Steps have just released the best Eurovision album that never was, with “Tears On The Dancefloor.”
Steps are bringing ABBA to a new generation, and it’s perfect. Known for their euro-cheesy pop in the late 90s and early 00s, Steps led the pack with their catchy hits and choreography.
Fun fact, they were names Steps on the premise that each release would contain choreo as well as the steps in the accompanying album leaflet – smart, huh?
“Tears” kicks off with their perfect comeback track, “Scared Of The Dark.” It packs a dramatic intro, a killer chorus, powerful vocals and a bucket full of nostalgia, everything you want from Steps.
What the group manage with this album is to sound like the Steps we all know and love, yet have a modern edge without conforming to the mainstream hits of today – they run in their own lane, much like ABBA used to, back in the day.
“You Make Me Whole” is the only song that sounds like it was made by a modern popstar, and it’s a blast, showing that the group can do more than cheesy euro-pop.
“Happy,” “No More Tears On The Dancefloor” and “Glitter & Gold” all follow their typical sound, each sounding like the could be a Eurovision winner. In fact, the band let the world know that they’ve constantly been approached to represent Britain in the contest but refuse to keep their legacy as well as the political aspects of the singing competition.
Claire Richards and Faye Tozer rule the album with their consistently good vocals, but the boys don’t totally get overshadowed, on “Tears,” ‘H’ gets a whole verse to himself – that’s nice of them isn’t it.
We’re not going to say this album is completely perfect though, the slower moments on the album don’t quite pack the punch they need in order to stand out, even with Richard’s powerful vocals – the tracks aren’t bad but they just get swallowed.
People ask why we need a Steps comeback, and this album should shut those people up! It’s straight from the inoffensive era where pop was meant to make you feel good, and by god does it!
Check the album out below and let us know what you think in the comments!