- Audio CD (4 April 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Columbia
- ASIN: B004H6OWU2
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,188 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
On a Mission CD
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On A Mission is a genre-defining classic. A 12-track mix of underground beats, pop hooks and a lyrical glance at real life that is reflectively soulful and utterly hedonistically carefree.
It’s easy to believe that Katy B was born to be a chart-topper. That giant beaming grin, the boundless impishness of her vocal; how she stamps her personality all over her music with such ageless excitement. On her debut album On a Mission, she sprints towards the PA for its entire 55 minutes with such a natural thrill that only those with hearts of steel won’t find something to love.
Katy B is the poster-girl for a new type of pop, and then some – she’s the poster-girl for herself. Far from an Auto-Tuned mannequin, she’s self aware and an effortless star. And there’s humour too, neatly evidenced in the sharp wit of her casual rhyme on Easy Please Me, which features the lyric "Standing in the bar / With my friend Olivia". This kind of edgy, fresh sound hasn’t been seen on a pop debut since Sugababes and Artful Dodger first landed in the charts.
On a Mission moves through house, dubstep, drum’n’bass, rave, UK garage and RnB with ease, attacking each with such accessibility it’s not hard to imagine each track topping the singles charts. Early single Lights On is bold and oh-so-catchy, while Witches Brew adds a more vicious, cluttered sound to the mix.
The production is sharp and cutting throughout, never losing its feverish hi-NRG. DJ Zinc adds a smattering of 90s house and Benga splices her songs with clattery sounds; Rinse FM co-founder Geeneus’ addition is a deep house groove which translates perfectly to Katy B’s warm vocal. The way she feels each note emulates less obvious artists, at least from this side of the Atlantic – the likes of Marsha Ambrosius and Jazmine Sullivan are all fair reference points for the soul in their voice.
Katy B is a new breed of singer, adding a vibrant gloss to a new combination of sounds with a charm and personality all of her own. She’s shining bright and crying out to be taken on as Britain’s new favourite pop star – and if this album is anything to go by, it looks like the stage is set.
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Top Customer Reviews
The first 3 tracks are actually the weakest on the album in my opinion, i was never really fan of Kayt's debut single "Katy on a mission" but many will no doubt disagree, things really step up a gear from "Witches brew" a sort of drum and bass pop hybrid which wouldn't sound out of place on a girls aloud album. "Movement" likewise is a great bouncy number with a catchy chorus. "Go away" is a lovely dubstep ballad and "Disappear" delves into broken beat territory and is another slower number. New single "Broken record" with it's sped up funky drummer break is another highlight and 2nd single "Lights on" ft ms dynamite evokes 90's style garage with an infectious melody. One of my favourite tracks though is "Perfect Stranger" with a slow verse structure and frantic drum and bass chorus with a great hook. One of the most interesting tracks is the very last song "Hard to get" a lovely deep house track, i'd personally like to Katy delve more into this arena on future albums as if this track is anything to go she seems very comfortable in this arena.
Rinse Fm's geenus and zinc who originally took a gamble on Katy years back developing her career must be given credit for the great production on this album and developing her talents.
By far the best album i've heard do far this year, you can keep your Adele's, Give me Katy anyday!
The singles "On a Mission" and "Lights Out" have received lots of airplay and it's easy to see why, with infectiously catchy vocals and solid dubstep-inspired electro-beats there is little not to like. Whether you're getting ready to head out, dancing your head off already or simply tapping your toes on the bus, Katy B's stylings are more than suitable. She has an incredible voice and really can sing, choosing to leave her voice single-tracked in some places and never hiding behind post-processing electrified vocals like so many other chart artists today.
But it's not all aggressive 'grimy' electronic dub step, a couple of the tracks such as "Go Away" & "Easy Please Me" have underground-inspired beats but are actually a lot more melancholy than the genre usually allows and this is really refreshing and innovative.
An impressive debut album, highly recommended and I look forward to more from Katy B!!
In the past I have bought so many albums but now I only buy a few good ones each year. I think this album is a great first album for Katy B and a huge achievement and definitely the best album I'll buy this year. Although artists like Adele and Tinnie Tempah are great, Katy B has captured a unique sound and has taken it to a wider audience. The tracks on the album do not follow a 'predictable' pop pattern, the beats change and her vocals are exciting. I just cant big this album up enough.
I hope Katy B keeps to what she's doing now and gets better and better at it. I'd hate to see her take the route of some of the other talented London artists who have de-railed and not really been able to pick themselves back up.
Well done Katy B and producers. Great Album!
All of the songs on the album are good but Number 1 on my CD Power on me and Easy please me are my favourite's along with witches brew as this is just such fun, if you like a boy a lot you just wish you could do that. But the track that blows my mind is Easy please me as the vocals and the lyrics on this song were amazing and I just loved the line "no boy is on the level believe me" THAT COULD NOT BE MORE TRUE and I just totally found a friend in this song. Also the sound on Easy please me blew me away as it sounded like a fusion of modern Dub-step and early eighties new romantics, the electronics and synthase sound came across as very similar to sounds from say 1981 (particularly the intro) let alone 2011. Overall I was thoroughly impressed by the originality of this album as well as being an incredible dance and electronic modern masterpiece.
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I'm not a massive fan of more "modern" music, but this album is a good one.Published 23 days ago by Ben
This album is a strange one for me as im a metalhead and never listen to anything else. I bought this as i heard the song on a mission amd to my surprise i liked so i bought the... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great album. Original, well written and well recorded.Published 4 months ago by Mallory H Nicholls