Sugababes

I just finished the Sweet 7 documentary posted here and aside from the album itself I noted how Amelle came off to me. I love Amelle's voice but her attitude during this era in multiple interviews came off as bitter and cocky. I noticed when Keisha was still in the group that Amelle was much more silent and more about head nods. There's two things I personally can think of why things came off this way to me. Maybe Keisha was too controlling if you look at most interviews let's face it- it's usually Keisha doing all the talking for the others. Maybe the other girls didn't like talking as much and Keisha knew that so she took over that role. Maybe Amelle was intimidated and I could understand why. There's some people you can be around who you'd rather not share how you're feeling because you're scared it'll turn into drama.

My thought on Amelle could be that maybe she was always this way but hid it better. When Keisha left Amelle suddenly took over and you can see her new found confidence which is great but it comes off to me more so cocky and slightly conceited. The little digs about the previous members and not wanting or caring about the merchandise Mutya won. She said it in a way of like "you can keep that." You can tell Heidi is a bit of a pushover and just agrees with pretty much anything said by Amelle. Jade being the new girl naturally had to worry about being likable so she's accepted into the group and the existing fans so her input on the era is vague and not interesting.

Overall I can picture Amelle urging Heidi to side with her because Heidi didn't seem to have these issues prior with Keisha now she's suddenly also "uncomfortable." Keisha is outspoken there's no denying that so maybe it was a bit tough to work with someone who may have wanted total artistic control. Keisha constantly reminds interviewers that she's an artist and writes her own material so that can translate to the controlling side of how things worked between the three.

This documentary was done so nicely and good job to them! After seeing interviews back to back I couldn't help but have a change of thought on Amelle as a person. It's something we all won't know the real facts but it's just how I saw things I am in no way saying that this is what happened for sure. All in all it seemed they have all moved on by now and wish each other success so that's a good ending. I am just curious if anyone else felt this way watching all the interviews compiled.
 
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I've always liked Ace Reject but I've become obsessed with it recently. It could have just been Xenomania throwing random verses together to make a song but I like to view each girl's contribution as showing the deterioration of the same relationship chronologically - Mutya desperately pleads for the partner to stay, Keisha acknowledges that there's good and bad in the relationship before Heidi accepts that it's all over. I also love the transition between Mutya and Keisha where the synth motif echoes the chorus, hinting that Mutya won't get what she wants. A masterpiece, honestly!
Agreed. The “Ace Reject” is the narrator.

The Sampler version absolutely botches Mutya’s section and adds the chorus in and it just sounds so wrong that I’m thankful it was never a single.
 
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The fact that Ace Reject was a reject, that Never Gonna Dance Again was a reject, that Keisha dislikes songs like Denial and I'm Alright, that Mutya hated Red Dress...its all why i dont trust Sugababes members tastes in their own music ddd
The gag about this one is that Mutya not liking Red Dress is one of the biggest memes in the Sugababes fandom... and Miranda Cooper said it was Mutya herself who came up with the idea for the song nn
 
Surely someone's dislike of Red Dress has to be exaggerated or it would never have made it onto the last tour setlist. I can get one member hating it and it still making it, but it wasn't a big enough hit for them to do it if they all dislike it. Siobhan seemed to imply that she only liked it cause of the tour arrangement, but that'd have come after they decided to include it. Unless maybe the musical director was a huge fan and came up with the arrangement on his own and convinced the girls to go with it?
 
As much as a bop it is, I have to confess even the song feels a little... off for me at times. It's one of those that when you're in the mood for it, you'd absolutely love every second, otherwise you'd just run to stop the tape...

Also going by the way Mutya sounds like on the chorus - she probably was not feeling very well when recording it.
 
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I've always wondered how much Mutya's departure changed the upcoming Taller singles; we know the three songs Amelle re-recorded (and Now You're Gone I assume?) were the singles picks, and earlier in 2005 the girls spoke about Gotta Be You being a single, yet obviously that didn't happen.
 
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I've always wondered how much Mutya's departure changed the upcoming Taller singles; we know the three songs Amelle re-recorded (and Now You're Gone I assume?) were the singles picks, and earlier in 2005 the girls spoke about Gotta Be You being a single, yet obviously that didn't happen.
I ironically think that's thing that changed barely (I mean the re-recorded songs are the main indicator) despite the line-up change and Gotta Be You or Red Dress had been always in the game after slower Ugly.
Now with Sweet 7 it's a different story because I'll never believe we'd get Wear My Kiss as a single if the album wasn't pushed back (but getting No More You or Thank You For The Heartbreak instead).
 
I feel like they could've done another double single with Follow Me Home and Gotta Be You kinda like with Stronger and Angels back in 2002. Such single would do much better on charts.

Also they could've done it in Change era aswell. Release Never Gonna Dance Again as main single with a proper video and pair it up with Back Down or more precisely the tour live video.
 
Change getting 3 and Catfights only getting 2 singles was very disappointing at the time. I know they wanted to quickly move on to new things, still it sucked..

Wasn't Every Heart Broken initially planned as the third single?
 
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I ironically think that's thing that changed barely (I mean the re-recorded songs are the main indicator) despite the line-up change and Gotta Be You or Red Dress had been always in the game after slower Ugly.
Now with Sweet 7 it's a different story because I'll never believe we'd get Wear My Kiss as a single if the album wasn't pushed back (but getting No More You or Thank You For The Heartbreak instead).
I've always firmly believed the album sampler (and them performing No More You multiple times) was basically the label going "these are our single picks, which one's do you like" to radio. At least that's what I hope because the other album tracks? ...Yeesh.
Wasn't Every Heart Broken initially planned as the third single?
Yeah, but after Girls did disappointing (wild that Number 3 was disappointing) and No Can Do bombed, they (or the label) decided to cut their losses and move on.

#JusticeForNoCanDo
 
I feel like they could've done another double single with Follow Me Home and Gotta Be You kinda like with Stronger and Angels back in 2002. Such single would do much better on charts.

Also they could've done it in Change era aswell. Release Never Gonna Dance Again as main single with a proper video and pair it up with Back Down or more precisely the tour live video.

"Change" being the second single from an album of mostly upbeat pop bops still irks me. It shoulda been third or fourth single and "Never Gonna..." or "Denial" shoulda been the second. It feels like their label were intent on repeating the BOP/BALLAD/BOP dynamic from the previous three albums with all the overconfidence of just having pulled off one of the biggest singles of the year and on radio, of the decade, when it had looked like they were on the back foot a little.
 
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