Pop & Miscellaneous The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/4673.html Fri, 17 Jan 2020 23:57:57 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Estelle - Lovers Rock (2018) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/4673-estelle/25620-estelle-lovers-rock-2018.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/4673-estelle/25620-estelle-lovers-rock-2018.html Estelle - Lovers Rock (2018)

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1 	So Easy    Featuring – Luke James	3:59
2 	Meet Up    Featuring – Maleek Berry	2:38
3 	Really Want    Featuring – Konshens, Nick X Navi	2:46
4 	Better 	3:19
5 	Don't Wanna    Featuring – Kranium	3:09
6 	Queen    Featuring – Chronixx	3:37
7 	Ain't Yo Bitch 	4:09
8 	Sweetly 	3:15
9 	Karma    Featuring – Hoodcelebrityy	4:06
10 	Lights Out 	3:23
11 	Love Like Ours    Featuring – Tarrus Riley	3:55
12 	One More Time 	3:24
13 	Good For Us 	3:05

 

Lovers Rock rewards listeners who skipped past the pop anthems, trap-styled productions, and retro-house grooves of True Romance to reach the comparatively traditional soul and reggae tracks toward that album's end. One strain of the latter genre -- indeed lovers rock, characterized by its sweet-to-bittersweet romantic lyrical themes and lithe riddims -- provides the title and key inspiration behind Estelle's fifth album. Throughout, Estelle writes in the first person, inspired by the up-and-down (and ultimately up) love story of her mother and father. At the same time, she draws from her own life as an adult who has had to deflect role players -- from neglectful lovers to judgmental strangers -- similar to those her mother has faced. Estelle's creative energy is manifest here, so much so that the constant rotation of featured guests becomes a distraction. Still, this is a ceaselessly melodious and proud batch of lovers rock and dancehall, easily the singer and songwriter's best album since Shine. The latter half, featuring a couple eyelash-batting numbers made with Andre "Dre" Harris, is particularly strong. ---Andy Kellman, AllMusic Review

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Estelle - True Romance (Deluxe) (2015) http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/4673-estelle/17417-estelle-true-romance-deluxe-2015.html http://theblues-thatjazz.com/en/pop-miscellaneous/4673-estelle/17417-estelle-true-romance-deluxe-2015.html Estelle - True Romance (Deluxe) (2015)

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01. Time After Time
02. Conqueror
03. Something Good / Devotion (Passion Interlude)
04. Make Her Say (Beat It Up)
05. Time Share (Suite 509)
06. The Same
07. Fight for It
08. Silly Girls
09. Gotcha Love
10. She Will Love
11. All That Matters
12. Not Sure (Bonus Track)

 

With her fourth album, British singer/rapper Estelle postures as a Beyoncé-type figure and fails to achieve comparable results. Clunky songwriting and mediocre lyrics sink an album full of strong production choices and prove that Estelle is unlikely to claim anything more than a spot as the JV Bey. True Romance isn’t going to help Estelle’s quest to remove herself from the one-hit wonder category (and “American Boy” sure was a hit). In all likelihood, it will further separate her from the pop stardom she’s seeking.

“Conqueror”, the second track on the album, is being heralded as a triumphant female anthem but never quite differentiates itself from the most formulaic version of that trope, sounding like a track that could be the third single off a decent-at-best Jennifer Hudson album. There’s clearly an effort to join the ranks of strong female role models in the music industry, but the song is too easy to ignore when so many better options are out there. The sexually drenched “Make Her Say (Beat It Up)” is roughly as nuanced as a Judd Apatow movie when it comes to sexuality. Women claiming their sexuality and owning it in any way they want is an important development, but the word “pussy” makes up something like 40 percent of the song’s lyrics, and it’s difficult to get all the way through without wanting to skip the track and take a shower.

There are moments on this album that provoke genuine optimism for where a song might go, but then Estelle starts singing lyrics so genuinely bland and awkward that all hope is lost. It’s hard not to think that this album has been bungled, because despite the lackluster results, Estelle has talent. At some point, though, she has to get some better material to work with. Fans will surely still enjoy her work on this record, but those in search of a strong female voice in R&B and pop can find stronger. --- consequenceofsound.net

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