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More synth-addled dance-pop from this sanitised quintet, just in time to make it onto little Poppy’s Christmas list. But will it drive you to distraction by Boxing Day?

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Despite hopes that the synth-reliant, dead-behind-the-eyes Euro-dance bubble had popped, shrivelled up, been spat out and scraped into a sewer, its prevalence on this planet is yet further assured by The Saturdays’ fourth missive.

Opening gambit All Fired Up doesn’t bode well, the synth drills barely leaving a dent in your memory.

But there is light at the end of the tunnel, if you can stop laughing at the Mr Potato Head-style cover long enough to find it.

The taut-as-a-trampoline synths of Notorious are just as fun as they sound, and it’s on the pneumatic numbers that The Saturdays sound most assured - the pumped-up Get Ready, Get Set, and stomping Promise Me.

Half the album is thrill-free filler and dodgy attempts at heartfelt slowies, but the rest is passably poppy at least.

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