Album Review: Emeli Sande – Our Version of Events

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I am very proud to say that the UK is producing a lot of talent recently. With Adele gaining chart success worldwide and Rebecca Ferguson being independent on making the music that she loves, and the topic of this album review – Emeli Sande! I’m ready for the UK to takeover.

Emeli Sande has released her debut album “Our Version of Events”. The first time I heard of Emeli Sande was on Tinie Tempah’s album “Disc-Overy” where she featured on a track called “Let Go”, from then I was a fan of her voice but didn’t take time to research into her. Then we heard her on Professor Green’s single “Read All About” which went to Number one within the UK and was number one for two weeks. Now we are enabled to indulge into Emeli Sande personally with “Our Version of Events”.

Emeli starts the album with her hit single “Heaven” which is a personal favourite of mine. The track is very modern and I can see why it was a success on the UK Charts. However the album isn’t just for the mainstream crowd. I would like to talk about a track called “Where I Sleep” which has a smooth reggae beat to it but is very soulful. With the lyrics such as:

“See…the times are changing I`m sure on nothing and I know except this is us, this is love and this is where I’m home! In a world that`s breaking, When nothing is for keep, But this is us, this is love And this is where I sleep.”

Emeli gives very good relationship advice on the track called “Maybe”. This track breaks down the symptoms of a relationship that is breaking. Emeli gives recommendations to try and revive the relationship. The track could be seen as simple but it is very soulful. Continuing on from the track “Maybe” we have the track “Suitcase”. This to me is a continuous of “Maybe”. “Suitcase” caught my heart when I heard the chorus, I was left speechless. “My baby’s got a suitcase. Telling me it’s too late. But don’t anybody – please don’t ask me why! Cause all I did was love him, but I can’t stop him walking. My baby’s got a suitcase, please don’t ask me why!” I know there has been someone out there that can relate to this song! Have you ever loved someone and they just up and left and you don’t why? “Suitcase” is for you.

Emeli’s third single of the album “Next to me” has to be my outstanding favourite track on the album. The production of the track just appeals to me! It’s defiantly the track on the album that I find myself turning up my speakers and repeating continuous times!

You must also check out Emeli Sande’s simplistic version of “Read All about It (Part IV)”. Emeli belts out this song with a piano alongside her. I’ve noticed that this is a fan favourite track off the album and it is a favourite of mine.

I find myself listening to Emeli Sande’s album while washing the dishes, cleaning my room, packing away clothes etc. It is defiantly an album to listen to whilst doing house chores. However I would also listen to this track on a Friday night with a glass of wine to let my mind relax. However I still believe that we have not heard the best of Emeli’s vocal range. I still feel that there is more to come of Emeli Sande, this is just the beginning of a young English lady on the road to success. I would defiantly recommend this album to anybody of any age! It appeals to all ages in my eyes.

My favourite tracks:

  • Heaven
  • My Kind Of Love
  • Where I Sleep
  • Clown
  • Daddy (feat. Naughty Boy)
  • Maybe
  • Suitcase
  • Next To Me
  • Hope
  • Read All About It (Part IV)
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My Most Played Tracks of 2011! / What I’m Listening to for January 2012

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Hello Guys, as 2011 has come to an end I would like to share with you the most played artists/albums I played during the year. Artists such as Katy B, Tiffany Evans, Adele, Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson, Keyshia Cole, Chris Brown, J. Cole and Jay-Z and Kanye West are all included! Check out the playlist below:

IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER

  1. Keyshia Cole – “Calling All Hearts”
    Sometimes
    Take Me Away
    Better Me
    I Ain’t Thru (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
    Long Way Down
    So Impossible
    Confused In Love
  2. DJ Khaled – Legendary (feat. Chris Brown, Keyshia Cole & Ne-Yo)
  3. Keri Hilson – Bahm Bahm (Do It Once Again I Want You)
  4. Alicia Keys:
    Distance and Time (The Element Of Freedom)
    Juiciest (Songs In A Minor 10th Anniversary) [Deluxe Edition]
  5. Jennifer Hudson – “I Remember Me”
    I Got This
    Where You At
    I Remember Me
    Gone
    Why Is It So Hard
    Angel
    Everybody Needs Love
    No One Gonna Love You
    Still Here
    Feeling Good
  6. J. Cole – “Cole World: The Sideline Story”
    In The Morning (Feat. Drake)
    Work Out
    Lost Ones
    Nobody’s Perfect (Feat. Missy Elliott)
    Breakdown
    Daddy’s Little Girl
  7. Alexandra Burke – Perfect
  8. Kelly Rowland – Motivation (Feat. Lil’ Wayne)
  9. Katy B – “On A Mission”:
    Katy On A Mission
    Power On me
    Broken Record
    Lights On (feat. Ms. Dynamite)
    Go Away
    Easy Please Me
  10. Nicki Minaj – “Pink Friday”:
    Superbass
    Girls Falls Like Dominoes
    Moment 4 Life (feat. Drake)
  11. Bruno Mars:
    The Lazy Song (Doo Wops  & Hooligans)
    It Will Rain
  12. Adele – Rolling In The Deep
  13. Diggy Simmons – Copy Paste
  14. JoJo – The Other Chick
  15. Beyonce – “4”
    1+1
    Start Over
    Love On Top
    End Of Time
    Countdown
    Schoolin’ Life
    Dance For You
    Run The World (Girls)
    I Care
    I Was Here
  16. Beyonce – Move Your Body (feat. Swizz Beats)
  17. Monica – Anything (To Find You) (feat. Rick Ross)
  18. Tyga:
    Far Away (feat. Chris Richardson)
    Reminded (feat. Adele)
  19. David Guetta – “Nothing But The Beat”
    Repeat (Feat. Jessie J)
    Where Them Girls At (Feat. Flo-Rida & Nicki Minaj)
    I Just Wanna Fuck (feat. Timabaland & Dev)
  20. Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Watch The Throne”
    Ni**as In Paris
    Who Gon’ Stop Me
    Lift Off (Feat. Beyonce)
  21. The Weeknd – The Morning
  22. Jessie J – “Who You Are”
    Who You Are
    Big White Room
    Who’s Laughing Now
  23. Michael Jackson – Keep Your Head Up
  24. Teairra Mari – Round & Round
  25. Chipmunk – Champion (feat. Chris Brown)
  26. Kanye West:
    All Of The Lights (My Beautiful Dark Fantasy)
    Mama’s Boyfriend
  27.  Chris Brown – “F.A.M.E”
    Look At Me Now (feat. Busta Rhymes & Lil’ Wayne)
    She Ain’t You
    Wet The Bed (Feat. Ludacris)
  28. Ms. Dynamite – Neva Soft
  29. Jennifer Lopez – Run The World
  30. Nicole Scherzinger – Right There
  31. Dev – Bass Down Low (feat. The Cataracs)
  32. Jordin Sparks – I Am Woman
  33. Lady GaGa – Marry The Night
  34. K. Michelle – How Many Times
  35. Wiley – Numbers In Action
  36. Misha B – Rolling In The Deep (X-Factor Performance)
  37. Kelly Clarkson – Mr. Know It All
  38. Willow Smith – Fireball (feat. Nicki Minaj)
  39. Drake – “Take Care”
    The Motto (feat. Lil’ Wayne)
    Take Care (Feat. Rihanna)
    Lord Knows (Feat. Rick Ross)
    Shot For Me
  40. Rick Ross:
    I Love My Bitches
    You The Boss (feat. Nicki Minaj)
  41.  Tiffany Evans – Won’t Find Me
  42. Melanie Fiona – 4AM
  43. Lil’ Wayne – How To Love
  44. Marvin Sapp – The Best In Me
  45. Mary J. Blige – “My Life II: The Journey Continues (Act 1)”
    Mr. Wrong (feat. Drake)
    25/8
    Feel Inside (feat. Nas)
    Ain’t Nobody
    Empty Prayers

However, despite all these tracks getting played the most throughout the months of 2011. My most played Track of 2011 is: “Jennifer Hudson – I Got This”.

What I’m listening to for January 2012!

  1. Little Mix – Cannon ball
  2. Rebecca Ferguson – “Heaven”
    Nothings Real But Love
    Shoulder To Shoulder
    Fairytale (Let Me Live My Life This Way)
    Fighting Suspicions
    Diamond To Stone
    Too Good To Lose
  3. Aaliyah – Loose Rap
  4. Erykah Badu – Call Tyrone
  5. K. Michelle – For My Cinderalla’s
  6. Chris Brown – Strip (feat. K.Mac)

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What I’m Bumping: December

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This is the playlist for what I’m bumping this December. Also what I’m playing for Christmas! November went missing but here is December’s! Lets check it out!!

