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  • Audio CD (5 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal / Island
  • ASIN: B000MEYHCQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 9 to 5
2. Gatheration
3. Random
4. Public Warning
5. Love Me Or Hate Me
6. My England
7. Tango
8. A Little Bit Of Shhh
9. Hoodie
10. Those Were The Days
11. Blah Blah
12. Fiddle With The Volume
13. Love Me Or Hate Me
14. Pretty Vacant
15. Splash Page Live Link

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Product Description

LADY SOVEREIGN Public Warning (Deleted 2007 UK 14-track CD album - Following her signing with Jay-Z Lady Sov polished off her debut album in New York on which she steadfastly stuck to her uniquely UK sound rhyming about Shepherds Pie Tango andTony Blair including the singles Random Public Warning Hoodie & Love Me Or Hate Me plus the remix featuring Missy Elliott and a live cover version of Pretty Vacant recorded at the Commodore Ballroom)

BBC Review

When reports came back that the 'biggest midget in the game' was making waves in the US, more than a few eyebrows were raised. What was it about Lady Sovereign that was attracting the attention of hip hop royalty such as Jay Z, Missy Elliott and the Beastie Boys? A few listens to her long-awaited debut album and you're still guessing.

In fact, Sov's tabloid flow is so parochial (name checking everything from Antiques Roadshow, The Vicar Of Dibley, 'the ginge from Girls Aloud' and being huge 'like Katie Price's boobs') you have to marvel that anyone outside of NW London, never mind across the Atlantic, can connect with her.

But it's not just lyrical mishaps that let proceedings down. There's also the music - not filthy enough for grime, too lightweight for hip hop - and the fact that fans will be over familiar with too many of these tracks. 'Random' was released two years ago, '9 to 5' has had the ignominy of an Ordinary Boys cover, while 'Public Warning', 'A Little Bit Of Shhh', 'Hoodie' 'Blah Blah' and 'Love Me Or Hate Me' are all previous singles. The latter reappears in the form of a dodgy Missy Elliott remix (surely her worst collaboration since 'I Want You Back' with Mel B).

Ultimately though, Public Warning is further proof that major labels are incapable of marketing UK urban artists. Rather than break new ground, Def Jam appear to be happier reaching out for some non-existent mainstream and turning their artist into a pint-sized novelty act. In which case, job done. Those inevitable and lazy Vicky Pollard/chav comparisons will soon come thick and fast; after which you can easily foresee Lady Sovereign following the career trajectory of Shystie and Estelle as she tries to figure out what made her interesting in the first place. --Adam Webb

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DavyA TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Jun 2007
Format: Audio CD
When someone asked me the other day why I liked this album (they are no fan of Lady Sov & I'm rather older than her usual audience, I suspect) I said it was because it always puts a smile on my face. They asked if that was because it was so bad it was funny or purely because it was actually entertaining - I think it could be both but I really don't care. Music should resonate with you, entertain you, or both & Lady Sovereign entertains non stop.
There are some belting tracks on here, I particularly like "My England" , "Those Were The Days", "Hoodies" & her excellent "solo" version of "9 to 5" ("Tango" is the poorest of the lot & sounds like a charver trying to sound superior). Some of her lyrics are very clever (there is some real potential in there), some less so,sometimes bordering on the inane ("Tango" being a case in point) but music doesn't always have to be "serious" does it ? Take it all with a pinch of salt & enjoy the ride. Make way for the S - O - V !!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Philip Solo on 31 Mar 2007
Format: Audio CD
I'm with IWFIcon on this as here is a seriously under promoted talent in the UK, though one with a long standing loyal on the boards following that deserves seriously better exposure to the UK market but again, tim-ing is of the essence.. though I have to adnit I'd seriously love to see Lady Sov.. succeed big time...

This is a refreshing and amusing and ( at times make me laugh out loud at the verbal desterity and creativity) with the 'pint sized midget' chantreuse- rappeuse belting out an engaging mixture of hip hop rap social commentary as 'street smart UK jive' ...a combination of voices she can throw out being from cheeky council estate chavette urchin to ragga dub UK princess with a 'bleck' streak.. she's immediately engaging, admirable and the act you woudl love to put money behind just to see her hit the charts...

It's amazing that this ( inevitably 'female Eminem' comparison) talent hasn't taken up the mainstream position in the Uk that the ubuqitious white male rapper has in the world stage... like Eminem and 'Slim shady' she adopts an alter -ego persona ' S.O Veeeee' which I agree ( if you are not smitten by her act) could be irritating but personally I was bowled over by her lyrical versatility and 'cheeky monkey' gobby female attitudes right from the opening '9 to 5' which sums up the shop girl mentality better than anything i have heard before to the closing cover live stage version of the Sex Pistols 'Pretty Vacant' which works with it's chavish 'OY OY OY' chant and driving beat and girly-gang vocals..

Lady Sov does exactly what she says on the tin 'I can only do one thing,,, and that's be Lady Sovereign' with a pugnacious and utterly wining vocal confidence..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Norman Lovett on 28 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
I will be upset if Lady Sovereign doesn't do well in the UK. I bought this album over 6 weeks ago and have not stopped listening to it. It's a brilliant mix of sounds and a unique vocal with great, quirky lyrics which talk about today. She's got good humour too which is more than you can say for a lot of recording artists. It has to be one of the exciting debut albums I've ever listened to and I'm sixty, so I've heard a few.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By IWFIcon VINE VOICE on 12 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've liked Lady Sov for what must be a couple of years now which immediately causes problems. Firstly timing can be everything with these kinds of thing and its an easy suggestion to make that Sov, or her record label, has somewhat missed the zeitgeist as far as releasing Public Warning in this country goes. Secondly many of the songs on this collection are ones that anyone with more than a passing interest in Lady Sov will already be very familiar with, the majority being versions of demo's that have been doing the rounds for a year or more.

All of this, of course, is due to the fact that Jay-Z picked her out in the States and as such the main focus was cracking America, a task Lady Sov has somewhat achieved. Over here though, a lot of her buzz has been superseded by the likes of Lily Allen, who may stylistically be miles away from what is on display here but in the terms of the music press is probably seen as a like-for-like contemporary.

What is also clear is that its the tracks that seemingly have the American market in mind the most that are the ones that fall most flat. Those Were The Days comes across all sentimental but just seems false whilst My England seems tailored to American stereotypes of how we English really are. Both fail to shine in the translation.

Luckily most of the rest is quite good indeed. Latest single Love Me Or Hate Me is a catchy one (and appears here twice - the Missy Elliot featuring mix adding little) and whilst 9-to-5 still jarrs in comparison the the rest of the Sov catalogue, both Random and Hoodie benefit from new production jobs and justify the decision, in part, to stick to older tracks for the album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mp P. K. Bond on 17 Feb 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that I wasn't expecting much from Lady Sov, especially after seeing the video of her collaboration with (spit on the ground!) Preston Ordinary Boys. Then I was astonished when my 53 year old dad told me that he had bought the album. I found this so funny that I put the album on, trying to se what he could see in in, and I was immediately sucked in. Love Me or Hate Me is the most immediately accessible song on the album, it's the one that sticks out on first listen, but on re-listening (is that a word?) you realise just how many gems are packed onto the album. There's even a live verion of the Pistols' track 'Pretty Vacunt', emphasising the diversity of her music, which goes from reggae to pop via hip-hop and punk. This album took an age to come out after she burst onto the scene, let's just hope The Tallest Midget in the Game brings us another classic soon.
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