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Genre: Pop / Artist: Cheryl Cole / Audio CD released 2010-11-01 at Polydor

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      07.10.2012 01:21
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      Decent pop album!

      It's hard to believe that Cheryl (arguably the weakest vocalist in Girls Aloud) has now released 3 studio albums. 'Messy Little Raindrops' is her 2 nd studio album and was released in 2010. It has 12 tracks, 4 of which have featured vocalists...

      The albums opening track 'Promise This' was also released as the lead single and is a catchy pop song with good, sometimes repetitive lyrics. It is probably one of the best from the album and she sounds well throughout the track.

      Second track 'Yeah Yeah' features Travie McCoy, whom I had never heard of before (no disrespect meant) but the song has a good beat to it, but I don't think it does anything for her voice and she does sound quite strained throughout. Still a decent song though!

      Third track 'Live Tonight' is where her voice picks up, she sounds good, the beat is good and the lyrics are good. Not a bad song, I predict that most pop music fans would enjoy this one!

      Forth track 'The Flood' was the second single released and is absolutely beautiful, her voice really suits this type of music, the lyrics are amazing and the beat just flows with the rest of the production beautifully. Love it!

      Fifth track 'Amnesia' is an average pop song, again her voice sounds quite strained but I do consider it a good pop song with a good beat and decent lyrics. Not too bad.

      Sixth track 'Everyone' features Dizziee Rascal is a good pop song with an element of hip hop (courtesy of Dizziee Rascal) it is lyrically about her coming from a bad background and making it to prove others wrong. It's a really good song, which is inspiring I think she should have released it as a single. Amazing!

      Seventh track 'Raindrops' is a good pop song, I really like how her vocals sound on this track. Beat is good and lyrics are fantastic. Love it!

      Eighth track 'Hummingbird' is a decent pop song, she sounds good, the beat is good and the lyrics are OK.

      Ninth track 'Better To Lie' features August Rigo (whom I'd also never heard of before) and is a really good pop song, it is probably one of the best from the album I love it. The beat, lyrics, voice -everything about this song stands out from the rest of the album. Love it!

      Tenth track 'Let's Get Down' features, as you probably would have guessed will.i.am it is an upbeat song and has will.i.am written all over it. It's another song that really stands out. I love this song too! It all works really well together.

      Tenth track 'Let's Get Down' features, as you probably would have guessed will.i.am it is an upbeat song and has will.i.am written all over it. It's another song that really stands out. I love this song too! It all works really well together.

      Eleventh track 'Happy Tears' is blatantly about a certain cheating footballer (as are most of the songs from her first 2 albums!) but I like it, it goes into somewhat of a detail of what happened when she found out (Ashley) had been cheating, the beat and singing is good too!

      The final track 'Waiting' is another one that stands out. Vocals, lyrics and beat are great. I really love this song and regularly have it on repeat.

      Overall, I would reccommend this album to most people, it is good. Better than her debut offering but weaker than her latest'A Million Lights'.

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      27.06.2012 01:53
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      an ok album

      I have quite a wide range of music interests and would like to think of myself as quite eclectic when it comes to music. Cheryl Cole (or is it just Cheryl now?) is one of them artists that is kind of my guilty pleasure, I don't like that I like her, but I just can't help myself. Messy Little Raindrops was Cheryl's second solo album and was released in 2010, this album was released during quite a hard period of Cheryl's life, she had just broke up with Ashley Cole and also had suffered malaria. This album was Cheryl's way of expressing herself and showing the public that she is still a strong woman, and that she was taking the first steps to getting over her past troubles.

      The track listing for this album is as follows:
      1. Promise This
      2. Yeah Yeah
      3. Live Tonight
      4. The Flood
      5. Amnesia
      6. Everyone
      7. Raindrops
      8. Hummingbird
      9. Better To Lie
      10. Let's Get Down
      11. Happy Tears
      12. Waiting

      Favourite Tracks
      Promise This
      This is a really fast and fun song with a really cool dance feeling to it, it is about meeting someone special and falling in love with them. I really like the style of this song and it is just a great, sexy song that is perfect for listening to before a night out.

      Yeah Yeah
      This song is about meeting someone and enjoying yourself, it is quite sexy and it also has a disco/pop kind of feeling to it. This song features a rap from Travie McCoy which blends quite well in with the song and gives it a bit of a cooler feeling to it, rather than it being soley a pop song.

