A review of the album The Reason - Lemar who found fame on BBC fame academy a combination of a talent quest and reality television show and came third in the show back in 2002. Who would have thought he would have been making successful albums ever since the show helped to him to make a solo career. It comes as to no surprise to say that lemar should have won fame academy by in terms or his vocal abilities and performances he is the true winner and has been till this day. With this amazing album to his name there is no denying that he is a great artist.
The reason which is lemur's fourth album to date is quite a nice sounding album as each song stands out from the next. The production on the album is well put together and you can tell that the album must have taken a lot of time and effort to put together. Lemar should be very proud of himself that he has lasted 6 years in the music industry making music especially as some people in the past had been predicting that he would not last more than two years. Lemar has certainly proved a lot of people wrong.
Whether you like lemar or not he comes across as such a really nice guy with such potential. However moving on to the album I like most of the tracks. The first track called the reason which goes under the same name of the main album is quite a nice song to listen to with some good steady beats. The song is quite easy to follow and quite catchy. The second track called weight of the world is another nice tune and lemer delivers his vocals quite well in this track. It's another worthy song to listen with some blissful beats combined together with the instrumentation making it kind of a feel good song.
The third track and last track I was not so over keen on they are a bit to bland for my liking and did not deliver a nice to listen vibe or catchy tune compared to the other tracks. It went in one ear and out the other if you know what I mean. The two tracks need more interesting elements to make it stand out more.
Moving on swiftly from that the rest of the 6 tracks are quite enjoyable to listen to with some cool catchy lyrics and cool instrumentation to match. I liked that most of the tracks were played with smoothness and delicateness to carry on its heart warming feel. The only ballad on the album is mayday which sounded quite soulful and lemar projects a lot of meaning into the song.
On this final note I think this is a pretty good album and I am sure that lemar will be around for a very long time indeed especially with a string of hits songs to his name. I highly recommend buying this album and you can buy this from Amazon for only £7.98 including P&P.
For those of you who are not aware of Lemar, he rose to fame through the BBC show Fame Acamedy. Like with many of these reality TV shows, Lemar is an example of a contestant that did not win the show and yet has gone on to be much more successful than the person that did.
The Reason is Lemar's fourth album, which shows he has had some success in this country if he is still going and it is a good six years now since Fame Academy concluded. The production on this album is very high and it is clear to see that a lot of time has been spent on perfecting the lyrics and beats, however the problems with Lemar's music career do not seem to stem from his singing, as in terms of singing talent I would say he is amongst the best in this country.
Personally I feel that the tracks he release are as good as a lot of the American counterparts, I'm talking about people like Mario, Usher, Chris Brown etc. However what all these American guys have is the image, the ability to capture the stage, with well produced videos and heavy marketing campaigns. I for one, barely have seen Lemar out on the big shows promoting himself and advertising campaigns being strung across everywhere for this album. He needs a record label that will fully back him and spend serious money on putting Lemar's name out there as I am sure that once people listen to his album, they will understand that Lemar is a true talent. Of course the next stage would be cracking America, however I feel it is too late for Lemar to do this and he should just focus on expanding in this country.
All the tracks on this album are very good, however the first seven tracks I think are amazing, with each of them having a different style. The only ballad though is in the form of Mayday, which is just a Piano and drum beat with Lemar's voice and we really see how soulful it is.
The first track on the album is called The Reason, and of course has the same name as the album. This track kicks the album into overdrive with a very catchy piano beat and it is one of those tracks that you are sure you have heard before and maybe this is a cover. I just can't put my finger on it and if anyone knows where they have heard this before or if indeed it is fully original, then please let me know.
Heartbreaker is another classic track with its uptempo beat. Tracks like this just don't come around very often and the beat here. Before thise I was not sure how good Lemar would sound with more fast paced tracks, and he can pull them of delightfully here. His voice is just great here and this track is arguably my favourite on the album.
The second and fourth tracks are definitely targeted more towards commercial release and have very high production values. They are called If She Knew and Weight Of The World, and from what I am aware of they have both been released as singles. They both have a great flow and feel to them and are quality tracks. I would say Weight Of The World along with Heartbreaker are my favourite tracks on the album.
Personally this is my favourite Lemar album and just generally an excellent album all round. Unfortunately due to the low marketing budget for Lemar, it looks like an album that won't get a huge amount of airplay and just generally may go by unnoticed. It is a shame as Lemar has the potential for so much more.
Well well well, who thought we'd have so many albums from this third place finalist in the first series of Fame Academy. He really has done well i know you can't deny and for someone who came third and beat the other two who got more votes, he's inspiration to everyone who's come third in the competition that with the right songs you can still do well - take note Eoughann Quigg, Same Difference and Ben Mills oh.... it's not always the case - well i guess Lemar just has that something special then?
I think The Reason is a great song, really is full on Lemar me thinks and just like If There's Any Justice, it's a great lead single. I think Weight Of The World is a great song, there isn't much of melody there but Lemar's soulful vocals make the song. I think Heartbreaker, could have been a great single and i think the chorus is really catchy. If She Knew, is really soulful although i think the verses are honst. I think Wait Forever is great love song. Over You is beautiful, meaningful and a classic break up song. Mayday bored me alot. Not What You Say, is catchy i guess but where's the soul record gone? I think Black tide is quite a unexpected boring ending to the album.
