Out of Control is the fifth studio album (sixth overall) by British all-female pop group Girls Aloud. It is set to be released by Fascination on 3 November 2008. The first single to be taken from the album is "The Promise", which will be released two weeks earlier.
Girls Aloud's website describes Out of Control as "their most exciting and thrilling album yet", and Kimberley Walsh has said that the album is "a lot older sounding, which wasn't intentional, it was just kind of how it went." The girl group were very involved in the album's direction. "The '60s thing is quite prominent," Walsh told the BBC. "But it's out of the ordinary. Not really what you'd expect." Sarah continued, "We wanted to stay upbeat but try something a bit different and advanced. I don't think anything we've ever done has ever sounded the same. But we have that same vibe whatever we do because of our vocals.
The Sun described the album as "a mixture of ballads and the relentlessly upbeat, catchy hits we have come to expect." They described "Love is Pain" as "a heartfelt song" which ends with "an emotive solo" by Cheryl Cole, whose husband Ashley Cole received tabloid attention for allegedly cheating on her in early 2008. "Live in the Country" was called a drum and bass track "about moving to the countryside — complete with farm animal sound effects." "Revolution in the Head" was also labeled another highlight, with rapping from Nadine Coyle, while "The Loving Kind" is a collboration with Pet Shop Boys. Neil Tennant said that they co-wrote the song while working with Xenomania, and described it as "beautiful but still dancey".
According to Walsh, the album's title came from Girls Aloud's record company telling the girls, "We don't know what to say, you lot are out of control. We can't tell you anything."