      Everyone
      This is a slower paced and empowering song that features MC Dizzie Rascal, this song is about how live can be unfair and hard, but not to let it get to you and to rise above it all and keep your hair high. I really like this song because it is so positive and I am a bit of a Dizzie Rascal fan as well.

      Let's Get Down
      This song is has a real disco/electro/pop feeling to it and features Cheryl's friend and manager Will.i.am, it is about working all week and living for partying at the weekend. This is a song with a lot of attitude and it has a really sexy vibe to it, I always find I turn this song on when I know I am going out at the weekend as it just puts me in such a good mood.

      The Rest of the Album
      There are quite a few songs on this album that I enjoy, however I do find some of them boring, I never really warmed to the track Live Tonight and I always find myself skipping .A lot of the songs on this album are quite sameish, there isn't a lot of variety on it, though it is easy listening. I don't dislike this album as a whole and I am glad that I bought it, but I do prefer Cheryl's previous album 3 Words.

      Price and Availability
      You can buy this album in HMV for £7, I am sure that you could get it even cheaper online as well if you shopped around. I think that this is an ok price for this album, I don't listen to it all the time, but I suppose I have got my monies worth out of it, and it has cheered me up on quite a few occasions too.

      Overall
      I think this is quite a good album, it isn't my favourite, but I do like to listen to it sometimes when I am getting ready to go out for a night. I don't really like all the songs on this album, but the majority are ones that I enjoy listening to. Overall I would give this album 3 out of 5 stars.

      *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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      13.02.2011 15:10

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      I personally didn't like it but it depends on the individual.

      Ive always been a fan of Cheryl Cole and have always admired her work. After her last amazing solo attempt, i was eager to purchase her second album "Messy Little Raindrops". I loved "Promise This" as the lead single which made me want to buy it more.

      After listening to the album, I couldn't help but feel disappointed. While there is strong tracks like "Promise This", "The Flood" and "Happy Tears" i felt the rest of the album was such a let down. I feel it is not lyrically creative and some of the songs are quite dull. " walk in like Sex and The City" is quite cheesy in "Let's Get Down" for example. "The Flood" and "Happy Tears" though are strong emotional tracks which reflects how she has been feeling in her personal life recently.

      I would recommend listening to some of the tracks first before buying and pick out the ones that you personally like.

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      17.11.2010 10:26
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      A much better second album from Cheryl Cole

      I was a huge fan of Girls Aloud's music so when Cheryl Cole went solo last year, I purchased her album and really enjoyed it. It wasn't the sort of music I had expected from her but it really grew on me and I enjoyed listening to the album as I drove about it the car and on my iPod. Now the X Factor is back again this year, Cheryl has brought out her second album Messy Little Raindrops, and of course performed the first single from it, Promise This, on her show. Nothing like a bit of self-promotion hey?! Either way, I had a spare Amazon voucher so decided to see if Mrs Cole's second offering was going to be as good as her first, and if she would be able to sustain this solo career of hers.

      The first track is her first single and latest number one single Promise This. It's very different to Cheryl's previous singles with a real dancey/techno sound to it, and features a sample of a well known French's children rhyme that we've probably all heard every now and then. I actually really liked this song from the first time I heard it, it's very catchy and I like the sound it has, it broke away from the sound of her previous album and I think it suits Cheryl's voice and vocal range. We all know she isn't the best singer in the world but this seems tailored to her voice, and it works for her. I know people who didn't like this song at first listen but it has really grown on them, so I think it's definitely a grower and I'm not surprised it went to number one. The second track is Yeah Yeah and it features the singer of Gym Class Heroes, Travie McCoy. If I'm honest, I had not heard of the bloke before I listened to this single, then realised he sang that incredibly annoying summer song Billionaire. Hmm. This song has a real trance sound to it with a pulsating background, great rhythm and a catchy chorus that will have you singing along in no time. McCoy's vocals aren't anything special but I suppose it's good for Cheryl to get a good selection of guest stars on her songs! This is quite a good song in my opinion, very catchy and it has a great beat, and it's nice to see Cheryl break away from the R n B for a while and do something a bit more dancey and pop-py!

