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  • Audio CD (12 Oct. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B002KL0IYU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Break Your Heart
  2. Dirty Picture - Taio Cruz, Ke$ha
  3. No Other One
  4. Forever Love
  5. Take Me Back "Part 2" - Taio Cruz, Tinchy Stryder
  6. Best Girl
  7. I'll Never Love Again
  8. Hip Strings
  9. Falling In Love
  10. Keep Going
  11. Feel Again
  12. The 11th Hour

Product Description

Product Description

Taio Cruz-s hugely anticipated second album, Rokstarr features the number 1 smash "Break Your Heart" as well his top 3 collaboration with Tinchy Stryder "Take You Back". Special guests on the album include superhot rising US star Ke$ha and Tinchy Stryder. Written, produced and arranged by the multi-talented Cruz the twelve track set also features "Dirty Picture", "I’ll Never Love Again", "Only You", "Feel Again" and the UK Bonus track "The 11th Hour".

BBC Review

With pop still enjoying a purple patch of anti-disposability, initiated to some extent by the rise to prominence of producers like Xenomania and Richard X, there’s never been a better opportunity for London’s Taio Cruz to make his mark. And with his track Break Your Heart doing the business on the singles chart – it debuted at number one – this second album is perfectly timed.

Comprised of 11 original numbers and his Tinchy Stryder hook-up Take Me Back, all of which feature Cruz as at least a co-writer (befitting given his history as a songwriter for Will Young and current calling as a collaborator with the likes of Sugababes, Britney Spears and Cheryl Cole), Rokstarr bounces to a beat that feels fresh and vibrant. Even at its slowest moments – the glitchy RnB of Best Girl, the syrupy I’ll Never Love Again and Forever Love’s Vocoder-smoulder – this collection sounds like tomorrow’s hits, today.

That number one was written for Girl-Aloud-gone-solo Cole, but made its way back to Cruz after drawing a blank from the sometime talent show judge’s management team. And the result is one that’s gone some way to making Cruz into the star he is at present, the track a naggingly infectious, smooth-of-chorus affair with a vocal hook so sharp and barbed it’s a wonder one can think of anything else for a full ten minutes after it’s finished. As far as calling cards go, it’s up there with Sound of the Underground.

Not that Cruz hadn’t enjoyed chart success before now – last year saw Come On Girl make the top five, and its parent LP, Departure, went top 20 – but Rokstarr really marks his arrival as a pop force to be reckoned with, and will see many other artists flock to work with him. Dirty Picture, featuring US singer Ke$ha, is the kind of track Sugababes should be patching up their every difference ever for, and Only You takes the anthemic atmosphere of Take That at their most mother-and-daughter friendly and puts a neat contemporary RnB spin on proceedings.

With such a talent obviously crying out for attention, and rightly receiving it, there’s only really one question to end on: why, oh why, is the title spelled like that? Answers on a virtual postcard, please. --Mike Diver

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By The Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Oct. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Mr Cruz's second album is a pop album and a very good one.
The twelve tracks in this collection have their sights
on the middle of the dancefloor and this is where they will
find many new friends and feel most at home.

He has learned his lessons well; understanding how to create
just the right balance between beats and melody (and there are
some infectiously big beats here as well as satisfying tunes).

'No Other One' is a good example of his lightness of touch.
(Lose the vocoder and it would have been almost perfect).
The layered staccato yodel-like incidental harmonies are a hoot.

However cliched, 'Forever Love' is destined to be another hot
favorite underneath that great-disco-ball-in-the-sky!
Stonking great slabs of sound to hurl yourself around to wantonly.
(Only if that is your inclination of course !)

The pace doesn't let up too often. 'Best Girl' is just about
as laid-back as things get but it is a somewhat lacklustre song.
'Feel Again' is a much stronger composition which allows Mr Cruz
to show off his not inconsiderable vocal talents.
When he hits those risky top notes he has the ability to
raise a goosebump or two. It is a fine performance.

Highlights would have to include 'Dirty Picture' with its
teasingly risque lyrical subject and a grinding synth motif
worthy of Mr Oizo at his most raucous.
I particularly enjoyed 'Keep Going' for its uplifting killer chorus.

Dance, pop and a soulful voice have come together here
in a persuasively convincing way. It is a feel-good album
and we all need to feel good sometimes don't we?

Keep one eye over your shoulder Ne Yo I'm thinking !

Recommended.
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This is a good album overall, I'll get that out of the way now. It's clearly in the dancefloor filler stylee which is a nice perk up for the winter months.
But...

1) Taio is vocoded to within an inch of his life yet again, when I'm sure he can actually sing.
2) We're paying to hear the lead track from Departure "I'll never love again"... AGAIN! What's with that?

And if you have Tinchy Stryder's Catch 22, you're another track down already. So in effect we're only getting 10 tracks here of mixed quality.

That's a shame and a bit tight. Hopefully the next Taio outing is an evolution rather than more of the same.
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This is a very good album, even better than his first one. I love the fact that the well known songs are different versions on the album. Also great value for money. In a world where artists are releasing 10 track albums it's great to get a full length one (17 tracks)
Go and buy it!!
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this is a great second album! my fav song is 'break your heart'. its so catchy and im glad it did so well in the charts! great comeback from taio! rebecca f
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This album is AMAZING!!! I love how Taio puts all of his heart into writting the lyrics of these songs. The album name is fantastic Rokstarr. My favorite songs of this album are:
1) Take Me Back ft. Tinchy Stryder
2) Dirty Picture ft. Ke$ha
3) Break Your Heart
All the songs are amazing but these were the 3 songs that really stood out for me. The lyrics in them were amazing and it's obvious it took Taio a long time to write each of these 3 songs, And his voice was so beautiful singing them. It would be amazing if Taio teamed up with Ne-Yo for his next album because you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between them. I defenetly reccommend Rokstarr to every Taio fan out there because it is well worth the money.
Jade L
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This is such a diverse album. It has soooooo many different genre's of music on it, and collabs with NDubz and Tinchy, both of which are INCREDIBLE. If you like dance music, rnb, garage, drum and bass..... You will like songs on this album, and it includes the HUUUUUUGE number 1 Break Your Heart, what more could you want?
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This is Taio's second album, and i must say, its much better than his first!
I was a fan anyway so i was pleased to see him bounce back with the song 'break your heart'. Its so catchy, and its also great that new artist Ke$ha features on the album, on the second track. This isnt one to be missed - recommended!
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Great album, well worth the money. Nice to see the UK RnB has died a death. However I believe this album is more dance than RnB. Not as fresh as his first album, as most tracks sound kinda similar but great music to workout too!
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