Wordshaker

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Wordshaker
Studio album by The Saturdays
Released 12 October 2009
Recorded 2008; March – July 2009;
(Quiz & Larossi Studios)
Stockholm, Sweden;
London, UK;
Los Angeles
Genre Pop, R&B, electropop
Length 43:04 (Standard edition)
54:21 (Bonus track version)
Label
Producer
The Saturdays chronology
Chasing Lights
(2008)
Wordshaker
(2009)
Headlines!
(2010)
Singles from Wordshaker
  1. "Forever Is Over"
    Released: 5 October 2009
  2. "Ego"
    Released: 4 January 2010

Wordshaker is the second studio album by British–Irish girl group The Saturdays, released on 12 October 2009 through Fascination Records. It is the group's first album to feature a song where they are credited as writers. Upon release the album peaked at number nine on the UK Albums Chart, but the following week fell out of the top 30. As of August 2010, the album has been removed from UK iTunes and other digital download outlets, possibly due to Headlines! being released featuring some of the same material.

It was preceded by the lead single "Forever Is Over", written by James Bourne and produced by The Runaways which peaked at number two. Second single "Ego" was released on 4 January 2010 and equalled the album's success by reaching number nine on the UK Singles Chart

Background and production[edit]

The group started work proper on their second album in early March 2009 whilst they performed their first headline shows, The Work Tour. Two songs from the recording sessions "One Shot" and "Wordshaker" were part of the setlist and appeared on the album.[1] The tracklist for the album contains the song "Not Good Enough", which was originally recorded during the Chasing Lights sessions but was later remixed for inclusion on Wordshaker. The official cover was revealed in a special mailer to fans on the group's official form/website on 23 September 2009.[2]

The majority of the album (seven songs) were written/co-written by Norwegian songwriter Ina Wroldsen who has written previously for the group as well as working with The Pussycat Dolls, Pixie Lott and Leona Lewis.[3] Additionally the album features one song called "Deeper" which accredits every member of the group as a writer. Additionally it was revealed that the song "Forever Is Over" (later chosen to be the first single) was in fact written for Kelly Clarkson to record for her album. However during a visit to the record label's HQ The Saturdays heard the song and requested the song's writer James Bourne to let them record it instead.[4]

Promotion[edit]

The news section on the group's official website indicated that through September and October 2009, the girls can be seen on many TV shows as they promote the album.[5]

On 26 September the group were interviewed on T4 where they introduced the music video for new single "Forever Is Over". Additionally on 28 September the group appeared on daytime chatshow the Paul O'Grady Show for the first live performance of the single and an informal interview. They did the same on ITV1's daytime show This Morning on 6 October.[5] On 12 October they appeared on the new season of The Alan Titchmarsh Show for a chat and performance before a scheduled appearance at the Hollyoaks Music Festival on 17 October to perform "Forever Is Over" and the title song "Wordshaker".[5]

With the release of "Ego", promotion for the album was furthered over the Christmas period, as the group appeared on GMTV, Blue Peter, Alan Carr: Chatty Man and the Christmas edition of Top of the Pops, as well as a T4 special filmed at an exclusive concert held for competition winners at the London Forum, as part of the group's promotional tie in with the Impulse range of deodorants. Additionally, the album track "Lose Control" came to prominence when featured on the soundtrack to the film St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold, released by the group's record label Fascination.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[6]
Daily Star (Positive)[7]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[8]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[9]
Newsround 4/5 stars[10]
OK! 4/5 stars[11]
Yahoo! Music 8/10 stars[12]

"Wordshaker" generated generally favourable reviews amongst critics upon its release. Allmusic's Matthew Chisling awarded the album three out of five stars, praising the girls and the album for "combining aggressive basslines and vocals that are a pinch of prowess". Chisling's praised tracks like "Open Up," "Lose Control," and "Not Good Enough" for their "catchiness [that] can't be denied". However he criticised "Forever Is Over" and "One Shot" for being "unoriginal" and for being "too Americanized".[6]

David Balls of Digital Spy said that "If anything, the girls are showing even more confidence this time around", Praising 'One Shot' and 'Wordshaker' for both combining "grinding basslines with lethal pop hooks". However he was less impressed with the ballads criticising and calling them a "curse" on the album. As a whole he called the album "fresh-sounding" and that it "should take the group one step closer to household names". He went on to give the album three out of five stars.[8]

Michael Cragg from musicOMH called the album as a whole an "enjoyable blast of well-crafted pop" with "throbbing synths" that's "joyful". The only critique Michael had was that "The Saturdays have yet to master – the ballad" stating they "bludgeon most of the slower songs to death." but when they stick to having fun its very "enjoyable". Michael went on to give the album three out of five stars.[9]

