This aptly named album from the group reveals that the future looks a little bit brighter when they are around….
Ever since first stepping into the spotlight, Steps have been renowned for their danceable tunes including ‘5,6,7,8’ (which I spent many a party dancing to!), ‘Deeper Shade of Blue’ and their own take on the classic Bee Gee’s song ‘Tragedy’ to name a few. Their sheer optimism, joy and confidence in the music that they were producing was immensely enjoyable to listen to.
Now back with their sixth studio album, they have stuck to the same formula and style that they are comfortable with – but of course with more of a grown up feel.
From songs such as ‘Something in Your Eyes’ to ‘Cloudy’, the sheer energy and joy that comes through on this album is incredible. The whole album entertains from start to finish and provides some immensely danceable tracks that shake your cares away for a time.
Some may find the lyrics a bit sugary sweet in places, but that is a huge part of the appeal and fun of listening to Steps – their intention for their music is not necessarily to search for deep meaning as many other artists do but to remind us of the joy of simply enjoying music. Songs such as ‘Fathers Eyes’, ‘Heartbreak in This City’ and ‘What the Future Holds’ (both versions) really do this well.
Yet, underneath the fun side of the album, there is still room for a more emotional and romantic side to their music. ‘Don’t You Leave Us Halfway’ and ‘Hold My Heart’ really highlight the emotional maturity of the music that Steps want to continue producing and are real highlights of the album.
The vocals from all of the group are really wonderful as well – particularly if you listen to ‘One Touch’ – the harmonies are perfect on this track, capturing just how in sync every member is with each other. Meanwhile, ‘To the Beat of My Heart’ reinforces just how passionate they are about creating music that people will want to dance along to.
Perhaps the sheer energy levels can be slightly overwhelming in places, but there is no denying that What The Future Holds is the album that none of us realised that we needed. Entertaining and filled with great songs it really lifts spirits from start to finish.
By Emma Clarendon
What the Future Holds is available to buy and download now.