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Shoot from the Hip

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Sophie Ellis-Bextor 12/30/2003

Review

Sophie Ellis-Bextor's second album lacks anything nearly as distinctive as her early singles "Murder on the Dancefloor" and "Groovejet (If This Ain't Love)," but it's still a solid, perfectly respectable collection of contemporary dance-pop. Of course, "respectable" doesn't necessarily count for much in pop terms, although Ellis-Bextor has mastered a knack for exuding sophistication without being off-putting and stuffy -- she's so posh (viz. her unmistakable accent) that the slickness of the production complements her personality rather than diluting it. Still, the songs have to be there, and the songs on Shoot from the Hip rarely rise above the merely pleasant, the best bets there being the smooth disco single "Mixed-Up World" and the chipper "I Won't Change You," whose groove is reminiscent of Kylie Minogue's far-superior "Love at First Sight." Production-wise, there's enough variety to keep the album from sagging, particularly as things turn slightly darker and moodier towards the latter half with the spiky "You Get Yours" and the odd, haunted "The Walls Keep Saying Your Name." The understated ballad "I Am Not Good at Not Getting What I Want," co-written with Bernard Butler, rounds things out nicely. [Some editions included a cover of Olivia Newton-John's "Let's Get Physical" as a hidden bonus track.] ~ K. Ross Hoffman
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Mixed Up World Sophie Ellis-Bextor 3:42
  3. 2 I Won't Change You Sophie Ellis-Bextor 3:37
  4. 3 Nowhere Without You Sophie Ellis-Bextor 4:49
  5. 4 Another Day Sophie Ellis-Bextor 3:18
  6. 5 Party in My Head Sophie Ellis-Bextor 3:33
  7. 6 Love It Is Love Sophie Ellis-Bextor 3:26
  8. 7 You Get Yours Sophie Ellis-Bextor 3:56
  9. 8 The Walls Keep Saying Your Name Sophie Ellis-Bextor 4:19
  10. 9 I Am Not Good at Not Getting What I Want Sophie Ellis-Bextor 3:29
  11. 10 Hello, Hello Sophie Ellis-Bextor 13:14

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