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I can't put my finger on it, but I like it...a lot!
on September 17, 2012
As I always state on the rare occasions when I actually write a review, a product has to be amazing or terrible for me to bother writing it. This album warranted a review because it is simply amazing.
I had never heard of Emeli Sande but I was intrigued by, of all things, the title of the album. It sounded like something that might be a little deeper than all of the superficial music that has been produced in the last decade. I gave it a preview and was impressed. The one thing that I can say about this album overall, is that it is very uplifting and made me feel better about everything: life, love, and the world. It's not a gospel or Christian album but it still had the ability to draw me in and make me feel something, which most music cannot do these days. You can feel the passion that went into the making of this album. There are no mindless lyrics here (unlike the 4th Maroon 5 album). You can feel how she poured herself into this album. It's as if a renowned poet and talented vocalist got together with an amazing producer and decided to make an album. I was able to listen to this album several times in a row and find something new each time. I am not easily impressed by music anymore but this one took me completely by surprise. It's hard to put into words the kind of feeling that this album evokes but I cannot get enough of it. It's the kind of album that I want everyone in the world to hear.
In short, preview it, I guarantee that if you have refined or mature taste in music, or even remotely like projects that show some real effort, you will thoroughly enjoy this album. There is not a single weak track.
1: Heaven - Great upbeat tempo, lyrics, and hook. A real head-nodder.
2: My Kind of Love - Moving sound and lyrics. One of those songs that reaches down and touches something within you. Has a somewhat epic sound to it.
3: Where I Sleep - Another great song, hard to describe, just have to hear it.
4: Wonder - Great moving anthem. Makes you want to get up and celebrate life. Has kind of an African dance feel, definitely ethnic and infectious, and very uplifting.
5: Mountains - Another touching song, about the power of a united couple facing life's challenges.
6: Clown - Deeply introspective. Don't really know how to explain it but I love it.
7: Daddy - Great upbeat tempo, so much so that it is easy to overlook the message of the song, which is kind of deep.
8: Maybe - Great song about how relationships hit rough patches but not to give up. Anyone who has ever had a failed or rocky relationship will appreciate this.
9: Suitcase - A woman confused about why her man is leaving, very nice. Mellow.
10: Breaking the Law - Love the acoustic guitar. Would love to see this on an Unplugged show. Very simple but moving.
11: Next to Me - Great uptempo number that moved me with a great piano melody (the way "I'll Be Waiting" did on Adele's "21"). Very infectious. This may be my favorite track overall. This is the one that you will want to put on repeat and blast wherever.
12: River - Another deep ballad. Love it. The words and music will move you.
13: Lifetime - Cool mid-tempo song. Very nice
14: Hope - One of those new inspiring anthems. This song will give you hope.
15: Easier in Bed - Interesting track, hard to describe but nice outro. Made me nod my head.
Overall, I can't get enough of this album. I'm afraid that I will listen to it too much and have to restrict myself to no more than one play per day.
PLEASE LISTEN TO IT! This is the kind of artist that I would like to hear more of, so we all need to support her.