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  • Audio CD (18 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: V2
  • ASIN: B0002Y9TJM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,602 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1980
2. Don’t Talk
3. On And On
4. Free
5. Go Gone
6. Dance With Me
7. All Over Again featuring Royston
8. Hey Girl feat Baby Blue and John Legend
9. Dance Bitch
10. Change Is Coming
11. I Wanna Love You
12. Crazy
13. Gonna Win
14. Freedom

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Heaped with praise from all corners of the media, three times winner of the UK Hip Hop Awards, and the most respected female rapper in Britain, Estelle has had a lot to live up to. Regarded for some time as a "star-in-the-making", the young MC finally lived up to the hype when debut single "1980" rocketed up the charts and became a huge summer hit. It's no longer about potential. This girl has surpassed all expectations and achieved a milestone in UK hip-hop. Unlike other Brit-hop competitors who have failed to set the charts alight, she is taking on the mainstream. And winning. "1980" displayed a sense of familiarity and girl-next-door character that the nation immediately tuned into. But Estelle is not one to play the pity me card and will not go along with the "rising above the ghetto" template. The positivity of her music shines like a beacon and cuts through the grime, crime and "tryin' to make a dime" stance that characterises much of the UK urban scene. "Free" is a real call to the nation's youth to do something with their lives. The same encouragement is given in "Change is Coming", and in the gospel-inspired "Gonna Win" her self-belief wins through as she heeds the inner voice that tells her to keep pressing on with her music, despite what others say.

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Although voted best newcomer at the 2004 MOBO awards, for some, Estelle's debut, The 18th Day, has been a long time coming. One of the most respected female rappers in the UK, Estelle's style effortlessly eschews the trappings of sounding like her US counterparts and gives her a really natural, British, flow.

The album is almost split into two distinct styles: one half funky, UK R&B hip-hop whereas the other more downbeat and soulful. Opening track "1980" sums up the early part--the backing a wall of sound and the catchy vocals reminiscing about growing up. "Dance Bitch" is slightly more US sounding where one can hear echoes of Missy Elliott; "Go Gone" is fun and poppy, sounding like an update on the classic Northern Soul sound; and "Free" is a bouncy funk number and also second single.

For the ballad "I Wanna Love You", Estelle slips more into singing mode and her confidence grows with each subsequent song. "Crazy" shows off the range and dexterity of her voice, it may not be that of a world-class soul diva but it's strong and the phrasing is fantastic.

One big highlight is, "I'm Gonna Win"--dramatic, rousing and an uplifting moment on a really enjoyable album. On The 18th Day there is very little filler and whilst the heavy ballad section can be a little bit too much, it never falls into bland mediocrity.--David Trueman

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "kickinghigh2" on 4 Nov 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is a must for any fan of Urban music. Est'Elle is a fantastic singer and has an album full of strong, soulful tracks. The singles '1980' and 'Free' are great but the album has so much more to offer. Every song is credible and worth listening to and this in my opinion is one of the best (if not the best) album of the year. Est'Elle is here and flying the flag for British black music, let's not turn away another raw talented artist!
Buy this album!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N Lyle on 1 Aug 2007
Format: Audio CD
This debut album by Estelle is a real grower. Reflective and sometimes amusing lyrics combined with a sparkling production make for a very enjoyable listen. This is a quality R&B/Rap album and Estelle is not afraid to venture into new territory with tracks such as Change is Coming and Go Gone. There is some nice acoustic instrumentation which contrasts well to the more programmed synth backing.

Big up the UK R&B, Rap and Hip-Hop artists!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N Lyle on 3 July 2007
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This debut album by Estelle is a real grower. Reflective and sometimes amusing lyrics combined with a sparkling production make for a very enjoyable listen. This is a quality R&B/Rap album and Estelle is not afraid to venture into new territory with tracks such as Change is Coming and Go Gone. There is some nice acoustic instrumentation which contrasts well to the more programmed synth backing.

Big up the UK R&B, Rap and Hip-Hop artists!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Aug 2005
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Bought this album because of 'Free' and initially listened to tracks 1, 5 & 6. However, gave it a chance and it's actually very good throughout give or take a couple of songs. Estelle even sounds like Mary J. on a couple of tracks and that's no bad thing! Favourite is still Free but All Over Again, Dance with Me, 1980 & Go Gone are all excellent. No album is ever superb throughout these days but this is one of the better ones!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Oct 2004
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This album is fantastic, each track is different and all brilliant. Estelle is very talented, as a singer, rapper and writer. Well worth buying.
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