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  • Audio CD (June 2, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: June 1, 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
  • ASIN: B00288AXVS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,874,042 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Searching
2. The Key
3. Better Days
4. Spinnin'
5. Go Then, Bye
6. Daddy's Little Girl
7. Bad Boy
8. Wheels in Motion
9. Live & Learn
10. Working Weak
11. Buddy Love
12. Finish This Album
13. Speech Therapy

Editorial Reviews

2009 debut from this talented female Hip Hopper, Speech Debelle has been acclaimed as a female counterpoint to Roots Manuva's brand of conscious Rap. But that's probably where the comparison ends, as Debelle's intimately honest lyrics are set to a backing of folksy downbeats and melancholy Soul set by a range of producers and collaborators including Lotek Hi-Fi, Plutonic Lab, Tunng and Michachu. There's a distinctively impassioned and authentically emotional delivery to Speech's debut that we reckon a lot of you will find both compelling and refreshing. Lead single 'Searching' is the ideal introduction to Speech's world, with a tale of life in a hostel set to acoustic guitar and syncopated to brushed jazz drums. Big Dada.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 22, 2009
Format: Audio CD
25 year old Londoner Speech Debelle's debut CD "Speech therapy" has just been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Awards. Her album is indeed a breath of fresh air in the Hip Hop genre: live sounding instrumentation with Jazzy leanings - oboe, guitar, piano, double bass - with her poetic-style rapping (in a pronounced English accent) floating breezily over.

The horn-sprinkled "Spinnin'" even incorporates some scat-style harmonies, "Go then, bye" is a string-swathed acoustic kiss off, and "Better days" features Micachu and is a floaty acoustic Jazzy rap. The other star turn is the sublime "Wheels in motion" featuring fellow British Hip Hop artist Roots Manuva providing the dirge-like chorus and some harmonies. "Live & learn" is Folky with dreamy harmonies, while the superb horn-peppered "Buddy love" is guitar-driven Reggae.

Most of her lyrics are autobiographical; opening cut "Searching" touches on the hardship she endured during the period she was living in hostels ("2am in my hostel bed/ My eyes them red, my belly ain't fed/ I got butter but I ain't got bread/ and I'm smoking on my last cigarette"), while the piano tinkled "Daddy's little girl" is a beautiful Reggae-tinged caustic ode to her absent gambling father, ("Daddy I think I love you, cause I hate you so much that I must love you" go the opening lines). Title track the acoustic and atmospheric "Speech therapy" features very personal lyrics ("I've made some mistakes in my life that I'm not proud of" and "I used to think the world owed me, that's why I gave nothing") which Debelle confesses are "Too close and painful".

That is the feeling one gets listening to this CD, that you are getting a glimpse into her soul. The sound is light, airy, and simply beautiful! Hopefully, the Mercury nomination will give her a deserved sales boost. One of the best Hip Hop albums of the year.
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This album surpasses "good" within the first minute of listening. I listened to it on repeat for an entire day. It is a breath of fresh air and not quite like anything else out there right now. If you think you are interested in it, I strongly recommend you pick this album up.
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I usually do not like rapp, but after being turn on to this cd by friends, I have to admit it is good
soulful, moody jazzy, great lyrics, and kind of folk, with funk.
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By Adam Lawrence on October 5, 2009
Format: Audio CD
[...] turned me on the this awesome British MC. All of her songs are amazing. Easily one of the best, most original female MC's around.
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