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5.0 out of 5 stars Shaznay Is Open
During the influx of girl bands, after many record industry heads dismissed them as unprofitable until a phenomenon called the Spice Girls happened, All Saints were already an established band with something else to offer. While the Spice Girls successfully merged camp with pop in a delicious parcel, the All Saints took a more chill and soulful approach to their songs...
Published on 29 July 2004 by Nasser Alqatami

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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Was ok didn't like it much.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Debut, 22 Aug 2004
This review is from: Open (Audio CD)
After All Saints it was only a matter of time before the truely 'talented one' emerged. And she does, Shaznay Lewis begins her debut career with 'Open'.
Track 1: We start off with an introduction, just longer than a minute. I love it. Personally I would of liked this to have been continued into a full-length song. Using the title of the album, she introduces herself and 'opens the door to let us in'. 10/10
Track 2: Definately the second single. A strong up tempo song featuring a rap by Biz Markie. She sings about dancing with her ideal partner. She sings 'I don't wanna stop', and I don't want her to, a great song. 8/10
Track 3: The debut single, and one of my favourites on the album. It's a slow ballad, but with a bit of kick. A perfectly produced pop record. 9/10.
Track 4: Probably the worst record on the album. Mr Dawg is the only song not co-written by Shaznay, and is produced by Basement Jaxx. Annoyingly repetitive, too bad that Basement Jaxx couldn't save it. 6/10
Track 5: Starts of with crackling in the background to give the impression of an old record. Features backing vocals from former All Saints pal Mel Blatt. She sings about a former lover she fell for but who broke her heart. Fairly bland song, up tempo but just plods on. 7/10
Track 6: You is a slower song that we've heard so far. There's not much background music so her voice stands out above all else. She sings about how everything good in the world reminds her of the person she loves. Very good. 8/10
Track 7: This is where Shaznay comes into her own, and is definitely a competitor for the third single. This is probably the best song on the album. An up tempo song, using pathetic fallacy to show the state of her romantic affairs. She sings about the rain falling when she thinks of him, and that there's no sunshine in her world. Reminds me of British weather! 10/10
Track 8: Shaznay continues her run of fantastic songs with Butterflies. She gets them when she looks into his eyes. Very lively. 9/10
Track 9: Another of my favourites off the album. It's another lively one, about her fetish for bad boys. The chorus explains how she's hypnotised by the dangerous boy, and how he catches her looking at him. A catchy chorus hooks you in. 10/10
Track 10: Radio is a qwerky fast paced song. I don't understand the story behind this song so I can't really comment; something about pain on the radio. But it's infectious. 9/10
Track 11: This is definately a grower. She tells us of her pain since her love has gone. Tthe chorus is quite catchy, but it's not one of the best songs on the album. Still a great end to a fantastic album. 7/10
I hope this helps you, and has persuaded you to add this musical masterpiece to your collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 22 Oct 2014
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Was ok didn't like it much.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Massive let down..., 19 Aug 2004
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After hearing the wonderful 'Never Felt Like This Before', I was awaiting this album with anticipation. I can't help feel massively disappointed.
From 60's tinged 'Dance' to the reggae mess of 'Mr Dawg' (common across quite a few songs here) - this is an album trying to be too many things to too many people. There's also way too many blatant sample loops.
Shaznay's appeal is her distinctive voice. 'You' is a nice ballad and does allow her voice to come through, but the best song on the album for me is still 'Never Felt Like This Before' (not a clear representation of the rest of the album AT ALL!).
There are quite a few songs ('Heart Made Me A Fool' is one) which sound like she's forcing her voice above the backing, and that spoils her tone.
I read somewhere she was set to oust Beverley Knight as the new queen of British Soul/RnB. Beverley Knight's new album absolutely blows this out of the water.
I've changed the stars from three to two to three to two etc. It's staying as a two as I'm really not interested in listening to it after just a few listens.
I do hope she makes another album - as I said, I do like her voice a lot, but she needs better material than this offers.
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1 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Expectations Were Obviously Too High, 5 Aug 2004
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The expectations were obviously too high for Shaznay Lewis. After taking a four year absence due to 'writers block' it's no surprise that her return to the charts caused little more than a slight wimper. 'Never Felt Like This Before' is a real taster of what this album has to offer - not a lot.
Unlike her ex-band mates Appleton, Shaznay was unable to score a top 5 hit with her 1st solo outing and even the 'Open' album charted much lower than 'Everything's Eventual'.
Shaznay Lewis' voice sounds much like that of a small child sucking a hellium balloon all afternoon. Her once interesting and spot-on lyrics have evolved into obvious and cheesy. Shaznay's album is already sliding down the charts and at this rate she can kiss goodbye to any future releases. Her next single 'You' is due out in September, however there's little hope than yet another soppy love song is going to save this sinking ship.
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