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Travelling Like the Light Import

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Eagerly awaited 2009 debut album from the fast rising singer/songwriter/producer. V V, who made the Top 10 of the prestigious BBC Sounds 'Poll' of new artists to watch out for in 2009, has been previewing songs from the album on her recent live appearances with the likes of The Ting Tings, Ladyhawke, Florence & The Machine and Antony & The Johnsons. ''V V Brown certainly has the makings of a star, beauty, a big voice: success on a huge scale seems a foregone conclusion.''-The Independent. ''A one-woman sound-clashing whirlwind, she oozes glamour... Electrifying!''-NME. Island.


1. Quick Fix
2. Game Over
3. Shark in the Water
4. Leave!
5. Bottles
6. Crying Blood
7. Back in Time
8. I Love You
9. L.O.V.E.
10. Everybody
11. Crazy Amazing
12. Travelling Like the Light

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 21, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Island UK
  • ASIN: B001G6RRBM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,273 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jazz for the dappers on August 3, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Vanessa Brown has been tipped for big things this year and her debut album "Travelling Like the Light" is the perfect introduction to her sound.
The tall, gorgeous, retro-styled black Londoner is a throwback chanteuse jostling for position in the wake of Amy Winehouse and Duffy.
She has an appealingly old-school quirkiness.
Her confident mash up of Fifties doo-wop and girl group styles with modern pop and indie attitude conjures up a hugely colourful, almost Eighties-flavoured novelty exuberance.
The album offers up some fine moments and paints Brown as a talented songwriter, an inventive producer and a singer capable of everything from playful shrieks (the album's opener and old school R&B number "Quick Fix") to hushed, soulful intimacy ("I Love You"), and "Leave", a delicious pop pastiche that you could well imagine The Pipettes performing.
It is a bright, bold and often likeable affair, covering the retro spectrum from soulful love ballads to finger-popping rockabilly jives, as if judiciously ticking off a checklist of bygone styles to pastiche.
It's a bit urban, a bit poppy and a bit soulful. This means though, it lacks the heart that Winehouse herself delivers on Back to Black.
The catchy single "Shark in the Water" has a rocky edge but shows signs of having been processed for mainstream ears, while "Crying Blood", whose title belies its charming retro-pop nature, has been massively over-tweaked.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nse Ette TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 21, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Vanessa Brown is striking 6" tall model and UK soul-stress VV Brown and "Travelling like the light" is her debut CD. Despite having worked with acts like Pussycat Dolls and Sugababes, her sound is a strong throwback to Fifties/Sixties girl groups like The Shangri-Las, Shirelles, etc, think Macy Gray meets Amy Winehouse. Loads of harmonies, shimmery guitars, horns, and swinging songs.

Opening cut "Quick fix" is a slice of shimmery swinging Pop with drum rolls at intervals, squiggly electronic effects, and an almost Rapped bridge which works very well. "Game over" is more contemporary sounding R&B but still with a retro-Soul edge (and sung in her lower register), while single "Crying blood" is Rockabilly-tinged Do Wop in her best Macy Gray drawl.

Much of the lyrics are about falling in love, or out of love, and every song is superb, from the shimmery "Leave" (in which she gives her man the heave-ho, it appears he's in love with another chap), the lilting string-speckled "Bottles", "L.O.V.E." (Sixties Rock & Roll), the swinging and irresistible Big Band Jazz-meets-Pop "Everybody" (a call for unity among our diversity with nice ringing tambourine, claps, and drumrolls), and the jangly "Shark in the water".

For ballads, there's the melodramatic "Back in time", the piano driven Jazzy "I love you" (her phrasing here reminiscent of Lauryn Hill's, and a corny chorus of "I love you you you.."), "Crazy amusing" (a truly beautiful sing-along with its tune nicked from the 1938 classic "Heart & soul"), and title track the heartfelt "Travelling at the speed of light" (truly gorgeous sounding piano ballad with hushed harmonies, you could imagine this being used in some slow dance scene in the movie "Grease").

VV Brown is an artist that refuses to be pigeonholed (shunning R&B, Rihanna or Beyoncé-style) and with a debut this striking, I'm sure she'll be around for a long time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Reed on July 31, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I first learned of V.V. Brown from a blog post and I've been waiting for months for the album to become available. I finally got it and it is A-MA-ZING!!!! Every song is a hit, and it's been a long time since I've bought an album where I liked EVERY song, let alone the majority of them. My absolute favorites are Leave!, Crying Blood, Back in Time, and Everybody. Britain has been producing the best music for a while now, and for those who can't get enough of classic soul/doo-wop music and the likes of newer artists such as Amy Winehouse, Duffy, Adele, and Daniel Merriweather will appreciate this new amazing artist!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By British Commentator on August 16, 2009
Format: Audio CD
This album is a very good album, aimed at the pop market. It is mainly full of uplifting danceable vocal pop tracks. There are a few ballads in the middle, and then the very strong House track "Everybody" near the end.
Mostly the verses have meaningful lyrics, and the choruses contain strong musical hooks.
Even though it is pop, it is certainly not "kiddie-pop", and would be appreciated by a 20's and 30's crowd.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R Nelson on July 2, 2010
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I bought the album based on hearing Shark in the Water on the radio - and I wasn't disappointed. There are some great tracks on here with a wonderful retro "wall of sound" feel to some. VV Brown is a talented songstress - looking forward to seeing what else she produces.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on February 24, 2010
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Possibly my new favorite thing in music (okay, outside of Anouk and Damien Rice) is V.V. Brown, the genre bending, illustriously captivating musical talent who took me by utter surprise back in December when, sifting through clearance racks at The Buckle, I happened to hear `Shark in the Water' overhead. Like I mentioned in my review of Brown's `The Attic EP', I own my obsession with Brown to my V CAST song ID app on my phone.

This album is simply DIVINE!

`Quick Fix' opens the album, and it's perfectly suited to do so. This has a great 60's rock/Motown vibe to it, but it has such modern flare, a style that calls to mind acts like The Strokes or The White Stripes. It's fun and energetic and capitalizes on one of the many sides to this artist. I usually say that the opening track should set the tone for the album and establish the breed of music one is going to experience. V.V. Brown has so many shades to her that it's hard to finger her down to one specific style. This is a great track to open with because it shows the energy she possesses, but this is not the only sound you are going to get from her. Case in point, the track that follows, `Game Over', is completely different. This track is far more R&B and even hip-hop influenced, screaming "CLUB WORTHY" all over the place. This is the perfect anthem track, infecting the listener with the desire to pump fists in the air and chant along with the catchy chorus!

And then there is `Shark in the Water'. I love this song SO MUCH. With soft references to George Michael in the musical arrangement, this track carries a nicely placed pop sound that is perfectly suited for radio play. V.V.
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