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Hedley: The Show Must Go Review

December 1st, 2009

Le Show Must Go

After a hard, lonely Hedley-less two years, the boys finally released their third studio album called The Show Must Go. Good thing, because I know I’m not the only Hedley fan who was going through withdrawal. I’ve been listening to this album like a fiend for the last couple of weeks, and I couldn’t wait to share my review with you, the MuchMusic blog readers. The album is definitely different from the others, as it explores new genres and styles. For that reason, I felt it was necessary to break it down song by song.

#1) Cha-Ching
The first single off the album. A tribute to reality television, including shout-outs to American Idol, Survivor, The Hills, The Biggest Loser, and more. I instantly fell in love with this one. It’s so danceable, and hey, who doesn’t want their 15 minutes?

#2) Don’t Talk To Strangers
Sharpen your fake nails ladies, because this is the ultimate cougar song (with a cougarlicious beat to match). I’d like to hope that the boys did remember what their mommas said. Or did they?

#3) Scream
This song is very Famous Last Words style. It’s all about screaming, whether it’s at a concert, or when you’re all alone. This one took a bit of listening, but nonetheless, I like it. Especially the chorus.

#4) Hands Up
This song is like Hedley meets Aerosmith meets Kellie Pickler. It’s all about being able to be free with someone you love. It’s truly like no other song on the album. Looooooove it!

#5) Amazing
A classic Hedley ballad, and in my opinion, some of their best songs are their ballads. Have you ever had that feeling when you love someone so much, you can’t even believe it? You can really tell Jacob feels that way. And because of that, this is one of my favorites for sure.

#6) Shelter
Do you guys know the song “Lean On Me” by Bill Whithers? Well, take those lyrics and Hedley-fy them, and there you have “Shelter”. Again, this one took a bit of listening, but while walking in the rain one day, I thought hey… I’d love some shelter right about now.

#7) Young & Stupid
When Hedley was on MOD a couple of weeks ago, Jacob said he has a “skipper song” (one he always skips when listening to the album), and this one is mine. Sorry boys.

#8) Perfect
Another beautiful ballad. Except this one is about making mistakes, and having regrets. I think we can all relate to this.

#9) Sweater Song
Yes! This is my FAVORITE song on the album. It’s all about a couple spending time away from each other, and trading a sweater for a shirt…he said she said style. The song is so cute, you just want to say awwwww…until they say they want to take each other’s clothes off.

#10) 9 Shades Of Red
All about “one night on the town,” causing all kinds of trouble. Definitely no surprise from Hedley. Personally, this isn’t one of my favorites.

#11) Friends
Don’t you just love your friends? This is a great homage to Jason Mraz, all about sticking with your Best Friends Forever for, well, forever.

From the fast, upbeat songs like “Cha-Ching” and “Don’t Talk To Strangers”, to ballads like “Perfect” and “Amazing”, to new styles like “Hands Up” and “Sweater Song”, this album is probably Hedley’s best yet. I was a bit worried when I found out Hedley was changing, and thought for sure the whole album would be auto-tuned. Let me tell you, it isn’t. All they’ve done is stepped out of their comfort zone, followed their hearts, and found their place as artists. And it works.

When an artist or group releases an album with such an array of songs, it’s likely that you won’t love every song, but the album as a whole is coherent. I’ll give it 4 out of 5 stars.

What songs stood out for you? Agree with my review? Disagree with a burning passion? Let me know in the comments section below!

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