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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 (929 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,556 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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156 of 166 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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63 of 69 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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42 of 47 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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A polished and well crafted debut album 24 Jun 2012
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Emeli Sande in 2011 when her debut single "Heaven" received repeated airplay on the radio and shot to Number 2 in the singles chart. The use of very similar arrangements to Massive Attack's "Unfinished Sympathy" determined that this song would be an instant hit. It was a very smart move, propelling Emeli into the limelight. A few singles later and the album "Our Version Of Events" is released to massive critical acclaim. It is clear from the first listen that this girl is destined for stardom with her distinguished image, powerful well chosen Pop songs and beautiful pitch perfect vocals.

And it is the lead single and first highlight "Heaven" that sets the album off in style with powerful rhythms and vocals. The fourth single "My Kind Of Love" follows and is just as instantly addictive and melodic. "Where I Sleep" is a relatively short but sweet mid-tempo track with a lovely melody. Two inspiring and heartfelt ballads follow in "Mountains" and the beautiful piano led "Clown". The second single "Daddy" follows, speedening up the tempo once again and bringing back those powerful rhythms. However, ballads seem to be Emeli's prefered territory as the following three are superb: "Maybe" is a beautiful string led ballad, whilst the second highlight "Suitcase" is breathtakingly emotional and the acoustic guitar led "Breaking The Law" is raw and spine tingling. "Next To Me", the infectious brilliant third single and third highlight, follows but we return immediately to another sumptuous piano led ballad, "River". "Lifetime" is a pleasant enough uptempo Soul influenced number and "Hope" is another nice ballad, but Emeli's acoustic piano version of "Read All About It" brings another emotional moment and adds a fourth highlight to this wonderful album.
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18 of 20 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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10 of 11 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise 25 Feb 2013
By A Short
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
I first saw/heard Emeli Sande performing in the Olympic ceremony and have to confess that I was not drawn to her. However when I heard 'Clown' on the radio recently, I listened to the Amazon samples of the album. As a result, I made this my first music download. Apart from finding the album a bit heavy on bass, I have really enjoyed it like so many others had done before. Whilst I realise musical taste is very personal, my particular favourites are: Mountain, Clown, Maybe and Suitcase. The other songs I found well chosen and well performed. No wonder the album has been so successful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Excellent! What else is there to say. Great songs, (haven't skipped any of the tracks, great voice, great album. Brilliant!
Published 13 hours ago by Indigospice
5.0 out of 5 stars our version of events
This is a brilliant album by a brilliant singer and has been played in my car on many a journey already.
Published 9 days ago by Nicola Joy Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Emeli Sande
Bought this CD after hearing it at a friends house. It is truly fabulous and I could listen to her all day. The more you hear it the more you love it. Read more
Published 9 days ago by May Derouet
4.0 out of 5 stars Play this often
Love her music what a bargain can't stop playing it not one I don't like any time any place music
Published 11 days ago by K. Blundell
4.0 out of 5 stars good album
great album although I thought it was pricy for a download will shop around in future cant wait for her to release a new album
Published 13 days ago by carol g
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I had to buy this album as it reminds me of the Olympics. We first watched Emeli on Graham Norton and decided she was great.
Published 16 days ago by Julie Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album
This hasn't got a bad track on it. Great driving music - put the first track on and whack the volume up.
Published 16 days ago by Mandy
5.0 out of 5 stars emeli sande.
Have played this over and over again, and never tire of listening to her beautiful voice. I had never heard of emeli before this cd but would certainly buy her next one..
Published 17 days ago by daisy-mae
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive
I bought this album because I liked the song Clown and after reading the reviews decided to give it a try. I am so pleased I did I love this album it's very addictive. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Misty
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD
What more can I say its Emeli Sande, lovely lady, great album, go get it, I am happy I did!! :)
Published 19 days ago by LettyLou
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