All Saints - singles poll

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Poll Results

Pure Shores 16
Black Coffee 10
Never Ever 5
Under the Bridge 2
I Know Where It's At 1
Bootie Call 1
War of Nerves 0
Lady Marmalade 0
All Hooked Up 0
Rock Steady 0
Chick Fit 0
One Strike 0
This Is a War 0
One Woman Man 0

niels, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 17:35 (one year ago) Permalink

Nothing but great singles here. I have to go for Black Coffee which is absolute perfection.

kitchen person, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

I have a hard time choosing between Pure Shores and Black Coffee, two beautiful examinations of time and space

probably the spatial sonics of Pure Shores are superior, but I love the sentiment of Black Coffee:

Each moment is new
Freeze the moment
Each moment is cool
Freeze the moment

I wouldnt wanna be
Anywhere else but here
I wouldnt wanna change
Anything at all

niels, Wednesday, 1 November 2017 18:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Oh god, I remember disliking 'I Know Where It's At' a lot when it first came out - particularly Shaznay's "rapping" bits. I thought they were gonna be another in a long line of flop girl bands until they put out 'Never Ever' ...

I'd forgotten about 'Bootie Call' and 'Black Coffee', and I'm definitely gonna vote for the latter!

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 18:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Pure Shores

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 1 November 2017 18:42 (one year ago) Permalink

Pure Shores comfortably. That comeback album wasn't too bad though! I voted for "One Strike" in last year's ILX poll.

monotony, Thursday, 2 November 2017 03:44 (one year ago) Permalink

voted pure shores

nxd, Monday, 6 November 2017 09:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:01 (one year ago) Permalink

i hate pure shores.

but for whatever reason when i go to the beach i often get that dumb bit of backing vocals "take me to my beeeeach" in my head when i do so

-_- (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 7 November 2017 00:07 (one year ago) Permalink

Black Coffee.

piscesx, Tuesday, 7 November 2017 01:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 00:01 (one year ago) Permalink

Pure Shores and Black Coffee are awesome... you get more of that pop bliss that William Orbit perfected on “ray of light” with a light touch of shoegaze (please tell me I’m not crazy and I’m not the only one hearing a shoegaze influence in there).

Personally I think All Saints make a better pairing with Orbit’s production than Madonna ever did. They sound more

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 06:48 (one year ago) Permalink

Sorry hit publish by accident.

I don’t know... They sound more light and vibrant where Madonna is a bit of a mixed bag.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 8 November 2017 06:51 (one year ago) Permalink

I like the melancholy stateliness Madonna throws in the mix but agree completely that the Orbit pop bliss is also undeniable in the hands of All Saints

niels, Wednesday, 8 November 2017 07:12 (one year ago) Permalink

I totally forgot to vote in this but I would definitely have cast a vote for War Of Nerves. Shaznay Lewis is really good at writing songs that capture moments.

Their version of Under The Bridge changes the lyrics slightly and makes more sense to me - I think it was really smart to put it out as a double single with Lady Marmalade, the former being the comedown after-the-party walk home to the latter's playfulness. They've never released a single that's been less than brilliant though.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 11 November 2017 20:32 (one year ago) Permalink

"Recording the vocal harmonies on this one was pure joy. And the notes just poured out of my guitar, with such inspiration" was what William Orbit said about Black Coffee and I think you can hear how blissful it must have been to create. I would probably claim All Saints the best singles band of all time, really.

boxedjoy, Saturday, 11 November 2017 20:37 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

They are still the best singles band of all time and the new album isnt their best but it's still a really good album and I am so excited about seeing them live tonight

boxedjoy, Monday, 10 December 2018 17:56 (one week ago) Permalink

Although between tonight, the Cardigans last week, Lauryn Hill two weeks ago and Belly, Saint Etienne and Garbage over the summer, I fear I have stepped into a time warp inadvertently

boxedjoy, Monday, 10 December 2018 17:58 (one week ago) Permalink

haha, wow seeing them tonight sounds great! please report back

niels, Monday, 10 December 2018 18:07 (one week ago) Permalink

they were really really good! I saw them a few years ago and thought they seemed really at ease and comfortable with each other, no signs of the internal tensions that made them such tabloid favourites, but last night they seemed even more relaxed and united - the harmonising was flawless and they just looked like they were having so much fun and Shaznay especially just seemed so charismatic and unable to hide her glee that she still gets to do this. The "choreography" was hilarious, it seemed to consist basically of the girls walking between four fixed points taking it in turns to lead, and Natalie had definitely had more to drink than the rest before taking to the stage.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:32 (six days ago) Permalink

one of the things I really like about All Saints is how their music - especially the newer stuff - sounds like the logical apex of trends and influences that have been going on since they started twenty years ago. The kind of pop music that draws equally on r&b and club sounds and chill-out atmospheres, not retro but out-of-step with more on-trend sounds.

boxedjoy, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 22:38 (six days ago) Permalink

You summed up their newer material nicely. Even though there isn't anything to rival their absolute peaks on the latest two albums, I've enjoyed them as a whole a lot more than any of their previous albums.

kitchen person, Tuesday, 11 December 2018 23:13 (six days ago) Permalink

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