Album Review: Everybody Wants To Be On TV by Scouting For Girls
Average, Based on 3 Critics
AllMusic - 60 Based on rating 6/10
Everybody Wants to Be on TV, the second album by British pop trio Scouting for Girls, is as light and breezy as its predecessor and is loaded with sure-fire hit material, though it does nothing to impress the legion of critics who have slagged the band for its unimaginative approach to radio-friendly pop/rock. While Scouting for Girls garnered more than their fair share of disparagement from critics in the British press, there's no denying that the band proved remarkably successful from a commercial standpoint. Scouting for Girls (2007), the band's eponymous debut, topped the U.K.
The success of Scouting for Girls continues to baffle. There's nothing to distinguish them from the hundreds of pub bands cranking out the same jaunty guy-rock every night of the week, yet their first album went double platinum, and they're currently No 1 in the singles chart. Listening to the new record is like eavesdropping on a pub conversation – in his lyrics, leader Roy Stride is Mr Ordinary talking to his mates.
Their second album will again charm daytime radio programmers and sell by the lorry-load. Chris Roberts 2010 After spending their early years as a pub band, Harrow trio Scouting for Girls sold nearly a million copies of their eponymous 2008 debut, piano-bothering singer Roy Stride hogging radios with hits like She’s So Lovely and Elvis Ain’t Dead. They then scrapped their first stab at a follow-up, claiming to be in pursuit of perfection.