Steps

It's strange because I sort of accepted them not getting #1 with Tears on the Dancefloor (probably just shocked they were even in line for #2) and then with What The Future Holds (apprehensive about how they'd fare in Covid times sales-wise), but for some reason really want them to bag this number one. I think they really want it too, and it'd be great press angle for future appearances and for the 25th. I'd much rather have this, a studio album, go to number one than a future hits collection, as that just seems easier in a way.

Anyway, I've purchased the new editions and my big takeaways so far are the acoustic versions of Take Me For A Ride and The Slightest Touch, which are both brilliant, but does anyone notice on the latter a bit of a lispy 's' sound in the chorus. Mild, but it's there for me. I also finally enjoy To The Beat of My Heart in acoustic form. I think it was the production, rather than the song, I disliked.

The megamix is a lot of fun too, love that it's a bit of a disco take on all of the singles together. I think we've done very well out of content. Yes, some live videos would have been nice but I sort of knew that wasn't happening because when asked during the Take Me For a Ride video premiere, Claire said it was something they might film while on tour!

Anyway I'm sure they're not done milking us yet, we still have tour merch to go, please don't let it carry the imagery of the rebranded "all the hits" vibe. The Future look was so much sexier. Save the nostalgia for next year.
 
Yea, but songs are more akin to poetry and can also be a bit more abstract and less linear I think. I mean nobody really stole the heart from anyone's chest and left a stain across the waste land but that's what it says. It's just poetic imagery. A Hundred Years of Winter sort of paints little scenes like that. Sentences don't have to make logical sense and I think it's actually more this.

"And warm skies are changing a hundred years of winter, erasing
All the pain in melting, love is returning to me"


Which makes perfect sense.
Agreed. I think the words are just in an unusual order (which is indeed common in poetry).

"Warm skies are changing, a hundred years of winter erasing" = "Warm skies are changing [and are] erasing a hundred years of winter."
 
I want them to play dirty tomorrow - I would absolutely buy a bundle of digital download + CD that shipped tomorrow, if they were bundled with signed prints of Step One/Steptacular/Buzz cover art that would ship in a few weeks… they clearly have the rights to the imagery if they’re doing Step One sweatshirts!

I want them to play even dirtier. Exclusive access to The Slightest Touch performance/video if you buy 17 albums at £3.50.

Or even just "Faye's werk dress bundle." 47 copies of the album for 79p. Access to Faye's werk dress content only valid after downloading all 47 copies.
 
I want them to play even dirtier. Exclusive access to The Slightest Touch performance/video if you buy 17 albums at £3.50.

Or even just "Faye's werk dress bundle." 47 copies of the album for 79p. Access to Faye's werk dress content only valid after downloading all 47 copies.
Can we also have Faye's actual werk dress added to the bundle too. Signed.
 
They all look stunning on H's Insta-stories; I love the sixties aesthetic...I wonder what they're filming!? H said it was 'very exciting' - could just be tour footage but I'd love for it to be a TV special of some kind.

I still love Part 2 and delighted they're in a 'chart battle' like it's 1999!

On a slightly negative note- I'm miffed that Sophie Ellis-Bextor is apparently not supporting them for the Belfast date anymore. Whilst I understand there is likely a legitimate reason, I feel the Belfast fans should at least get an explanation/formal acknowledgement that it's not happening; given that it was heavily promoted that Sophie would be the support act for all (not selected) dates. That said, I'd be going to see Steps irrespective of who was supporting them but it would be nice for their team to formally acknowledge this. Perhaps they're waiting until they agree another support act before they do so
 
Yea, but songs are more akin to poetry and can also be a bit more abstract and less linear I think. I mean nobody really stole the heart from anyone's chest and left a stain across the waste land but that's what it says. It's just poetic imagery. A Hundred Years of Winter sort of paints little scenes like that. Sentences don't have to make logical sense and I think it's actually more this.

"And warm skies are changing a hundred years of winter, erasing
All the pain in melting, love is returning to me"


Which makes perfect sense.

Very true and in that way it does.
Just something that has been niggling at me all week.
 
Considering the whole "6th member" thing I really am shocked (despite obviously having £££s for the single that MV hasn't contributed in any form to the album promo. Still.

Me too and a little bit disappointed to be honest.
Unless she could be there to give the album legs on the long run.
 
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