- Audio CD (3 Dec 2007)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Universal
- ASIN: B000WM4UHU
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,721 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
The London born musician's debut album My Conscience & I does however follow the life-commentary approach; "New Old Days" with its cheerful reggae verse and trip down memory lane leaning wouldn't be out of place on Allen's Alright, Still. But, Nicole's offering is far rockier; up-tempo tracks sit beside reflective, self-exploratory songs on what is a no fuss, honest record. The single "Rock 'n' Roll" with its unabashedly indie-pop slant tumbles along playfully, while the understated funkiness of closing track "Inside Of Me" displays Nicole's frayed vocal perfectly. And, although "Go With The Flow" is straight out of the Arctic Monkeys' songbook, it is catchy and danceable nonetheless.
At 24-years-old Nicole has that little bit more life experience behind her making the lyrics less contrived and predictable. But that doesn't mean she gets it right every time; ballad "Lights Out" is a less inspired addition while the lyrics on "Tabloid Queen" ('If you tried individuality, you may get by more happily') are a little on the cringe-worthy side. The strongest track "Go Mr Sunshine" is ironically where Nicole sounds most like the Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner. With classic northern soul clout it is a fantastic song guaranteed to have crowds jumping up and down at live performances.
Remi Nicole deserves to be a success in her own right without constant references to her contemporaries. The carefree, frank tone of My Conscience & I will cause the album to fly off shelves and should enable Nicole to carve a solid place for herself in the current indie-rock scene. --Gemma Padley
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