ALBUM REVIEW: REBECCA FERGUSON – HEAVEN.
Album Review – Rebecca Ferguson – Heaven
After a successful stint on the X Factor last year (she was runner up to Matt Cardle) Rebecca Ferguson has taken that opportunity, signed with SyCo and made an album that she always felt she had in her. Impressively she has co-written all of the tracks on this album and is set to take it on tour in 2012.
The album kicks off with her single ‘Nothing’s Real But Love’ – I call it a feel good track, it delivers a positive message and shows off Ferguson’s vocals, although in places I wish she put a bit more gusto behind her voice. Glitter and Gold is another soulful tune, quite reminiscent of Adele in places.
Shoulder to Shoulder slows down the pace a little – Rebecca’s vocals are AMAZING in this song – I love it, you can feel the emotion flowing through her in the way she delivers this song about a relationship and its ups and downs.
Fairytale (Let me live my Life) brings in a little of a big band feel to proceedings - it’s got a slightly more jazzy feel to the track. But in a weird way although the production is bigger the previous track still packs a bigger punch.
Mr Bright Eyes – not Mr Brightside (I got quite excited at the thought of that cover!) – reminds me of an Eliza Doolittle vibe – that sunny days loved up vibe – Rebecca adds a dimension of happiness to vocals in this track. Another potential single.
Fighting Suspicions unfortunately gets a little lost in the middle of the album – the violins are a nice touch though. Teach Me How to Love is another ballad – the lyrics are beautiful, just keep the thought of her and Zayn Malik out of your head if you can.
Run Free has a more old school soul/funk vibe to it. Again thought it gets a little lost and doesn’t stand out as a track. Diamond to Stone follows in a similar vein unfortunately. Too Good to Lose is the final track on this LP – it’s a strong finish to the album with it probably being the most ‘dance’ orientated track on this album – good fun to finish with. Reminded us of the time she did ‘Show Me Love’ on the X Factor!
Rebecca Ferguson may not have the PR power that say her X Factor colleagues do but she’s produced a album that will yield her a powerful niche market. Thumbs up for her first effort and for producing something she can be truly proud of.
Popledge points: 7/10 on a personal level, not my style
Tracks for your iPod – Nothing’s Real But Love, Shoulder to Shoulder, Mr Bright Eyes
Listen to this if you like – Shola Ama, Lighthouse Family, Norah Jones and James Morrison.