Tears on the Dancefloor

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Tears on the Dancefloor
Head shots of five people with a mirrored, upside down reflection of themselves, with an alternate facial expression.
Studio album by Steps
Released 21 April 2017 (2017-04-21)
Recorded October 2016–Early 2017
Length 37:36
Label Steps Music LLP
Steps chronology
Light Up the World
(2012)Light Up the World2012
Tears on the Dancefloor
Tears on the Dancefloor: Crying at the Disco
(2017)Tears on the Dancefloor: Crying at the Disco2017
Singles from Tears on the Dancefloor
  1. "Scared of the Dark"
    Released: 10 March 2017
  2. "Story of a Heart"
    Released: 12 May 2017
  3. "Neon Blue"
    Released: 4 August 2017
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Daily Express 4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[2]
The Huffington Post 4/5 stars[3]
Renowned for Sound 5/5 stars[4]

Tears on the Dancefloor is the fifth studio album by British group Steps. It was released on 21 April 2017, by Steps Music LLP. Following two years of planning, recording began in October 2016. The Alias was enlisted to serve as the executive producer for Tears on the Dancefloor and various songwriters submitted songs for the group to record, including Steve Mac, Ina Wroldsen, TMS and Fiona Bevan. It also features a cover version of "Story of a Heart" by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of ABBA, a cover of "I Will Love Again" by Lara Fabian as well as a cover of "No More Tears on the Dancefloor" by Anders|Fahrenkrog, from which the album's title is derived.

Background and release

In 2011, Steps reunited for a four-part documentary series, which aired on Sky Living.[5] Documenting their highly publicised and acrimonious split on Boxing Day in 2001, it revealed what each member had been doing for the previous ten years, as well as reflecting on their time in the group and the truth, causes and effects of their disbandment.[5] It further showed how they could repair their professional, and personal, relationships as a five-piece for the release of their second greatest hits album, The Ultimate Collection (2011), and discussions of officially reforming.[5] The positive response to the album led to the announcement of a reunion arena tour, The Ultimate Tour, in April 2012,[6] and their fourth studio/first Christmas album, Light Up the World, later that year.[7] On 28 November 2016, it was revealed that Steps would be performing at G-A-Y on New Year's Eve to celebrate twenty years since their debut.[8]

On 6 March 2017, Steps confirmed that their fifth studio album, Tears on the Dancefloor, would be released on 21 April in the United Kingdom and be preceded by the lead single, "Scared of the Dark", on 10 March; they also announced the Party on the Dancefloor Tour, which will take place in November and December 2017.[9] In an interview for the Official Charts Company in March 2017, band member Faye Tozer confirmed The Alias as the producer for Tears on the Dancefloor, while Lisa Scott-Lee revealed that planning the album had taken two years in an interview for Popjustice.[10][11] It is their first album to be composed of mostly original material in seventeen years; Light Up the World was composed of both cover and original songs, and was their first studio album in twelve years.[9][12][13]

Recording for the album began in October 2016; Tozer revealed that the first two songs they recorded were omitted from the final track listing due to not sounding "Steps-enough".[10] Scott-Lee revealed that the group had recorded two albums' worth of material during the production of Tears on the Dancefloor, but said that no formal discussions have taken place as to whether or not a sixth studio album will follow in 2018 despite reaffirming her personal desire to do so.[14] Three editions of Tears on the Dancefloor were made available to purchase on their website: a digital version available for download, a limited edition signed CD and a limited edition neon-blue vinyl.[15][16][17] The album artwork was inspired by the album cover of their debut album, Step One (1998).[18] On 18 September 2017, Steps announced that the album would be reissued on 27 October with five new songs, three of which have accompanying remixes, titled Tears on the Dancefloor: Crying at the Disco.[19]


Music and lyrics

In an interview with Popjustice, Scott-Lee stated that the group strived to create an uplifting, positive pop album and to provide a form of escapism for listeners: "We're not here to get into the politics of the world but what we can offer is escapism and a bit of positivity in people's lives."[9][18] She continued to elucidate that Tears on the Dancefloor sounds like where they should be twenty years on from their debut, saying "Everyone's dealing with lots of different things but music's universal, and it takes you to another place and time, and this album — I feel — is where Steps should be twenty years on."[9] In an interview for The Sun, Tozer said that pop music needed to more "happy" and "upbeat" like she thought it used to be, and that listeners were ready for Steps' music again.[13] The group confirmed that songwriters for the album include Steve Mac, Ina Wroldsen, TMS, Carl Ryden, Fiona Bevan and Metrophonic.[20] The group took some inspiration from their back catalogue for the album, with Tozer saying that its sound is reminiscent of their single "Deeper Shade of Blue" (2000) but has more elements of dance music.[10] They also revealed that the album consists of up-tempo songs with a couple of mid-tempo tracks, but no ballads, citing fans preferring their upbeat songs as their reason for deciding not to record any.[10]


The lead single from the album, "Scared of the Dark", has been described by Popjustice as a "robust blast of pop melodrama", which they thought sounded as though it was lifted from their first greatest hits album, Gold: Greatest Hits (2001).[18] Tozer revealed that a track called "Neon Blue" had been written by Ryden and Bevan, who have written songs for David Guetta and The Saturdays, respectively. She continued to describe the track as "nostalgic" and a "real homecoming type of song".[10] Steps have also recorded a cover version of "Story of a Heart" originally performed by Benny Anderssons Band, and written and composed by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus of ABBA. Scott-Lee stated that they have often been compared to ABBA and that Anderson and Ulvaeus had given it to them to record and that it serves as a "perfect" bridge to fill the gap between where they were as a group and where they are taking their music forward.[13]


"Scared of the Dark" premiered on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2 on 9 March 2017,[21] and was released on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music the following day.[22] During a Facebook Live interview with HuffPost UK Entertainment, Ian "H" Watkins announced that "Story of a Heart" would be the album's second single.[23]

Track listing

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Tears on the Dancefloor.[24]

Tears on the Dancefloor[15][25]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Scared of the Dark"
  • The Alias
  • Ryden
2. "You Make Me Whole" The Alias 3:42
3. "Story of a Heart" The Alias 4:16
4. "Happy"
The Alias 3:37
5. "No More Tears on the Dancefloor" The Alias 3:47
6. "Firefly"
  • Mac
  • Wroldsen
The Alias 3:26
7. "Space Between Us"
The Alias 4:16
8. "Glitter & Gold"
  • Stone
  • Gingell
The Alias 3:36
9. "Neon Blue"
  • Ryden
  • Bevan
  • The Alias
  • Ryden
10. "I Will Love Again" Brian Rawling 3:44
Total length: 37:36


Charts and certifications

Release history

List of release dates, showing country, format, label and references
Country Date Format Label Ref.
United Kingdom 21 April 2017 Digital download Steps Music LLP [15][25]
Limited edition neon-blue vinyl [16]
Limited edition signed CD [17]
United States Digital download [37]
France [38]
United Kingdom 27 October 2017 'Crying At The Disco' deluxe digital download [39]

See also


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  2. ^ Davies, Hannah J (20 April 2017). "Steps: Tears on the Dancefloor review – bolshy pop with new energy". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 21 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  3. ^ Bagwell, Matt (20 April 2017). "Steps 'Tears On the Dancefloor' Review: Our Track-By-Track Verdict". The Huffington Post. Archived from the original on 21 April 2017. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  4. ^ Veevers, Brandon (19 April 2017). "Album Review: Tears On The Dancefloor". Renowned for Sound. Retrieved 22 April 2017. 
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External links

  • Official website
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