January 18, 2012

Emeli Sandé, The Bad News and More Bad News

First, Emeli's new single, Next To Me, is catchy as f*ck, no help from a
bland performance video...



You can watch the full clip on Vevo, if the embed fails you.

But the bad news, as Popjustice said last week: Going by the very brief samples below, Emeli's album is wall to wall balladry of the schmaltzy kind. Three singles in and she has exhausted the coolness she launched with last summer via Heaven...



Has an artist we expected to bring a fresh (if, err, totally 90's) sound to the charts, actually revealed herself to be a knockoff of Adele? A classy one, but still a post-Adele record company play? Is she like those fast-buck balladeer chicks from reality TV contests? No doubt Emeli will get the last laugh as she becomes rich rich rich, but this is not the music I'd hoped for. Again, just 10 second clips... but...

UPDATE, 11:30 pm: I have now heard the full Our Version Of Events and it's disastrous. If you count Heaven, Daddy and Next To Me as up-tempos, there is only one more up-tempo (or mid, actually): the elegant Lifetime. The album is rounded out by TEN BALLADS in varying degrees of torpor. Few carry the warmth or honesty of their blueprint, Adele's 21. It's closer in spirit to some of the Syco albums that have spun out from X Factor, which makes sense given that Sandé has writing credits on recent records by Susan Boyle and Leona Lewis.

I'll be lucky if I ever get to the point where I can pluck out the ballads I do like, other than Clown and Hope, the latter a classic-sounding beauty at the end of the album.

3 comments:

Michael said...

Sounds more Mariah than Massive Attack. I'll probably skip it.

It's too bad. I looooved Heaven and hoped it was more representative of what she was going for.

Daddy was a chart dud, wasn't it? But I guess the awful Professor Green song going to #1 helped soften the blow.

Hip Hop Website said...

She plays the piano which is the instrument that I play. A singer who can also play the people gets extra points. Great energy and song from this amazing artist.

John said...

I am still eager to hear this disc, and hopefully it will have its time and place for listening.