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Craig David was my favourite artist back in the early 2000's. I remember buying this album from Asda.
The album contains a mixture of upbeat and slower songs. It's an enjoyable album and one that I still listen to after all those years. The great thing about the album is that is still sounds fresh and modern ten years down the line. This is something that could still be in the charts today. The album is what I would describe as Pop/ RnB with a touch of Garage. The most "Garage" track on the album is Re-Wind which was a duet with Artful Dodger back in the year 2000. The song is very much a dancefloor track but it's a great song to listen to when you're driving. I happen to like it as it isn't too "heavy" for a Garage track.
My favourite track on the album, by far, is "Fill Me In" which is an RnB track with added Pop. I like this song purely for the fact that it flows really well. Craig's vocals "overlap" each other and the song has a story behind it, which is what I like. It's very well written and an impressive song considering that Craig wrote this when he was just a teenager. Again, it's a great driving track and a well deserved number one single for Craig back in the year 2000. The lyrics make me laugh and the background beat is very addictive.
The rest of the album is just as impressive. It's a very "chill out" album and a great album for just relaxing to. There are no fillers on the album and I can play it from start to finish without feeling the need that I need to skip any tracks.
Born to do what exactly? Craig seems to have dropped off the rader a bit in the last few years. But who can forget his delighful smooching voice and charming r and b tunes from a few years back. This album is his debut and it's time to remind ourselves what he had to offer.
'Fill Me In' gave him his first solo number one. A spirited and catchy number in which Craig eases his way around the vocals with surprising maturity. The beat would work in a dance club and the song also translates well as an outright pop track. His followup number one was the equally lovely '7 Days' in which he works his way through the days of the week, recounting his conquests with a lady. David's lyrics are cheesy yet he wins you over with the melody and the delivery is strong.
He proves he is not just a balladeer though, upping the ante on 'Time To Party.' This is not what I call a banging track, but has enough excitement to kickstart a party. A good beat in this one drives it and the funky rhythm would get most people up and waving their hands about. At the opposite end of the spectrum, he excels at the slower ones. 'Walking Away' is lyrically astute, if not a little downbeat. It makes me think of walking in the rain, alone and unwanted and he sounds very affected here. I do not much like the song, but the mood of the song is powerful and the emotion is raw and convincing.
'Rewind' is his collaboration with the Artful Dodger act and is a fine bit of garage with a wicked bassline, this rounds off the album nicely and shows the two sides to his music. David can juggle dance and r and b well, while injecting soul. It is fair to say that the likes of Jason Derulo and Ne Yo might have learnt a thing or two from this guy. Twelve tracks and a decent debut album here.
Born to Do It, the debut album from Craig David is one of my favourite albums and even though it is quite old now, one I still listen to on a frequent basis. I think when it came out and when he came onto the scene it offered something new and a new sound for an English artist that we perhaps haven't heard before.
Craig David has a very R&B vibe with quite a smooth voice. He definitely fancies himself as something of a ladies man and most of his songs take on this type of theme, with Craig being a hit with the ladies. A good case in point is track 4, "7 days" where Craig sings about meeting a girl on Monday and that he was sleeping with her by Wednesday! Apparently according to an article I read, "7 Days" is his biggest worldwide hit to date and received a Gold certification sale in the UK. The song was the 17th best selling of 2000 in the UK.
The album itself was released in the year 2000 and sold over 8 million copies worldwide, making it one of the biggest albums by a UK R&B artist ever. It debuted at #1 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified 6x Platinum.
Craig released Fill me In as his debut single and this is what really launched his career. This is actually my favourite song of his, he manages to rhyme and get a complicated set of words out really fast and it's definitely a cool skill to have. The rest of the tracks on the album are as follows:
"Fill Me In"
"Can't Be Messing 'Round"
"Time to Party"
"Once in a Lifetime"
"You Know What"
The Southampton R&B singer Craig David debuted with his album "Born To Do It" in 2000, shortly after his time spent collaborating with the 2-Step Garage group Artful Dodger, and so although this has him doing contemporary R&B work, it also features him on up-tempo beats which fit in with the urban raving movement of Garage at this time (the peak of its success).
1. "Fill Me In"
The album fittingly begins with what was his debut solo single, and since everyone knew him most for "Rewind", which features as a bonus at the end of the album, he has things begin in a similar sort of fashion with a 2-Step song on top of beats from Artful Dodger as he sings about how he and his girl get up to the nasty as his partner's parents go out.
2. "Can't Be Messing Around"
To me, Artful Dodger's way of constructing the beats always seems quite urgent, and it comes through in the beats which they produce for Craig's music here, and it means that it is able to lift the tempo with only a few instruments being at this high pace. They choose not to drop a full 2-Step garage one here, and I felt that at this point, it was good to distance him self from this before we get further in.
I saw this one as the most underrated song from the album as it had a lot more going to it than how much attention paid to it as it was the final single and so much of the hype had died down, but here he keeps the high standard of things in effect as he does this smooth groove. It is done extremely well, and brings out the best of his R&B work.
