Girls Aloud "Untouchable"

Girls Aloud "Untouchable"
From now until January 13, I'll be featuring my favourite tracks of 2008, some of which have already appeared in Click Hear throughout the year, some of which haven't.

Originally posted on November 27, 2008:
Every year I seem to rant about how disappointing it is to see yet another album by my favourite DS-playing and dog-saving group, Girls Aloud, get passed over for North American distribution by their label, Universal. But this year I'd rather focus on the music and the fact that they've just put out their best album yet. Called Out of Control, the Girls have worked with Xenomania (Annie, Franz Ferdinand, Sugababes) once again, along with unlikelies such as Johnny Marr and Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys. A number of the songs this time stand out, like the '60s girl group throwback "The Promise" or the skittering drum & bass energy of "Live in the Country," but for me, it's the epic, six-minute-plus "Untouchable."

With its deep dramatic tone initiated by the awesome freeze and build opening, the song grows into a fantasy world where the Girls sing about their dreams and how they and their lovers are, well, 40 stories tall and untouchable. It's those escalating hi-NRG synths that make the song such a powerhouse; the way they oscillate is straight outta '89, and boy do I wish we heard that more often on this side of the pond.

Girls Aloud "Untouchable"

Girls Aloud "Untouchable"