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I loved Public Warning, because it was a very funny album, but this album showed signs of Sov maturing and gettting away fron Def Jam's image.
So Human and Pennies will always be my favorite songs but I still love and listen to the whole album.
While Lady Sovereign herself is in fine enough form, the music from returning producer Medasyn feels lazy, weakly-constructed and uninspired. Even when sampling from tried-and-true hit singles like The Cure's "Close To Me", the songs feel generic, thin and unmemorable, with not a single note-worthy hook on the entire album. Even music aficionados who enjoy 80's synth and grime (the two most prominent musical styles on the album) will find this album forgettable.
It appears that, in producing an entire album all at once rather than just focusing on a few singles at a time, Medasyn has bit off more than he could musically chew... either that, or he simply ran out of steam.
All in all, for hardcore fans only.
The music is more jovial, and has a happier tune in comparison to most. The lyrics can be described as "cute" and "fun" instead of the normal and more serious type of lyrics that tend to revolve around romance, love, or a hard life found in most music. The accent also gives the music a different feel, and makes it stand out against the rest of my collection as a unique sounding masterpiece. Definitely a pleasure to listen to!
Sovereign definitely has a different sound than most American rappers. Her sound is a little poppy (somewhat like the Veronicas), a little techno, and of course a little hip-hop. Her newest Album, Jigsaw is listenable, but I found it a bit stale by track 4. The problem is that her songs all kinda sound the same. My favorite tracks are 2 (So Human)and 7 (Guitar), which also seem to be the most distinctive tracks on the album.
In sum, Jigsaw is listenable and has some good songs for dancing, but I wouldn't pay more that 8 dollars for it.
Lady Sovereign has always dangerously straddled the line between rap and dance club music. "Jigsaw" marks a change of pace, in which the British rap star decided to switch to M.I.A. style rap and dance music.
But Lady Sovereign is not exactly as original or as fresh as M.I.A. Sure, her first song is a hot tune with hard-hitting club beats and squeeking electronic sounds. Sovereign sounds pretty sexy singing in a low alto "I'm weird and you're weird/Let's be mates."
Her next song, however, is a little flat. She raps to some really cheap synthesizer sample of "Close To Me." And with weird lyrics such as "And when the beat went on, and it really ain't f***in' hot enough/You should've seen me runnin' out the studio like Forrest Gump", she really just doesn't do her original sample justice.
Sometimes Sov tries to sing like a diva, as in the title track "Jigsaw," but it doesn't work. Her vocal work is decent at best, but it sounds so out of place with the cheap rock beat and the dull string ensemble in the background.
Finally, listeners will get really tired of her cheesy vocal effects. It's tiring to listen to Sov say "doin' it" with that scratchy low vocoder effect for the twenty-umpteenth time in "I Got You Dancing."
It's a shame, because she has quite a lot to say in her album. There's nothing more irresistable that her song "Pennies," in which she sings "How many pennies have been gone from me?" to a bumping dance beat and some funky wah-wah synthesizers.
Still, Sov's album sounds decent for a rap/dance album. Sure, Sov is definitely no M.I.A., but she still sounds reasonably cool and sexy on "Jigsaw." She just doesn't sound great.
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Was super quick delivery.great quality.greatest album.thanksPublished 20 months ago by JeremyJamesSimpsonSr
Not exactly rap, not exactly pop, I think there is even more of the real Lady Sovereign in this album than in Public Warning. Read morePublished on July 27, 2014 by Ada W.
A solid outing for a great quick lipped rapper girl from the UK, personal fav is i got you dancing its catchy and has some lyrical precision from this spunky little british female... Read morePublished on November 27, 2010 by John Suchecki
This was just ok.. I would say there are 2 or 3 songs that I enjoy, but overall a letdown.Published on November 19, 2010 by Jay Bird
Popped this in the old cd player (which I rarely use these days)and found it to range from ok to bland. Couple of tracks are kind of fun brit-rap-dance-house combos. Read morePublished on January 25, 2010 by S. Maloney
This album is only 35 minutes long (10 songs) and from the opening track it's clear that it's not top-notch. Read morePublished on October 28, 2009 by Z. Freeman
Looking at a photo of Lady Sovereign and listening her music is like mixing oil and water: don't do it. Read morePublished on August 19, 2009 by Jarucia Jaycox
I realy enjoyed the first CD by Lady S. just had to get the second, and it is as great as the first. I would and will continue to support her.Published on July 31, 2009 by Jessica N. Lopez
As Disc Jockeys, we're always looking for great beats to do my mixes with. Spinning discs for radio stations, underground nightclubs and raves is what we do. Read morePublished on July 23, 2009 by The Lunar Staff