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Our Version of Events [CD]

Emeli Sandé Audio CD
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Looking for Emeli Sandé's acclaimed album Our Version of Events? You might like to know that she has released a special edition featuring five bonus tracks, including the Labrinth track "Beneath Your Beautiful", plus the Naughty Boy single "Wonder", and her memorable cover of the classic Lennon hit "Imagine".

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For a relative newcomer, Sandé has already had an incredible career. As a published writer she’s written hit singles for Chipmunk (Diamond Rings) and Wiley (Never Be Your Woman) and album tracks for Cheryl Cole and Tinie Tempah. Since signing a record deal with Virgin Records in 2011, Emeli has had a No. 2 debut single with Heaven, a No.1 single with Professor Green (Read All ... Read more in Amazon's Emeli Sandé Store

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  • Audio CD (13 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin
  • ASIN: B005H0YP7W
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,005 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Heaven
2. My Kind Of Love
3. Where I Sleep
4. Mountains
5. Clown
6. Daddy (feat. Naughty Boy)
7. Maybe
8. Suitcase
9. Breaking The Law
10. Next To Me
11. River
12. Lifetime
13. Hope
14. Read All About It (Pt. III) [Bonus Track]

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Debut album from the BRIT Awards' 2012 Critic's Choice Award winner Emeli Sandé, Our Version of Events includes the Scottish singer-songwriter's hits "Heaven" and "Daddy".

BBC Review

Emeli Sandé’s aptly-named solo debut single Heaven was arguably the finest British pop song released in 2011. The Scottish singer-songwriter’s seraphic vocal swoops and producer Shahid ‘Naughty Boy’ Khan’s reassuring old-school breakbeats were warmly received by listeners, while a striking similarity to Massive Attack’s Unfinished Sympathy can rarely hurt a song’s success.

Considering Heaven, which opens Our Version of Events, and the fact Sandé has written for everyone from Alicia Keys and Leona Lewis to Tinie Tempah, Sugababes and even Susan Boyle, it's perhaps reasonable to expect the most consistently great pop album since Girls Aloud’s Out of Control. Although this doesn’t arrive, we do have a charming and occasionally moving record full of care and polish, effort and grace.

"I can’t buy your love, don’t even want to try / Sometimes the truth won’t make you happy," sings Sandé on My Kind of Love, amid filtered pianos and surprisingly understated gospel chants. Lovely stuff, but it would have been a more compelling listen if the track was ludicrous and overblown, like the brilliant George Michael and Mary J. Blige cover of Stevie Wonder’s As.

Previous single Daddy is better. There’s a dose of believably bad male behaviour: "But friends keep telling you what he did last night / How many girls he kissed, how many he liked." Fittingly, the brooding mood created by a trip-hop beat and dramatic strings is reminiscent of another man famously lacking caution in his relationships: James Bond. On this evidence, expect Sandé to soundtrack a 007 movie within the next five years with the help of former grime man Khan.

A change of tone towards slow folk for Breaking the Law brings forth the album’s best lines: "Point it out, I’m gonna steal it / I will break in late at night, shake up how you’re feeling." Metaphorical though Sandé’s lyrics are, they retain a heartfelt truth, and it’s easy to imagine her peering round a corner at last summer’s protests and riots jotting notes feverishly.

Lifetime has a reference to books being burned and statues falling, while Hope includes the line, "I hope we can fix all that we burn". Barely a year after the Arab Spring, is it too much to hope for a politically-conscious pop star? One who can write brilliant songs and get fans thinking about something other than their broken hearts and rampant libidos?

The album ends with a version of Read All About It, the number one song she performed with Professor Green – whatever her motivation for including it here, neither Sandé’s talent nor ambition are in question. It seems unlikely she’ll make another album as restrained as this one, but it will be interesting to see whether she embraces a bolder sound, develops her own big ideas or, perhaps, delivers a captivating combination of the two.

--Lou Thomas

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158 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting Emilie 20 May 2012
By Scorpio
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As I approach my 65th year, I have despaired at the direction of a great deal of modern popular music. Emilie Sande is, to me, a bright light in a dim world. She has great talent as a songwriter and a soulful voice that touches your heart. She deserves to succeed: a talent which could storm the World. A truly great soul singer.
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64 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent debut from a major new talent 13 Feb 2012
By Don Panik TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This is a fantastic record, signalling a fresh, new emerging talent. Emeli Sandé has a great voice, great song writing abilities and a striking look. Couple that with her intelligent and grounded Aberdonian personality and wide ranging contacts in the music business coming out of her track record of writing songs for other people and you have an apparently sure-fire recipe for success.

You will have heard and noticed some of the singles released, but I first became properly aware of her from her appearance on Jools Holland, where she did a stripped down version of 'heaven'. I liked the breakbeats /trip-hop version which is the opening track on the album, but when you hear it taken down to an acoustic level you really appreciate the raw talent. To that extent the comparisons with Adele are inevitable (given that Adele now sets the bench mark and did a similarly impressive live take of someone like you on the same show, and not least because Emeli's first name happens to be Adele!)

This is a record varied in style. There are some excellent pop songs with full pop production, as well as slower more acoustic numbers. Her great voice and gift for melody are the linking threads, but some may find that range of styles detracts - sometimes this feels more of a showcase than a coherent album. But what a showcase! Subject matter for songs tends towards love: lost, found and yearned for. The lyrics however are often fresh and intelligent, and on occasion ('river') seem to transcend the human towards religious overtones (well that's my take anyway).

In summary, this is a great debut which will have wide appeal. Highly recommended.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic variety of tracks 29 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The variety of songs on this album is amazing. Emile sings in a style all her own and the songs she sings are very emotive and are a joy to listen to. Glad I bought it!!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect 21 April 2012
By paul
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This was a present for my wife and she loved it, I also liked it and put it on my ipod, very good. Easy on the ears.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sorry folks, not a review but a heartfelt rant! 22 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album of well written and beautifully performed music by a genuine artist . . . BUT ..

I'm always disappointed when greedy record labels re-release an album with additional bonus tracks (usually just before the festive season). My main gripe here is the fact that fans will have already bought the CD when it was initially released - making it the popular hit they rave about. It's those very same fans who are left with the expensive and wasteful option of possibly re-purchasing the whole CD just to get a few bonus tracks by an artist they've already supported. What exactly are we supposed to do with the original release?

Honestly - does this cause anything but irritation and resentment?

It is a greedy and unfair strategy - record companies, please stop it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dad loves it. 16 Feb 2013
By H Coles
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Bought this for my Dad for Christmas, he can't fault it; for the price it seems great, and he says the special edition is worth it! Seems a hit with him, I'm not a massive fan of Emeli Sande but a few songs are pretty good; even burnt them onto my iTunes!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music 15 Feb 2013
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great CD, good songs. a great sing a long in your car, nice to chill out and relax too x YAY
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 14 Feb 2013
By Loulou
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD for my daughter but have listened to it myself and it is a brilliant CD. She has the most amazing voice.
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