Album Review: Sugababes - 'Sweet 7' (Universal/Island)
The new look girl group's sound doesn't live up to past endeavours
The human body regenerates completely over a period of seven years, meaning you’re literally not the same person you were in 2003. With the replacement of sole remaining founder member [b]Keisha Buchanan[/b] by [b]Jade Ewen[/b] in September last year, [a]Sugababes[/a] pulled off the same trick three times in 11 – and [b]‘Sweet 7’[/b] leaves us hankering after the good old days. This being the group’s first record since signing with [a]Jay-Z[/a] imprint Roc Nation in the States, it shares the Europop/Auto-Tune fixations of the US mainstream du jour: [b]‘Get Sexy’[/b] sounds like a lazy, latter-day [b]Timbaland[/b] joint, and [b]‘About A Girl’[/b] is a slice of future-house from [b]Lady Gaga[/b]’s chum [b]RedOne[/b]. But time was we could expect more than bland consistency from the [a]Sugababes[/a] – shame.