4. "7 Days"
This was a big tune in its day, and it finds the singer in his finest form as he sings he was through a pretty exciting tale about his amazing week, which he talks the boys through at the barber shop as he talks of how he goes from meeting the girl on Monday, to dating her the following night, before doing what is heard on "Follow Me" for the rest of the week.
5. "Follow Me"
This one has him try out something a little different, and I would have to say that it shows just as much about what Artful Dodger can offer with the things which they churn out as he is forced to do something a lot different to what you find in his others as he is doing a sensual one, and I would say that this 2-Step take on it was successful here with the complex beats really fitting with the pace of the occasion fluctuating suddenly and erratically.
6. "Last Night"
This one follows on from the one prior to it as it deals with similar sort of things, but he chooses to take things from an alternative angle as instead of doing one which has him sing about a long build-up of time before finally getting to his girl, here he does straight from the clubs, then right down to it. He drops his "Rewind" lines on this one, and it boosts the energy levels as a result.
7. "Walking Away"
You should recognise this as you of the key singles from the album, and in it you find that he does things in a very different way to what you expect to get from him as he performs a song where he is forced to back off from all of the funky breaks in the 2-Step thing and do a sincere ballad-type of thing with emotive instrumentals backing him as Mark Hill, of Artful Dodger, shows his personal diversity.
8. "Time To Party"
If surprised that this one wasn't chosen for a single to the album as it is amongst the best material which you find on the album, and the production from Artful Dodger take me back to this time as he does some feel-good material to lift the mood as we are put in a 'Friday night' setting, and are made to take things from here as he warms it up again. To boost it, he even throws in some Old School Hip Hop flows to get the place jumping.
9. "Booty Man"
You would expect the tempo to be high on this song, but it is all but this on this one as you find that he goes about things in a completely new way by switching conventions and smoothing things out with his soft vocals on top of a song which has hi sings about the type of thing he finds attractive about his girls, and as a result how he would liked to be nicknamed.
10. "Once In A Lifetime"
Off the song prior to it, it seems to really have a place as it has him doing a proper ballad on this one to show that he is able to really make the most out of the voice which he has, and you don't complain about the results of it as he belts it out an shows all the notes he is able to reach in this single recording. It is a powerful one, and I don't often get into these, but it does it for me.
11. "You Know What"
Here you have him doing a song where he really puts his vocals to their best use in a tune where he pushes things forward with some fantastic grooves and melodies to get you into his way of thinking as he attempts to engage with you whilst singing to his girl about how he has discovered how much he loves her as a result of time apart from her.
This is perhaps the most well-known track from Artful Dodger, and has them really taking the 2-Step sound to the masses as it presented Craig David on the vocals and them tearing it up whilst using the 2-Step production, and adapting unconventional sound effects to it. It is a smooth out which really represents what the Garage scene was about at the time.
Each and every song on here is worth listening to, and so I don't see any reason for you not to want to have a go with it. It is 21st Century UK R&B at its best, and no other act of its sort has had the impact which he has on the music scene as a whole. He shows many sides to his music, and makes you enjoy each moment.
I was never a particularly big fan of Craig David but I must have liked some of his songs or I wouldn't have bought this album! This album was released in 2000 and featured the singles Fill Me In, Rendezvous, 7 Days and Walking Away. I've read some really complimentary reviews of this album and it was recently voted # 2 in an MTV vote, so I can't helo but wonder if I'm missing something major as I only really like the singles.
***Fill Me In***
This is a laid-back track, as is pretty typical of Craig David in general. It is one of my favourite tracks on the album, and as the biggest single release it is a good track for opening the album. I seem to recall that this track was successful in the UK, and a quick Google search confirms that it hit # 1.
*** Can't Be Messing Around***
This is less chilled than Fill Me In, with a more lively backing track and faster vocals. At times, I struggle to make out the lyrics as they are delivered at a pretty rapid pace. All in all, I don't like this track much. By the time the rap begins, I'm ready to switch it off altogether as it's really not my kind of thing!
This reverts back to the laid-back style of Fill Me In, which is good considering that the previous track was less than impressive for me. It is a slower tempo than Fill Me In with smooth vocals. It is pretty generic in the r'n'b genre and doesn't really stand out from others in that genre but it's still one of the better tracks on the album.
This is another laid-back track, although the tempo is faster than the previous track and more in line with Fill Me In. It is more commercial than the likes of Rendezvous, which probably explains why it was a bigger hit.
This is another quite laid-back track with similar guitar-type backing as 7 Days. If I'm being entirely honest, this track just completely washes over me and bores me. This isn't helped by the fact that the chorus doesn't consist of much more than "Follow me/ Follow me/ To my bedroom". In short, this track comes across as little more than filler material.
