Definitely no tears on this dancefloor: Steps' new album reviewed

Posted on May 5, 2017 by Mitch Andrews

Steps’ fifth studio album, “Tears on the Dancefloor”, hit stores late last month, and what a surprise! Rather than update their style to a more modern sound like so many comeback groups have done in the past, Steps has stuck to what they are best at: high energy and emotional dance songs, with catchy melodies and beautiful vocals. Although I haven't included the group on Bubblegum Dancer because I believe their style encompasses pop/dance rather than bubblegum dance, I wanted to post a quick review as I believe fans of bubblegum dance would be interested in this album.

The lead single from the album, “Scared Of The Dark” opens with a dramatic arrangement of violins and a slow build up that gives the impression it might be a ballad. However the concept of a ballad vanishes at the bridge with the striking lyrics “I’ll scream, scream, I’ll scream…” and the song is plunged into a fully-recognised dance anthem. The production is reminiscent to Steps’ cover of the Bee Gees hit “Tragedy,” which was also a big hit for Steps.

“Story of a Heart” has been confirmed as the album’s second single, and is a cover of a 2009 song by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA fame. Had ABBA decided to make a comeback, this could have been a huge hit for them, however the tune was released under Andersson’s solo project, “Benny Andersson Band” instead. Andersson gave Steps the rights to record the song for their album, and Steps’ take on “Story of a Heart” could not be more perfect. Often compared to ABBA throughout their career, it makes sense Steps record a song that was actually written by the talented pair, and the ladies of Steps have managed to breath new life into this gorgeous tale of heartbreak.

My other favourite on the album is a song titled “Neon Blue.” A rather simple tune, I was surprised to read the song doesn’t have very good reviews online as I think it’s one of the strongest on the album. From the same writers as “Scared of the Dark,” “Neon Blue” is a simple song radiating innocence and love - “come on, come on and dance with me… all we need is me and you, in neon blue!” It’s a wonderfully uplifting and catchy tune with a killer chorus.

Steps meander into the euro genre with the song “Happy,” which regardless of it’s title is actually a very sad song about being trapped in an emotionless and dying relationship (“I used to be happy”). This is classic Steps, pairing miserable lyrics with an upbeat production (think “One For Sorrow”). Other highlights include “Glitter & Gold,” “I Will Love Again” and the title track “No More Tears on the Dancefloor,” which is a cover of the Anders | Fahrenkrog song and written by Darren Hayes of Savage Garden fame.