  1. Drake – Take Care
    Shot For Me
    Crew Love (Feat. The Weekend)
    Take Care (feat. Rihanna)
    Marvins Room
    Make Me Proud (Feat. Nicki Minaj)
    Lord Knows (feat. Rick Ross)
    Hate Sleeping Alone
  2. Jessie J – My Shadow
  3. Rebecca Ferguson – Nothing’s Real but Love
  4. Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas II You
    Santa Clause is Coming to Town (Intro)
    Oh Santa
    Oh Come All Ye Faithful
    Oh Holy Night
    One Child
    All I want For Christmas Is You (Extra Festive)
    When Christmas Comes
  5. Mariah Carey – When Christmas Comes (feat. John Legend)
  6. Keyshia Cole – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
  7. Destiny’s Child – 8 Days Of Christmas
    8 Days Of Christmas
    Spread A Little Love On Christmas Day
    Platinum Bells
    Proud Family (feat. Solange and Destiny’s Child)
    White Christmas
    A “DC” Christmas Medley
  8. Chris Brown – This Christmas
  9. Mariah Carey – All I Want For Christmas Is You (Original)
  10. S Club 7 – Never Had a Dream Come True
  11. Mary J. Blige – My Life II: The Journey Continues (Act I)
    Feel Inside (feat. Nas)
    Ain’t Nobody
    25/8
    Love a Woman (feat. Beyonce)
    Empty Prayers
    Someone To Love Me (Naked) (Feat. Diddy & Lil’ Wayne)
    Mr. Wrong (Feat. Drake)
  12. Beyonce – End Of Time (Live at Roseland)
  13. Rihanna – Talk That Talk
    Talk That Talk (feat. Jay-Z)
    Cockiness (Love It)
    Birthday Cake
    Roc Me Out
    Watch ‘n’ Learn
    Farewell
  14. Bruno Mars – It Will Rain
  15. TLC – Sleigh Ride
  16. Rebecca Ferguson – Fairy Tale (Let Me Live My Life this Way)
  17. Keyshia Cole We Could Be

You can purchase this Playlist on iTunes.

Mary J. Blige – My Life II: The Journey Continues (Act 1)

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Mary J. Blige’s 10th Studio album “My Life II: The Journey Continues” hit stores this week Monday. It went into competition with Rihanna’s 6th Studio Album “Talk That Talk” and Michael Jackson’s “Immortal”. Let’s see if I think Mary’s 10th Studio is better than her competitors this week.

The intro within its self says it all. Diddy say’s on the Intro of the album “My Life 1 was a classic. So If you gon’ do it… you better come with it girl!” Mary J. Blige says that My Life 1 was all about the pain. However she doesn’t feel that pain no more. But did she bring “it” on My Life II? The album opens up with “Feel Inside” which features Nas. This track reminds me of Old school R&B/Hip-Hop. The track leaked a while back with Nicki Minaj but Nas really suits this track. Mary J even brings back her Alter-Ego “Brook Lynn”. However the track that Brook Lynn is on is a track that I am not feeling.

A Track that has to be the highlight of the whole album is Mary J’s cover of “Ain’t Nobody” the 90’s classic. Mary J takes this song to a next level. Mary could have easily gone the Dance/Techno route with this track but she kept it R&B and just put her spin on it. I really want Mary to make this song a single! Another track that I was feeling was “No Condition” which reminded me of some material that Mary did on her “Growing Pains” album.

Another track that is a highlight of the album is the Duet with Beyoncé “Love a Woman”. This track took a while to grow on me but it is real R&B and it’s nice to Mary and Beyoncé collaborating!

However I do have a problem with the album as a whole. I feel that Mary J focused too much on the album being old school. The album doesn’t seem recent. I feel the only track that doesn’t have an old school vibe to it is 25/8. However the rest of the album just seems very old school and I feel that’s where Mary went wrong with the album. The album took a while to grow on me but I didn’t give up on it even the tracks with Drake, Busta Rhymes and Rick Ross – I just wasn’t feeling them. Mary most defiantly needs to stick with the Sequel but not make it old school. I feel that she would have had a better album on her hands if she dropped the Old School feel and brought in a New Era of R&B.

BUT – The album is still better than “Talk That Talk”. Period.

Tracks that made my iPod

  1. Feel Inside (Feat. Nas)
  2. Ain’t Nobody
  3. 25-8
  4. No Condition
  5. Love a Woman (Feat. Beyoncé)
  6. Empty Prayers
  7. Someone to Love Me (Naked) (Feat. Lil’ Wayne and Diddy)

7/19 Tracks.

Rihanna – Talk That Talk [Album Review]

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Rihanna is back with her 6th Studio album “Talk That Talk. Rihanna’s 5th Studio album was released this Monday 21st November and goes in competition with Mary J. Blige’s 10th Studio “My Life II: The Journey Continues (Act I)”. Here’s what I thought of Rihanna’s new album “Talk That Talk”.

Rihanna’s first single “We Found Love” is a Chart success. However I do not like it as I am not into simply lyrics and Nursery Rhymes. The tracks success is hidden behind a banging beat and a really well edited and well directed video. However this song is not my cup of tea. Despite of me not liking her hit single I decided to check out the album.

