You were once at the forefront of pop music, churning out brilliantly catchy tunes that not only won you a legion of loyal fans, but done the seemingly impossible for a manufactured band and had the critics eating out of your manicured hands too. Then you went on "hiatus" and I cried!
Listening to your new single, Something New, makes me wonder if perhaps you should have stayed split.
Something New is noisy, generic, and utterly throwaway; missing everything that was so great about Girls Aloud! There's no killer hook, no playful humour, and certainly none of that undefinable magic which once made Girls Aloud so great. Instead there's misplaced boasting- how can you be leading anything if you've just reformed!!- an awful melody, and an incredibly weak backing track! Let's be honest, Something New sounds like a Saturdays' reject track, which isn't a compliment considering they're essentially a poor man's Girl Aloud!
Something New is quite frankly soulless tripe, totally unbefitting of the greatness that was Girls Aloud! At least they're still rocking that "Girl Power" attitude! Small blessings, I suppose....
Rating: F (FAIL!)
2012 really seems to be a bad vintage for comeback singles.