Chasing Lights

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Chasing Lights
Studio album by The Saturdays
Released 27 October 2008
Recorded May–June 2008
Genre Pop, electropop, dance-pop, R&B
Length 42:06
Label Fascination
Producer
  • Cutfather
  • Chris Braide
  • David Eriksen
  • Thomas Eriksen
  • Josef Larossi
  • Andreas Romdhane
  • Ina Wroldsen
The Saturdays chronology
Chasing Lights
(2008)
Wordshaker
(2009)
Singles from Chasing Lights
  1. "If This Is Love"
    Released: 28 July 2008
  2. "Up"
    Released: 13 October 2008
  3. "Issues"
    Released: 5 January 2009
  4. "Just Can't Get Enough"
    Released: 2 March 2009
  5. "Work"
    Released: 29 June 2009

Chasing Lights is the debut album by English-Irish girl group The Saturdays. Not to be confused with (Chase the lights)an aurora chasing group in tromsø norway run by Marianne Bergli.It was released in the United Kingdom through Fascination Records on 27 October 2008[1] The album was re-issued on 16 March 2009 to include their cover of Depeche Mode's 1981 song "Just Can't Get Enough".[2] The album has sold over 400,000 copies.

Album information[edit]

The Saturdays started production of their debut album in May 2008 while supporting Girls Aloud—with whom they shared the same record label—on their Tangled Up Tour. The Saturdays were also reportedly offered the chance to record songs rejected by Girls Aloud.[3] Band member Mollie King told the Daily Star, "We all thought it was a bit of a cheek. Why would we want their rejects? [...] It's bad enough with all the comparisons being made."[3] The last track of Chasing Lights, "Why Me, Why Now" was originally a demo written and recorded by Alex Cartana, but later picked up by The Saturdays. The members of The Saturdays have no writing credits on the record.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[4]
BBC Music (positive)[5]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[6]
entertainment.ie 2.5/5 stars[7]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[8]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[9]
OK! 3/5 stars[10]
The Sun 3.5/5 stars[11]
The Times 4/5 stars[12]
Virgin Media 2/5 stars[13]

Critical response[edit]

Chasing Lights received remarkably positive reception from music critics. Often being compared to other British female acts such as the Sugababes and Girls Aloud, they have been praised for their debut album.

Some critics even referred to Chasing Lights as "A definite contender for pop album of the year." Most also appreciated the fact that The Saturdays are able to be in the same league as their fellow UK pop acts after less than a year of being together. The album was number four on Popjustice's 2008 year-end chart of the best albums.

Commercial performance[edit]

In the UK, Chasing Lights debuted at number eleven while in Ireland it debuted at number forty-nine. By April 2009, the album reached a new peak of number thirty-four in Ireland. The album climbed from number fourteen to number nine on 25 January 2009, marking the album's first time inside the UK top ten. The album was certified Platinum in the UK on 6 November 2009.[15]

Singles[edit]

  • "If This Is Love", released digitally on 27 July 2008, is the album's lead single. It was released commercially in the UK on 28 July, through digital and physical distribution. The song hit number eight on the UK Singles Chart and became their first top ten hit.
  • "Up", released digitally on 12 October 2008, is the album's second single. It was released commercially in the UK on 13 October, through digital and physical distribution. The song hit number five on the UK Singles Chart, becoming their second consecutive top ten hit, and debuted at number eleven on the Irish Singles Chart. "Up" is the group's debut single in Brazil.[16]
  • "Issues", released officially on 5 January 2009, is the album's third single. It was released commercially in the UK on 5 January after spending a few weeks in the top forty. The song hit number six on the UK Singles Chart and became their third consecutive top ten hit. The following week it climbed to number four, making this their best-charting single to date.
  • "Just Can't Get Enough", a Comic Relief single not originally on the album was released on 2 March 2009. The song entered the UK Singles Chart at number two on 8 March 2009. It was kept off the number-one spot by Flo Rida's "Right Round". On the Irish Singles Chart, the song debuted at number seventeen. The following week, it climbed to number nine and peaked at number six becoming their first top ten and highest-charting single yet in Ireland.
  • "Work" was announced in January 2009 as the fifth single overall to be released from the album. It was a fan-favourite since the release of the album, and was released in the UK on 29 June 2009 but only peaked on the UK Singles Chart at number twenty-two. This remained their lowest charting single until "What Are You Waiting For" charted at number thirty-eight in 2014.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "If This Is Love"  
3:23
2. "Up"   Quiz & Larossi 4:05
3. "Keep Her"  
  • David Eriksen
  • Wroldsen
  • Thomas Eriksen
  • D. Eriksen
  • T. Eriksen
3:01
4. "Issues"  
  • Evan Rogers
  • Carl Sturken
  • Rogers
  • Sturken
3:32
5. "Lies"  
  • D. Eriksen
  • Wroldsen
  • T. Eriksen
  • D. Eriksen
  • T. Eriksen
3:51
6. "Work"  
  • Harry Sommerdahl
  • Wroldsen
  • Kalle Engstrom
  • Sommerdahl
  • Engstrom
3:11
7. "Chasing Lights"  
Braide 4:01
8. "Set Me Off"  
  • D. Eriksen
  • Wroldsen
  • T. Eriksen
  • D. Eriksen
  • T. Eriksen
3:04
9. "Fall"  
  • D. Eriksen
  • T. Eriksen
3:22
10. "Vulnerable"  
  • Gillard
  • Ward
4:04
11. "Why Me, Why Now"   Statham 3:46
12. "Up" (Wideboys Remix Edit) (UK bonus track)
  • Romdhane
  • Wroldsen
  • Larossi
  • Quiz & Larossi
  • The Wideboys
3:01
Total length:
42:06

Other recorded tracks[edit]

  • "What Am I Gonna Do" B-side to "If This Is Love".
  • "Crashing Down" B-side to "Up", cover of The Nolans' track.
  • "Golden Rules" B-side to "Just Can't Get Enough".
  • "Unofficial" B-side to "Work".
  • "Beggin'" B-side to "Issues".
  • "Not Good Enough" Other recorded track. Leaked in late 2008 prior to the release of the album. A remixed version was included on the second album Wordshaker.
  • "Believe in Me" Other recorded track for the Chasing Lights album sessions.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  8. ^ Caroline Sullivan (17 October 2008). "The Guardian review". London: Guardian. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
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  10. ^ "OK! review". Ok.co.uk. 28 October 2008. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  11. ^ Swift, Jacqui (24 October 2008). "The Sun review". London: Thesun.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  12. ^ Alexi Mostrous. "The Times review". Entertainment.timesonline.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
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