      Track 3 is Live Tonight, another grower. When I first heard it I wasn't absolutely sold on this one, but it has definitely grown on me and I don't skip it when the album comes to track 3 anymore. This one was written by Cheryl and Will.I.Am, that bloke from the Black Eyed Peas she can't seem to do anything musical without! The chorus is very catchy, with a nice tune that is very easy to listen and has a sweet little hook as well. It's definitely a change of pace from it's previous song Yeah Yeah, and it's nice to slow it down a bit although this track is far from a ballad! It isn't a stand out track if I am honest, but good enough to spend a few minutes listening to. Following this song is The Flood, which is at some point going to be a single of Cheryl's. It is a slow song, and again not a favourite of mine if I'm honest. It's a shame it shares the same name as Take That's new single, and perhaps this is why Cheryl has delayed the release of it in favour of track 6 for the moment (apparently anyway). Again, it suits Cheryl's vocal range and the sound of it does suit her voice, but I'm never keen on her slower songs and so this one follows suit. I am surprised this was picked as a future single because I think there are stronger songs on the album.

      The fifth track is Amnesia, and one of my favourites on the album overall. It goes back more to a relaxed RnB feel and sounds like much more like the stuff on her first album. I find the beat and the backing track over the chorus especially is really good, and I love listening to this one. It is so catchy, the chorus is great and the words of the song overall are quite powerful. This is definitely one of the best tracks on the album, it suits Cheryl really well and this really is a brilliant track. Following it is another of my favourite tracks, and the possible next single, is Everyone featuring Dizzee Rascal. Funnily enough, Cheryl and Dizzee have apparently never met yet have made a really good song here together. It's another really powerful and pumping pop/dance number, and has a really good sound to it. Although it is a dance track, the words are really powerful in the chorus and the more I hear this one, the more I like it. Dizzee's rap in the latter half of the song fits very well and will certainly help with the song's appeal when it's released.

      The album slows down with Raindrops, the song which helped create the title of the album. This one is a strange one because I actually liked the song at first, but now I find it a little too whiney for Cheryl's voice and tone and I tend to skip this one when it comes on in the car or on my iPod. The words are nice and the melody of the song is very good and I hate to say it, but I think with another singer like Leona Lewis, this song could be gorgeous but for me, it just doesn't work for Cheryl which is a pity. I do however, love track 8 which is Hummingbird. This is such a happy little upbeat song, you can't help but smile and think of summer when you hear this one! It has a gorgeous backing track that sounds so twinkly and light over the sweet melody, and the words too are lovely. There is nothing dislikeable about this song at all, and it is such an easy one to listen to. It's a mid-tempo number so isn't too fast but the pace is just right for me, and this is another of my favourite tracks without a doubt.

      Track 9 for me is the worst and I always skip this one! It's called Better to Lie and features singer August Rigo who I have never heard of before. I think this track is so dull and monotonous, the tone of it is very boring and Cheryl and August's voices are far too similar for this to be a good mix. There is nothing I like about it, the chorus and melody aren't at all attractive to the ears, the backing song is boring and it's such a shame this song is on the album because it really is the weakest link for me. However, Cheryl redeems herself with track 10, Let's Get Down. This is a pumping dance track again, and is the second track on the album to be written by Cheryl and Will.I.Am. He actually features on the track again, and it's far better than their collaborations on their first album. This song has a great rhythm and backing track to it, it is catchy, it's great to listen to in the car with the sound up, and I like the words too, it's nothing too serious but just good fun. Even Harry tells me to put on number 10 when we're on our way to school lol, he likes it too!

      The final two tracks aren't bad either. Happy Tears in number 11, and the one we have all read about in the papers because of the lyrics aimed at Cheryl's ex-husband Ashley Cole. Cheryl didn't write this song herself so she can't have done it especially for this reason but you can feel her passion when she sings the words, and overall it is an uplifting track that I enjoy listening too. It deserves to be further up the album in my opinion as it's better than The Flood and Better to Lie. It has a good RnB feel to it, and I am sure a lot of girls will relate to the words of this one. It's a really good listen, and I do like this one. Rounding off the album is Waiting, a track which unusually uses a sample of Vanessa Carlton's hit song A Thousand Miles. It's a happy sounding little track which sounds like it would be a great summer song. I really like how it has a good beat and vocals then slows down totally for Cheryl to sing gently over the sample of Carlton's song, it works really well and makes it really different to the other stuff on the album, and is a great ending track, although again I think one could have easily gone up the album because it's a great track.

