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Travelling Like the Light [Import]

V.V. BrownAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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Track by track, the insanely singable, danceable and memorable songs of TRAVELLING LIKE THE LIGHT claim V V’s personal and artistic turf among the most gifted of today's singer-songwriters, and even suggest the career peaks of the young Bette Midler and comeback-era Tina Turner. As the songwriter and co-producer of her own music, it's impossible to miss V V’s deep ... Read more in Amazon's V.V. Brown Store

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  • 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: #294,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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.
Overall, it is a good first effort, Vanessa can consider herself proud as she has the lungs to keep you away from pushing the stop button, though you can't ignore her record's shortcomings, the material is trying to please too many people and overproduction is a recurring problem.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to the future! 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing! July 31, 2009
By S. Reed
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album! 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good pop album 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRULY AMAZING! October 6, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
One of the, if not the,(second to Amy Winehouse), BEST albums I've EVER listened to. I saw her live in Pittsburgh with Kris Allen and Maroon 5 and she ROCKED the stage. I HIGHLY recommend giving her a listen!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, funky, and soulful
The entire album from start to finish is ridiculously awesome. Bright, poppy, and still soulfoul, VV Brown's voice is spectular.
Published 5 months ago by Eric D.
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fun CD
This is a fun CD. I liked all the songs on it because of the upbeat music and interesting lyrics. I highly recommend this album.
Published 6 months ago by Pink
4.0 out of 5 stars Go back in time.
**This review first appeared on my Epinions page.**

I love V.V. Brown, and she came out of nowhere. One of the many advantages of having a well-establish Last. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Travis
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun music
V.V. Brown has created a quirky, fun CD of music that will keep you singing and dancing all the way through. My favorite track is 'Shark in the Water'. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Music!
This album has great music! Who can go wrong with a CD? Shark in the Water is a must buy!
Published 19 months ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Good band
While some songs have got soul, some got something else. On the borderline of being a little lounge-y but things like a choir and the 'soul' factor saves them and this album.
Published 19 months ago by K. Kardos
5.0 out of 5 stars 12 songs, and only one isn't that good! Debut accomplishment!
Never have I heard a debut album where only one song isn't that good, and on this album, that is the case!
Quick Fix is not a good track, honestly. Read more
Published on June 3, 2012 by Heath
4.0 out of 5 stars review
theres just 2 songs im not in love with but i like her style i can drive around and listen to her :) i would love to meet her
Published on February 2, 2011 by enrique
5.0 out of 5 stars F###ing Great Album!
I love this CD. I keep listening to it over and over. The songs have a great beat and #9 is one I have heard in some commercial. Read more
Published on January 12, 2011 by ML
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing voice and a load of fun!
I can't quit listening to this brilliant gem of an album. From top to bottom, it is so fun. If I had to pick a favorite song it would be #10 Everybody, it is such a fun... Read more
Published on December 29, 2010 by Bre
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