This week we continue our newly released album review with Steps –
Tears on the Dancefloor
Review: Jamie Read.

If you were a child of the 90s, Steps were a cheesy staple of chart music. 

I can’t say I was overly fond of them, bar their cover of Chain Reaction.

However, when their Gold: Greatest Hits came it was surrounded by rumours they would be splitting, which was announced two months later.

The album shot to number one and it seemed like bye-bye to one of Britain’s biggest pop acts.

But now the nostalgic five are properly back to celebrate their 20th anniversary.

The vocals of the three women in Steps strongly lead the opening of the album. Scared of the Dark starts slow, but has an uplifting chorus which is actually rather good.

The whole album sounds a little bit like knock-off ABBA, which sounds bad but is actually a perk.

Therefore, the writing of Story of a Heart from Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Anderson is no surprise. It’s got the mark of the two Swedes and while it’s a slightly unoriginal sound, is a decent listen.

Tracks such as Happy, Glitter & Gold and I Will Love Again are the sound of classic Steps. They have a formula that defines them and why change something that isn’t broken?

It is the two male voices who are the complete the verses for No More Tears on the Dancefloor. It’s got an up-beat backing track and is, like most songs on this album, standard pop.

Neon Blue has a really good beat behind it which is a real toe-tapping release. After a brief pause it restarts in the chorus and keeps breathing life into the song.

Tears on the Dancefloor is a light and friendly release. I enjoyed it and welcome the unmistakable sound of a staple act of the 90s.

Overall star rating: 3/5

Songs to play on repeat: Scared of the Dark, No More Tears on the Dancefloor, Neon Blue, Story of a Heart