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"No Point In Wasting Tears" came in 2008 from (DJ) Ironik, a Londoner and probably the first full Pop Grime artist. It finds him working on production from the Bassline producer Agent X and also gets him collaborating with the likes of Chipmunk, Bless Beats and Ny.
1. "Stay With Me"
Getting the album underway with his breakthrough single, personally this was the perfect example of clichéd Pop material and something that fans of an act such as N-Dubz is likely to fall for as he raps towards his girl, who is passing away in a manner which naive listeners would mistake for being emotive in some way. It is terrible, and has Louis Gibzen coming with a 2004 Kanye-esque production set to show how behind the times he is.
2. "I Wanna Be Your Man"
I absolutely hated the fact that this one has him sampling the Naked Funk of Roger (Troutman) as it meant that no matter what, I couldn't hate on this one as you get Roger Troutman's Voice Box-utilising vocals chipmunked, as the opening song was as e gets into what was his second single. However I still wasn't into his rhymes at all and so I could resist it to some degree when all is taken into consideration.
For the second time on the album, Ironik tells listeners to listen to his lyrics (for what reason I don't know) and follows this up with something which reflects what was found in the opening track as he gets on top of some gentle backing and simply bores the listener with his weak flow, and common repetition to come out with a rather lifeless tune that I'm sure fans of "Stay With Me" would somehow manage to enjoy.
4. "Tiny Dancer"
I lost hope with the artist when I heard this track drop as his third single as on this one you find that he samples Elton John (and doesn't feature him as he claims to) and does a song which revolves around the themes that Elton brought with his original. It does nothing for me at all and not even the feature from Chipmunk made me feel any sort of enjoyment for this recording as it has nothing to it at all.
On this one you find that Ironik takes a step back and gives over time on his album to introduce a new name, and I felt that this was the only thing that you could compliment him on as he allows some local talent the chance to get their name out there and here Digga does just this and sings as a little break. I can't say it was particularly strong, and having it played extensively around this time did nothing to help it, but the lyrics of this made better listening than any Ironik tune.
Unfortunately this one has Ironik return to the music here and of course he comes with yet another simple waste of time and comes with a tune where he raps towards his ex in the same way find Method Man doing things in 1998's "Break Ups 2 Make Ups", obviously in this case it is nothing compared to it and so it remains another on the album that offers very little and stays on the low level.
7. "So Nice"
On this one you get him jumping on some beats which seem to made on some equipment that its a bit out-dated, but as the way it comes together is seen to be quite effective, it doesn't really hold it back as it might have elsewhere. From this pretty decent base point, you see that he takes it to a place where he is able to rhyme in a laid-back manner about a girl for some feel-god material. It is better than many others, but still nothing compared to other acts in operation.
8. "I'm Leaving"
On this short one, you get Ny singing on the hook and she seems to set it up nicely to develop into one of the better ones, as the track prior to it made way for an opening and as the pace is seen to lift, it means that the club vibes prevent the rhymes form really being much of an issue as you get him on some Post-2_Step material and so it may be a bit out of what the trends are, it hits hard here.
9. "5 Hours"
The way that this one is produced is certainly directly influenced by the sounds of the Dirty South in the US Hip Hop seen as it is heavily chopped and makes for a kind of broken tune which has no real flow to it and so it really doesn't feel that natural at all and has him struggling his way through it. A positive to it is that it is a bit shorter, but the experimental composition means that it does stand out and so you do notice it.
10. "Would You Like That"
With this one you get him on some beats which reflect the time, and show that although his sound is certainly rooted in Pop, he can also bring in the popular trends in the club scene to push him down, but as he waters it down so much, it means that you aren't really able to feel what the real sounds are meant to be like when done by the popular underground acts. It has potential, but gets nowhere near meeting it.
11. "I Love You"
Digga is seen to feature again, but here he comes as a guest vocalist to an Ironik track as he chooses to get on a gentle acoustic set (showing that he isn't hiding the fact that his music is purely for the op fans) and I couldn't help but feel that his raps did nothing to attempt to fit the style that comes through with the production, although he does say it is directed to a special girl and so it does more to sow how he can't change to meet themes that he makes himself.
12. "Sometimes It Snows In April"
The way that things are done in the composition seem to carry through what came with the tune prior to it as we dive into another one where he allows some others to take over. In this case you get both Ny and Iain James coming together to perform waht I thought was a very generic low-paced song. I really did nothing for me and seemed like a step down on what was heard from Digga earlier on.
13. "Save A Little Love"
Here you have Ironik returning to things, but he decides that it is time to come with another of the softer tunes and loses it again (if he ever had it at any stage). The raps he brings are very simplistic and work of hype from buzz words that would have particular effect in his surroundings, but are straight-forward, transparent and do little to show any progression as the album works towards its end.
This is another pointless song on the album and one which has him doing things in a rather typical way for a debut album as he does something that has been done on so man occasions before as here he decides to do one for his mother and rhyme about how appreciative he is for the support he has shown towards him, but it is so generic and could have been performed by another with no specifics whatsoever.
On the final track by Ironik himself, this one has him sticking to the slower and much more emotive material but of course it has no effect upon those who can see through how little he is actually offering. Having it placed were it is a really poor decision as you see the repetition becoming an issue once more as the subject matter and general themes are transferred to have it given to his mother, but moved back for his girl (who has had enough tunes dedicated to her through this LP).
16. "Foot Patrol"
The album ends with Ironik introducing Daniel De Bourg for a final R&B offering to end the album on. I felt that by this stage, it was a bit too much as after having the five tracks prior to it at this pace, the low tempo stuff is a bit of a drag and I couldn't help but be bored by having more of it as the artist sings quite well but doesn't do all that much to stand out from the others around in the UK R&B scene.
I wouldn't recommend this album to anyone other than those who enjoy someone such as N-Dubz as I really can't see the appeal for this kind of thing, but I can see similarities here with what they bring in their Pop-based 'Hip Hop and R&B'. I only enjoyed times when the production was of a high standard as all other points it did nothing for me at all.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Stay With Me (Everybody's Free)
2 I Wanna Be Your Man
4 Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer) (Feat. Chipmunk & Elton John) (Radio Edit)
6 Broken (Ironik Presents Digga)
7 So Nice (Featuring Baby Sol)
8 I'm Leaving (Featuring Ny)
9 5 Hours
10 Would You Like That (Featuring Bless Beats & DdB)
11 I Love You (Featuring Digga)
12 Sometimes It Snows In April (Ironik Presents Iain James & Ny)
13 Save A Little Love (Featuring Digga)
14 Mum (Featuring Young Nate, Shay, Melody & Soundbwoy Ent)
15 Imagine (Featuring Gabriella Ellis)
16 Foot Patrol (Ironik Presents Daniel de Bourg)
17 I Wanna Be Your Man (Ironik Vs Bless Beats ft Tinchy Stryder, Ghetto & DdB)
18 Stay With Me feat. Wiley & Chipmunk
19 Tiny Dancer (Hold Me Closer) (Featuring Elton John)