Published Jan 10, 2008The late-November release of Girls Alouds finest single in two years (since 2005s "See the Day) nearly eluded me, what with the year end wrap-up and all, but it deserves plaudits not just because North America still doesnt seem to "get these loudnproud gals, but because its an utter corker. How the Pussycat Dolls can sell multiple millions of their trampy, obtuse pap and the Girls still remain a foreign delight for likely hundreds of us on this continent is a closed case of criminal behaviour. This is an group that rose above reality TV assembly (the dreadful Popstars boys versus girls series of 2002) to go on and become one of Britains most successful domestic groups (each album has reached platinum status and theyve achieved a record-breaking feat of 17 consecutive singles debuting in the top ten). But their label Universal clearly doesnt see them fit for North American audiences, sadly, which is a shame considering they were never even given a chance (read: not one of their albums has seen a domestic release here).
Rumours are floating around that their career is in jeopardy - see this not-so-comforting article by the always cheeky Popjustice site - so what better time to reinforce the message that Canadians should know these ladies by first name much like we do Ginger, Baby, Scary, Sporty and Posh. From last years underrated and mind-bogglingly underperforming Tangled Up album (arguably their best to date, I might add), "Call the Shots is a tour-de-force single (surprisingly, it was chosen second after the much less gratifying "Sexy! No, No, No ) thats a little more dramatic in tone than and not quite as immediate as the rest of their non-ballads. The 80s obsessed dance-pop production and simple song structure is no surprise, but the temperate first impression is. The mid-tempo normality of "Call the Shots doesnt quite jolt you the way its predecessor or "Biology did, but thats its charm: as it each listen goes by the choruss whip-smart hook increases its influence over your brain and poof! its in there for good, and you start jonesin for it more and more like the common addiction commands. Even the absence of sass and the predictable subject matter in their lyrics cant hinder the fact that this was one of the best songs of 2007 (gulp, a small oversight on the aforementioned list of mine). We shouldnt be excited about the Spice Girls (well, who exactly is again?) when these Girls have been shouting their supremacy Aloud over the pop world for the last five years. Too bad most people werent given the right to listen
Girls Aloud "Call the Shots download