Steps – What The Future Holds (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 47:37 minutes | 635 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd
Steps are a tenacious force. Internal disputes and break-ups have not hindered their ability to regularly bounce back; armed always with their signature and upbeat anthemic sound. As is with much of their back catalogue, each track on Steps’ new album What the Future Holds follows a familiar structure, never straying far away from the trademark stadium-sized choruses and hard hitting four-to-the- floor drum beats. In a bizarre but “it sort-of-makes sense” way – Steps could be remarkably considered the AC/DC of dance-pop.
Album opener and title track ‘What the Future Holds’ brings Steps’ nineties groove bang up to date with an infectious chorus riffing on the idea of hope and boasting a maturity in sound which has been adopted since their reformation back in 2017. Stepping, (pardon the pun) into the album, it’s quickly realised that it’s business as usual for the group. ‘Something In Your Eyes’ greets the listener with a memorable and noticeably ABBA-influenced melody; a characteristic of their work since their 1999 reworking of the Bee Gee’s ‘Tragedy’.
The sentimental ‘Father’s Eyes’ and the strikingly beautiful ‘Hold My Heart’ present snapshots of mindful reflection in lyricism for the band. While such tracks are certainly departures from the high-energy and dance-lead sound Steps have become known for, one can’t help but long for the group to dig just a fraction deeper compositionally.
1. Steps – What the Future Holds (Single Mix)
2. Steps – Something in Your Eyes
3. Steps – Clouds
4. Steps – To the Beat of My Heart
5. Steps – Father’s Eyes
6. Steps – One Touch
7. Steps – Under My Skin
8. Steps – Heartbreak in This City
9. Steps – Come and Dance with Me
10. Steps – Don’t You Leave Us Halfway
11. Steps – To the One
12. Steps – Hold My Heart
13. Steps – What the Future Holds