Wednesday 27th January 2016
Now here’s a reunion that we can all get excited about. 90’s girl group All Saints have announced they’re releasing new single ‘One Strike’ to be followed their first album in a decade ‘Red Flag’.
‘One Strike’ is a canny, charming reminder of everything huge swathes of the global pop audience loved about All Saints in the first place. The track is a perceptible call to arms for anyone who experiences a single moment, perhaps a phone call or conversation, that changes your life completely. The song is set against a lovelorn yet uplifting melody and the most heart-breaking middle eight likely to be sung by any harmonious assembly this year.
Shaznay explains “When I write, I just think about what’s on my mind. The lyrics came from somewhere very real. Nic was going through a lot of things at that time. That was at the forefront of my mind because it was the heaviest thing going on.”
The song was written as a direct response to the younger Appleton sister’s marriage dissolving. “We spoke for hours and hours on the phone,”
Nic says. “The first few times I heard it in my car,”
says Nat, “I couldn’t stop crying because I could hear so clearly what it was about.”
After the touring the UK in 2014, All Saints resolved to do something they never thought they would again, and wrote, recorded and produced a new record. It was not made without massive prior consideration. “We didn’t force ourselves into this situation,” says Natalie, “and it couldn’t have happened at a better time in all of our lives. I just missed being with the girls. It makes us happy. Listen, if you can work with your favourite people, then why not? I have such a good time and I spend more time laughing and having fun than I do working.” “The album,” says Shaznay, “could have been made a lot quicker if we’d spent less time joking around while making it.”
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