This track is a bit more lively than the previous one, thankfully, but not that much better. Even so, the backing track seems to be the most interesting thing about it. I can't help but feel that this track isn't much different from some of the tracks that have already played, and the album is starting to sound much too samey. Not great considering that this is only the sixth track! This is another track that includes a not that great rap, which doesn't improve my thoughts on it.
This is one of the tracks that I like from the album and it was one of the most successful too, reaching # 3 in the UK charts. It is another of the more laid-back tracks on the album, but it isn't as dull as some of the others. If this track had been put higher on the tracklisting, I would be sorely tempted to switch the album off around this point as I can't say that I have been very impressed up until this point.
***Time To Party***
This track features some talky lines at the start, which I rarely like on a song and this doesn't bode very well for the track as a whole. This is yet another track that just bores me.
This track takes a long time to really get going, and once it does, it's nothing particularly special. It's another laid-back track that sounds to me like an inferior version of 7 Days in terms of the tempo, especially in the chorus.
***Once In A Lifetime***
This is another laid-back track but not one that really grabs me. It is quite nicely sung but I find it rather dull.
***You Know What***
This is a mid-tempo track for the most part that I find more catchy than many of the other tracks on the album, but for me, it is still inferior to the single releases.
I bought this album on the strength of the singles that were released from it, and to be honest, I'm not keen on any of the other tracks on the album. Based on this, I would advise downloading individual tracks if you like them as I consider this album to be a bit of a waste of money! Overall, I'm not keen on the album as a whole even though lots of other people seem to have enjoyed it a lot more than me!
Craig David's fame spiralled out of control in 1999/2000 culminating in the release of this best-selling debut Born To Do It. Featuring massive selling singles Fill Me In, Seven Days and Walking Away it showcases both Craig's mature writing style, and smooth gliding lyrics. However this album is not just three songs it is twelve of the best, with other lesser known hits such as Last Night, and You Know What stealing the limelight somewhat.
The sexy sounding spanish guitars are throughout and are pleasant in giving the album credence with a far reaching audience, alongside basslines, and kicks that even the most hardened of Urban music fan cannot fail to pay attention to.
This album certainly kicks, and has been an ever present on my play-list since 2001, all the way through to now 2009.
To end with a quote it is a feel good joint which picks you up whatever to mood.
It seems that Craig David has been around for an eternity now, and in fact it has now been a long eight years since his debut albums 'Born To Do It'. This album was a huge hit in the UK and spawned four top 10 singles. It became a platinum album in the US and reached number 2 on the Aussie albums chart.
It is not often in the UK that we produced top quality R&B artists, and thankfully this album proved that Craig David was one of them. Since then I can struggle to think of any other R&B artists that produced an album that even came close to this, although Taio Cruz has recently released an excellent album, which I will be reviewing in the coming weeks.
I was debating on how I should layout music album reviews. I was not sure whether to just talking about the album as a whole, or do what others do when they review each track individually. However I really can not be bothered with this method as it is very time consuming and there are certain tracks that I would not think are worth reviewing. So what I will do is just to review my favourite track which I feel define this album.
My Fav Tracks
Fill Me In -
This was a great track to start the album off with and the first track that I ever heard from Craig David. It has a slick beat, but the main aspect of this song is his great vocals. The lyrics are OK and just generally about him fooling around with this girl, who does not want her dad to find out what they are up to. I find that pretty amusing as the girl looks over twenty so you would think she doesn't need her dad's permission anymore and could make her own mind up. This track has great longevity and it takes quite a lot of time until it gets played out and boring.
Seven Days -
Easily one of my favourite tracks on this album. In terms of commercial success this performed the best. It is a great lyrical track, but like with most of his other songs it is the vocals that sound out. In the background there is a soft beat with a Spanish guitar. It is funny listening to how he woos a girl in seven days and this is basically the chorus of the track. Overall definitely a track that brings back memories.
Walking Away -
Now this is my favourite track on the album. He tells a story about how his relationship is over and now the only thing left to do is walk away. The tune in the background is amazing and it is hard to describe. I highly recommend checking this track out first and if you like this then this album is perfect for you. Anyone who has a disastrous breakup will be able to relate to this track and as he says we are all walking away from the troubles in our life. Not many other artists can sing the songs with so much sincerity that you truly believe they went through the situation they are singing about.
Can't Be Messing Around -
This is a complete switch around to the other tracks that I checked out above. It still has great vocals and great meaning, however has more of a club style beat. It is more fast paced and makes a great change. All great albums have lots of different versatile styles and this album is no exception. He loves to tell stories in his tracks and I highly recommend anyone checking this track out. It would have made a very entertaining and amusing video. He even does a bit of rapping in it and surprisingly does a half decent job, although he shouldn't do it too often.
Time To Party -
This is more of a mix between the softer and more club side of Craig David. There is a great orchestra beat and he makes good use of many different instruments generally in this album. It is just a great feel good track, and for once he is not telling of his past relationships and just how he wants to party. Again he does a little bit of rapping.
