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Change
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Studio album by Sugababes
Released 1 October 2007 (2007-10-01)
Recorded 2007
Genre
Length 43:25
Label Island
Producer
Sugababes chronology
Overloaded: The Singles Collection
(2006)Overloaded: The Singles Collection2006
Change
(2007)
Catfights and Spotlights
(2008)Catfights and Spotlights2008
Singles from Change
  1. "About You Now"
    Released: 1 October 2007
  2. "My Love Is Pink"
    Released: 10 December 2007
  3. "Change"
    Released: 17 December 2007
  4. "Denial"
    Released: 17 March 2008

Change is the fifth studio album by English girl group Sugababes, released through Island Records on 1 October 2007. The album features production by Dr. Luke, Jony Rockstar, Dallas Austin, Deekay and Xenomania, among others, and is the first album to feature complete vocals by Amelle Berrabah.

The album debuted on top of the UK Albums Chart, where it became the band's second consecutive number one album and was eventually certified platinum by the BPI.[1] In addition, it reached the top ten in Estonia and Ireland. In France, Change was adapted as the group's first greatest hits compilation.

Production and release[edit]

In early and mid 2007, the Sugababes went back into the studio to work with a number of American producers on their then-untitled fifth studio album, the band's first full studio album with Amelle Berrabah. Collaborators on the album include Dr. Luke, Danish production team Deekay, and Novel as well as previous collaborators Xenomania, Dallas Austin and Jony Rockstar. Although, it was Amelle's first production, many of the songs from the album were tracks that did not appear on Taller In More Ways (2005).

The album was produced by Higgins and production team Xenomania, known for their work on other Sugababes singles including "Round Round", "Angels with Dirty Faces", "Hole in the Head", "In the Middle", and "Red Dress".[2] The mixing process was undertaken by Jeremy Wheatley for 365 Artists at Twenty One Studios, located in London, England. This was assisted by Richard Edgeler.[2] Keyboards and programming were provided by Powell, Higgins, Cowling and Matt Gray, while Coler was responsible for the guitar present in the song.[2]

AXM Magazine reported the Sugababes' assumed attempt to move into the American market with the album.[3] On 30 August 2007, the group appeared on The Album Chart Show to perform the first single, "About You Now", and premiere another two album cuts. They also confirmed that the album's title would be Change.

The album leaked in its entirety, excluding the UK bonus track "3 Spoons of Suga", on 4 October. A day later, the bonus track was also leaked. When inserted into the computer, the UK edition disc allows access to bonus features such as remix versions of "About You Now" and a special interview with the group, plus wallpapers and photos. The French edition of Change is a greatest hits compilation because the album Overloaded: The Singles Collection was not released there, and it contains all their hits since "Overload" to "Denial".

"Never Gonna Dance Again" was written by Sugababes members Keisha Buchanan and Heidi Range in collaboration with Miranda Cooper, Brian Higgins, Tim Powell, Lisa Cowling and Nick Coler. The song was originally written for the groups previous album Taller In More Ways but was cut from the final track listing due to the girls not being fond of the song. When the group were writing the fifth studio album, they came back to the track and grew to like the song, prompting the group to add it to the album Changes.[2]

The song "About You Now" was used in the movie Wild Child and features as track three on the soundtrack.[4] In December 2007, "3 Spoons of Suga" was included on the soundtrack for the 2007 film St Trinian's.[5]

Songs[edit]

"Never Gonna Dance Again" is a midtempo pop song that displays musical elements of dance-pop.[6] Nick Levine of Digital Spy wrote that the song's "desperately sad disco lament" is composed "almost entirely at mid-tempo."[6] Kim Dawson of the Daily Star described it as a "dreamy mid-tempo with a hint of Ibiza chill-out rhythms".[7] Fraser McAlpine of the BBC characterized the track as a "dancefloor tearjerker", similar to "Closer by Ne-Yo and "Teardrops" by Womack & Womack, whereas The Trades writer Paul Schultz called it a "break-up ode".[8][9] James Cabooter of Daily Mail noted the incorporation of a "heavier US guitar sound".[10]

Lyrically, "Never Gonna Dance Again" is about the break-up of a relationship which is set on a dancefloor. During the chorus, Sugababes sing the lines "I lost the rhythm when you said it's over / As the final record starts to fade, I feel the dancefloor turning colder".[6][11] The Guardian's Alexis Petridis and Schultz have both noted that the song's lyrical content is reminiscent to that of George Michael's song, "Careless Whisper".[9][12]

"Never Gonna Dance Again" garnered a mixed reception from music critics. Cabooter referred to the song, in conjunction with "About You Now", as "damn near perfect pop".[10] McAlpine wrote that the song "immediately feels like the girls have struck gold again".[8] Levine suggested that "Never Gonna Dance Again", along with the album's singles "Denial" and "Change", demonstrates the group has "managed to grow up without losing their way with a melody". He elaborated that the song "seems to showcase a more reflective Sugababes".[6] Petridis called it a "classy" example of the group's "trademark clever, referential pop",[12] while The Independent's Andy Gill praised Xenomania's production of the song, saying that it "makes the most of its winningly logical melody".[13]

