Scream if you wanna go faster : From Dotmusic
Being a pop star - how hard can
it be? C'mon... it's a TV appearance here, a famous boyfriend
there. Sure you can no longer eat, or have a private life. Oh,
and one more thing, you must create songs to make the kids
either fill dance floors with their fabulous backsides or sway
slowly along to at school discos.
"Geri should stop worrying about being taken seriously as a
musician, and just take great pleasure in giving us what she
Cue everyone's favorite pop tartini Geri, with her fit,
fantastic body, soul-searching interviews and famous best
friends. Yes, she no longer wickedly fills out a Union Jack
mini-dress, but she still has apple cheeks and a cherry tomato
nose. And she still knows how to make a pop album.
Ms G co-wrote all 12 tracks and serves as the executive producer
on her latest offering. Riding high on the Number One smash
'It's Raining Men' (a note-for-note cover of The Weather Girls'
roller boogie classic), it should be smooth chart sailing for
'Scream If You Want To Go Faster'.
Not a cohesive body of work, it scampers (quite sweetly) all
over the joint. A key of icons (a heart 'for the heart', lips
for 'sexy') is included in the liner notes to help the listener
understand what the hardly Shakespearian lyrics are trying to
Surprisingly, it's when Geri hangs up her dancing shoes that the
album really sparkles. 'Calling' is a bossa nova flecked ballad
celebrating the to-ing and fro-ing game that new lovers play.
While it won't make Astrud Gilberto worry, it shines with
sun-streaked melodies and bright vocals.
Tingly guitars, a Bacharach-like singing style and trumpet lilts
makes 'Circles Round The Moon' lift right off the player and
twirl around the room. The chorus of 'Love Is The Only Light' is
a textbook example of faultless pop structure. Vocals rise and
fall in perfect harmony with the refrain, resulting in smiles
'Strength Of A Woman' is a chirpy ditty about how women should
seek empowerment within themselves, and not through blokes. Nice
sentiment, but it is hard to swallow when the woman saying it
has transformed herself into what society determines as
attractive through slavish devotion to exercise and diet.
Those tracks tagged with a rollerblade icon (meaning 'to make
you move') are dance by numbers and just blend into one another,
with the slight exception of the whirling mirrorball groover
'Shake Your Bootie Cutie'.
Lyrics are not the strong point of this new baby. Most of them
are worthy of the doodles on a teenage girl's notebook, complete
with puffy hearts dotting the i's. Geri should stop worrying
about being taken seriously as a musician, and just take great
pleasure in giving us what she does best -brightly coloured
sweeties to make both your teeth and heart ache. A considerable
part of the enjoyment of the album is gained from knowing Geri
is out there doing her thing, not caring that she wears her
emotions on her sleeve.
'Scream If You Want To Go Faster' is never going to be a seminal
album to change your life and return to again and again. But it
is an album you can happily bop along to and sing along with at
the top of your lungs during a drunken night out. You can't
really ask more of a pop album than that.