Everyone who's anyone seems to want a piece of Girls Aloud at the moment. Coldplay have lined them up as a support act, Take That want to collaborate with them and of course Simon Cowell's collared Cheryl Cole for his X Factor panel. Back with the second single from their chart-topping Out Of Control album, the girls show why they're fast becoming something of a national institution.
If 'The Promise' was the foreplay, consider 'The Loving Kind' the full-blown bedroom action. Penned by the Pet Shop Boys and produced by longtime collaborators Xenomania, it weds hauntingly melancholy vocals - full credit to Nicola Roberts here - to a sense of dancefloor euphoria totally at odds with the teary-eyed lyrics. The result is nothing short of dazzling, meaning 'The Loving Kind' deserves a place alongside 'Biology' and 'Call The Shots' on the list of Girls Aloud's finest ever singles.
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