THE GIRL BAND pop fans have been waiting for since the demise of the Spice Girls may have arrived. Drop-dead gorgeous, in high heels, short skirts, and too much make-up, Girls Aloud are an utterly manufactured fivesome created in a British reality TV show. But this sassy bunch may be more than clueless disco babes. They've got attitude. So much so, in fact, that one member, 19-year-old Cheryl Tweedy, is due to appear in court on July 11 in the UK. The singer is accused of assaulting a toilet attendant at a nightclub last January. Girls Aloud's debut album Sound Of The Underground presents a smithering of soul and plenty of character. From a sound perspective, think Pulp Fiction-style guitar riffs meets Fat Boy Slim beats, via a lively Transvision Vamp theme. The opening title track was a Christmas number one in Britain, and has that dynamic 'totally addicted to base' sound. No Good Advice will no doubt be a popular tune. It's a mish-mash of cool old songs, similar to The Knack's My Sharona. Overall, this album is a listenable mix of uptempo and slow tunes - one to get you in a party mood. An added feature is the karaoke CD-Rom.