Once In A Lifetime -
This is a very sweet track about how he finally has a chance to be happy. This is all about his vocals and they really shine through. With great lyrics on top he is unbeatable. There is not really much else to say about this track and just generally with other tracks on the album. All the tracks are good and there are no fillers. The ones I mentioned here are just my personal favourites.
Overall now he just doesn't make the same music anymore. He disappeared off the scene for many years although he was still about on mainly the garage scene just featuring and making odd tracks here and there, although commercially these were never released. However he does currently have a new album that is being released and having heard a few tracks from there I do not think I will be buying it.
What has happened is that I think he has seen the American market and the type of tracks that Usher and Chris Brown are churning out. He has tried to copy the style, but unfortunately can not pull it off at all. They are faster paced tracks with a lot of rapping and they just do not work. If you are good at something you should stick to that style, however I do not think it was wise for him to make a whole album that is totally out of his comfort zone. Fair enough experiment with a few of the tracks. He has just changed his whole image now with a new look and new style of music and unfortunately it is sad that a lot of people will be hearing Craig David's new music and will have been too young too appreciate his debut album.
I know this music will not appeal to everyone but I truly believe that Born To Do It is a top notch album. Great vocals, lyrics, and backing music makes this an album that any fan of British R&B should have. I truly hope that I am wrong about his latest album release and will be reviewing it fully in the coming weeks. Thanks for reading.
1. Fill Me In
2. Can't Be Messing Round
4. 7 Days
5. Follow Me
6. Key To My Heart
7. Fill Me In (Part 2)
8. Last Night
9. Walking Away
10. Time to Party
11. Booty Man
12. Once in a Lifetime
13. You Know What
Craig David shot to fame in 2000, after releasing “Fill Me In”, “Seven Days” and “Re-Rewind”. His fresh faced look appealed to teenagers and young adults alike, as well as for old wrinklies like myself. At the age of 19, Craig seemed to almost have it all – looks, talent, a huge following, but NO girlfriend. “Fill Me In” set the trend in April 2000, and following the No. 1 chart success of the single and the video, Craig had a lot of hype to live up to. He released “Seven Days” in July 2000, which again shot to the top of the charts. At the same time, Craig released “Born to Do It”, his first album, which topped the charts in the UK and stopped at No. 11 in The US. The album received rave reviews, and Craig was hailed “the new face of R&B”. So, what was all the fuss about? I bought “Born to Do It” about three months after it was first released, and have to say it takes pride of place in my CD collection. We are on our second copy, as it has been played so frequently. The album can be purchased from CD Wow for £8.99 Fill me in kicks off the album, and the beginning riff, with soft guitars and drums, is distinctive, due to it’s massive airplay all over the country. Craig almost speaks the verses in the song, and it does have to be listened to a few times, as the words are not easily distinguishable, because of the speed of the vocals. The song tells the story of a relationship, where the girl has strict parents, who impose strict curfews and is sung partly from a parents point of view, and partly from the man’s viewpoint. A wonderful R&B rhythm throughout with some great echoing backing vocals. “Saying why were you creeping round late last night Why did I see two shadows moving in your bedroom light” My rating: 10/10 Can’t be Messing Around begins with Craig talk
ing a rap, before his vocals burst forth. A fast track, with brushed drums, and the use of a snare, with what sounds like bells in the background. The song tells of a man in a relationship who is followed consistently by another female, and tells how he doesn’t want to hurt his girlfriend. For a young man, Craig certainly has morals. “One day minding my own business girl from the back won't keep her distance” My rating 9/10 Rendezvous, originally released in March 2001, begins with a harpsichord, before Craig’s voice comes in with the distinctive backing for the beginning of the track, and the snare drum. A slow track which tells the tale of a chance meeting, which develops into a relationship. The words are so poignant to Steve and I, as this was released at the beginning of our relationship. Craig’s voice in this track is wonderful and full of soul, although much slower but the emotion conveyed in this track, would be expected from someone of much maturer years than the fresh faced Mr. David. The only negative aspect of the song is the reference to “getting jiggy”! “Our eyes met as you passed me by two souls entwined in the blink of an eye” My rating 10/10 Seven Days begins with a Spanish guitar, and Craig singing his name before the main vocals come in. The ever present snare drum provides a catchy rhythmic beat, throughout the track which covers the story of meeting a girl in a subway, and the events that happen during the relationship over the course of a week, which basically turned into a shagfest. The video to this track shows Craig in a barber shop, telling the story as he sings the song. Again Craig shows he is a man with feelings (!) with the classic line “I’m not a man to play around baby, cos a one night stand isn’t really fair”. The Spanish guitar finishes the track with the accompaniment of the snare, fading
