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Toby Clayton "T.Clayton" (Devon, UK)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Soulful Pop!, 25 April 2007
This review is from: Undiscovered (Audio CD)
It's great that the UK can produce artists such as James Blunt, Damien Rice and now James Morrison. These comparisons are bound to be made but Morrison has a much more raw and soulful voice. The album is generally solid with the odd high point. What I love about the album is that there aren't any fillers, every track is good with a listenable melody and they are always well sung. Songs like 'Wonderful World' and 'Undiscovered' stand out with mature and enjoyable lyrics. Morrison hasn't produced a masterpiece with this one but he's created a showcase of his talent that will go along way into helping him make a true classic in the future.

Future Sex / Love Sounds
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4.0 out of 5 stars Our Generation's Michael Jackson?, 25 April 2007
Okay, that may be a tad over the top but JT is a true revelation. This electro funk/disco album is off the chain! When 'Sexyback' first came out I thought Justin had lost the plot a bit and was trying something completely out of his comfort zone but it grew on me and became one of the hits of the year. To be honest the album tends to be like that throughout, where at first listen you're not sure what to think but give it a chance and you realise the quality of the vocals and lyrics and the intricate beats that Timbaland throws in. The first part of the album is very funky and electronic and leads on to a couple of hip-hop tracks with three six mafia and, then comes the hidden gems at the end. 'Losing my way' is one of the best songs I heard in '06 and the ballad to close the album is one of the most emotionally sung songs I've ever heard, with stunning vocals. The industry needed something fresh like this album and it needs people like Justin to keep improving and keep creating pure genius such as this classic.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Horny, 25 April 2007
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Think Horns. No-one uses horns like ronson! The first track, an instrumental version of Coldplay's 'God put a smile upon your face' is superb with a lot of horns. Ronson creates such a quality sound on every track and although he's not an artist as such, he certainly has his own recognisable style. This is a damn good album, though not great and not without its downsides. 'Toxic' was a real let down for me, the vocals are annoying and the raps from ODB are not his best and don't suit the style. 'Pretty Green' is also poor in my opinion with a horrible vocal that really gets on my nerves. However, tracks like 'Apply some pressure' and 'Amy' are just brilliant and 'Oh my god' and 'Valerie' are two of the best covers you'll ever hear. Ronson rightly gives credit to the originators of these songs, but his part is played at a level of real quality.

Once Again
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of a Generation, 25 April 2007
This review is from: Once Again (Audio CD)
This album is arguably the best r'n'b album of the last ten years. It's got everything you want in a cd of this nature. The maturity of Legend as an artist is remarkable considering this is only his second album. The first was admittedly superb, but this one has a more organic and retrospective feel. i love the fact that there are no featured artists on here, it's all about Legend. Topics vary throughout the album from the gospel-tinged to cheating on his girl to war. His voice is always spot-on, with emotion and soul, and his skills on a piano make the melodies of the album that bit more beautiful. Of course it always helps to have the big name producers helping out such as Will.I.Am and of course Kanye West. But all in all, this is an album from the heart and genius of John Legend, I feel and hope that he will be around for years to come.

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4.0 out of 5 stars B Mcknight's back, 25 April 2007
This review is from: Ten (Audio CD)
It's a shame Mr Mcknight has never really become a big artist over this side of the Atlantic. He's a seasoned pro as they say, one of the best. His previous release 'Gemini' was a let down in all honesty. 'Ten' however is a different story. Sure, it's nothing majorly different, Mcknight is still using his smooth, soulful voice to tell of love and relationship issues. But that's what you want from him. The difference is he does it with such conviction and class on this album. It starts with the hit 'Used to be my girl,' a truly superb song, upbeat and lyrically spot-on. It's followed by mostly mid-tempo tracks that will please any soul loving listeners. It's on three tracks toward the end where this album becomes a true delight. 'I do', 'Rest of my life' and 'Red, white and blue' are all so so good. The latter being a song of patriotic nature saluting the soldiers at war, a song where you don't have to be an American to relate to. If you're a fan of R'n'B and soul then there's no question you'll like this album.

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