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on 3 October 2013
Rudimental's debut album is certainly a mixed bag. It starts very well with Home, a song with a pleasantly chilled, summery vibe to it, and is one of the better tunes of the album. The next track 'Feel the Love', is easily the most recognisable song on the album, and like 'Waiting All Night', will be particularly familiar to any students, due to their regular appearance on most club playlists. They're both high quality songs, catchy in their own right and are undeniably the key to Rudimental's fast track success. John Newman's vocals complement the drum and bass group's soundscape perfectly, the raw edginess to it an unquestionably brilliant match to Rudimental's underground sounds. 'Right Here' and 'Hell Could Freeze' are also good tracks, although 'Hell...' may not be to everyone's taste; though Angel Haze's rapping is undeniably skilled, despite how you consider that particular music genre.
Then there is what can only be described as a slump in the album. The songs 'Spoons', 'Hide', 'Powerless' and 'More Than Anything' fail to reach the heights of the previous four, being slow, unmemorable and frankly skippable. This is nothing on any of the guest singers - Emile Sande is one of the UK's greatest assets, apparently - it's just the songs don't really add anything to the album. It's almost as though they added these songs because the album wasn't long enough. Things soon pick up again with 'Not Giving In', which once more features the guest vocals of John Newman, who is on even better form in this song than in 'Feel...', a song which is catchy and different enough that it's interesting to listen to. 'Baby' then follows, again, an interesting track and sandwiched perfectly between 'Not Giving In' and the aforementioned 'Waiting All Night'. The album ends with 'Free', a second song featuring Emile Sande and it's somewhat of a low point to end the album on. It's not necessarily a bad song, just a lot more depressing than the previous 11, and it leaves you feeling the opposite of how you would expect to feel based on the majority of the other songs.
One more positive thing to say about the album, however, is that the production is exquisite, and it's clear a lot of time has been put into the album prior to release, but the main problem is that there's very little consistency between songs. Whilst there is some nice leading into songs (in particular, the way 'Hell Could Freeze' leads into 'Spoons'), there is no overall sound to the album; whilst it's good to have variety, too much variety can be off-putting and this is what happens here.
As a whole, not a bad album, and for a first album, it's really quite an achievement on the part of everyone involved. 7/10.
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on 29 June 2013
Bought as a filler for a father's day gift - with all the classic tracks and number ones that have been out - "feel the love", Waiting all night" and "Im not giving in", this album is perfect....if you love this style of music (and even if you don't) this is a brilliant album...with guest vocals and who doesn't love the tone of the fantastic John Newman who appears on a few occasions and a rising solo star to boot, let the sun shine, get in your car and blast these tunes out. LIke the prodigy back in the day....I cannot wait to see these boys play live....it will be electric. A+++++++
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on 30 July 2013
I have had this CD for a good number of weeks now and virtually play it most of the time. I am always wary of buying an album if I don't know the band or haven't heard at least a few of the tracks but I can honestly say that I love all of the songs (the louder the better). My absolute favourite which made me buy the album in the first place is Feel the Love with John Newman, great compilation of the melody and his voice is superb - can't get enough of it! Look forward to his solo album coming out later this year, but will keep tabs on Rudimental for sure!
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on 20 June 2016
Mostly good, some better but some not so good for me: Maybe as some wander too far into a genre that doesn't work. Worth a listen, but for me not on often. But hey, music is all about personal opinion and taste is it not?!
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on 16 September 2013
Loved Waiting All Night so wondered if the other tracks would be as good. Not disappointed. As other reviewers have noted, great played loud, though also has its mellow moments. Great choice of guest singers. Happy to report not one of those albums where tracks sound much the same.
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on 15 June 2015
Thankyou so much! This cd really cheered me up after a very down day! All we need now is the sunshine beaming down on us and this cd on loud, maybe in the car as don't want to upset the neighbours! ;-)
Brilliant delivery service from amazon as usual! Thankyou. X
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on 8 April 2018
Great songs! Arrived promptly, Recipient very happy.
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on 5 February 2016
This is an excellent album, from which was a new group to me at the time of purchase. I bought it solely on the strength of hearing one single, thought the album very refreshing.
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on 29 May 2013
I have to admit this isnt usually the kind of music i'd buy, but i thought i'd give it a try and too my suprise i was not at all disappointed, this is EXCELLENT and features not too many tracks, and not too little, just right, and the variety of artists who have featured on this LP is generous too, all in all - Fantastic. Can't wait for round 2.
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on 2 March 2014
I usually stick to rock / indie but I seem to have been hearing Rudimental everywhere, and really like a couple of tracks, so I bought the album. Love 2 tracks, like most of the others, and I find 2 tracks hard work and usually skip them.
Good to have a change in listening habits.
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