- Vinyl (9 Sept. 2013)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Maxi
- Label: The Orchard
- ASIN: B00DQC3TH0
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- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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V V Brown launched onto the scene in 2009 with her debut album Travelling Like the Light selling over 200,000 copies worldwide (including being certified gold in France) and single Shark on the Water scanning over 500,000 in the USA alone. After this success, V V took a 2 year hiatus from music to establish a clothing line named VVVintage. Now she is returning to music, with a much darker, alternative album Samson & Delilah produced by Dave Okumu (The Invisibles) and Pierre-Marie Maulini (formerly of M83). Influences cited by V V include the likes of The Knife and Little Dragon, with the lead single Samson obtaining critical acclaim from both fans (375k+ views on YouTube) and tastemakers alike, including plays on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 1Xtra
Top customer reviews
VV Brown (Vanessa to her friends), in her previous incarnation as
perpetrator of the execrable 2009 debut album 'Travelling Like The
Light', has bounced back after her sojourn in the land of haberdashery,
with a recording so distinctive and gob-smackingly good that I shall now
probably have to eat my hat, never having believed that the listening
world would ever be likely to hear from her again. This one is a winner.
Goodness knows what's happened to Ms Brown's voice. It hardly seems
possible listening to these eleven songs that it can be the same artist.
Out with the scrappy soul/R&B pastiche; in with the surreal quasi-operatic
soundscapes and blisteringly good vocal performances. It's wonderfully
weird stuff; just a little bit West End in its genes but with a twist of
something a tad more edgy and unpredictable in its blood and teeth
and bones. There's drama here in rich abundance and it's got me hooked.
From the widescreen grandiosity of opening track 'Substitute For Love'
and the dark and drafty corridors of 'Looking For Love' (a real stunner!);
via the odd nod and wink to Grace Jones provided by the frisky 'The Apple';
to the bleak but emotionally stirring conclusion 'Beginning', Ms Brown kept me
totally enthralled. I had not the slightest inkling of what might happen next!
By any standard known to man or beast this is extraordinary stuff.
Suddenly I'm a believer!
This has got to be one of the bravest, boldest and most cutting-edge pop albums I've ever heard. The production is superb, with rumbling bass, bleeps and blips, and great percussion. Topping it all off is the vocals, which is what really makes the album, having been fed through all sorts of effects, giving each track its own personality.
It doesn't really sound like any of these artists, but when I listen I hear bits of Grace Jones, Julia Holter, Laurie Anderson, Joan Armatrading and Bjork. But at heart it's still a pop album, just a very, very ambitious one. Hats off to Miss Brown.
Then, after about listen number 4, things start to fall into place, sounds start to appear you hadn't heard before, lyrics unravel and the album comes alive.
The title track is heavy, dark and quite menacing, and it kicks off a run of songs that pound at your ear drums, and also your head...it sort of draws you in and slaps you about a bit.
As others have said, the Apple is a standout, yet after another listen, it is clear that this is more of a piece than parts, and should be listened to as the artist intended.
I would advise anyone who wants to understand what I mean, to find an empty room, space, car etc, turn up your stereo and immerse yourself in this album. It is really worth the effort and hopefully more people will understand what a talent VV Brown is.
Consequently I went and bought this and I'm pleased I did. The whole album is really impressive throughout.
Others have commented about the operatic sounds. Well, for me and when listened to on a good system, the sound definitely comes across as grandiose and all encompassing - this is a good thing. You feel involved in the tracks and it doesn't really sound like pop at all. Many of the tracks have an almost avant garde sound to them - for example "Igneous" with it's pulsing, dark and throbbing beat, quite unlike anything else on the album or "Samson" with it's apparently off kilter rhythms but which hooks you in via the engaging lyrics.
A special mention as well to the opening track "Substitute for love". This is delightful. It's slow but detailed and demands your attention. This is a real gem.
Judging by a couple of conflicting reviews this album seems to have divided opinion so I guess you need to decide whether you think this for you or not. Personally I really like it and I guess that as you're reading these reviews you've probably been inspired enough to look VV Brown up. If that's the case then I suggest it might be worth your while investing a little cash.
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Well done V V Brown