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Straight No Chaser - Mr Hudson

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Mr Hudson / Audio CD released 2009-10-05 at Mercury

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      30.09.2010 21:22
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      A differant kind of music!

      Straight No Chaser is the first album from Mr Hudson since leaving the Libaries. The album was released on the 19th October 2009 and reached #45 in the UK album chart. The album did not do aswell as originaly thought. Mr Hudson's genre of music is widely considered pop, hip hop and indie rock all rolled into one. Mr Hudson is best know for his song "Supernova" which features Kanye West. Also on Jay-Z's song "Forever Young".

      Straight No Chaser tracklist:

      1. Supernova (featuring Kanye West)
      3. Knew We Were Trouble
      4. Straight No Chaser
      5. Learning to Live
      6. Instant Messenger
      7. There Will Be Tears
      8. Stiff Upper Lip
      9. Central Park (additional vocals: Joy Joseph)
      10. Anyone But Him (featuring Kanye West)
      11. Everything Is Broken (featuring Kid Cudi)
      12. Lift Your Head (additional vocals: Joy Joseph)
      13. Time (additional vocals: Joy Joseph)

      Mr Hudsons first album on his own was very good in my opinion. He did well to get artists such as Kanye West and Kid Cudi on his album. This is probably down to the fact he is signed to Kanye West's record label! The album features an album of some very good tracks. All the songs sound differant in the own way which made this album so enjoyable.

      My personal favourite on the album is "Central Park". Im not too sure why I like this track so much, but I really think these brings out the best in Mr Hudson. Mr Hudson has produced a very good album which im sure most music fans would enjoy. If Mr Hudson continues to work at his singing I can see him producing alot more hits such as "White Lines" and "Supernova".

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        18.11.2009 13:38
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        6/10 Not Great Start For A Solo Career!!

        Mr Hudson is probably best known for his smash hits Supernova and Young Forever tracks which her colabarated on with Kanye West and Jay Z who are both huge names in the music business which probably added to the songs success' and after hearing those songs I found myself wondering what his album would be like and decided to go out and buy it for myself. Mr Hudson was formally known as the band Mr Hudson & The Library from Birmingham (like me yay!!) and this is Mr Hudson's first album without the band released on 5th October 2009.
        The album wasnt everything I was expecting in all honestly, I was expecting big hit tracks like Supernova but unfortunatley only a handful of the album tracks are to that standard the rest a sort of mediocre I think. I am glad I brought though as I will probably listen to it every once in a while, definatley not a favourite though!!

        A Few Tracks From The Album + My Opinions:
        1. Knew We Were Trouble:
        I didnt really like this track. The lyrics are just repeated over and over again and I never really got into the song, I felt as if I already knew exactly what words were coming next even during the first time of listening to the song!!

        2. Straight No Chaser:
        This is one of the few songs from the album I did like, the background music has got a really unique sound that will make the song stick in your head and the chorus is great as well. I will definatley be listening to this song again.

        3. Learning To Live:
        Another song I just couldnt get into. Im finding a lot of his songs sound the same which is probably why the album wont be a success as I just dont think there is enough variety. This song redeems something during the verses as they are much better than the chorus.

        4. Instant Messenger:
        I have very mixed views on this song. I did find that is a bit slow and takes ages to get into the chorus and even longer to get more upbeat. However I did like the lyrics and he does sing this song brilliantly so I think that pulls the entire song right up.

        5. Stiff Upper Lip:
        In my opinion the best song on the whole album. It has a funky upbeat sound which I really like, the chorus is brilliant and the lyrics are very well written so pretty much everything about this song is excellent. This is one song I would definatley suggest people listen to!!

        6. Central Park:
        The backing track is very odd on this song, it sound sort of like tetris or something!! Again I felt the song was just missing something for me, maybe it was to slow but either way this ong just didnt do it for me.

        7. Lift Your Head:
        I actually liked this song!! Its another song from the album that is more upbeat and has a funkier backing track which is part of the reason I like it. The chorus is also very catchy and you will find yourself singing along once you have heard it a few times!!

        So hopefully that will give you a little insight into what the album is like and whether or not you will like it!!

        What Did I Think?:
        I was soooo looking forward to listening to this album, but after doing so I was kind of disappointed, I think I had very high expectations and this just didnt fulfill them! I was expecting songs with great lyrics, amazing singing and a good beat like Supernove but only one or two of the songs had that and no matter how good a singer Mr Hudson is is just didnt make the songs any better for me. I think this album would be good if your having a relaxing night and just want some slow nice music but not for very much else certainly not if your getting ready for a night out!
        Overall I give the album a 6/10 it would have been a 4 but because Mr Hudson's a fellow brummy Im going to let him off a bit lol!!

        You can get this album should you still want to at amazon.co.uk for £9.71 (not including P&P).

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          19.07.2009 16:01
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          The worst album this year - hopefully, I can't imagine worse

          I set myself a target to review the latest album by every artist taking part in this year's Glastonbury, I expected to come out with a variety of reviews - unfortunately most of them have been wandering around the 2/3 star zone. I knew however, that there would be some stinkers - music that I'd never usually touch with a barge pole. This last statement pretty much sums up this album, from start to finish it's awful.

          Straight no chaser has as much substance to it as watercress does to a lion, it consists of some of the worst pop songs imaginable with terrible lyrics, the voice often has ridiculous effects which makes it sound like the artist is drowning (if only!).

          The opening track is a collaboration with Kanye West who Mr Hudson supported recently, both sing in ridiculously high unbearable voices, however Kanye West comes off with just a little bit street cred - then again with an album cover of the jumpered Mr. Hudson, what do you expect really other than a text book on how to enjoy an Ikea Staff Party (he does look kind of Swedish!!)

          This album is so poor, that it's not worth trying to work out which tracks may be better than others - there's not a track on the album that doesn't make me cringe and listening to the whole thing at once is impossible due to its shrilling nature.

          1 Supernova
          2 White Lies
          3 Knew We Were Trouble
          4 Straight No Chaser
          5 Way Out
          6 Instant Messenger
          7 There Will Be Tears
          8 Stiff Upper Lip
          9 Anyone But Him
          10 Everything is Broken
          11 Lift Your Head
          12 Time

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        Disc #1 Tracklisting
        1 Supernova
        2 White Lies
        3 Knew We Were Trouble
        4 Straight No Chaser
        5 Way Out
        6 Instant Messenger
        7 There Will Be Tears
        8 Stiff Upper Lip
        9 Anyone But Him
        10 Everything is Broken
        11 Lift Your Head
        12 Time