Album review: Estelle - All of me
This was my first sampling of British singer Estelle's full album, and I am hooked and super impressed!
I have not heard a happier person singing out of the core of her soul like this for a long time. Yeah, you do hear happy songs, but this is about the singer being the happiness in the music, which is a refreshing find.
The album starts on a high note with the song The Life. Estelle plays on her diversity here as an MC, and this mid-tempo song is all base and big sound. I probably listen to this song on repeat on a trip recently, that's how much it catches you!
The second sing International features Chris Brown and Trey Songz. It's slightly slower that the first single, but just as unique and catchy. It has it's own flavour though, and Estelle and the boys play with their voices more than a lot of artists may be brave enough to try.
The interludes on the album are sweet, and slightly different from the usual. The dialogue between old and firm friends make the album feel like home, like real life. There are five interludes, but they are short and you will definitely enjoy listening in on what real people talk about when they get together.
Love the way we used to is a poppy song, and reminds me of the London sound in pop music. It's not my favourite song on the album, but it's not bad either. I guess the jury is still out on this one.
Cold crush is a breath of fresh air, one of those versatile songs you'll enjoy in the car, doing chores in the house or on your iPod jogging. And thank goodness for the positive spin on a subject any artist can spin into a depressing song.
Break my heart featuring Rick Ross is the song that seems to get a lot more air play, and with good reason. The song feels like the rapper's own song, without taking away from Estelle's vocals. She does however feel like she is the supporting act in the song.
Thank you is a soft and slow song and Estelle reminds me a lot of Mary J Blige in this song. She delivers the song how I imagine Mary would, and almost sounds like her. It's a beautiful song, beautiful lyrics, beautiful melody.
We go back to London with Wonderful Life, it has the R&B sound courtesy of Britain, and you can't help but think the person singing really feels like like is wonderful.
Back in love is a woman-in-love anthem and the upbeat rythm and oh oh oh oh, says it all. Love the song for the simplicity.
Speak ya mind is Estelle the MC back again, and she does the song justice. I don't think she is the strongest as far as rappers go, but her music is not hard core rap music either! She accomplishes what she sets out to with the rapping and singing mix.
Do my thing is a great song, and a great way to end the album. Putting Janelle Monae was a fabulous idea. The song sounds like one of Jannelle Monae's and I can almost see her dancing to it as I listen to it. Girl power, individuality, fun all come through in this song.
I love how Estelle owns the music on this album. Each song has it's own sound, but she is all those women and sounds at different times. And she delivers them all to perfection.
On a scale of 1-10, it gets a solid 9.