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Tes­ta­ment (AS Record­ings) POP

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - CULTURE -

The English quar­tet were seen as one of the bet­ter girl groups of the late 1990s but this fifth al­bum seems un­sure whether it wants to re­turn to those free­wheelin’ days or to be seen as A Se­ri­ous Work. The overly fussy pro­duc­tion doesn’t help, nor does slo­ga­neer­ing lyrics that strive for pro­fun­dity. ‘Glo­ri­ous’ suf­fers from both. It’s bet­ter de­liv­er­ing straight pop, like the Wil­liam Or­bit-as­sisted ‘Tes­ta­ment in Mo­tion’.

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