to the end. My rating 10/10 Follow Me begins with a harpsichord, and the clicking of fingers, with a slow drum beat and at some points has the feeling of Heart of Glass by Blondie. The song is almost spoken rather than sung, and tells of a letter from a woman to a man telling him there is nothing more that she would rather do than have a night of passion. The lyrics invite the listener to follow Craig into the bedroom while he proceeds to get on top. Ah well, I thought the maturity was too good to be true. His innocence shows through on this track. He obviously doesn’t realise there are other ways J A slow beat throughout the track, which has backing tracks laid over the vocals for the duration of the song. My rating 9/10 Last Night is a faster track, which leaps straight into backing vocals which are full of echoes, and tells the story of the meeting of two people in a club, and the feelings that washed over the male, when he first spotted her. This is the first track on the album, where the backing vocals are provided by a woman. There is almost a Spanish feel to the track, not only due to the foreign sounding voice of the female backing track, but due to the Spanish guitar and Craig’s reference to “Senorita”. Craig provides a rap in the middle of the track, before it softens out, into an R&B beat again. My rating 10/10 Walking Away was released in December 2000, and is the story of the ending of a destructive relationship, and the beginning of a new life. The track begins with a Spanish guitar, and the drum, before Craig’s vocals come in. Craig conveys the sadness in his voice well in this track, and manages to send a shiver down my spine every time I hear the opening vocal to the first track. At times in the song, it sounds as though there is a catch in his voice, as if he is close to tears. As this song was released before the album, it was just before my divorce was made final
, and really did become my theme tune. Again, a great R&B feel to the song, and a very emotional one for me. My rating 10/10 Time to Party takes the tempo back up a notch. The track begins with a guitar and Craig talking over the music, before the music speeds up with the introduction of drums. In the middle of the first verse, there is a split second where there is a real 80’s feel to the track and you almost believe the The Sugarhill Gang are going to start rapping. A real feel good song about the end of the week, looking forward to the weekend and having a good time, with some wonderful rapping and great R&B beat. My rating 9/10 Booty Man is a slower track, and begins with Craig backing before an almost nursery rhyme feel to the first verse with the first line “One, two buckle my shoe”. However, the song again has a R&B beat although the lyrics are a bit strange and nonsensical in this one, and Craig even advertises his website in the song. Lyrics aside, the beat is great, and Craig’s voice is at its best. My rating 9/10 Once in a Lifetime is mine and my partner’s song. The song begins with the tinkling of bells before Craig’s vocals come in and is a slow song, full of emotion with a great beat provided by the drum which is the most predominant instrument throughout the track. There is a riff borrowed from Sexual Haling in this track and Craig shows that he can reach the high notes with no problem. The song is about finding true love once in your lifetime, and grabbing it when you find it. The track never fails to make me have tears in my eyes. ”Once in a lifetime I have the chance to find the key to my dreams and I know, that it's so good for me I was lost couldn't find my way you took my hand and chased my blues away My rating 10/10 You Know What is a break again from slushy stuff, and although the song is abo
ut the breakdown of a relationship, it has a faster beat and Craig tells of feeling that he was in a perfect relationship, but realising when it was over, that he was living in a fantasy world. The second verse is sung, with Craig also providing the backing vocals, and his voice is at its strongest in this track. My rating 9/10 The final track on the album is Rewind, a track Craig released with Artful Dodger. The track begins with Craig singing “Inter Selecta” with a bassy drum beat and has a great house beat, with the insertion of a squealing car tyres and breaking windows over the lyrics, together with “boinging” springs. Classic. My rating 9/10 With the exception of a couple of tracks, all the songs on the album are about love and relationships. It constantly amazes me how Craig has been able to write the lyrics at such a young age, with his obviously limited experience, as far as girls are concerned. Some of the words are juvenile, but on the whole, the album is wonderful, and there is not one weak track on it. So was Craig “Born to Do It”? I’d say so, and I hope that he will do it again and again repeatedly. For someone who was 19, when this album was released, Craig proved he could cut it with the best of the R&B artists in the UK. It remains to be seen whether Craig will ever be able to surpass this outstanding first album, but you will find out when I review his follow up “Slicker than your Average” at some point. I would recommend this album unreservedly.
this debut singer from craig david left me in no doubt that he has got a bright future ahead of him, i was also astonished when he failed to pick up a single brit award fot the album. the album contains the classic 7 days and walking away,, the latter is my favourite as it offers a more ballad influenced song which allows the strength of davids vocals to shine. there are also some great bouncy rnb tracks in their like booty man and time to party, this cd has lots of different influences and will include somthing for eevryone, Other hit songs on the album inlcude Rendevouz, fill me in and key to my heart, which is a bonus track so make sure you get the right version. since the release of the album carig has gone quiet and i am not sure when his next release is due out but i cannot wait to get my hands on some new material by this talent singer, the tracks on the album are Fill Me In Can't Be Messing 'Round Rendezvous 7 Days Follow Me Key To My Heart - (bonus track) Fill Me In Pt. 2 Last Night Walking Away Time To Party Booty Man Once In A Lifetime You Know What Rewind
This brilliant album is fun to listen to because it has loads of catchy beats in the songs and lots of singles what he has realeised through the year. I love this brill album some songs chill me out and others excite me.When i listen to it in my car on the way to work it wakes me up. he is a brilliant musician and i hope to buy any of his previos or forth coming material. He is really really great.
