Soooo, last week we predicted big things for Bruno Mars and Adele and guess what? We were totally spot on! Imagine that. Sometimes, dear readers, taking risks pays off. Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ entered at number 2, one place behind Mars’ ‘Grenade’, whilst Bruno was also number 1 on the album charts with the appallingly titled Doo-Wops & Hooligans (apparently ‘doo-wops’ is a term for ladies). We’re not going to lie, we had a little glass of wine to celebrate that success, but frankly, it’s January, so we drink wine whenever we want to really. Anyways, here’s what we think is good/above average this week…
21 by Adele
Yep, her again. We had pretty high expectations for this after hearing ‘Rolling In The Deep’ and the devastating live version of ‘Someone Like You’ and though there are moments where it feels like the songs are about to collapse under the weight of the over-emoting (‘Set Fire To The Rain’, for example), it’s a very good album. Not only does Paul Epworth show up to help out a bit, we also get the excellent Ryan Tedder collaboration, ‘Rumour Has It’, some Rick Rubin productions, a cover of The Cure‘s ‘Lovesong’ (a re-working originally meant for Barbra Streisand apparently) and lots and lots of heartbreak songs. Throughout, it’s Adele’s supple, soulful voice that keeps your attention. (As a slight footnote, the studio version of ‘Someone Like You’ is massively disappointing).
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Last Train To Paris by Diddy-Dirty Money
To many, P Diddy is just a bloke that rivals Elton John in his ability to suck as much cash and notoriety out of a dead friend. It can be hard to remember that back in the day he was a respected producer and record company boss responsible for kickstarting Mary J. Blige‘s career amongst other achievements. Well, he’s a clever fellow and rather than release another album relying on his rapping, er, ‘skills’, he’s formed a group consisting of himself and two singers, Dawn Richard and Kalenna Harper. It means that he’s barely on the album, popping up occasionally to offer the odd “uh” or “yeah”, but mainly we’re treated to some pretty impressive production from the likes of Swizz Beatz, Rodney Jerkins, Danja and Alex Da Kid, plus guests Justin Timberlake, Usher, Lil Wayne, Grace Jones and T.I. As long as you don’t actually listen to the lyrics, it’s a fun hour in the weird world of a rampant egomaniac.
‘My House’ by Hercules & Love Affair
Frankly, we picked this because of the video and it’s a nice enough ditty so that’s a bonus.