All entries for Monday 13 November 2006

November 13, 2006


Nuhh.. it’s not the holiday fever… it’s a real fever trying to grab hold of my nervous system. Had Beecham… hopefully that will do the trick! Still feeling abit shivery, tired and weak now. But Ive still got work to do. Just had a meeting with my prospective MSc student. He sounded enthusiastic with a good dose of ideas. Now chlling out hoping that I will be feeling better soon. I’ve got some teaching to do tonite 6-9pm. Ah well, Ill be alright.

I really need my bed now really. Oh by the way went to Kenilworth after church yesterday with mates. Had lunch at the Tea House which was superb. It was truly English!!

Kenilworth Nov 2006

Absolutely DIVINE

5 out of 5 stars

What can I say… attitude, chic, cool, fresh... absolutely worth buying! The best pop album this year I must say esp if u like a complicated, edgy and ClassySassy pop with ska, electronic and raggae influences. The vocal arrangements have the All Saints trademark all over them. Who can make ” oohh tiki tiki tiki” sounds cool. LOL

Shaznay Lewis is such a classy song writer. This album is less moody than their last 2 albums. It has a lot of funky beats and interesting vocals.

My take on the tracks:

Rock Steady 9/10

A good first single from the album. Fresh sounding. The raggae ska influences work well with the girls’ vocal arrangements. It debuts at no 3 this week which is good enough for a band who faded into obscurity for 5 years.

Chick Fit 9/10

This will be the second single planned for release. It’s a bit different from any of their previous work until you hear the tight harmony and minor-keyed chorus. Electronika Pop with attitude. It will definitely hit the top 3 at least.

On & On 7/10

This is like a follow up to Pure Shore. It’s nice and haunting but it sounds like pure shore.. which is actually more of a good thing than bad for those who love their moody take on pop.

Scar 8/10

Groovy beat with funky brass… very raggae but fresh. A big favourite to be the 3rd single.

Not Eazy 9/10

Funky and a bit retro. Shaznay’s vocal is a bit more prominent here. Fantastic!!! This should be the third single.

Hell No 7/10

This track is less outstanding but the arrangement for the chorus is quite clever IMHO. A grower.

One Me & You 8/10

This single is a reminder of when they used to work with William Orbit. Love this track. The chorus bit is cool.

Headlock 7/10

This is esp for funk rock fans. Catchy beat.

Too Nasty 8/10

Nicole sounds a bit like Gwen Stefani on this track. Another clever arrangements and crazy beats.

In It To Win 7/10

Another moody take on pop. An All Saints trademark.

Flashback 7/10

Funky and rocky.

Fundamental 6/10

A good mellow last track on the album. It gives you a final reminder of why they are such a great group.

This album is indeed a must have…an album with NO fillers deserves 5 stars!!!! BUT be warned: You won’t find any bubble gum pop on this album!!!! It’s for the serious music lover haha

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