- 20 Sep 02
It's maybe no real shock that 'Freak Like Me' dominates Angels With Dirty Faces. What is more surprising is that the album falls so far short of matching its undoubted highpoint
Truth be told, it’s not been a great couple of years for pop music. While other genres have seen a whole host of exciting names emerging, what has pop’s answer been to the likes of The Strokes, The Streets and the Avalanches? Atomic Kitten? Blue? Kylie aside, there aren’t even many proper pop stars to speak of these days. Whatever happened to the pure, unadulterated thrill of it all?
The question is whether the Sugababes are so lauded because they’ve managed to fill a void, or merely because that void exists in the first place. Their pedigree is certainly strong. Debut single ‘Overload’ was a masterpiece – an invigorating, fresh and unforgettable assault on the senses. Here was a pop group that for once seem genuinely natural and gratifyingly unpolished, helped by the fact that Keisha Buchanan and Mutya Buena had been singing together since their school days. How it all went so pear shaped is still a mystery but, from disappearing band members to disappearing record deals, we thought that the Sugababes could safely be marked down as the ones who got away.
That was, of course, until ‘Freak Like Me’ bulldozed its way into our lives. In a world where records come and go in a blink of an eye, it was the real deal, one of 2002’s defining moments.