Release Date: Jun 4, 2013
Record label: Warner Bros.
Genre(s): Electronic, Pop/Rock, Club/Dance
There are plenty of reasons to like Stooshe's debut album, which has arrived six months late after accusations of label "interference". Though the London girl-band aren't the badasses they pretend to be – if they were, they'd have refused to allow the track originally known as Fuck Me to be retitled Love Me – they have confidence and skills to spare. Listening to the album is akin to eavesdropping on a conversation between funny, trash-talking women who happen to sing like a trio of Beyoncés: it's a noisy, highly entertaining 50 minutes.
Three-piece girl group Stooshe have, at last, arrived – albeit six months later than anticipated, with their debut album, London With The Lights On. The delay was explained thus by the girls’ ‘people’: “Following a late rush of creativity which has seen them write some of the best songs of their career, Stooshe have decided to delay the release of their debut album until March 2013 so they have time to record these songs for inclusion on the album. ” The influence of major label machinations can be detected on the resulting album, and not in a positive sense, as it finally sees daylight at the end of May.
Two years is a long time in pop music. For example, the first British reality show pop group, Hear’Say, had managed to form, break sales records, record and release two albums, replace a founder member, and split up, all in the space of nineteen months. Thus, the fact that Stooshe first came onto the scene back in the spring of 2011 and are only now releasing their debut album makes them appear comparatively lacklustre in their approach.