I was in a rather mellow mood, whilst surfing and hacking; so I needed an album that was soothing and none too distracting.
Today’s selection fit the bill quite nicely, thanks very much. Our Version of Events is an impressive début by Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé. She’s provided guest vocals on several collaborative tracks prior to this album and indeed written for a number of other artists. But, if you haven’t come across her yet, just follow the link and check her out for yourself. Or take a shuffty at one of the better known tracks below (courtesy of YouTube).
In my humble opinion Sandé is a strong female talent worth keeping a watchful eye on. Not sure if this album has won any awards as yet, but it’s just bagged a slot in my UK collection, along side the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse. (If that’s worth anything Emeli)? Tho’ as a Soul/R&B singer-songwriter she reminds me more of Alicia Keys, Beyoncé and occasionally Rihanna.
Not that she tries to emulate any of these talented ladies mind. If this début is anything to go by, her vocals and song writing skills are sure to have her rubbing shoulders with her aforementioned peers.
I’ve actually got the CD version of Our Version of Events, rather than the extended mp3 version I just found on Amazon. Which is kind of a bummer. But what I have is a well rounded album none-the-less.
The most upbeat tempo on the whole album comes in the opening track: Heaven. I must say that it was an excellent choice to open with and it certainly gave the album a “had me at hello” kinda feeling for me. A feeling that kinda stuck through the whole album truth be told. I kept waiting for a duff track buried in there somewhere; but none ever really appeared…at least not for me.
If I were to assign a tone or possible influence to any of the tracks, then I’d admit that the opening of Where I Sleep brought Beyoncé to mind and Clown reminded me of something that Adele might select. But since they’re pretty much all penned by Sandé herself (with some assistance) and I’m not sure who her(/their) influences are, perhaps I was just subconsciously clutching for comparisons as I often catch myself doing.
Hope was co-written with Alicia Keys, but I wouldn’t really have noticed that fact, had I not seen the credits. Regardless of her influences, I’m pretty sure Sandé will be influencing and inspiring other female artists in the not too distant future. Class act!