Singles[edit]

  • "Forever Is Over" was written by: Louis Biancaniello, Sam Watters, Kahmarl Gordon, James Bourne and produced by: Sam Watters and Louis Biancaniello. It was released as the lead single from the group's second studio album Wordshaker on 5 October 2009 and peaked at number two.[13]
  • "Ego" was written and produced by Steve Mac, and co-written by Ina Wroldsen. A glossy electropop track, it was the second and final single released from the group's second studio album Wordshaker. The song was added to mainstream radio on 25 November. A superhero-themed music video, directed by Richard A. Moore, was released on 17 November 2009 and the single itself was released on 4 January 2010.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Producer(s) Length
1. "Forever Is Over"  
  • Biancaniello
  • Watters
3:40
2. "Here Standing"  
  • Mani
  • Omley
3:36
3. "Ego"  
Mac 2:59
4. "No One"  
  • Wroldsen
  • David Eriksen
  • D. Eriksen
  • Thomas Eriksen[14]
3:18
5. "One Shot"   Magnusson[15] 3:31
6. "Wordshaker"  
  • Wroldsen
  • D. Eriksen
D. Eriksen[16] 3:30
7. "Denial"  
Braide[17] 3:53
8. "Open Up"  
  • Wroldsen
  • Kreuger
  • Magnusson
Magnusson[18] 3:52
9. "Lose Control"  
  • Elofsson
  • Westerlund
3:19
10. "Not Good Enough"  
Quiz & Larossi[19] 3:40
11. "Deeper"  
  • Justin Trugman
  • Oliver Goldstein[20]
4:05
12. "2 am"  
Quiz & Larossi[21] 4:08
Total length:
43:04

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

The album debuted at number 36 on the Irish Albums Chart but fell to 91 in the second week. Meanwhile, in the UK Albums Chart it debuted at number 9, equalling the peak position of their debut album Chasing Lights.

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Irish Albums Chart[22] 36
UK Albums Chart[23] 9

Certifications[edit]

Country Providor Certification
United Kingdom BPI Silver[24]

Release history[edit]

Country Format Date Label
Ireland[25] CD, digital download 9 October 2009 Polydor Records
United Kingdom[26] 12 October 2009 Fascination Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "News, A star review from Brum". The Saturdays. Retrieved 26 September 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Wordshaker: Revealed (Mailer – 23.09.09) – The Saturdays Official Forum". Thesaturdays.forums.umusic.co.uk. Retrieved 26 September 2009. 
  3. ^ "Nettwerk: Official Profile for Ina Wroldsen". Nettwerk.com. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  4. ^ "Forever Is Over by The Saturdays Songfacts". Songfacts.com. 6 October 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "The Saturdays, coming to a screen near you!". Saturdays.co.uk. Retrieved 28 September 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ a b Chisling, Matthew. "The Saturdays – Wordshaker – Album Review". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  7. ^ James, Sarah-Louise. "The Saturdays – Wordshaker – Album Review". Daily Star. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Balls, David. "The Saturdays – Wordshaker – Album Review". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  9. ^ a b Cragg, Michael. "The Saturdays – Wordshaker – Album Review". musicOMH. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  10. ^ N/a, N/a (23 October 2009). "The Saturdays – Wordshaker – Album Review". Newsround. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  11. ^ N/a, N/a. "The Saturdays – Wordshaker – Album Review". OK!. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  12. ^ Gennoe, Dan. "The Saturdays – Wordshaker – Album Review". Yahoo! Music. Retrieved 19 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "" The Saturdays Forever Is Over from new album Wordshaker". Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "NO ONE (Legal Title), BMI Work #10206908". BMI. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  15. ^ "ONE SHOT (Legal Title), BMI Work #10167551". BMI. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  16. ^ "WORDSHAKER (Legal Title), BMI Work #10239907". BMI. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  17. ^ "DENIAL (Legal Title), BMI Work #10167571". BMI. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  18. ^ "OPEN UP (Legal Title), BMI Work #10815404". BMI. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  19. ^ "NOT GOOD ENOUGH (Legal Title), BMI Work #10167542". BMI. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  20. ^ "DEEPER (Legal Title), BMI Work #10305950". BMI. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  21. ^ "Baby Baby/2 AM(Legal Title), BMI Work #10167582". BMI. Retrieved 28 September 2009. 
  22. ^ Irish Albums Chart week 42 Chart-Track. Retrieved: 2010-08-12.
  23. ^ UK Top 10 album Retrieved: 2010-08-12.
  24. ^ "Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 January 2011. 
  25. ^ Buy Wordshaker from Shopireland ShopIreland. Retrieved on 2 October 2009.
  26. ^ Wordshaker HMV online HMV Group. Retrieved: 2010-08-12.