Ally Carnwath of The Observer wrote that the track is a "surprisingly energetic mope around the disco", although admitted that the "elegiac tone" of the song's lyrics is a "real comedown".[14] A writer for The Scotsman criticized it as a "dreary, formulaic break-up song", additionally noting that the track is not catchy like "About You Now".[11] An editor for Stornoway Gazette admitted that although disco-friendly, "Never Gonna Dance Again" is the album's starting point of "disappointment", while saying that it "has the feeling of being tired and slightly jaded in comparison to the strength of the previous offering", referring to the album's lead single "About You Now".[15] NME wrote that it seems "less than a threat and more of a promise."[16]

"3 Spoons of Suga" is an uptempo pop song, with elements of dance-pop. Nick Levine of Digital Spy described it as a "Nancy Sinatra-style pop strut".[17] He also suggested that the song "doesn't sound like anything the Sugababes have recorded before", and went on to name it a "kissing cousin" to the group's 2008 single, "Girls".[18] Levine noted that "Boys and Girls" by Pixie Lott has a "passing resemblance" to "3 Spoons of Suga".[19] Matt O'Leary of Virgin Media noted the incorporation of a guitar in the "beat-led dancefloor" track.[20] An editor from The Scotsman suggested the line "He don't get stressed cos he's blessed by the cut of his jeans" was reminiscent of songs released by British girl group Girls Aloud.[11]

"3 Spoons of Suga" garnered favorable reviews from music critics. Lauren Murphy of Entertainment Ireland described it as "villainous pop" and wrote that it epitomises the "sexy 'give-a-damn' attitude that Sugababes have pretty much built their career upon."[21] Tom Young of BBC admitted that "3 Spoons of Suga" was "ridiculously titled", yet "ridiculously catchy". According to him, the song contains "simple rocky edge" that gives the "rich textured voices" of Berrabah and Buchanan "plenty of room in which to excel."[22] Victoria Segal of The Times wrote that the "sticky disco of 3 Spoons of Suga should stop Mutya Buena's victory lap in its tracks".[23] The Scotsman's editor felt that the song has a "playful attitude" which is missing from the rest of the album.[11] Emily Mackay of Yahoo! Music suggested that it was one of the stronger tracks on the album, writing "the check-me-the-f*ck-out glammy strut of '3 Spoons Of Suga' finds them [Sugababes] on stronger footing."[24] Paul Schultz The Trades regarded it as a "ridiculously danceable Bananarama mimicry" and "stirring anthem".[25]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[26]
BBC Music [27]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[28]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[29]
Metro 2/5 stars[30]
NME (4/10)[31]
The Times 3/5 stars[32]
Virgin 3/5 stars[33]
Yahoo! Music UK (4/10)[34]

The album received mixed reviews, with The Guardian calling it a "mixed bag" but applauding tracks such as "Never Gonna Dance Again" and "Back Down".[35] Daily Star gave the album a glowing review, calling it "one of the finest contemporary pop records of the decade".[36] The Times claimed that the album was "only slightly better than All Saints outtakes, all dated production and pop tastefulness" but complimented tracks such as "My Love Is Pink" and "3 Spoons of Suga".[37]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album's first single, "About You Now", was digitally released on 24 September 2007 in the United Kingdom, with the physical single release a week later. The song, produced by Dr. Luke, became Sugababes' sixth number-one single in the UK and their most successful to date. The second release from the album, "Change", was digitally released on 10 December and physically released on 17 December, charting at number thirteen. "My Love Is Pink" was also released as a digital single on 10 December.[38] The third single from the album, "Denial", was digitally released on 10 March 2008 and physically released on 17 March, peaking at number fifteen.

The album debuted atop the UK Albums Chart, with 109,190 copies sold, slightly lower than their previous album “Taller In More Ways” which sold 130,000 units. The album has sold over 600,000 copies in the UK to date.

Track listing[edit]

Change
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "About You Now" 3:32
2. "Never Gonna Dance Again"
3:43
3. "Denial"
  • Malloy
  • Turner
3:31
4. "My Love Is Pink"
  • Buchanan
  • Range
  • Cooper
  • Higgins
  • Powell
  • Cowling
  • Coler
  • Higgins
  • Xenomania
3:44
5. "Change"
3:37
6. "Back When"
3:56
7. "Surprise"
  • Dennis
  • Gottwald
3:05
8. "Back Down"
Novel 3:50
9. "Mended by You"
Jony Rockstar 3:34
10. "3 Spoons of Suga" (UK bonus track)
  • Range
  • Buchanan
  • Lipsey
  • Poole
  • Shaw
Rockstar 3:50
11. "Open the Door"
  • Buchanan
  • Range
  • Dennis
  • Gottwald
3:16
12. "Undignified"
  • Turner
  • Nichols
3:45
Notes
  • ^[a] denotes additional producer
  • ^[b] denotes vocal producer

Change: The Greatest Hits[edit]

Change: The Greatest Hits
Compilation album by Sugababes
Released 17 March 2008 (2008-03-17)[39]
Recorded 1999–2007
Genre Pop
Length 66:15
Label Island
Producer
Sugababes chronology
Overloaded: The Singles Collection
(2006)Overloaded: The Singles Collection2006
Change: The Greatest Hits
(2007)

Since the Sugababes' greatest hits album, Overloaded: The Singles Collection, was not released in France, the French edition of Change was adapted to become a greatest hits compilation. The album features the original Overloaded track listing, with the addition of "About You Now", "Denial" and "Change", the three singles released from the international edition of "Change".

