on 8 December 2011
After seeing this singer on the X factor (which she should have won by far),I have waited ages to hear her gorgeous voice again. Now atlast an album is released. Gorgeous songs, a brilliant debut album. Rebeccas voice is in a league of it's own, it's unique and instantly recognizable, unlike lots of other artistes of today that can sound all the same.Buy this album, you won't be disappointed. Every song is enjoyable. I for one hope she goes far and doesn't simply sink into oblivion like so many others. Very good luck to her.
on 9 December 2011
It's only taken 8/9 series, but X Factor has produced some talent.
This album is pretty wonderful.
I feel like I have to start with the most interesting song first - Fighting Suspicions.
I wrote down everything I liked about while it was playing and it is the biggest mish mash of styles I've ever heard in one song. But it works. Right, so it starts all jazz/film noir-esque with the bass and piano etc, and you can actually pretty much picture a smoky Manhattan speakeasy. But then this 90s r'n'b beat kicks in along with some James Bond strings, which shouldn't work after the intro, but does. The first proper verse sounds a lot like The Fugee's version of Killing Me Softly, which I don't know was intentional. Oh yeah, then the bridge verges on reggae, which is BIZARRE (but again, sounds fine). The chorus is total James Bond with the swooping strings and stuff. From there it just kinda blends together and sounds really cool, even if it features the most awkward 'putting-it-in-because-it-rhymes-and-makes-sense-contextually lyric of 'Fighting suspicions, ladies intuitions.' Ehhhh. I've got no problem with the first bit, but the 'ladies intuitions' is so awkward I physically cringe every time I hear it. But other than that, fantastic song!
The rest of the album is good too, I'll get to that now, I just couldn't stop writing about that song.
Okay so Nothing's Real But Love is good on the album, but I kinda feel it loses a certain something as opposed to the acoustic version I heard a while ago, which pretty much blew me away. Great track, though.
Glitter and Gold is total Adele, isn't it? I really like it, but I can see why people would make the comparison. Kinda seems more a warning to herself than someone else though, as I've read by another reviewer. She's also getting her sass on and that's never a bad thing.
Shoulder to Shoulder is maybe my favourite song on here. One of those songs about a failing relationship that everyone can relate to without it ever feeling cliched. It's just beautiful, but again, I prefer the acoustic version I've heard before. Also, towards the end she does a weird growl thing that sounds completely out of place. Again, I love this song but it's just a couple of things in this studio version that are like '...really, though?'.
Fairytale is a cool little song. Not a standout, but really catchy and upbeat and whatever. I like it.
Mr Bright Eyes is really bop-along-to-able. It reminds me of... something I can't put my finger on. It's definitely something 90s-ish, but I'm not sure.
Also, I like that while this album does do its fair share of raiding the 60s a la every young popstress over the last five or six years, it throws in some 90s grooooooves (I realised I couldn't get away with 'grooves' in the first place, so just went all out on it, cause why not, eh?) and some smoky-jazz touches. Love love love. Also also, Rebecca's voice totally lends itself to the 60s thing, doesn't it? Yep.
Teach Me How to be Loved I like. It's intentionally simple, but I don't think the melody's quite interesting enough for it to be that simple. Nice enough track, though, and of course, R-Fergz sells the hell out of it.
Run Free is like a track from the album she could have made if she went another way, like when she did that version of Sweet Dreams on the X Factor (which was pretty amazeballs). It's good and she can pull off dance diva in her bloody sleep, but it feels out of place on this album.
Diamond to Stone is some honest to goodness smooth soul. I'd prefer it if it were a bit jazzier I think. It's a bit... I don't want to say 'bland', because it's not, but I feel like it could have benefited from some more time spent on it. It's pleasant enough, though.
Too Good to Lose closes the album and kind of sounds like a Take That song to begin with with the piano. Am I alone in thinking that? Probably. But anyway, it moves on past that and again adds some 90s beats and is a good one to end on, I think. It's all upbeat and stuff and is also probably the most modern sounding song on here, but kind of in a Amy Winehouse on 'Frank' way, where it's modern but has some more old-school sensibilities to it.
So overall, if you're still with me, this is really impressive, especially as a first album written and recorded in less than a year.
I highly recommend it.
on 9 December 2011
Although Rebecca Ferguson was far and away the best talent on last years X Factor - and she should of won. But..........thankfully she didn't, otherwise Simon Cowell would have got his hooks into her and we wouldn't have had this fantastic debut.
Its been a long time coming, but well worth the wait. Credit to her for taking the decision to co-write her songs - it would have been so easy to sing others' songs, or do covers. Am so glad she didn't.
on 9 December 2011
I can't get enough of this album. It's good when you first hear it and just keeps growing on you. It's emotional, boppy, soulful, thoughtful, hopeful, real. It makes you smile! Listening to this with headphones and I still get goosebumps occasionally. Something I rarely get with new albums, and I've not had once in the 2011 live X-factor series :-( It's somewhere between Norah Jones and Duffy with a bit of 60s thrown in - it's Rebecca Ferguson I guess! Her personality absolutely shines through the whole album. I love it, it's a grown-up album, but I also love the fact that my 6 & 9 year old daughters choose to play it already too. Can't wait till the next one!