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5.0 out of 5 stars
It's been a long time coming...., 17 Nov 2002
It's more than 2 years since Craig David's debut album Born to Do It was released - can he recapture the same success as before?
If there is any justice in a musical world currently filled with the spawn of numerous reality TV shows, then yes... but we shall see...
Having spent much of the last year or so in the States, it's hardly a surprise that many of the songs on Slicker have a distinctly American feel to them - especially the 1st single "What's Your Flava?" and the title track.
Both of these are quality tunes nonetheless- although i personally think that Flava was not the best choice to release as a single...
Many of the tracks on this album were produced by or in collaboration with the Ignorants collective - and one of their number, Trell, performs at the start of Slicker - he has previously worked with David on the collective's remix of Walking Away from the first album.
The title track of the album is also one of the places where David most obviously reflects on his experiences in the last 2 years since he hit the scene - here he rails against those who didn't believe in him before he made it big, and against those who continue to doubt his talent, even after the staggering success of his first album.
Fast Cars is another decent, high tempo track, which highlights Craig's move towards a slightly harder edged persona.
Track 4, Hidden Agenda, is tipped to be the next single to be released - and it certainly shows off David's vocal abilities better than Flava, which had a more electronic sound to it.
Eenie meenie, while having one of the silliest titles ever, is another good track, showcasing CD's inimitable ability to sing very fast, while still remaining tuneful.
You Don't Miss Your Water is one of a couple of slightly weaker tracks on the album - much as B2DI had its share. It's more of a ballad - but i believe most people with an appreciation for vocal talent would still rather hear this than many songs out there today.
Track 7 - Rise and Fall features Sting, and the melody line is taken from his song "Shape of my Heart". This is one of two stand out tracks offered up here - a quality tune, and the vocal contrast between Sting's gravely tones and the smoother voice of David really make this track one which can be listened to over and over. Here Craig speaks of how, with the advent of his fame, he was worried that he was changing as a person, but managed to drag himself back on track.
Spanish is the other really top notch tune here - so long as you can excuse the 2 guys at the beginning and their "heyy gringo" routine :) a great song, which is a real throw back to Born to Do It - all smooth a caramel vocals and great guitar from long time guitar man Fraser T Smith (or should that be Smiff :) with Mr David even breaking into a little bit of 3/4 of the way through...
Personal, Hands Up in the Air, 2 Steps Back and What's Changed are all decent enough songs - not in the league of Rise and Fall or Spanish - but still better than average... or should that be slicker? World Filled With Love is pure pop, but David's vocal ability still make it more than bearable.
All in all, if you liked Born to Do It, you'll probably like this - and if you didn't like the first album this one is different enough that it might be worth giving it a go - no album is perfect, and this one does have it's short comings, but for top quality R'n'B mixed with a liberal helping of UK garage and a dash of more dance orientated material, you won't go far wrong with this - Definitely slick, but by no means average.
*Four and a Half Stars*