians now choosing to be on reality shows?

  • Why are so many British bands popular in America right now? Do they have a different sound than American bands?

  • Do you think The Saturdays have what it takes to be successful in pop music? Why or why not?

Music details

  • Artist: The Saturdays
  • Release date: January 27, 2013
  • Type: Album
  • Label: Mercury
  • Genre: Pop
  • Parental advisory: No
  • Edited version available: No

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