Newest Review: ... 2010 with the release of the "Disc-Overy" album. *Good Points* It's got a nice array of sing-a-long tracks. Listening t... more
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Disc-overy - Tinie Tempah
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Disc-overy - Tinie Tempah
Advantages: Good singles
Disadvantages: Filler elsewhere
Tinie Tempah was an unexpected breakout star of 2010. After being one of Grime's more forgettable artists -who occasionally dropped a good single every now and then - the end of 2009 saw him drop "Pass Out", which he earned himself a #1 single a couple of months later. What would happen in the months to follow would establish him as the UK's leading MC, making everyone forget about the many who had made a name for themselves before. With Labrinth on his side - contributing game-changing beats to give him a refreshing sound - the rise to stardom was a swift one and would be marked in October 2010 with the release of the "Disc-Overy" album.
It's got a nice array of sing-a-long tracks. Listening to lively tracks like "Pass Out" and "Frisky", you'll think he's the saviour to the game and has the ability to bring the average person's tastes over to Rap-orientated sounds. It comes across when he gets adventurous and big tunes like "Wonderman" pop out too, when he's not linking-up with Swedish House Mafia and is resulting in unexpected triumphs. Superficially, he meets expectations and will keep the casual fan satisfied.
When you dig in-between the gaps in the album and you look past the singles, there's really not much going on here. Truly, everything is filler and he's getting by with braggadocio, rather than particular skill. Much of this is down to the way he uses US rappers' styles as templates. From the introduction alone, you'll get this impression, but the work with Kelly Rowland and cuts like "Obsession" just continue to reinforce this. He's under the impression that he's a strong lyricist, but it's only his charisma keeping him on track. When he's exposed and hasn't got a big name guest to fall back on, as with "Obsession", he's revealed to be a rather basic spitter who can't really carry an album's worth of music yet.
In summary, from the early promotional phase of "Disc-Overy" was much better than the final product. Truly, the singles are all it's worth caring about with this record, as the rest of it is nothing but filler. It sounds as though he's just trying to impress Lil Wayne and Drake when his raps. Most of the time, he's steals their flows and attempting to imitate their every move. The album is a reflection of what they're about too; a mix and match of radio-ready tunes and club ones (although more in-tune with what's going on in the UK with the latter). Overall, it sounds like he's trying too hard to play the role of an American rapper and when he isn't, he's merely finding a place to fit in on House beats.
Summary: Tinie Tempah's debut album