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  • Summary: The first release in nearly a decade for the pop group formed in London features production from Fred Ball, James Draper, The Invisible Men, K-Gee, James Draper, and The Rural.
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One Strike
Stone cold You wake me when the phone vibrates Your voice sounds dulled But loud enough to hear you Distant echoes of my heart unbreak Silently... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Apr 8, 2016
    80
    This is not just a comeback; it's All Saints' best work yet.
  2. Apr 11, 2016
    80
    An odd attempt at dancehall on Ratchet Behaviour aside, Red Flag feels expertly judged.
  3. Jul 6, 2016
    80
    A mature but still totally floor-ready return.
  4. Apr 11, 2016
    70
    There’s far more good to be found on Red Flag than there is bad--this feels like the genuine follow-up to Saints And Sinners that Studio 1 should have been.
  5. Apr 8, 2016
    60
    All Saints were never your orthodox pop act, with their luscious, layered songs built on a hybrid of adult themes and girl-group camaraderie. Parts of their fourth album don’t always match up to that former savvy style, however. Experiments with world rhythms sit next to mellow ballads of varying degrees of schmaltz.
  6. They return to their roots for the addictive ’90s swing of ‘Make U Love Me’ but--frustratingly--after the sultry ‘Summer Rain’ the album quickly slips off piste. ‘Who Hurt Who’ is a wet Disney ballad, while the limp dancehall and incessant pitch-shifting of ‘Ratchet Behaviour’ grates. Third time lucky it might not be, but it’s not a million miles away.
  7. May 5, 2016
    60
    All Saints might never rise to that exalted company [Everlys, Beach Boys, Mamas and Papas], but there are more than enough reminders on this record that, when they are on, they can still create a sound which few if any of their peers can match.

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  1. Apr 16, 2016
    10
    This is All Saints' best album, bar none. Best album of 2016 as well. One Strike, Summer Rain and This Is a War are the stand-out tracks.This is All Saints' best album, bar none. Best album of 2016 as well. One Strike, Summer Rain and This Is a War are the stand-out tracks. Welcome back, the greatest girl band of all time! Expand
  2. Apr 17, 2016
    9
    Cohesive, modern, effortless, deep, mature, classic, i remember why i used to be an all saints fan, thanks for coming back girls. favouriteCohesive, modern, effortless, deep, mature, classic, i remember why i used to be an all saints fan, thanks for coming back girls. favourite song: This is war. Expand
  3. Apr 19, 2016
    7
    Though the first single "One Strike" is probably one of their strongest to date, the rest of the album is a mixed bag of hits and misses. TheThough the first single "One Strike" is probably one of their strongest to date, the rest of the album is a mixed bag of hits and misses. The first five tracks are sheer genius and the album slowly fades into noncommercial territory. Three of the tracks towards the end blend together into one long underachieving ballad. Though perhaps this album is a grower and not a shower. Download: One Strike, One Woman Man, Summer Rain Expand