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Still All Saints..,
This review is from: Studio 1 (Audio CD)
They split ..went solo ..did TV ..and came back - and all of that seems largely influential on this album (well ...except for the jungle). This is album I feel falls right in the middle of the Appleton effort 'Everythings Eventual' and Shaznay Lewis' 'Open'. I can even hear hints of 'see me' - One of Mel Blatt's few solo outings in places. This album feels as though it's pretty much picked up where 'Saints and Sinners' left off over 4 years ago. For me - it works. It feels like a clash of William orbit with somethin more to the right mainstream (though not a producer on the album) in places - most mentionably on 'On And On' - quite a sweet piece of music - and My personal favourite on the album 'Fundamental'. There's noteable references to bashy rnb - in 'headlock' (another favourite) 'hell no' ..and 'Flashback' we see bouncy production and feisty lyrics to match. 'Headlock' in particular feels like it could've belonged on Shaznay Lewis' 'Open' - though fits much more appetisingly here. Beyond the afformentioned, Tracks such as 'Not eazy' and 'One me and you' serve almost as 'part 2s' to other tracks on the album ('Not eazy' sounding very much like 'Rock Steady' to begin before moving on ..and 'One me and you' feeling like the link to 'On and on').
All in All - A really impressive comeback ..different enough that it's fresh - but still very much All Saints.