ALBUM REVIEW – A MILLION LIGHTS – CHERYL COLE – 2 good tracks does not make an album!
ALBUM REVIEW – A MILLION LIGHTS – CHERYL COLE
Unbelievably as I sit and write this review it seems that Cheryl’s good luck has come to an end…Justin Bieber is set to beat her to this weeks number one album! Lets not write her off yet though, this is Cheryl Cole the Nations Sweetheart. Does she deserve her album sales though….let’s see….!
Under The Sun – a very strong opener to the album, I can see shades of Will.i.am in the song in the form of the crowd chanting parts. The song is about someone telling you anything ‘under the sun’ and how Cheryl won’t give her heart to them again. Potential single? Perhaps not but it’s definitely one for the summer play-lists, lots of different parts to this song and all are enjoyable.
Call My Name – I have reviewed this as a single before and my opinion hasn’t changed, everything about this song is great. The accompanying video as well serves the song well, good on Calvin Harris and his knob twiddling techniques.
Craziest Things (feat Will.i.am) – anyone else remember 3 Words? I LOVED that song, all that gothic type drama in the video too, I thought it was under-rated. This isn’t quite up to that standard unfortunately. There’s a hint of the ‘f’ word in there…to me if you hint at it you should just sing it or choose a different word if your feel you will alienate your audience with swear words. The auto-tune on Will’s voice really annoys me on this track as well…it’s too false and obvious.
Girl in the Mirror – well it’s no Man in the Mirror, instead of tackling changing herself for the better Cheryl sings about how she’s been ‘having fights’ with herself in the mirror. The beat on this feels too fast for me.
A Million Lights – oh no it’s a Cheryl ballad!! I am not normally a fan of plain singing Cheryl, I think she works better as an entertainer with the production and dancing behind her. I like the production on this track but Cheryl’s voice isn’t quite there for me…she does sound better on the lower range parts of this song though. I can see this working well in a live setting…it’s quite like Wide Awake by Katy Perry, quite a dark feel to it. No way as bad as the Flood was.
Screw You (feat Wretch 32) – apparently after working together the pair went on a couple of dates, the emotion doesn’t quite make it into Cheryl’s vocals though. You can hear the auto-tune button being turned up high for this track. I’m not a fan of the mock swear words again…just say the word Cheryl!! Wretch is just there on this track, it’s no Rihanna and Drake duet.
Love Killer – I didn’t really enjoy this track either, some of the lyrics were awful. The beat is steady but unexciting. It’s not bad but it’s just not got that spark of magic to it.
Ghetto Baby – this is the track that Lana Del Rey gave to Cheryl and it definitely has that feel to it, the lyrics are very Lana like but eek Cheryl can’t sing it very well and perhaps the beat put under it isn’t right…oh god the ‘drop it like it’s hot’ bit is awful too. The sections that work best are the slower deeper parts, as soon as it’s goes higher and towards the chorus it fails.
Sexy Den a Mutha – oh god the title…where do I start…it’s just awful. She’s a Geordie isn’t she not an American! I was hoping for some LMFAO type song from the title, again it’s half way there, the chorus is pretty good but the vocals again don’t deliver the strength needed in places. It is a good dance track though…again lots of fun to perform on her upcoming tour.
Mechanics of the Heart – another title that makes my heart sink, it all sounds a bit ‘off the shelf’ doesn’t it? Just a song chosen from a catalogue for her to sing. It talks about being religious…is Cheryl even religious? Again it’s the same story, the chorus could be good but the vocals don’t match up to what the song wants to do.
All is Fair – I didn’t enjoy this song at all, her voice grated on me pretty much all the way through it. The attempt at the harmonies are just bleurgh. I’m afraid I skipped onto the next track with 30 seconds to go.
Last One Standing – not sure if she’s trying to be Rihanna here with all the lyrics of ‘talk that talk’ and ‘walk that walk’ – I’m so sorry Cheryl fans but I don’t really like this track again. It’s just another filler type track.
Boys Lie – Cheryl sounds like Tulisa on the start of this track, trying to be all gravelly vocally. There’s lots of random noises on this track, probably chucked on there by Will.i.am.
One Thousand – a song about crying a thousand times for someone and walking one thousand miles for them, it’s a feisty track and it actually works for her. One of the better ones.
Telescope – track 15 and we are are the end of the album it comes in at a pretty short 37 minutes for the standard edition btw. This is actually quite a nice ballad to end the LP on, I much prefer it to a Million Lights.
Sigh, it’s the same old story with Cheryl Cole, they seem to focus on the lead single and the lead single only, the rest are just ok songs picked from a catalogue for her to sing. Her vocals aren’t up to point on the album and it gets frustrating as does the general sound of the album, it all descends into one repetitive noise by the end. Who and what is she trying to be musically? I don’t think she really knows or has the musical intelligence to direct her career. This leaves her in the middle ground of pop as a pretty face and popular personality with her music taking second place in terms of her ‘talents.’ It’s a pity, I want Cheryl to release something brilliant but there are only two good tracks on this, Under the Sun and Call My Name.
popledge points – 4/10 – if you honestly like Cheryl’s voice then I’d add a couple of points onto it.