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Friday, July 27, 2018
Album Review: Testament by All Saints
Dear Poptastic Readers,
Two years after their triumphant return to
form with their fourth album Red Flag,
Shaznay, Nicole, Natalie, and Melanie are back once again with their fifth
Album opener “Who Do You Love” begins
with a spoken word intro by Nicole, reminiscent of her iconic “Never Ever”
monologue which kicked-off their debut album 21 years ago. “Three Four” is a
bold, lavish change of pace, followed by lead single “Love Lasts Forever” that proves
All Saints can still sound current in today’s musical climate.
Testament is All Saints’ first album to include interludes—“Nowhere To Hide” (which
lyrically flows into one of the album highlights “No Issues”) and “Breathe and
Let Go” (a stripped-back acapella from Shaznay).
While Red Flagbridged the gap between the classic All Saints sound and a
more experimental flavour, Testament
follows that path into more unchartered territory. The overall tone is moodier
and more contemplative than ever. However, the brassy melodic tones of “Don’t Look
Over Your Shoulder” provide some lighter relief, while “Glorious” is a clear
contender for a single with its anthemic, call-to-arms chorus.
“Fumes” and “Testament in Motion” take
the tempo back down, while “Footprints” closes the album in perfect style
showcasing the girls’ trademark harmonies. You can listen to the album on Spotify here ...
Testament is the sound of All Saints at their creative peak – the lyrics, melodies,
and production are more exploratory than ever before. These ladies are obviously
enjoying the freedom of making music on their own terms, without the restraints
of any record company. Long may this new-found freedom continue!