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Underrated British RnB at it's best
on 4 March 2006
An amazing collection of Beverley Knight's greatest hits, and the title "Voice" is certainly no lie.
When people think of Beverley Knight, many wouldn't know her, whilst others would credit her as an "uptempo Mary J Blige".
The hard truth is that Beverley Knight is a true gem of Britain, with enough soul to impress the sharpest of critics, and the right amount of sass to satisfy a public domain.
This long overdue complimation of Knight's best is a magnificent example of the capabilites of this young star -
The soulful "Shoulda Woulda Coulda" is a beautiful feel-good anthem, which is strickingly similar to Knight's older peer in British RnB - Gabrielle. The chorus is catchy enough to entice radio listeners, but is still a perfect song to lie down and listen to with ease.
"Gold" is a slow, easy listening number from Beverley, and the lyrics and vocals are achingly beautiful. A must listen for anyone, this track seems to have a certain "Mariah Carey/Destiny's Child" aura to it, without the overpowering voice or dance vibe to follow.
"Not To Late For Love" is very similar to "Shoulda Woulda Coulda", again showing public appeal but with chill-out sounds.
The catchy chorus is very pleasing to the ears, however, with most of her work at this stage in Beverley's Career (2004/2005), she seems to have taken a back seat in flaunting vocals, and prefering to focus on getting a strong fanbase, which is hardly a bad thing.
"Made It Back" is a gorgeous number, very urban, very "now" and very similar to what Knight's equals on the other side of the Atlantic seem to be aiming at - a certain je ne sais pas surrounds this track, with a Janet Jackson-esque vibe to compare with.
One of the obvious stand out tracks is Knight's most popular song to date - "Keep This Fire Burning" - an attitude packed summer anthem from 2005, in which she chants her way through one of the most addictive combination of lyrics known to man. This song isn't so much about the numbers of Octaves Knight can hit, instead about the number of people she can get backing her on that almighty chorus. An absolute must listen for Knight-Virgins... Fabulous
"Come As You Are" has comercially been Beverley's most notable single to date, from the same album as "Keep This Fire Going", there is obvious pre-listen thought of similarity, and these thoughts are well justified - "Come As You Are" is another 'A-Grade' track with an almighty chorus, and a summer feel-good vibe to it. A slight contrast is the vocal power, which is outstanding in this track, Ms Knight certainly knows how to hold a note, and this is evident throughout the entire album.
"Get Up" is another sassy track, filled with american influence and pure urban beats, with the syrup lyrics to follow... A certain Carribean vibe on the chorus, and this song can instantly be compared to some of Rhianna's work.
"Piece Of My Heart" is a classic Janis Joplin cover, and the new single from this album - this has to bee the absolute highlight of this Greatest Hits package - It has the power, range, sass and pure soul to be counted as a personal favourite of ALL my music. Heavenly sounds from Beverley Knight who really pushed herself on this one.
Overall, a magnificent mix of multi-genre soul similar to the likes of Jamelia, Mary J Blige, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Beyonce Knowles, Rhianna, Amerie and Gabrielle, with Beverley's very unique twist...
This is a must have for every collection...
I present to you, Ms Beverley Knight, and that outstanding "Voice...."