Recently my son brought home a CD of Craig David – Born To Do It. As usual I didn’t pay too much attention to it, since the music of the younger generation is way different to my likes and tastes. However when I heard some of the tracks I will really quite impressed and surprised that I actually liked something that my son did. As mentioned earlier the CD in question is “Born To Do It” and it contains a total of 13 tracks, which are: 1) Fill Me In 2) Can’t be Messing Round 3) Rendezvous 4) 7 days 5) Follow me 6) Last Night 7) Walking Away 8) Time to Party 9) Booty Man 10) Once in a Lifetime 11) You Know What 12) Fill Me In (Artful Dodger Remix) 13) Fill Me In (Sunship Remix) Approximate running time is 56 minutes. My particular favourites are Walking Away and Once in a Lifetime, both of which I found very soothing, relaxing and of easy listening. Not only is Craig David’s music one that I find suitable for varying generations but the singer also presents himself well. I remember seeing his video of Rendezvous and he seems to be a very presentable chap. None of the masses of body piercing rings, spikey hair and countless chains that seem to accompany or be affixed on the majority of singers, liked by my sons age group, nowadays. His dress sense is very appealing and decent. His wordings are also clear and it is not difficult to follow the words, which is unlike some of the music I have heard. Although the lyrics might not be works of art they are targeted for the new generation and some of them are actually quite good. Overall a singer whose future albums I might possibly consider buying, or maybe I’ll just borrow them from my son. Finally this is the first time I have ever attempted to write an opinion on a singer/album so please go easy on me.
Ever since the release of Rewind I have been a huge fan of Craig David! I mean it’s a bit hard not too, with his smooth voice, cool songs, great free-styling, wicked dress sense, his talent and of course his sexy looks. But this review is about his album named ‘ Born to do it’, which describes him brilliantly; he was born to be successful. Craig’s album is full of smooth British R ‘n’ B tracks some with a hint of garage in them. All his songs on his album are wicked with their own special meaning and theme to them, his ballads and his dance tunes. The album has 12 tracks on them named Fill me in, Can’t be messing around, Rendezvous, 7 days, Follow me, Last night, Walking away, Time to party, Booty man, Once in a life time, You know what, Rewind. All of them holding such cool flavour to them. My favourite tracks on the album are ‘Can’t be messing around’ and ‘Last night’. ‘Can’t be messing around’ is about a man who has a girlfriend, which he loves. But then this beautiful girl is after him and won’t leave him alone! The response to the girl from the man is in the title he ‘ Can’t be messing around’ because he loves his girl too much! Awwwww! Surprisingly this isn’t a ballad it is a funky fast tune which seriously makes you want to dance. ‘Last night’ is just a chill out tune about a man who’s telling his mates what happened last night, he met a pretty girl, took her out and so on. You know what happens next. This is a cool funky album and with me being a huge fan of Craig David’s, I recommend you check it out if you haven’t already.
I got this as a present from my mum and didn't listen to it that much. Then I listened to it and wow! Craig David is everything. Lush, down to earth and a great singer. His album has 12 ace tracks on it. They are all great but they seem to have the same sort of thing about them but then they are done by the same person so what do you expect? The songs include: Track1: FILL ME IN: This is one of my favourites on the album and I'm sure that you have heard it. It is really soft but not boring. I think this is a background or candlelight dinner type of song. The basic storyline of the song if you get my meaning is that a guy(Craig David) and his next door naighboue get it together when her parents are out and how they try not to let the parents know. It sounds good atleast when you are listening to it. This track is 4 minutes and 17 seconds long. My rating of this is 9/10. Track2: CAN'T BE MESSING 'ROUND: This has more of a lively beat then the last one and his words are more speede up then FILL ME IN. This isn't as well heard but I think it is vairly good. The song kind of flows off of your tongue if you know what I mean. Again though his voice is very soft and although this happens it seems like each word is different to the other even though it might have been used before. This tack is 3 minutes and 54 seconds long. My rating of this is 7/10. Track3: RENDEZVOUS: Like track1 this is very slow and soft. This definetely isn't club music! This doesn't mean that it isn't a good track though. I know it sounds stupid but this song sounds even better in darkness. I kind of makes you think about anything your wan to think about. It carries on a bit but this doesn't spoil the song. I don't think it would sound as good if it didn't. This track is 4 minutes and 37 seconds long. My rating of this is 8/10. Track4: 7 Days: This is my favourite one on the a