Surprisingly – I do not like the album. Rihanna is clearly making something that I would like to call “Micro waved music”. If you knew the background behind this album you would know that Rihanna was going to do a “LOUD Deluxe Edition” and add some more tracks to her “LOUD” album. However she decided to release a new album. If you listen to “Talk that Talk” it clearly sounds like “LOUD Part II”. I personally believe that this was a bad idea, as Rihanna usually brings out a new sound on every album. However it looks like she doesn’t care! Rihanna is clearly looking for Hits after Hit after Hit, money, money, money. That’s what it looks like to me.

I didn’t enjoy the album. I felt like she was screaming notes at me and was just feeding me Nursery Rhymes. Despite her giving me a bunch of Nursery Rhymes I was really feeling “Birthday Cake” which is an interlude but needs to be turned into a full track very soon. Despite it being Recycled I really enjoyed “Roc Me Out” however it does sound like “Rude Boy” from her previous album “Rated R”. Once again Micro waved Music!

The whole album is not something that you haven’t heard before. It’s typical pop music. I didn’t enjoy the album at all. However if you’re into the Rihanna hype then you will love this album, BUT – If you are into the Rihanna hype and enjoyed this album, then I am really worried about the Music Industry as a whole. I now understand what my Grandparents meant when they said “Music these day’s just isn’t the same”. Give me an old Mary J. Blige album any day over this “Talk that Talk” bullsh*t.

Tracks that made my iPod

  • Talk That Talk (Feat. Jay-Z)
  • Cockiness (I Love It)
  • Birthday Cake
  • Rock me Out
  • Watch n’ Learn
  • Farewell

6/15 Tracks.

Drake – Take Care [Album Review]

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Drake’s new album “Take Care” released earlier this week. Despite of pushing the album back, the album still was anticipated for his fans. Originally the album was meant to be released on Drake’s birthday – October 25th, but because of sampling issues it was pushed back to November 15th. Despite of all of that, what did I think of Drake’s second album “Take Care”?

First of all I would like to say that I wasn’t feeling Drake with this era at all! The first single of the album “Headlines” was a track that didn’t get synced onto my iPod. “Marvin’s Room” made it onto my iPod however I found myself listening to JoJo’s version more. I was a big fan of Drake’s first album “Thank Me Later”. However I wasn’t feeling the same fire for “Take Care”.

A track that introduces the concept that this album is completely different to “Thank Me Later” is the track called “Shot for me”. This is clearly inspired by The Weekend. This track is defiantly something I would listen to while I’m drunk or backing a few shots. There are quite a few tracks on the album like this. As we all know with the depressing “Marvin’s Room”. Touching on “The Weekend” – whilst listening to this album all I kept saying to myself is: “Drakes been spending too much damn time with The Weekend”. I felt like I was listening to one of The Weekend’s mixtapes. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing but Drake brought something different to the game when he released his first album “Thank me Later” I was expecting more of that. However the track called “Crew Love” which features The Weekend himself is another favourite of the album.

However the whole album didn’t sound like The Weekend’s mixtapes. The Drake that I like is still in motion somewhere; with tracks like “Take Care” which features Rihanna is one of my favourites on the album! Rihanna takes a laid back approach on this track with some heartfelt lyrics such as:

“I Know you’ve been hurt by someone else, I can tell by the way you carry yourself”

This is the side of Drake that I like. Another big track which is everybody’s favourite “Make Me Proud” which features Nicki Minaj. Once again all I can say is that this is the Drake that I enjoy! Drake has various features on the album. However the track “Doing It Wrong” which features Stevie Wonder is a track that made me say “This is Good Music” when I listened to it.

The Deluxe Edition tracks are some of my favourites “The Motto” which features Lil’ Wayne. (There is a lot of Wayne on the album) Is a track that could be an anthem and will defiantly be a Club Anthem! The Deluxe edition ends the album with a track called “Hate Sleeping Alone”. This track just reminds me of why I am a fan of Drake’s music! Check out the lyrics:

“I say I’d rather be with you but you are not around. So I’mma call somebody up and see if they be down. Cause I hate sleeping alone, I hate sleeping alone”

This will be Gospel to some boy’s ears.

Overall I would have to say that Drake’s “Take Care” is a Grower. I had to give it a few listens before I decided to dump it in my recycle bin. I felt that Drake was experimenting with a lot of different sounds with this album, but my favourite sound from Drake is what I hear on “Make Me Proud”, “The Motto” and a Bit of “Crew Love”.

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Beyoncé – Love On Top [Official Music Video]

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The official video for Beyoncé’s “Love on Top” video has finally been released. Check out the visual!

It’s very simple, but I really enjoyed the video. I like the choreography and I liked the outfits. Some would say that she could have just saved her money with this video but I really like the Choreography! I’m kind of annoyed that they chopped out the second verse, but I believe that the video suits the song.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE VIDEO!?

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