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Forever In A Day - Day26

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Day26 / Audio CD released 2009-04-14 at Bad Boy

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      15.05.2009 11:39
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      Excellent Second Studio Album From Day 26

      Day 26 are a five-piece all-male r&b group which were formed by Puff Daddy during the reality TV/talent show Making The Band in August 2007. The band members are: Qwanell Mosley (known as Q), Willie Taylor, Brian Andrews, Michael McCluney and Robert Curry. The five chose the name Day 26 as they were formed on the 26th day of the month. 'Forever In A Day' is their second studio album and was released on 14th April 2009 on the Bad Boy / Atlantic record labels.

      Tracklist:
      1 Just Getting Started
      2 Imma Put It on Her
      3 Shawty Wats Up
      4 Think of Me
      5 Stadium Music
      6 Bipolar
      7 Perfectly Blind
      8 So Good
      9 Girlfriend
      10 Babymaker
      11 Then There's You
      12 Need That
      13 Reminds Me of You
      14 Your Heels
      15 Truth Is a Lie

      Instead of doing a track-by-track review I'll go through the ones that I think are the best and worst songs on the album.

      The Good:

      'Just Getting Started' is an appropriate intro to the album but seems to be more concerned with 'swagger' than actually expressing any kind of message. 'Welcome To The Greatest Show On Earth' is the opening line that greets us, modesty, I like it. The backing track is really strong; powerful beats and some interesting sounds but it never really gets going properly.

      The first single from the album is the second track, 'Imma Put It On Her'. This track sounds a lot like Usher's 'Love In This Club', even down to the beats and subtle 'hey' chanting in the background. Diddy and Young Joc provide a verse each on this track, Diddy's verse is ok, nothing too exciting, but Young Joc's verse is pretty poor. I'm not a big fan of this rapper but even for him, this is not great. The actual vocals by the band are really very good; their voices compliment each other on this track well. I think this is a big summer tune.

      'Stadium Music' is a guitar heavy track with a thumping beat and pulsing bassline. The boys do their thing on this one well, each taking it in turns to sign their part. The chorus is catchy but it really is the backing track that makes this one stand out.

      Dawn Richard (a Day 26 label-mate, former member of Danity Kane and girlfriend of Q) makes a cameo appearance on 'Perfectly Blind'. This is a slow and sensuous song in which the group harmonise perfectly throughout. I think it takes a few listens to really appreciate this song but once you do, you'll love it forever.

      'Babymaker' (what a terrible name for a song) features the awesome voice of r&b legend Tank. This song oozes emotion. Each singer on this one pours his soul into it and it really does show. What a performance. The lyrics are not ground-breaking but are delivered in such a way that you're swept along with the track.

      'Need That' is an up-tempo party track featuring Jermaine Dupri. This track reminds me of some of the older Miami bass tracks. This is a proper party track and is one of my absolute favourites from the album. The boys take it in turns to sing over the quick shuffled beat and pounding bass. This is a really short track, only 2:37 and it feels like it's over before it's started.

      The other favourite of mine from the album is 'Reminds Me Of You'. This is an out and out romantic track in which the boys turn to their soulful sides and sing of their love of a woman and how everything else in the world (such as a summer breeze with sunshine) reminds them of her. It's a nice laid-back track, which also has a nice summer vibe. I love this one.

      The Bad:

      'Shawty Wats Up' is quite an abysmal track. Firstly, this features T-Pain, a singer who I really dislike. I use the term singer loosely as every song he has ever done has been heavily edited with auto-tune and vocal synthesisers. Who knows if this guy can even sing? He sounds like a robot. Secondly, I hate the term 'shorty', or, even worse 'shawty'. I listened to this track twice and deleted it from my mp3 player. Something I never ever do, I like to listen to albums in their entirety. I just hated this song that much. Pity.

      One song that just seems to idle along without any real inspiration is 'Girlfriend'. The subject matter has been covered a million times before and will probably be done another million times. I didn't delete this one because I do like certain elements, the vocals are good and the backing track is decent, I just think it could have been done much better.

      Overall, I think the boys have improved on their first album somewhat, I am already eagerly anticipating their third! If you enjoy soulful r&b with some party jams thrown in, you should look this up.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Just Getting Started
      2 Imma Put It on Her - Day26, Day26, P. Diddy, Yung Joc
      3 Shawty Wats Up - Day26, Day26, T-Pain,
      4 Think of Me
      5 Stadium Music
      6 Bipolar
      7 Perfectly Blind
      8 So Good
      9 Girlfriend
      10 Babymaker
      11 Then There's You
      12 Need That - Day26, Day26, Jermaine Dupri
      13 Reminds Me of You
      14 Your Heels
      15 Truth Is a Lie