lbum. It has a good beat and isn't too slow and not to fast. It is also easy to learn the words and he sings this as good as anyone could. The chorus is also ace and the ending ends abruptly but not to abruptly. I have also seen the video for this song and it is great and he looks absolute lush in it. This track is 3 minutes and 55 seconds long. My rating of this is 10/10. Track5: FOLLOW ME: This is quite a slow beat song and starts quite late to get to the words. The words are vairly good and the main ones are 'follow me follow me to my bathroom' which he says really nicely if you get my meaning. This song is very softly sung and makes you feel in a good mood. This track is 4 minutes and 1 second long. My rating of this track is 9/10. Track6: LAST NIGHT: This song starts with him telling you all about a girl that he met the night before. Then it goes into a conbine of ryhms and soft and loud beats. Then he atrts the first verse. I like this song as it just flows and is easy to learn. The chorus is lush and sounds great. This is 4 minutes and 31 seconds long. My rating of this is 9/10. Track7: WALKING AWAY: If you haven't heard this song then listen to it and then you can say you have. The basic words used are 'I'm walking away' and he sure is. It has a really nice beat and as with pratically all his songs it flows. This is 3 minutes and 24 seconds long. My rating is 9/10. Track8: TIME TO PARTY: This has a faster beat and sounds alot different to all of his other songs as it has a different vibe to it. It is about Friday when the party comes. It is just him having a good time and having fun. All they way through it has the same fast beat which has others added to it throughout. This is 4 minutes and 5 seconds long. My rating of this is 8/10. Track9: BOOTY MAN: This has a range of different sounds and starts with him just sayinf a few words for longer then if
you just singing normally. The basic thing is that the 'booty man can.' He has made it so that some of it rymes and some doesn't. This doesn't sound weird. This shows that he can range the note of his voice while still singing the same word. This is 3 minutes and 48 seconds long. My rating is 8/10. Track10: ONCE IN A LIFETIME: This song is sang very slowly at the fist and then speeds up more as it gets further on. This song uses more of his voice then of background musci then the other songs on this album. This is an okay song but is definetely not one of my favourite ones. This is 3 minutes and 30 seconds long. My rating of this is 7/10. Track11: YOU KNOW WHAT: This starts with him singing really softly 'yeah' and then he starts the song. This is a good song but it sounds a bit too much like another song of his but I'm not sure which one. "We were meant to be togther for eternity' is used alot in this song. As it rymes and flows it makes the song sound better. This is 3 minutes and 34 seconds long. My rating is 8/10. Track12: REWIND: You must know this song. It is really good and even though it carries on a bit it goes well. This is unlike all his other songs as it is alot more beaty if you get me. It could be played in clubs were as his others aren't quite that fast enough beat. This is 5 minutes and 33 seconds long. There you go all the songs on this ace album. If you listen to it carefully you will notice that I think Craig David ays his anem in every song. Altogether this is a great album and I would recomend buying it. When I got the album it included a interveiw disc of Craig David and I'm not sure if that is still going. Every song has the words written on the inside of the case and there are also a few baby photos of him and at the back there is a very long list of people that he would like to thank. I think the only thing
wrongs with this album is that the songs are mostly the smae but who cares as long as you like the songs then it doesn't matter. Buy this album it's very good. I rate this album 10/10. I think this is a great album because he has a great singing voice, his songs are great and he doesn't think he is great although he is.
Craig David, every teen girls dream, including mine. Which meant it was only natural to purchase his debut album 'Born To Do It', and boy was I glad I did. I pre ordered it cause I knew I had to hear it straight away. As soon as I put it on I knew this was going to be one of my favourite albums EVER. It was just great to listen to any time of that day! The first song on the album was his first single and number 1 hit - Fill me in which was a great start to the album. The last song was his first single with the Artful Dodger - Rewind. I felt this was a perfect start and finish to the album. The album had slow songs such as Rendezvous and you know what and had fast songs like time to party and fill me in. this album basically has songs to suit any mood. For me this album was brilliant because I enjoyed every single song, and that rarely happens and has only ever happened with two other albums I own. This proved his songs were great to listen to for me. I enjoyed it completely! I think the album has a song for everyone including his hits, fill me in, 7days, walking away and rendezvous. Overall I think this is a brilliant debut album and I can’t wait for his next one! Here is each song on the album and my opinion of them. FILL ME IN~~ His first solo single, which went in straight at number one. This song was definitely original, as I’d never heard anything quite like it. It was definitely brilliant. I loved the garage sound to it and the beats were brilliant. I liked the video which was cool, but the America version is just so ghetto, its not Craig! But this song will always be a classic. CAN’T BE MESSING ‘ROUND~~ This song is quite fast and it’s definitely catchy. Maybe one of my favourite songs off the whole album. It has really good beats and Craig even raps a little on the song. I couldn’t believe this track wasn’t released as it
