Album Review – Rita Ora with ‘ORA’ track by track analysis! Please RT!
Rita Ora: ‘ORA’ – Album review – track by track analysis…
Vocally, Rita is an angel. Attitude-wise, Rita is a diva.
I cannot get enough of this album, but I reckon some people will think I am giving it too much praise. I wasn’t expecting such a faultless set of tracks from Rita – I guess I thought her image was too perfect for her to also have a corker of an album (I was SO wrong).
The ideal mix of heartbreak, sexiness and naughtiness, Rita Ora is the definition of fun.
Facemelt – One of the darker, dirtier sides of Rita Ora kicks of the album. Full of attitude, a dirty bass and edgy lyrics, the sweet, innocent image of Rita is stripped to a sexy diva.
Roc’ The Life – This girl just oozes attitude, and it makes me love her even more! Although we don’t really get to hear the full vocals that we know Rita has in her, it gives off a real sense of girl power and is one more for the party playlist.
How We Do (Party) – The infamous How We Do is next, and we get to hear the slick, flawless vocals of Rita after her rock chick start. More of a fun tune, full of life and a hairbrush-as-a-microphone song that you dance around your bedroom in your underwear to (admit it, it’s not just me…). The album just seems to be tune after tune after tune and we’re only on song number three!
RIP (feat Tinie Tempah) – The perfect collaboration: two hot, young, talented artists. I’m urging these two to get together and make more beautiful music. This is a real sassy song with a belter of a chorus – could she make me any more jealous?
Radioactive – a typical nightclub song with a J-Lo-inspired twist – I can imagine all the girls getting together on the dance floor to this one! I wasn’t expecting very much when it first started, but the chorus brings it back and yet again Rita has created a track that is different from all the rest. How does she do it?
Shine Ya Light - Out of all of her songs, this one doesn’t really do it for me. I don’t know if it’s because it’s more of a swaying song than it is her usual hardcore party-goer image, but it sounds more like an advert for Pepsi than a top ten hit. Funny, because ‘Heat Magazine’ name it the best track on the album… just goes to show how Rita has reached out to so many different music tastes!
Love And War (feat J Cole) – Rita’s own favourite song, and it isn’t hard to hear why. I love it when an artist lets their accent flow into their music, and her attitude is again exposed through this tune. The addition of J Cole means the song hots up, but maybe his part would be better off if it was Kanye West? The lyrics are a little cheesy too, but that’s only a tiny criticism!
Uneasy – The beginning of this song instantly made me think of The Ting Tings – it’s so fun! This is one of my favourite tracks from the album, maybe a good song to stick on in the car down the motorway. One of the more simple songs, but still as effective.
Fall In Love (feat Will.I.Am) – Popworld’s very own Mr Cool features on this track (could she GET any more perfect collaborations?!) and adds another celebrity to her list of pals. Rita adds her own sexy twist on the chorus, as we would expect, or this would have been on the verge of being a naff track lost in the history of cheesy duets. It’s lucky she brings it back to modern day music, because the lyrics are a little basic but don’t stop the song before the end – it has a nifty little bassline to finish!
Been Lying – Rita moves away from the club scene in this classic break-up song, and it’s got attitude written ALL over it. I found myself joining in with the ‘middle finger up at love’, and I think girls all over the world will be too.
Hello, Hi, Goodbye – Rita shows that she isn’t all mouth and feistiness with this track, giving her a raw image and using some heartfelt lyrics. It’s a perfect song for dejected ladies everywhere and Rita really can reach out to many different emotions: being in love, getting ready for a party and, in this case, heartbreak.
Hot Right Now (DJ Fresh) – This is the first time that I had heard of Rita Ora, and who knew that she would go from ‘girl on the DJ Fresh song’ to superstar? This song is great for so many occasions, from going for a run to jumping around at a festival to dancing at a party. I would even go as far as saying this is one of my favourite tracks of 2012, and Rita is lucky to have this as her first appearance in the charts!
Crazy Girl – A warning to the male population: don’t fall for Rita Ora if you can’t handle her. I think if Rita hadn’t sung this song, Rihanna would have nabbed it. It’s not the best song from the album by far – in fact it’s a little bland compared to the Rita that we know. Maybe it was just put in to fill up the album?
Young, Single and Sexy – The three words to sum Rita Ora up right now, so she’s decided to sing about it. With stunning vocals, this is a classic pop song, stripping Rita of her edgier image but letting her express to the world that she’s young, single and sexy. Can I be her please?
Meet Ya – I so wish I had heard this before my holiday – it really reminds me of sitting on the beach whilst the sun is going down, cocktail in hand. Personally I think it’s a bit too slow to finish off such a fun-filled album. I would have put it as one of the first tracks, almost like a pre-getting ready for a night out song before the party really starts. But then again, I’m not a global superstar so I don’t really get to decide.
Popledge points – 9/10 – a real pop gem!
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