All Saints released their first and self titled album in 1997 but the album achieved international success in 1998. They may be associated with the Spice Girls, the top act at the time, being a girl group. However, their style and sound is different. They were like a combination of Spice Girls (as a group and pop sound) and TLC (R&B and hip-hop sound). The album went platinum in the US while it was multiplatinum in UK.
I Know Where It’s At
This is just a party song and it reminds me of TLC with the rap part. It’s music video is just simple, not a lot of graphics. It reached the top 40 in the US while a higher peak in their home country, United Kingdom, at number 4.
Rate: 7.25 out of 10
This is one of the most memorable heartbreak songs during 1990’s. It is a beautiful R&B and soul track with pain on its lyrics. It became the group’s biggest single ever after being one of the top singles of 1998. It was number one in UK, while it managed a top 5 peak in Billboard Hot 100.
Rate: 9.25 out of 10
Under the Bridge
All Saints sang their own version of this Red Hot Chilli Peppers hit. However, it was not released as an official single. I like their version as it sounded hip from its original slow rock sound.
Rate: 8.25 out of 10
This is another remake single from All Saints after “Under the Bridge”. Its structure is different from the original because of the rap parts but the melody is still the same with the Labelle original. The song became the group’s second UK number one hit.
Rate: 7.75 out of 10
This is the hippest single released from the album. I love the hip-hop style as well as its music video. It turned out as their third UK number one hit.
Rate: 8.0 out of 10
War of Nerves
This is the last single from the album released. It is a soul and ballad song and sounds like a downgraded “Never Ever”. It went to the UK top ten, but didn’t do well internationally.
Rate: 6.25 out of 10
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