|1. All The Way|
|2. Don't Love You No More [I'm Sorry]|
|4. Separate Ways|
|6. Do You Believe In Love|
|7. One Last Dance|
|9. Just Chillin'|
|10. Thief In The Night|
|11. Take 'Em Off|
|12. My Love Don't Stop|
|13. Never Should Have Walked Away|
|14. Let Her Go|
The result is a startlingly honest, soulful record where Craigs personality and experiences take centre stage. In taking time out from his career, he has rediscovered what moves him, what makes him get on the dance floor and what has shaped the person he is now and all that is translated into a powerfully emotive album, fittingly titled The Story Goes... With the focus firmly on his smoothly striking vocals, lyrics about love, life and nights out partying are truly a reflection of the last two years of Craigs life and the man behind the hits and headlines. With production by Mark Hill, The Underdogs and Rick Nowels, The Story Goes... moves seamlessly from the lovelorn pleas of "My Love Dont Stop" and "Separate Ways" to the gently affecting "Johnny", where Craig explores the difficult issue of bullying. "It all fell into place for me writing about it and I knew it was something I could talk about because I experienced a form of it at school. You feel like youre in a black hole when its happening and you dont know what to do and thats what I was trying to capture. Its a massive issue and I dont have the answer to it but I wanted to highlight it, its a type of exorcism for me".
Other songs were inspired by more recent events. The slick disco beats of "All The Way", the crunky "Just Chillin", the high-energy of "Hypnotic" and the slow and seductive sexuality of Take Em Off were all a consequence of Craigs nights out partying, knowing that--for the first time in years--he didnt have to get up and work in the morning. The Story Goes is an honest journey through Craigs life. People that have touched and inspired him, to the ones he has lost with great sadness, such as with the stunning ballad "Let Her Go", which is dedicated to his Mum, and the beautiful "Dont Love You No More (Im Sorry)"--a mesmerizing tale of lost love and broken hearts, based on Craigs real-life relationship breakdown. "Every album is a chapter in my life but this one really captures the essence of me. Im not trying to prove anything to people or make anyone happy, I just feel like I can let loose, step up a gear and say check this. Just when you were wondering what was going on, listen to this for a minute. This is me". The Story Goes is dedicated to Craigs Grandmother who passed away at the end of last year.
Many of the songs are very relaxed and chilled, perfect for winding down and chilling out to, especially in the summer evenings. The few upbeat songs on the album are fantastic for a boogie and you can't help but tap your foot to.
Overall, a gorgeous album in my opinion and well worth a listen, you'll be hooked, trust me.
The beginning of the album starts out extremely strong and i LOVED the first three tracks. "Don't Love You No More" is simply amazing and is a real shattering return to form, as is the track after it, "Hypnotic". From there on though, things start to slide into the predictability and monotony that much of the RnB being churned out in the USA suffers from. There really is too much mentioning of "clubs" and this theme is pervasive throughout most of the album lending it a cheesey, immature feel at times.
I really didn't like "Johnny" because it seemed to me that it took Craig David backwards rather than forwards lyrically and thematically. It's the kind of song that seems to be desperately courting a younger audience where I feel Craig David has matured beyond that stage now, especially since the strong effort on "Slicker than your average" to display a slightly more edgy sound.
The production on the album is excellent and as a whole it's a "grower" apart of course from the incredible first three tracks that hit you immediately.
All together much better than his "Slicker than your average" album, although he seems to have regressed back to "Born to do it" in terms of maturity and lyrical content, which would have been great if it were not for a lack of melody and distinct monotony at times.
I'd recommend this album to anyone who likes listening to an extremely talented and gifted singer, sing often astonishingly crafted and sung songs. That it falls short here and there, is, neither here nor there.
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