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While still a teenager, Emeli Sandé got her fi rst big break as a singer and songwriter as she was named a contest winner for a BBC songwriter contest and
record-deal offers soon started pouring in. But instead of signing to a label, Sandé put her music career on hold and embarked on a six-year degree in medicine. Studying at Glasgow University, she specialized in clinical neuroscience cause I really like all the brain stuff. As evidenced on her debut album Our Version of Events, she holds a deep affi nity for all the heart stuff and soul stuff as well. Defying categorization, she appeals to fans of pop, credible singer-songwriters, soul, dance and everything in between. She has already had an amazing 12 monthsas her album debuted at #1 in the UK in February and she has had four songs from that album chart high on the UK singles chart, while guesting on four others that charted Top 10 for other artists. She has also been lauded as a songwriter, penning songs for UK artists as varied as Leona Lewis and Susan Boyle, while being identifi ed by none other than Simon Cowell as his favorite songwriter of the moment. She has caught the eye of diverse titans of the music industry with early admirers including Coldplay and Alicia Keys. The former tapped her to open their UK and European dates in December as well as a leg of their upcoming North American summer tour and the latter was so impressed after she opened for her in the UK last summer that she co-wrote and produced the track Hope from Our Version of Events and has been collaborating with Sandé for her own next album. Keys has also been effusive in her praise, telling Dazed and Confused she was a magnifi cent new artist... I just love her style and her fl ow super raw and Adele, upon viewing Sandè s performance of the track Next To Me on
Jools Holland, was compelled to Tweet How incredible is she? Sandé won the coveted BRIT Critics Choice Award for 2012 awarded this past February and in
an unprecedented twist, was also nominated as Breakthrough Artist at the BRITs as well.
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My husband introduced me to her when he heard her on Youtube. My sister and I watched her special on PBS when she was live at the ROYAL ALBERT HALL and that's when we became fans. Love her raw and beautiful voice. I grew up in the 80s and a lot of the "music" out now is just garbage! She as well as a hand full of other singers, are bringing real music back. I love how all of her songs sounds like it belongs in one and yet they can all hold their own and be hit singles. She switches up her vocal sound and sometimes even sounds like a totally different person. She can have the sound of Sade and then switch it up and give you that missed 90s vibe and also give you jazz, hip hop and R&B. Can't wait for her next album!
I HIGHLY recommend this album!
I really wish you could give half stars on Amazon, because this album was more a 4.5 stars for me. Where it fails for me is with some of the mixing choices. On a couple of songs the percussion is so amped and hollow that it can be hard to hear some really great stuff going on underneath. Kind of like a thumping car speaker parked next to you, yet in my own car. Maybe it's the trend in club friendly UK music...I don't know. With repeat listens, I still don't care for it, but I'm able to tolerate it better.
That said, I have really grown to like Emeli's voice, and especially this album. She doesn't have the same vocal range of say Adele, Mariah or place your favorite power belter here, but her voice is honest and emotes emotion better than some of the power balladeers. Also, the arrangements and musical hooks do a good job to get you moving. I challenge anyone to not to move along with the music or sing along, particularly when she hits some of the choruses. Heaven is a good example of that, and a great opener. The girl can stimulate and motivate.
Bringing up the vocal powerhouses above may suggest that Emeli Sande's music is in the same vein. That's not the case. We are not talking power ballads here. I don't know how best to classify this - many of the themes are classic soul, the rhythm choices suggest some of the songs were intended for clubs, yet there is an earthy pop about it. I don't know quite how to explain it, but for me, there is something honest and accessible going on in the music here, particularly in the lyrics. On first listen, I was pulled to certain choruses and beat riffs. On repeat plays, the lyrical hooks really set in. Even though a couple of songs are about breaking up or 'Daddy' relationships, many of the songs are about staying together and appreciating the love you have, especially during hard times. You don't see that too much in modern music anymore. Being married for twenty-one years, I could really relate to some of the themes on display here. The song writing on a couple of songs reminds me somewhat of Alicia Key's, which is not a bad thing. It stays and continues to work on you after the song is done.
My Kind of Love is an excellent example of both the good and the bad. Really hate the flat, hollow percussion, but God that song owns me. "Cause when you've given up; When no matter what you do, it's never good enough; When you never thought that it could ever get this tough; That's when you feel my kind of love." Perfect setup for the emotional payoff. And she really nails the delivery.
I personally found the affirmation of love in "Next to Me" refreshing. I think it's the first single off the album released here in the States. It's not often you hear a song that sings the praises of a faithful man.
Overall, the music here is positive. It's kind of a 'chick' disc, but as a guy, I was still able to connect. A couple of songs deal with emotional pain of failing/failed relationships. The strength here is the song writing and the lyrical delivery - which I'm happy to see the Emeli penned most of the songs herself. I'm not going to do a song for song review. Music likes and dislikes are personal, and experiences vary. A couple of the songs don't work for me. That said, I'd recommend you give Emeli a listen online at her website and make up your own mind. I wasn't disappointed.