All Saints’ Red Flag - What You Need To Know
Reunited and back on the road, the multi-million selling girlband return with their first new album in a decade and here is everything you need to know about it...
A little background…
From 1997 to 2001 All Saints had a heck of a run. The group, who consist of Shaznay Lewis, Melanie Blatt and sisters Nicole and Natalie Appleton, sold over 12 million records and racked up a string of nine consecutive Top 10 hits in the UK, including five Number Ones.
15 years on we’re now looking at the second time All Saints have reunited after a lengthy hiatus. Their first, which was as far back as 2006, yielded an album Studio 1, but collapsed almost as soon as it began. The album, which was preceded by well-received single ‘Rock Steady’, only charted at Number 40 and the tour booked to promote it was swiftly cancelled as the group parted ways once again. Band members haven’t been shy in admitting that they did it for financial gain, rather than a passion to make music again.
But now things seem quite different, the group seem relaxed and happy in their public outings so far, a big tour is booked and all the singles offered up so far have gone down very well indeed.
Who’s Producing It?
K-Gee, a former member of British hip-hop troublemakers the Outlaw Posse, who oversaw Lewis’s 2004 solo album Open as well as several older All Saints cuts, is the executive producer and is credited on most of the tracks.
There are also contributions from Draper, whose remixes of Twin Atlantic, Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding have been dancefloor staples and rising star Hutch.
Shaznay Lewis has co-written every song but one, ‘Who Hurt Who’, which Melanie Blatt has penned with Sacha Scarbek, best known as the co-writer of Miley Cyrus’s megahit ‘Wrecking Ball’.
Any Special Guests?
Nope. Just Mmes Lewis, Blatt, Appleton and Appleton.
What Does It Sound Like?
This isn’t a radically different proposition from the group’s classic material, with the same ambient electronics, gentle percussion and elegant harmonies. That’s not to say it’s stuck in the past, it’s slick and well produced too.
Does It Deliver?
Much as this album keeps intact the group’s classic sound this isn’t a total nostalgia fest. It’s an album entirely comfortable with the age of its makers and very confidently produced. There’s plenty here for fans new and old.