Girls Aloud, Xenomania and Pet Shop Boys are three of our favourite pop things so all three coming together in one song is a bit of a special Popjustice moment.
Girls Aloud: Five girls, amazing, inspire Xenomania to make brilliant records.
Xenomania: Revolving group of X‑Men style pop alchemists, amazing, inspire Girls Aloud to make brilliant records.
Pet Shop Boys: Two gentlemen, amazing, inspired Xenomania (and most other people who make interesting pop music) to make brilliant records.
As we mentioned the other day 'The Loving Kind' fits alongside 'Call The Shots' and Kylie's 'The One' as a ballad-that's‑not: the lyrics have the sadness and melancholy of a massive proper ballad but the production drags the song straight to the dancefloor and lends it an undeniable sense of optimism. It's proper crying at the discotheque, tears in the toilets (© N Tennant) stuff.
On an album full of dancing robots and typically obtuse Xenomania production it's a welcome shot of romance and warmth for 'Out Of Control'; it's a song about a couple falling apart, which tends to happen in any sort of relationship at one point or another. It's just a very elegant, human song, and how's this for a snapshot of how the relentless bustle of modern life drags lovers apart: "somewhere on a Monday morning, in a rush hour of another day, standing on a crowded platform, carelessly we lost our way".
One of the great things about this is that it doesn't really sound like Girls Aloud singing a Pet Shop Boys song — it's more like two of the best songwriters IN POP HISTORY collaborating with Xenomania to produce a song about human nature and love going tits up. There are some lyrical touches — phrases like "you may be disinclined" and "the issue's never mentioned with all the best intentions" are Proper Tennant — but without going too X‑Factor about the whole thing there are some brilliant vocal touches (like the cute pronunciation of the first word, "sometimes" )which mean that the girls Really Make The Song Their Own.
"Wide awake and dreaming… Of yesterday." Amazing.
Seeing as you're here, we suppose we might as well let you have a listen to the song.
There you go.