Taller in More Ways

Taller in More Ways

by Sugababes

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Overview

Sugababes were one of the most consistently successful British pop acts of the 2000s, with an unparalleled string of innovative Top Ten singles and solid if not faultless full-lengths. Their fourth, the awkwardly named Taller in More Ways, was no exception -- indeed it was their first album to hit number one, and among their strongest. As usual, the singles tend to shine the brightest, but there are only a handful of truly lesser tracks scattered among the state-of-the-art dancefloor stompers and towering ballads. The simple yet effective electro-pop club ditty "Push the Button" was the first single (and it topped the charts as handily as its predecessors had), but even better in that category is the monstrously funky "Red Dress," a Xenomania track reminiscent of their frisky Girls Aloud productions, that makes excellent use of a rejiggered horn section sampled from a '60s Northern soul cut ("Landslide" by Tony Clarke). In the latter column, both "Follow Me Home" and "Ugly" are aptly pitched inspirational mini-epics dealing, respectively, with romantic and body-image issues (even if "we only get judged by what we do" sounds like rather wishful thinking, the 'Babes make you believe it). And it gets deeper than that, in several ways: the breezy, ska-punk-tinged "Joy Division" (which has nothing to do with that band, musically or lyrically); the sugary synth pop of "Obsession" (a cover of '80s new wavers Animotion); the intoxicating, hard-hitting "It Ain't Easy," which pits a menacingly swung, twangy guitar riff -- lifted so blatantly from Depeche Mode's "Personal Jesus," it's a wonder Martin Gore doesn't get a writing credit -- against a martial strut and agitated double-time group vocals. "Gotta Be You" pillages less successfully: despite a passable foundation of synth-fuzz R&B with trendy tabla-esque skittering, it treads so melodically close to Aaliyah's majestic "Try Again" that it can't help but pale by comparison. Meanwhile, the final three cuts fail to leave much of an impression -- there's nothing like "Maya," the haunting closer on Three. Even so, the overall quality of the material, the production, and of course Sugababes' trademark vocal work -- subtly satisfying without being showy -- are enough to make this another winner from one of the winningest (and most winsome) pop groups going. [In 2006, following the departure of Mutya Buena from the group, Taller in More Ways was reissued with one new track and re-recorded versions of "Gotta Be You," "Follow Me Home," and "Red Dress" featuring new member Amelle Berrabah.]

Product Details

Release Date: 04/11/2006
Label: Universal Int'l
UPC: 0602498776223
catalogNumber: 9877622
Rank: 273557

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sugababes   Primary Artist
Dallas Austin   Drums,Keyboards
Bobby Bradley   Bass
Nick Coler   Guitar
Isobel Griffiths   Conductor
Tony Reyes   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Background Vocals
Johnny Rockstar   Bass,Percussion
Cameron McVey   Bass
Chris Elliott   Conductor
Brian Higgins   Keyboards
Shawn Lee   Bass,Guitar
Brio Taliaferro   Guitar
Tim Powell   Keyboards
Tim Hutton   Horn
Tim "Rolf" Larcombe   Keyboards
Jon Shave   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Michael Des Barres   Composer
Holly Knight   Composer
Cathy Dennis   Composer
Dallas Austin   Composer,Producer
Rick Sheppard   Engineer,MIDI,Sound Design
Guy Sigsworth   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer
Johnny Rockstar   Producer,beats
Colin Thorpe   Composer
Cameron McVey   beats
Chris Elliott   String Arrangements
Brian Higgins   Programming,Producer
Brio Taliaferro   Programming
Richard Wilkinson   Engineer
Peter Biker   Composer
Tim Powell   Programming
Sugababes   Composer
Xenomania   Composer
Penelope Magnet   Composer
Sean McGhee   Programming,Engineer
Dario Dendi   Engineer
The-Dream   Composer

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