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  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B002YT9QL4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,596 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Should there be an Adele- or Duffy-shaped hole in your life right now, Roxanne Tataei might well be the new kid on the breezy pop-soul block to fill it. The south Londoner's debut album doesn't shine in quite the same way as introductory sets from the aforementioned, and certainly isn't close to equalling the modern era-defining work of Amy Winehouse, but it's a pleasant enough collection that, at its highs, showcases a young singer bursting with potential.

When Memoirs hits these peaks it's never less than tremendous fun. My Baby Left Me might tell of a lover walking out the door, but it's so catchy of chorus that any undertones of romantic breakdown are overlooked in favour of bopping along merrily. It's the kind of song that should be heard drifting from open windows, of both car and home, this summer, if the chart gods were feeling a little RnB'ed out. (As it is, the song only made number 91 when it was previously released–but it certainly deserves another crack.) No Going Back is another great number, Rox performing powerfully atop a Hammond-driven arrangement that seems to sound both archaic of design and cutting of edge at once. The snappy percussion on Page Unfolds keeps proceedings sharper than expensive tailoring, and Forever Always Wishing slows its step, picks up an acoustic guitar and turns in a ballad to remember.

Rox comes unstuck, though, through a predictable-enough lack of consistency–like many a debut, Memoirs doesn't know quite where to settle style-wise, veering from excellence to excruciation. Heart Ran Dry retains the acoustic element of the preceding Forever Always Wishing, but is more sketchy X Factor audition than a track worthy of making any album's final cut. Given a little oomph it could well have been a standout selection–but in this skeletal presentation it gives Rox's voice too much space to fluctuate. And when she aims for the higher end of her register, it doesn't always end happily. A couple of efforts are too close to Pixie Lott for comfort, and Rocksteady is a completely wrong turn, taking Rox into reggae territories without anyone studying the prerequisite guidelines for avoiding the pitfall of sounding like a cringe-worthy novelty record.

But said flaws aren't ones that can't be addressed. Rox should move forward confident that, when the material's right, she can hold her own with the majority of her peers. --Mike Diver

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I just purchased the album this week, i watched an amazing performance of Rox on Later with Jools Holland a few months ago. This is a stunning debut album with lots of great tracks and amazing production, its one of best recent British soul albums over last 5 years or so in my opinion. The stand out tracks include Rock Steady, Not Going Back and Baby Left me. in fact every track evokes lots of feelings and positivity. There are shades of Motown ,Lauryn Hill ,Corrine Bailey Rae , so she is very well influenced. Rox is definitely one to watch for the future- a brighter future indeed for British soul .

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Rox's debut album "Memoirs," combines pop and soul with memorable hooks and live instrumentation. Debut single, "My Baby Left Me," is a good indication of the sound of the album and is one of the strongest tracks. Other standout tracks include "No Going Back," "I Don't Believe," and the hauntingly beautiful "Oh My."

The rest of the tracks are much more laid back and many blend into one another (Breakfast In Bed, Precious Moments) which makes for easy listening until it is interrupted by the reggae influenced Rocksteady which, in my opinion, sounds out of place.

Flawless vocals and a catchy melodies make this one of the best albums to come out of the UK in a long time. This is definitely worth a listen particularly if you like artists such as Corinne Bailey Rae.
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This is an album full of great songs, beautifully sung and well arranged. Not often will I start googling an artist on the strength of hearing a single track on the radio but after hearing "My Baby left Me" I was relieved to find that a full album was due out in June. Well, it's out, it's a great album so if you like strong poppy ballads sung with real authority, you can't go wrong.
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Been listening to Rox since I heard her on Jules' Later and the album lives up to the promise. No weak tracks despite some record label orchestration in places. Her backing group alone are superb and need no additions. The only thing missing is some acoustic tracks - Rox are really good au naturelle.
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Great voice & clearly very talented, its such a shame then that she's been so badly let down by poor production values. Honestly, it's like listening to it via someone else's ipod, sat next to you on the train. The tracks are 'tinnie' beyond belief & by half way through it became almost painful to listen to. I can only assume the low production costs are why this album was so cheap in the first place but I'd have been more than happy to pay more for it if the quality had been better. As it stands this will just sit on my shelf gathering dust rather than being played over & over again, as it deserves to be.
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Memoirs is an absolute gem of an album. A mixture of bluesy soul written and sung from the heart. Rox's voice is absolutely beautiful. It can be so powerful but so delicate. Track after track you know that she feels every word that she sings of each beautifully crafted song. The amount of talent on the London scene at the moment is amazing, Rox, Miss Baby Sol, Tara London, Kadija Kamara. I highly recommend adding Memoirs to your collection. You wont be disappointed.
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I bought this album after hearing track 10 "rocksteady" in a restaurant and downloading the track on Shazam. Great album, interesting voice, my personal view is that she is best suited to reggae songs, but who knows, when I am able to take the CD of 'repeat of track 10', i might hear what else she has to offer. Hope she brings out some new stuff soon
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By Jules on 1 Jun. 2011
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I read about this artist in a Sunday supplement magazine and listened to one of her songs on You Tube and loved her, a unique voice and different so I promised myself I would buy this album and it's great. Stunning.
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