Thursday, 26 November 2009
Dabbling in a couple of album reviews
Cheryl Cole – 3 Words (Album Review)
Currently Cheryl Cole stands with the world at her feet. However, her idiosyncratic debut, ‘3 Words’, falls somewhat short of expectations. Standing at only 11 tracks, ‘3 Words’ is overproduced, generic R‘n’B, instead of the catchy dance-pop she is renowned for. The production is lazy and predictable, with Cole’s weak vocals skewed by the much-maligned vocoder, particularly on title track ‘3 Words’ and album track ‘Heaven,’ revealing the influence that Will.i.am has had on the LP. Cole seems to be targeting a mass US audience, rather than providing for her already established fan base. Cole, however, shines brightest on ‘Parachute’ and ‘Rain On Me’ where the (relatively) minimalist production complements, rather than overwhelms. Overall, it is not a bad album, but is somewhat underwhelming and lacks a standout track. Considering all the hype and interest surrounding Cheryl Cole, this album is unlikely to establish Cole as a credible female solo artist.
2 out of 5
N Dubz – Against All Odds
It’s been a fast 12 months for N Dubz since bursting onto the commercial scene, with help from Tinchy Strider earning them a number one. N Dubz sound has not progressed since their debut ‘Uncle B’; it’s still their trademark grime-pop crossover sound. Although this time, with collaborations with Mr Hudson, Wiley, Chipmunk, and surprise writer on album track ‘No One Knows’ Gary Barlow! Lead single, ‘I Need You’ sets you up for the rest of the album; accessible cheesy ‘urban’ music you know you shouldn’t like, but you’ll find yourself singing these irritating catchy tracks!
3 and a half out of 5