Scouting For Girls

"Ten Add Ten"

(sony); pop

By ​Phil ​Bennett

A masterclass in pop songwriting, Scouting For Girls’ greatest hits album (plus 10 new ones) is simply pure pop magnificence, with endless songs about girls, love, heartbreak and impossible romance, all set to highly hummable melodies and filled with more hooks than a fisherman’s basket.

Huge in the UK and Europe but not so downunder, they’re an outfit worth discovering and what better than way than to connect with a collection of their snappiest tunes.

Turn it on and song after song strolls out to charm and seduce you with their impeccably crafted creations.

The itchy scratchy excitement of She’s So Lovely, the dreamy, cinematic pop of This Ain’t A Love Song, the wit of I Wish I Was James Bond, the quirky space pop of Famous.

Their specialty is the detailing of the broken heart – “The cruel words and the false accusations”, “Since you been gone I can do what I like But it doesn’t mean a lot to me”, “It’s the most beautiful pain in the world” – always tempering it with a melody as bright as sunflowers.

Their influences are varied but very English – the Jam, Squeeze, Buggles – and they have learnt well from their forerunners – make it snappy, make it memorable, make it a little bit clever, and keep it simple.

The second half dips slightly but the new tracks still contain enough richness of melody and fine detail to leave most of their competitors in the dust, with Butterflies and Wonder Of The World filled with their trademark seductive choruses and intricately spun lyrics.

All in all, what you have is 20 tracks of top notch pop songs delivered with impeccable finesse.

Brilliantly endearing.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.