s really catchy and I’m sure it would have been a huge hit. It’s a really cool song and I love the part where Craig sings the thong song bit. RENDEZVOUS~~ When I hear this song I just go all tingly inside! How sad is that! This song is just so sweet and romantic. The lyrics are so sweet and the chorus is definitely the best part. I’m always singing it! When Craig performed this live he sounded brilliant! It’s just such a mellow, chill out song. I will always love this song because it’s just so romantic. The video is so good as well, such a lovely song! 7DAYS~~ Probably Craig’s most successful track (along with fill me in). This song has such a Latino vibe about it. The guitar in the background is so lovely adds a really nice touch to the song. Everybody I know sang the chorus of this song over and over again. Come on, I know you know it…Monday…took her for a drink on Tuesday…well if you don’t then you must live on another planet underneath a huge rock. This song has really cool lyrics and the beats are great, its just such a catchy song, you can’t help singing to it! FOLLOW ME~~ Probably my least favourite song off the album. Supposedly Craig’s favourite song off the album. I don’t know why but I just don’t enjoy this song like I do with the others. It’s not Garage and it’s way too slow. I don’t like the beats but the lyrics are quite good. I still like listening to it though, its different to all the other songs off the album. LAST NIGHT~~ This song is really catchy, it is played for about 10 seconds at the start of the fill me in video. It’s really catchy and the beats are really good. It’s a good track to dance too as well. It’s got fun lyrics, which are quite good. It’s such a feel good song. WALKING AWAY~~ Such a sweet song. It’s rea
lly slow but the beats and lyrics are just brilliant. The video is also really good. When I’m depressed I always listen to this song, even though its so sad it makes me feel better. It also brings back loads of memories of things that happened when the song was released. TIME TO PARTY~~ I absolutely love this song and couldn’t believe it wasn’t released its such a good track and I really started to appreciate it when Craig sang it live at his concert. It is just such a catchy song, which I love. It sounds excellent when it’s blasted. I love the rap Craig does and he sound great rapping too! The lyrics are really good to this song and it’s a feel good song, which I can’t help but love about it! BOOTY MAN~~ A much slower song, which is definitely really nice. The lyrics are a bit weird but the beats and the music is really sweet. Definitely a song to chill out to. Its nice to listen too but I don’t think I will ever understand what a booty man actually is, who cares its still a nice song! ONCE IN A LIFETIME~~ A much slower song, which is really nice. Its got lovely lyrics and you can definitely chill out to it. It is a really nice song but not one of my favourites, I do enjoy listening to when I’m feeling down cause it does make me feel better! YOU KNOW WHAT~~ This song is so lovely. I love it! It has excellent beats and the lyrics are really nice but sad. It’s R’n’b and I love the change from garage too ballads to R’n’b on the album. It’s a really nice song. REWIND~~ The first song Craig ever released with his pals the Artful Dodger. This song is a classic and really brought garage music to light. It’s definitely different and at that time I hadn’t heard anything like it, but I loved the song. The chorus is so catchy and I’m always singing it. The version on the album
is much longer than the single version though. Definitely an album to check out if you haven’t got it, its so good, trust me on that, if you like Garage mixed with R’n’b then definitely hear it even if that means stealing your grandmothers copy!! COOL FINE DONE WICKED! (`*·.¸(`*·.¸¸.·*')¸.·*')® «°'¨`·.°BabyGirl°.·'¨`°» (°¸∆.·''(¸.·'''·.¸)`' ·.∆¸°)
I bought this album the day it came out, I was already a big fan of Craig David's after hearing the likes of Rewind (Ft. Artful Dogder) and Fill Me In!!! My first impressions were like "THIS ALBUM IS BRILLIANT!!!" It has 12 tracks, here's a quick run down of all of them... 1.FILL ME IN- We've all heard this before, reached the top of the charts and was Craig's second single, but first solo single. 2.CAN'T BE MESSING 'ROUND- A more up-beat track, about a woman wanting him to cheat on his girlfriend with her. It's catchy, you'll be singing along in no time at all! 3.RENDEVOUZ- I fell in love with this track before it was even released as one of Craig's singles. You should have heard it by now, it's brilliant, but itdidn't quite reach the NO.1 spot. 4.7 DAYS- Another release, can't remember how far this one climbed in the charts, it's good, once again, you should have heard it by now. 5.FOLLOW ME- This is quite a good track, it's a bit slower than the others so far and it hasn't been released. 6.LAST NIGHT- Dance track-ish, catchy, have you singing by the third listen 7.WALKING AWAY- Another release, good, worth listening too. 8.TIME TO PARTY- Dancey again, good for a party (hence the title). 9.BOOTY MAN- A bit slower but still catchy, as with all the songs you learn the words quickly! 10.ONCE IN A LIFETIME- One of the slower tracks, but it still has quite a strong beat. Another one to sing to. 11.YOU KNOW WHAT- Another cracking track. 12.REWIND- The number one debeut single for Craig, ft. Artful Doger. You will have heard this already! A good album, well worth the money, I'd recommend it to anyone! (If you want a head start on learning the words, the song words are in the leaflet bit at the front!)
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Fill me in
2 Can't be messing 'round
4 7 days
5 Follow me
6 Last night
7 Walking away
8 Time to party
9 Booty man
10 Once in a lifetime
11 You know what