21 May 2012

Emeli Sande ‘Our version of Events’ CD Review.

This debut album has already reached number one and gone platinum, but topped that by winning the Critics Choice Brit Award before its release!

It has been my pleasure to review it on behalf on the Mumsnet Bloggers Network:

Emeli Sandé - Our Version Of Events

With a name like hers, you don’t expect Emeli Sande, to come from Scotland. Neither,
at 24, do you expect her to know the torture of indifference and loss, of which she so
eloquently writes, or so much of loyalty and love, intimately and powerfully portrayed
in her soulful songs.

She is a clever lady, having specialised in Clinical Neuroscience, while studying
medicine in her ‘spare time.’ Driven by intellect and intuition, she has written for many of today’s greatest known artists in modern pop music, including Alicia Keys and a whole host of Simon Cowell's. 

He has declared her his 'favourite songwriter of the moment,' but let’s not undersell her striking vocal ability or expertise at the piano, a tool since she was ten.

‘Clown’ and ‘River’ and ‘Suitcase’ jump from heartbreak and pragmatism to joy, all underscored with honesty. I am reminded of a more melodic Tracy Chapman and richer and rawer, but more distinctive, Katie Melhua, such is her variety.    

A fourth track from the CD, ‘My Kind of Love’ will be released in June. You may have seen Emeli sing it on ‘The Voice.’ One of my favourites ‘Next to me’ and ‘Heaven’ - not so emotional as some of her others - are also out.

She doesn’t want to be ‘too cool for school.’  She wants to be heard - as per the lyrics in her other hit single ‘Read all about it.’  It’s her turn now to shine and she deserves it.

Inpsired by the longevity of the work and her admiration for the likes of Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone, she would like her words to resonate with us for years to come.

She’s on the right track (ahem, pun intended) - talent like this is timeless.

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