Samson & Delilah

October 8, 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Release Date: October 8, 2013
  • Label: YOY Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 YOY Records
  • Total Length: 49:12
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  • ASIN: B00F5F3FS4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,877 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Travis on October 9, 2013
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VV Brown's entire career has been a roller coaster collage trainwreck success mess masterpiece.

When she started writing music under her given name Vanessa Brown, people were not really paying attention. At least, not when she was writing for herself. Her bombshell beauty overshadowed her creativity, and as a result, she became more synonymous with gimmicks than with her music. She became a high-fashion model, and she was (and still is) damn good at it. But it's not really where she had set her sights. Cue "Travelling Like the Light," her debut record littered with catchy, vintage-inspired R&B songs that, were this it the 1960s, would make Billie Holiday, Diana Ross, and Nancy Sinatra jealous. The one thing that set her apart from her contemporaries was the seeming total control she had over the music. Her bubbly, retro-persona and striking good looks could easily distract the listener into thinking she had nothing to do with the lyrics or production. Quite the contrary, though. This woman is both beauty and brains, evidenced by her knack for pop hooks (and lyrics that won't have your skin crawling).

Her music was best appreciated by critics and advertising executives. That and your local drama club or color guard team. And in a lot of ways, that still hasn't changed. But now VV is back. And she's serious. And she's mad. And she's sad. And she's bursting to the brim with creative juices. Gone are the dreamy, girlie pop tunes from 2009 and here are the new-century, avant-garde pieces of electro-classical persuasion. Naturally, one would question the validity of this project. Would this be in the same vein a Debbie Gibson trying to do new-jack swing and sound like a bad girl? Would this sound like Miley Cyrus cutting her hair and swinging from a wrecking ball.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Madeline on October 8, 2013
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Throw any expectations you might have had about this album right out the window. Whatever direction you thought British soul singer Vanessa (VV) Brown was going to go into after her commercially successful debut "Traveling Like the Light"--guaranteed this is not it. In fact, you would be hard pressed to even recognize her voice. So what is this album all about, and what on earth has happened to VV?

"Samson & Delilah" is highly polarizing art pop. It's part conceptual, based loosely on the Biblical story of Samson & Delilah, and part swirling landscape of operatic/goth/experimental pop. It will either be your thing or very much not be your thing. It's the product four years of creative growth stemming from her ditching her previous label, recording an entire album which she then refused to put out as she felt it just wasn't her, creating her own fashion line, and finally creating her own music label which has let her put out an album that is all hers from conception to production.

For anyone unaware, Samson was essentially a ruler of ancient Israel who was blessed with supernatural strength that was somehow tied to his hair. Also, he loved the ladies and partying it up. Over the course of his life, Samson amassed a large group of political and personal enemies who became intent on his downfall. Enter Delilah. She seduces Samson and after a while, he falls in love with her and lets her in on the secret of where his remarkable strength comes from. Delilah promptly betrays Samson for a large amount of cash money and has Samson's head shaved--thus rendering him weak and able to be captured. Most people familiar with the story stop there, but Samson's saga continues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By otis_bruckner on November 11, 2013
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I'm so glad V V Brown took the risk of leaving her major label to make the album she really wanted, because it was worth it. Samson & Delilah is a very immersive and powerful album; the deep electronic sounds and her vocals (which have really opened up and matured since her debut) are so moving. Her voice really flies on the track "Looking for Love," which is my favorite overall. "Samson" stands out to me as the strongest track, and it was a wise choice for a come back single: the pounding drums and shaking synths are very powerful and evocative. There are some parts where it lulls, but overall this record is very well-made and is a very enjoyable listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gregg M Headrick on November 8, 2013
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I kept reading about this album and how it was a mix between Grace Jones and Kate Bush...well, I could see how they could think that although I don't really get the Kate Bush part, who is one of my faves. However, this album is incredible. Something completely new in my mind. Love. It.
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By Jim C. on June 14, 2014
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Love this CD. Wish it had a few more amazing songs on it....as I find I only listen to about 4 of them more often than not. But I recommend this CD....good stuff. Can't wait for more from VV.
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By Who Cares? on January 23, 2014
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V V Brown is an under appreciated songstress that has just produced an album not quite like her others. This one is more synth and industrial than Shark Underwater and L.O.V.E., both which are great songs but a completely different sound than this album. It's passionate and moving. Knife, Apple, and Samson are my favorite tracks with the others growing on me more and more with each listen. While most people are busy breaking the internet over mainstream Beyonce, i find this album more enjoyable and touching than any other releases I've heard since Imani Coppla's The Glass Wall. Check it out, you won't be disappointed.
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