I mean so many albums in i expected this to be boring and Lemar's last ever album. I do think obviously the sales have been awful but obviously he can extend his career via a greatest hits record. I think it's a good record and i like the trendy artwork and CD design too. The record is soul influenced overload!! Well Done, Lemar not bad.
Lemar's big break came through the Fame Academy in 2002 and soon he had a Record deal worth £1m and was supporting the likes of Uncle Sam, Usher and Destiny's Child on their UK Tours, He was also giving the opportunity of supporting Beverley Knight at Hammersmith Apollo on one of her tours. Since then he has released Four albums with a number of big singles with the likes of "Dance With U", 50/50/Lullaby, Another Day, If There's Any Justice, Time to Grow, Don't Give it up amongs others all being hits.
The Reason is the latest of his four albums and features just ten tracks which is his lowest in terms of total tracks with Time to Grow featuring the second lowest at 13 tracks. The Reason was released on 24th November 2008. The album features the two singles "If She Knew and "Weight of the World" and features production from Jim Beanz who has worked with the likes of Timbaland, Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado. The album also features production from SoulShock and Karlin.
1.) The Reason
This is a brilliant track to open the album, The punchy beat works well with the keyboards and Lemar's vocals. This is one of the more complex tracks on the album musically as there are several sounds to listen out for. This is a great start to the album and a great track in it's own right.
2.) Weight of the world
This is another uptempo track which features Lemar's flowing vocals, This has a great feel with some funky beats and some of Lemar's vocal moans remind me of 70's soul legends like Marvin Gaye. The second of two great uptempo tracks to open the album with.
This is a fantastic track which is a catchy uptempo stomper with some great beats and backing sounds with smooth backing vocals. This track shows that Lemar can do more than just fantastic ballads. His voice is superb on this fantastic uptempo track.
4.) If She Knew
This is the first slow track on the album and features a catchy beat and acoustic guitar backing for Lemar's emotive voice. This track is telling the story of how someone would feel if they knew how much you really cared for them. This is a very natural flowing track which Lemar shines at.
5.) Trust Me
This is a funky track which has a Live feel. Like the opening track it has a catchy musical feel which is loaded with different sounds. Listen out for the bass hook that plays throught the track, It's a great feature of the track and works really well. Very good track.
6.) Over You
This is a soulful track which features Lemar showcasing his vocal talent, This track is about getting over a relationship when it ends. This is a very flowing track which is up there with the material from his previous albums and has some fantastic backing vocals and music.
This is a beautiful Piano ballad which really shows off Lemar's amazing vocals. I love the way the drums come in with a real punch alongside the Piano. This is the best track on the album and one of my favourite Lemar songs as it is just a really beautiful track.
8.) Wait Forever
This is a track about waiting for when it's right for a woman you like, An interesting track that works really well with Lemar's vocals being very strong if not at his best. I feel that this track could be even better if the pace was slowed down a little for a more ballad like feel.
9.) Not What You Say
This has a fantastic old school feel with Lemar showcasing his superb falsetto which he does not use enough. This is a fantastic soul track with some great music and fine vocals. One of the best tracks on the album for sure and one of his best vocal performances to date.
10.) Black Tide
This is a really beautiful emotive ballad which is Lemar at his best. A superb vocal stands out throught the whole track. This is about how you feel when someone you really love has walked out and left you. Black Tide really is An outstanding end to the album.
Whilst this album is not as good as his best album "Truth about Love" it is certainly a great album which is a grower. There are some great uptempo tracks to prove he can do more than ballads and there are a couple of ballads that are up there with the best tracks he has done. Overall this album further establishes Lemar as the Biggest selling Black Solo artist in UK chart history and he has many more albums left. One of the few R&B artists from the UK that can hold themselves up against the cream of the US Crop.
UK singer Lemar returns with his fourth studio album in November 2008, with his release 'The Reason'. After finding fame on BBC's Fame Academy programme, Lemar has moved past the reality star tag and is now truly an artist in his own right.
The Reason is a 10-song album that provides fans of Lemar with his usual high standard of music. His smooth RnB style is on par with many of the other artists in the same genre from right across the world.
The stand out track on the album is definitely 'If She Knew'. A song jointly written by Lemar himself tells of his pain about wanting a special woman to know just how he feels about her. While it is not a new topic for an RnB artist, Lemars heartfelt lyrics and emotion filled vocals mean this song deserves to be mentioned in the same field. Although the song did not perform too well in the charts, I think it was extremely under-rated. The other single released from this album was 'Weight of the World' which is another genuine effort.
I think the song writing and musical production on the album were really well put together. Both are of a high standard and don't become lost when blended together. Lemars voice is also perfectly suited to the type of emotion he tries to get across to his listeners.
Unfortunately, the album is very short. It is only 10 tracks long, which add up to less than 40 minutes. A lot of albums being released now contain almost double that number of songs, so while the quality may be good, 'The Reason' would have been improved if some more songs had been included.
If you are a fan of Lemar you will love this album. If you're not a fan of his, but enjoy heart-felt music then you will also be enchanted for the length of the album. It can be bought for under £8 so its not too expensive either. Although I thought it was a good album I preferred some of his previous attempts, especially 'The Truth About Love'.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 The Reason
2 Weight Of The World
4 If She Knew
5 Trust Me
6 Over You
8 Wait Forever
9 Not What You Say
10 Black Tide