- Audio CD
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Double CD
- Label: "No,Butyes! (Sony BMG)"
- ASIN: B00FTGYO2K
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (219 customer reviews)
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Freedom (Deluxe) Double CD
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Some of the tracks I thought I noticed a little "Buffy Saint Marie" kind of background - slightly American Indian twang.
A beautiful album to add to one's collection.
Personally for me as a listener it's important for me to like the singer and what they represent, and ever since her X Factor days it has been such a pleasure to see this shy, unassuming young woman staring at the floor to blossom into the lady she is today. This album ties in so well with her last album and grows from it, translating to so many women predicaments and feelings we know all too well from our relationships, our love, our resilience and above all our capacity to forgive ('I Hope'). In one of her interviews Rebecca said this album was about her growing into a woman, and while I listened to the album there was definitely a stronger woman, but it wasn't until the end that her title track Freedom connected all the threads together with its bittersweet victory, 'Freedom'. Not only did this make me cry every time I listened to it, but it just reflects what a rounded, polished work this is. I always wished for a song that reflected her vulnerability through her voice, not just her lyrics, and the effect in this song is incredibly potent.
Every song but one has been painstakingly written by Rebecca, bringing up difficult emotions and sharing it to her audience with transparent vulnerability. I know this will resound in other people like it has in me and that others will relate and empathise just as I have. I hope that this will continue to help her grow in confidence and self-belief, because she doesn't realise how inspiring she is. This is the genuine, grounded voice of experience that is missing in a lot of contrived music today. Thank you Rebecca.
What I got instead was dance tunes like All That I've got, We'll Be Fine and I Hope, mid tempo tunes like Beautiful Design and My Freedom. And then there's Fake Smile. How did she do that? Absolute perfection again. Hang on there's Bridges as well.
What this album does is get under your skin and it doesn't let you go. Jeez, this woman is a musical magician... How does she DO that?
The pressure was on therefore to match and possibly even better that debut and I believe in terms of quality of music she has succeeded. Ferguson has retained the gritty soul found on her debut and paired it up with some more uptempo beats. This album definitely represents an evolution of her sound and manages to present itself as a cohesive body of work.
My thoughts on the individual songs are as follows:
1. I Hope- An easy choice for the first single, by far the most instant and catchy song on the album, this is truly superb. Pounding beats and a chorus which will stick in your head for days dominate the song. The only surprise was its slightly lacklustre chart performance. 9.5/10
2. Fake Smile- A gritty, raw ballad which would have fitted in neatly to Ferguson's debut album. The old-school, brassy instrumentation combine with heartfelt lyrics and a melody to die for. Superb. 10/10
3. Bridges (Feat. John Legend)- This song has admittedly taken a couple of listens for me to get into, but now I adore it. John Legend's vocals are as exceptional as ever and the harmonies within the song are brilliant. It's soulful and quite melodramatic, but a very decent song indeed. 8/10
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I think Rebecca Ferguson has a simply stunning voice. Still trying to figure out how she did not win X Factor U K. Oh well, it all worked out for her in the end. Wonderful CD.Published 3 months ago by Sand
Fantastic voice some great songs sadly let down by the "contemporary" arrangements ! Listen to some of these songs in acoustic versions and you will hear just how awesome... Read morePublished 4 months ago by MarkMusicMan