      Overall, I think this album is a huge improvement on Cheryl's debut album which did take a while to grow on me, but this album I was able to put straight on in the car and listen the whole way through without being put off at all. Yes, there are tracks that I am not mad keen on now I've listened to it through a few times, but it's only 2 out of 12 that I don't like so I think that is really good. Cheryl has picked some really good dance tracks on this album such as as Let's Get Down and Everyone which really bring a fresh and funky feel to it, and songs such as Hummingbird and Happy Tears slow it down but in a great way that complements the sound of the album and suits Cheryl's voice too. Yes, she isn't the best singer but all of the songs are tailored to her range, and suit her voice well, they don't push her for something she can't give, and I'm pleased about that. I am pleased with the £6.49 cost I paid for the CD version of this album because it is one I can put on in the car and listen to over and over without getting bored. You can of course buy it as an mp3 version from online retailers if you prefer. For me, this is Cheryl's best album to date, and I hope the future singles from it reflect the best this album has to offer.

      Track Listing:
      1. Promise This
      2. Yeah Yeah
      3. Live Tonight
      4. The Flood
      5. Amnesia
      6. Everyone
      7. Raindrops
      8. Hummingbird
      9. Better To Lie
      10. Let's Get Down
      11. Happy Tears
      12. Waiting

      Release Date: 1st November 2010
      Label: Polydor

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        08.11.2010 17:24
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        If you like Cheryl's singles, you'll like this!!

        My sister is a massive Cheryl Cole fan and is always playing her album '3 Words' ; she bought this album as soon as it was released. I am not really a big fan of Cheryl, I like her, and can see why lots of people like her, although I do think that she is well over-rated which I find really annoying! Despite the fact that she can't really sing, I do quite like her music.

        After the major success of her debut album '3 Words', Cheryl Cole is back with her latest album ; Messy Little Raindrops! The album was released in the United Kingdom on November 1st 2010 and so is very recent (just a couple of days old at that!). The album is currently available to buy from Amazon for just £6.99 which I think is fantastic value for such a 'recent' album!

        ~* Tracklist *~
        1)Promise This 2)Yeah Yeah 3)Live Tonight 4)The Flood 5)Amnesia 6)Everyone
        7)Raindrops 8)Humming Bird 9)Better To Lie 10) Let's Get Down 11)Happy Tears 12) Waiting

        It doesn't seem that long at all since the release of her last album, so this album seems to have come quite quickly. Her first album was a huge success although I do think that part of it is down to 'who she is' rather than how good the album actually is, and so I was very interested to see what this album was like.

        This album certainly sends Cheryl out on a different musical direction ; it does have a slightly different sound to it compared to the last album. Cheryl has collaborated with a lot of different 'artists' on this album, including Travis McCoy as well as Will.I.Am, who also played a big part on '3 Words'.

        This album has a good selection of songs on here. I particularly like it's 'laid back' feel as it makes the album very easy to listen to and is a great album to put on while your relaxing. There are a few songs which stand out for me, my favourites being, the lead single 'Promise This', which I just absolutely love (no doubt you've already heard it, the amount of times it has played on the radio!!). I also like 'Yeah Yeah', a song which she had collaborated with Travis McCoy, it's very upbeat and is sure to get you up and dancing, which is why I think that it would make a perfect club song!

        One thing I feel that I must mention is Cheryl's vocals!! They have been 'electronically touched' so much, that they sound so fake! She really can't sing (if she could, then she would sing live right?...I mean how can you call yourself a 'singer' , if you can't and 'get too nervous' to sing live). There are a couple of tracks on here where she sounds as though she is straining her voice(although they have obviously tried to cover it with their magic wands in the studio!!). One thing that I will say though, is that she does seem a lot more 'confident' with this album!

        I would definately recommend this album especially if you have liked Cheryl's singles!

        Thanks for reading!
        November 8th 2010
        xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 Promise This
        2 Yeah Yeah - Cole, Cheryl & Travie McCoy
        3 Live Tonight
        4 Flood, The
        5 Amnesia
        6 Everyone - Cole, Cheryl & Dizzee Rascal
        7 Raindrops
        8 Hummingbird
        9 Better To Lie - Cole, Cheryl & August Rigo
        10 Let's Get Down - Cole, Cheryl & Will.I.Am
        11 Happy Tears
        12 Waiting