Three years since her debut 'Drama', Jamelia returns with her new album 'Thank You', a classy, self-assured and ultra modern affair. Jamelia has truly ascended to her throne once more as the UK's r'n'b princess.
First single from the album, 'BOUT' (Rah Digga) is a catchy cut of r'n'b with Jamelia in true feisty mode. Follow-up 'Superstar' is the most pop of any of the album's songs, and the most accessible, deserving of its chart success in the UK.
'Dirty Dirty' sees Jamelia go into rap territory with the verses, sounding like a veteran of that musical world, and the chorus is one of the catchiest on the album. 'Club Hoppin' is infinitely cool, a true r'n'b club song, with Jamelia and her girls on a night on the town.
'Thank You' is the tale of the domestic violence that Jamelia suffered at the hands of her boyfriend, but is dealt with in a tender way. The first time you listen to this song, it isn't quite clear what it's about, but after the first few times you hear it, the lyrics really hit home, and show Jamelia's maturity not only as a singer but as a songwriter too.
'Bounce' and 'Life' are again super stylish songs that showcase Jamelia's talents, as are all the other songs on the album, from the quirky 'Antidote' and 'Cutie', to the garage biting 'Off Da Endz', which features Asher D from So Solid Crew. The only dud track on the album is 'B.I.T.C.H', but the skip button on your CD player can easily sort that out!
If you like music by the likes of Mya, Mis-teeq and Beyonce, you will no doubt love this. So, with this sophomore album, Jamelia has really set the benchmark for other UK urban acts to follow with thoughtful songwriting which produces catchy songs, sweet vocals, and ultimately a fantastic album.