Single Review: Sugababes – “Round Round”

“Round Round” is a single from the Sugababes’ second album, Angels With Dirty Faces, which was released in 2002. Overall, I really like the flow of the song “Round Round”; however, there is a break in the middle where the track suddenly slows down drastically, then picks back up. The break isn’t bad, but it draws too much attention to itself. Outside of that break, the song makes me want to dance when I hear it.

This review focuses on the US CD single, which has four tracks: “Round Round [Album Version,” “Round Round [Craigie & Crichton Remix],” “Round Round [Soulwax Mix],” and “Round Round [Seani B Remix].”

The “Craigie & Crichton Remix” has an interesting buildup at the beginning, although I wish the buildup was just a little shorter. This mix makes the song more “club friendly,” and at times, the bassline is very reminiscent to Animotion’s “Obsession”; however, the sections that sound like “Obsession” don’t seem to entirely work with the vocals that they’re mixed with.

The “Soulwax Remix” has an interesting sound in its percussion, which makes the song sound “harder.” And at times, the bassline sounds close to one I might hear on an industrial track. This remix presents the song in a very different light, but it doesn’t destroy the intregity of the original.

The “Seani B Remix (featuring Zaguzaar)” slows the tempo down and tries to recast the song as an R&B jam, but it just doesn’t work. There are “shout outs” thrown in to both the remixer and to the Sugababes in the mix that are annoying and don’t add anything. The worst part of the mix, though, is around the middle of the track, where a rapper trying to sound like Shaggy (the rapper, not the character from Scooby-Doo) delivers a rap that sounds like it’s only there to pump up the remixer’s ego.

Overall, the US CD single for “Round Round” is a decent release. I would be willing to recommend it to anyone who appreciates dance music, but I would advise them to avoid the “Seani B Remix (featuring Zaguzaar).”

I wrote this review after listening to a copy of the US CD single for “Round Round” that my husband and I purchased.

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