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The Bridge - Melanie Fiona
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The Bridge - Melanie Fiona
Advantages: One big single
Disadvantages: Nothing else stands out
Coming out of Toronto Canada, the R&B and Soul singer Melanie Fiona came with her debut album in 2009 when she brought "The Bridge", in which you find a range of producers from all over (such as Jamaica's Supa Dups, The UK's Future Cuts and the US's Salaam Remi) all coming to contribute to her breakthrough release.
1. "Give It To Me Right"
The album gets going with her debut and breakthrough single. It is one where she shows directly who her influences are with a song that has a distinctive seventies Soul feel to it and it meant that it did take some time to really feel, but as it is a single the heavy radio rotation means that you get to the point where you can really appreciate the strength of this mellow tune and the talent she posses.
2. "Bang Bang"
Moving on from the lead single, you see that with this one the artist comes with a track that has her coming with a tune that really gives the listener a good idea of what this album is about an the direction that she is going to come with on this occasion with her 'Pop Soul' material as you find that she comes with a high-tempo, commercial tune, that I felt was a little too clean to really enjoy (when compared to her raw Soul elsewhere).
3. "Monday Morning"
Here she comes with a track which follows directly from the tune prior to it as she comes with another song which has her brining some very mainstream material. I felt that it was a shame to get them placed together as it doesn't really give you a chance to feel any sort of range, in the material as it comes off the single that all know her for and right into a couple of tunes which completely undermine it.
4. "Please Don't Go"
Here she performs a song where she moves things on ever so slightly with one which appears to pull in even more of the sorts of things that put me off the album, but you do get some degree of progression as she is seen to bring in some more things (other than pure Pop) to help her show what she is about, and so with hints of the late sixties to early seventies Motown sound, this helps it, but not all that much.
5. "Ay Yo"
Here she performs an empowering tune where she expresses how she wishes to do things independently without any sort of help from others and against what other people are telling her to. Although I can appreciate that he sings the song well and the themes directly reflect what you get in her performance, I wasn't really brought in by the song all that much, but the range of styles that are brought in do help it here.
6. "Walk On By"
Here you get a mid-tempo track on the record and here she makes her Pop influences quite clear in her music, and I felt that this was an aspect of it that forced me out as I couldn't really see where it fitted in with how the album was going as she brought in lots of original concepts, but then she comes out with one that really doesn't do much at all and is seen to use things that are very too easily accessible to take any real notice of.
7. "You Stop My Heart"
This is a nice tune on the album, when comparing it to the sorts of things that you get into the rest of the record, it is one of the better ones on it as you see that she comes with a well-developed, bluesy Soul tune here and puts her vocals to good use by placing it in the sort of place it is designed to be, but still it doesn't really have the right backing to take it anywhere to really be noticed by listeners.
This is one of the high-tempo tunes on the album, and so you get a bit of a swing in the record to lift moods again in the way that was found with the second and third tracks of the album, and I felt tha this one was a bit of a step up from those, but once again had her not really appearing to make too much of an effort to take things to a level that is all that impressive or unique, and so it doesn't really stand out here.
9. "Sad Songs"
Here she gets down to another of the popular tracks from the album and one that has her tring out some different things by getting Reggae dubs as backing in the production to guide her through as she powers through with her voice and makes the most of it. Personally, I don't like it when artists (other from those actually from the place) try out Reggae-themed material and I as it didn't relate to the overall song, it didn't really seem right here.
Here you get one of very few tunes on the album which match expectations that I had when going into the album as she does a tune which has her getting into some contemporary R&B (which for her on the album sounds to be a slight change in direction). However, just because she does something that you would have expected to get, doesn't mean it's that good, and I did think that her watered-down material was going to impress many in the current scene.
11. "It Kills Me"
Here you get one of the slower songs from the artist and it is one that has her pull all that she can out of the potential in her voice to come out with a raging song where he ensures that her message heard and she gets the recognition she deserves. The way it was composed didn't really do much at all for me. However I did see that the song writing for this one was on-point and displays her talent for it well.
12. "Teach Him"
With Andrea Martin on her side, this one has the Canadian singer-songwriter coming up with another soulful tune here, but it was another that wasn't really to my tastes as she does anther where she tries out some alternative things to come out with what you find in the music. Here she is backed by some Spanish guitaring, and it just wasn't something I could really engage with or really enjoy.
She ends the album with a tune which appears to bring things back round to the sort of place that listeners found themselves at as they album began, but perhaps not really where the most came out of it as you find that it is a pretty straight-forward tune with her ripping through the beats (that come from the Manchester Drum & Bass duo Future Cut) with her emotive vocals and great performance.
I was a bit disappointed by this album as, really there isn't all that much going on in the album at all as it stays on the same level in the way that Jazmine Sullivan's debut did,. And so although there aren't any weaknesses in her performance, the production she is given just isn't enough to be excited about and it means that it isn't really engaging at all.
Summary: Melanie Fiona's debut album