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Our Version of Events [Special Edition: Bonus Trac&hellip ~ Emeli Sandé
This is an excellent album. Given the ongoing flow of singles from it - last single Clown makes 6 by my reckoning - casual observers will be familiar with nearly half it already. While there are inevitably a few average tracks in here, there are still a few relatively undiscovered gems that could easily make hit singles 7, 8 and 9 if the record company were so inclined, `Daddy' is probably the pick of the remainder, whilst hundreds of millions of people watched her perform John Lennon's `Imagine' at the Olympics' closing ceremony and, given the indestructability of the song, that would no doubt be a hit too.

The $64,000,000 dollar question is whether Sande can succeed where… Read more
Tried & True: The Best Of ~ Suzanne Vega
Tried & True: The Best Of ~ Suzanne Vega
I bought her eponymous first album when it came out and pretty good it was too. The second, Solitude Standing, achieved more commercial success, although was IMHO not as good as its predecessor. That, however, was 25 years ago. Since when the trail has gone colder and colder. The repetitive Left of centre, with Joe Jackson on piano, achieved some success but even that was some time ago.
And the problem is that she slipped into obscurity for a reason, namely the later stuff wasn't as good as the first album (or two). The best 4 tracks here are Luka and the three off the first album (Marlene on the Wall, Small Blue Thing and my personal favourite Queen and the Soldier). The very… Read more
Red ~ Taylor Swift
Red ~ Taylor Swift
this is a bit of a thing of shreds and patches.
I bought this CD for my daughter, who loves the singles off it. I had assumed, given the nasal delivery, brattish mannerisms and juvenile content of these tracks, that Ms Swift was an 18 year old in the vein of, say, early Britney. It was therefore something of a surprise to discover that she is in fact (in musical terms) an experienced pro. In fairness to her, several other tracks bear this out. Swift has a good voice and, when used normally on some decent material, the results are quite enjoyable. She also has a third voice - when she sings low, she sounds just like Suzanne Vega.
Overall, not a bad album, personal favourites being… Read more