ARTIST                           :       EMELI SANDE

GENRE                            :       POP / R AND B

DATE OF RELEASED      :       2012

The first track in this album “Heaven” reminds you nineties music done by Sonique.  The vocal quality of Emeli Sande also sounds like that of M People female lead vocalist.  While the whole record can be classified as R and B and pop, some of the songs in this record were infused with other musical styles as well.  For example, “Heaven” has tribal and world music as one of the infused genre and such action made Ms. Sande quite different from Sonique and with that of M People vocalist.

“Where I Sleep” is mixed with Hip Hop style and you have an upbeat song that sounds like rap song.  “Mountains” is the kind of song that fills an album even though it does not quite fit well in the whole structure of the album.  This is the kind of music that you hear in any Lana del Rey records or even with Ingrid Michelson provided they are Afro – American. From the intro alone, you know that “Clown” is the kind of song that you heard before.  While it only has a piano background, the chord structure is somewhat similar to “Diggin Your Scene” by TLC.

“Daddy” is an upbeat song about fathers thus the impact is not quite sentimental.  “Maybe” is another filler music and sounds like an early Mary J. Blige record.  And the same can be said with “Suitcase” that even the vocal quality is quite similar with that of Ms. Blige. There is a folk music like quality with “Breaking The Law” and which is quite odd since you might expect a lot of angst in this song when you factor the song title. “Next To Me” is one of the most original song that you hear in this album musically.

Yes, the album suffers from some low quality last songs syndrome as the last four song just sounds like any of the songs that you heard ahead in this record.  This whole record however, is a grower even though that it has lots of filler music.  Maybe because the whole vibe of the album is somewhat middle of the road thus, you can excuse if some songs are quite familiar or similar.  With that I rate this record 2.5 stars out of 5 stars.

Ratings Description:

1 star = Ignore it

2 stars= risk it

3 stars = borrow or buy it

4 stars = buy it and keep it

5 = buy, keep, and treasure it


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