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From the sublime to the ridiculous
on 4 February 2003
It is obvious on listening to the album the difference between people who can sing and people who are born stars. The album swings between gems, such as the sublime 'lullaby'; melodic and catchy perfectly showcasing the ample vocal talents of Lemar and (my favourite) Ainslie, to downright dire cover versions (or should that be massacres?). Take 'Brown eyed girl' the Van Morrison classic, add cheesy kareoke style backing music, flat vocals and an uninspiring wannabe popstar and you have track 11. The problem with CD's launched on the back of TV series (see gareth gates) is that you are inevitably bias towards your favourite characters- regardless of whether they are producing anything of quality. The album does show some potential- the future stars are very easily identifiable and it is indeed the original material, written by the 'students' which is the most inspiring. The rockier edgier songs; see 'come up and see me', benefit more from decent backing tracks and enthusiastic upbeat performances yet unfortunately the album is let down by flat, basic and quite frankly boring vocals (take note camilla, katie, chris, nigel, ashley and pippa and even, controversially, david). Give me more from the oh so talented Sinead and Ainslie any day and the unexpected talents of Marli and Malachi. Essentially i would recommmend 9 tracks out of the 18; the best being a battle between 'keep me a secret' and 'lullaby', the worst being a closely fought battle by the other half of the album.