Monday, 13 February 2012

Emeli Sandé - Our Version of Events (Album Review)

Emeli Sandé has been heavily plugged in the UK, and for that reason I expected another pop/soul diva, good for a couple of albums and then disappearing into the wilderness. Judging by this debut however, Sandé is in it for the long haul.

This album does have its pop moments, and is a little over-produced, but the lyrics are strong (she has been writing for other artists for quite a while already), and it has a depth most albums in its genre would struggle to accomplish.

The album opens with Heaven (a UK number 2 single), reminiscent of a late 80’s dance track and a perfect introduction. During the album the changes of pace and style make for a wonderfully unpredictable mix of,  soul, dance, piano ballads and straight up pop. A slight concern grows during the middle of the album when it begins to fall a little flat, but the big sound of “Next To Me” quickly redeems any lack of energy.

The album concludes with possibly the best effort, “Read All About It (Pt. III)”, a soulful piece with just piano and vocal, comparable to the likes of Leona Lewis.

Although it will not be to everyone’s taste, there should be something for everyone at some stage of the album. This album is a grower too, so worth a couple of listens before coming to a final decision.

Other notable releases this week
Ben Kweller - Go Fly a Kite
Field Music - Plumb
The Fray - Scars & Stories
Neil Young - Cow Palace 1986 (2CD)
Rebecca Ferguson - Heaven
Ringo Starr - Ringo 2012
Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror

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