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  • Original Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Release Date: 19 July 2004
  • Label: London Records
  • Copyright: 2004 London Records 90 Ltd
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  • Total Length: 40:34
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  • ASIN: B001LMFVXM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,578 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Nasser Alqatami on 29 July 2004
Format: Audio CD
During the influx of girl bands, after many record industry heads dismissed them as unprofitable until a phenomenon called the Spice Girls happened, All Saints were already an established band with something else to offer. While the Spice Girls successfully merged camp with pop in a delicious parcel, the All Saints took a more chill and soulful approach to their songs. Their songs struck a chord with "I Know Where It's At" and the UK number one single "Never Ever," which was penned by the mastermind of the group, Shaznay Lewis.
After the release of the critically acclaimed Saints & Sinners, All Saints split up. Former band mate Melanie Blatt released two singles to mediocre success and the Met bar shenanigans didn't help the Appleton sisters to deliver a credible album; instead they created the directionless and hitless Everything's Eventual.
Now Shaznay Lewis is the last to venture into the world of solo with Open. It comes as no surprise that the songwriter is simple in structure, yet effective, and that the hits come easy for the person who basically made All Saints the profound pop band that it was. With songs like the foot-tapping "Dance" and the youthful prance of "Butterflies," Lewis is bound to reign as the queen of mature pop. The lead single - "I Never Felt Like This Before" - is a gorgeous intricate ballad that captures accurate sentiment.
Open also is strong on reggae influences, which appear on the sun-baked "Now You're Gone" and the forever-catchy "Nasty Boy."
Shaznay also meanders into electronic awe on "Radio" and the wanderlust ballad "You."
Other tracks include the swaying honorable mention to big band "Heart Made Me a Fool" and the rock-tinted "Mr. Weatherman."
Like most complete mature pop albums, Open delivers sophistication with a well-balanced mixture of musical styles and paces. Shaznay Lewis is the only survivor of the All Saints phenomenon.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "theseus1986" on 13 July 2004
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Everyone's always known Shaznay as the talent and driving force behind All Saints, so Open, even before the first listen, has so much to live up to. Shaznay draws diversely on jazz, reggae, pop and funk, fusing together in my favourite track Heart Made Me A Fool, plus the breathless On The Radio and Butterflies. But she takes it down a notch with the beautifully understated first single Never Felt Like This Before, and the gorgeous, harmony-laden You.
The album has its let-downs with the rather weak Mr Weatherman, and the repetitive Don't Know What To Say (on the subject of writer's block, which she obviously wasn't over by that stage) but even these can be enjoyed.
But overall, as expected, a class album.
Best Track: Heart Made Me A Fool, You
Worst Track: Mr Weatherman
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 2006
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Alright so I thought All Saints' music was OK, and I was not a loyal fan of the Appleton sisters either when they all split from the band. I wont even have taken a second look at Shaznay's music... but her catchy feel-good single, 'never felt like this before' definitley got my attention so I got the whole album because I'm not a collector of singles.
I was very impressed with the whole album, although the beats in 2 songs can be excessive. Its a little in the All saints style but with some dynamic (and good) raggae-ish beats, carribean beats and R & B which makes it different as well.
Its a bubbly feel good album thats great to daydream to, sing to and drive to... it'l definatly pick you up. I think its really worth buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Aug 2004
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I never liked All Saints, but when Shaznay's debut came out I rushed to buy a copy. I wasn't let down by her amazing vocals and extreme talent, with any luck , she'll be able to keep her good standards up for the next three or four years. Overrall , I love it!
Best Tracks : Butterflies, Nasty Boy, Heart Made Me A Fool
Worst Track : Mr Weatherman
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "sheep_go_baa88" on 18 Aug 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was a bit reluctant to the idea of another allsaint having a go at a solo career since after recent tries the other three hadnt got very far. I have to say i'm happily surprised at this album. I've really enjoyed it theres a very summer feel to it and many sounds inwhich you could associate with being on holiday like rumba beats and jamican feel to them. Shaznay also delievers some soulful vocals to the tracks which makes it a perfect chill out if its wanted, but at the same time theres enough tracks to make you want to dance to. Overall i'm majorly impressed with the outcome and would high recommend buying it. It was well worth the wait.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Aug 2004
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I only listened to this CD for the first time today, and it's definitely possible to say that this sounds like nothing that All Saints (or Shaznay) has done before. Where as the Saints were kind of an urban soul group, Shaznay's solo album is a mixed bag of pop influenced from lots of different sources - and it works!
The album has a real summery feel to it, and I probably will be listening to it over the next few months.
Only bad points, minging photo on the front cover and no lyrics!
Overall a thumbs up to Shaznay!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kwadwo on 22 July 2004
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As another reviewer stated, there are some hints of All Saints in the harmonies on some of the tracks, but that is scarcely surprising as Shaznay was the driving force there. I was pleased to see Melanie Blatt harmonizing with Shaznay on two tracks. The two were together before All Saints and provided the musical backbone to the group which never really needed the Appletons.
Shaznay's voice is very distinctive and equally enjoyable on slow or funky numbers. Apart from the pointless intro (hardly unusual on albums) I can happily play through the entire CD.
Best tracks the really bouncy reggae Heart Made Me a Fool, then You, and Never Felt Like This Before. There is no really weak track, though my copy didn't have Dont Know What To Say, which was presumably removed in deference to it's title.
This CD is unashamed pop but very polished and recommendable. Albums by breakaways from groups usually disappoint. But seeing that Shaznay really WAS the group, it is not surprisinmg that this debut breaks that pattern. I give it 4 stars and expect it to stay at 3 to 4 after many repeated plays.
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