Track listing[edit]

Change: The Greatest Hits – French edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "About You Now2"
  • Dennis
  • Gottwald
Dr. Luke 3:32
2. "Change2"
  • Jensen
  • Larsson
  • Scarlett
  • Range
  • Buchanan
  • Berrabah
Deekay 3:37
3. "Denial2"
  • Range
  • Buchanan
  • Berrabah
  • Geeki
  • Turner
  • Malloy
  • Malloy
  • Turner
3:31
4. "Freak Like Me" (from Angels with Dirty Faces1)
  • Eugene Hanes
  • Marc Valentine
  • Loren Hill
  • William Collins
  • George Clinton
  • Gary Numan
Richard X 3:15
5. "Round Round" (from Angels with Dirty Faces1)
3:57
6. "Red Dress" (from Taller in More Ways2)
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
  • Higgins
  • Cooper
  • Powell
  • Coler
  • Shawn Lee
  • Cowling
  • Bob Bradley
Xenomania 3:38
7. "In the Middle" (from Three1)
  • Cooper
  • Higgins
  • Scarlett
  • Lee
  • Lisa Cowling
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
  • Andre Tegler
  • Phil Fuldner
  • Michael Bellina
  • Higgins
  • Xenomania
  • Jeremy Wheatley
3:55
8. "Stronger" (from Angels with Dirty Faces1)
Jony Rockstar 4:04
9. "Shape" (from Angels with Dirty Faces1)
  • Sting
  • Dominic Miller
  • Craigie
Craigie 4:12
10. "Overload" (from One Touch3)
  • McVey
  • Jony Rockstar
  • Simm
4:38
11. "Good to Be Gone2"
  • Jason Pebworth
  • George Astasio
  • Buchanan
  • Range
  • Berrabah
  • Brio Taliaferro
  • Pebworth
  • Astasio
3:27
12. "Caught in a Moment" (from Three1)
  • Lipsey
  • Poole
  • de Vries
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
Jony Rockstar 4:26
13. "Ugly" (from Taller in More Ways1) Austin Austin 3:51
14. "Easy2"
  • Pebworth
  • Astasio
  • Buchanan
  • Range
  • Berrabah
  • Taliaferro
  • Pebworth
  • Astasio
3:39
15. "Too Lost in You" (from Three1) Diane Warren
  • Andy Bradfield
  • Rob Dougan
4:00
16. "Hole in the Head" (from Three1)
  • Higgins
  • Range
  • Buchanan
  • Cooper
  • Buena
  • Scarlett
  • Coler
  • Powell
  • Higgins
  • Xenomania
  • Powell
  • Wheatley
3:39
17. "Push the Button" (from Taller in More Ways1)
  • Buchanan
  • Buena
  • Range
  • Austin
Austin 3:38
Notes
  1. ^ includes vocals of Mutya Buena
  2. ^ includes vocals of Amelle Berrabah
  3. ^ includes vocals of Siobhan Donaghy

Personnel[edit]

  • Dallas Austin – drums, keyboards, producer
  • JC Chasez – vocal producer
  • Nick Coler – guitar
  • Miranda Cooper – keyboards, programming
  • Pete Craigie – engineer, mixing
  • Richard Edgeler – assistant
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Aniela Gottwald – assistant
  • Lukasz "Doctor Luke" Gottwald – bass, guitar, drums, programming
  • Matt Gray – keyboards, programming
  • Brian Higgins – keyboards, programming, producer, mixing
  • Tim McEwan – percussion
  • Tom Nichols – percussion, programming, producer
  • Andrew Nitsch – assistant engineer
  • Rohan Onraet – engineer
  • Chris Parmenidis – mastering
  • Tim Powell – keyboards, programming, mixing
  • Kurt Read – engineer
  • Tony Reyes – guitar
  • Tim Roberts – assistant
  • Johnny Rockstar – bass, programming, producer, beats
  • Rick Sheppard – engineer
  • Alonzo "Novel" Stevenson – keyboards, vocals (background), producer, drum programming
  • Tim VanDerKuil – bass
  • Jeremy Wheatley – keyboards, drum programming, mixing
  • Steven Wolf – producer
  • Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young – engineer

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label
Netherlands 1 October 2007 Island Records
Ireland 5 October 2007
United Kingdom 8 October 2007
Austria 19 October 2007
Germany
Switzerland
Australia 20 October 2007
Spain 25 March 2008
United States
Italy 16 November 2007
France 17 March 2008

Tour[edit]

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