I will listen to pretty much anything but prefer pop, chart type stuff. One artist I quite like is Dizzee Rascal, this album, Tounge'n'Cheek, is his fourth album which was released towards the end of 2009. The album features eleven songs and has a total running time of 41 mins 32 seconds. The album cover is quite plain really, with a light blue background and chunky floaty text with a picture of Dizzee Rascal himself.
The album contains four of Dizzee's number one singles so you would think the album would be quite a hit. However, as Dizzee is trying to go a little more mainstream with this album to attract new fans, I don't think the transition went all that well
--- Tracks ---
1. Bonkers - 2:57 - The album starts off with the number one hit, Bonkers, Dizzee teamed up with Armand Van Helden to create this song. The song definitely has a clubbing vibe to it and was played a lot in clubs at the time, despite being played loads it didn't lose its charm and something I still like listening to.
2. Road rage - 3:14 - From going from such a popular, decent tune to this is a bit of a disappointment and I tend to skip this nowadays. It still has quite a good beat to it but it's more of his urban side rather than the mainstream side of music.
3. Dance wiv me - 3:24 - This is another number one single on the album and this time Dizzee worked with Calvin Harris. We all know that Calvin Harris is a big name in the dancey/club type music scene and this song is no different. Dance wiv me was a popular hit and as such, played far too much and consequently led to it being one of those songs you are fed up with hearing. Even now, although I was a big fan of this song when it was released, it quite frankly does my head in!
4. Freaky freaky - 3:42 - I don't really like this track, it is one of his more urban tracks again with him rapping more than the sing along stuff I prefer. The words are freaky like the name suggests with Dizzee rapping about loads of different girls.
5. Can't tek no more - 3:28 - Dizzee worked with Shy FX on this song and it works well. The song is all about stuff that annoys Dizzee but it's sang in a nice way and the chorus is nice and catchy and I find myself singing along to it when it comes on.
6. Chillin wiv da man dem - 4:39 - The album takes a slower turn with this track as this is certainly on the slow side for Dizzee, it gives him a chance to rhyme but allows people to actually hear what he is saying without having to listen to it over and over to understand what he says. It's a nice change and I quite like it.
7. Dirtee Cash - 4:21 - This is another one of the number one hits on the album. It has a pop type feeling to it but has a house dance type feeling to it too. The chorus is certainly catchy and it is something that was played over and over and I'm still not tired of it. The slower chorus and Dizzee's rapping makes for a great song.
8. Money, money - 3:23 - This song is basically about money with him rapping about everything he does with his money. It's quite a boring song if I'm honest, the chorus just goes in the way of 'money, money, money' every other sentence. I normally skip this song.
9. Leisure - 4:13 - Another slower track, this one kind of gets a bit boring after the first minute after you heard the previous slower track a couple of songs ago, maybe if there was a bigger gap between them then I might have a bit more time for it but at the moment and as I have always done, it gets skipped.
10. Holiday - 3:40 - The fourth and last number one hit of the album. This is my favourite song on the entire album, Dizzee works with Calvin Harris again on this and you can tell! It reminds me of sunny days partying with friends. It has a great summery beat and just love everything about it! The chorus is catchy and I find myself bopping along throughout the song.
11. Bad behaviour - 4:31 - Dizzee works with the legendary Tiesto on this track but it isn't upto Tiesto's normal standards. It has the euro dance, trance feel to it that Tiesto usually brings but it just isn't that great. I don't think Dizzee's rapping works well with the track, this usually gets skipped.
--- Overall ---
This is a so-so album, I would prefer the nice songs to be bunched together at the start of the album so I wouldn't have to sit through the rubbish that is also on the album. As it goes, it is better than Dizzee Rascal's other albums as they are more urban, this one does show that he is trying to be more mainstream but hasn't got the level of urban/pop stuff right just yet. If you prefer his urban hip hop side then I reckon you'll stick like this album. I like the hits but that's really as far as my likes of the album go.
As a 32 year old man who loves listening to Jazz and other such similar genres, and an avid fan of Radio 2, i find it strange to be sitting her writing a review of an album like this one from Dizzee Rascal, his fourth album to date!
My first real experience of the artist was seeing him perform the first track, Bonkers, on a TV chat show - and watching it was quite a strange experience as it should have been everything i hate in music, but for some reason it stuck in my mind and i liked it. Soon after i was in my wifes car, she is younger than me and hasnt yet progressed to Radio 2, and was listening to the very annoying Chris Moyles show where they played Dance with me - the 3rd song = and again something about it appealed to me and i enjoyed it!
I made the decision to buy the album after hearing 'Holiday' and thinking, well i may as well try this album as i like all ive heard so far - call it a mid life crisis!
Quite simply its actually a very well produced album with a cracking selction of quite clever tunes, and it appears to be without the ego attached to so many artists albums in this genre!
This is the fourth album from Dizzee Rascal and is far and away the most commercial album he has made, it reminds me a bit of how the Black Eyed Peas had to produce a very commercial album for their third release to ensure success and retain the record contract, well Dizzee has cashed in on the big festival successes he had over the summer and the massive hits that were Bonkers, Dance Wiz Me and Holiday.
This is a very listenable album and while the title of the album may give a hint to whether or not you should take the lyrics very seriously or not there is the usual diet of sex, violence, drugs and money in the words to his songs.
For me the upbeat songs like the three main hits, especially the thumping opening to Holiday are the ones that work really well, the slower more melodic songs fail somewhat, I feel that Leisure and Bad Behaviour are both weak tracks that wash right over the listener without really registering on the radar. he other downside to the album are the slightly naff songs like Money Money which is almost juvenile in its attempt to appeal to a young audience and the blatant lyrics of Freaky Freaky are just laughable.
2 Road Rage
3 Dance Wiv Me
4 Freaky Freaky
5 Cant Tek No More
6 Chillin Wiv Da Man Dem
7 Dirtee Cash
8 Money Money
11 Bad Behaviour
On the plus side Dirtee Cash has an excellent hook to it and has me singing t all day whenever I hear it (damnit is in my head now) and Cant Tek No More has a great reggae feel to the opening and some harsh lyrics that has Dizzee at his rapping best.
Overall despite the odd flaw I find this a good album however such has been the commercial success and saturation air play of the big three songs it is also an album I'm likely to tire of quickly as well.
"Tongue 'N Cheek" was released in 2009 as Dizzee Rascal's fourth album. It finds the Grime pioneer moving on significantly from his past in that genre as he opts for more Pop and Dance-based material that enabled him to really find a place in the music game from which he could build with a greater fan base (as previous material was too far into the urban styles to let others in comfortably). Although all of his previous albums produced hit singles, the leading three were able to top the charts as he made such adaptations.
The album starts with a banger of a track and the one that dropped as the second single to the album. It is one that sees him linking up with Armand Van Halden for a heavy jam that appeal directly to the clubs to show people. From the start of the album, exactly where he hopes to takes things this time around. It is a grower, but one that was overplayed heavily to take from its quality.
2. "Road Rage"
As we move on from some killer material from him, you see that he suddenly shifts towards a raw tune and one that has much more Hip Hop influence in it. Personally i felt that it sounded rather similar to what was heard on "Pussyole" (Ol Skool) from "Maths + English" for its structure and Breakbeats, but I can't say that it isn't a banger of a tune from him as it shows you the sort of quality to expect here.
3. "Dance Wiv Me"
This came as the lead single to the album and one that first aired when there was still buzz over Dizzee's "Maths + English" album. As with the others, it was played far too much (which lead to it topping the charts) and you see that here you have him linking up with the alternative Dance producer Calvin Harris for a fairly strong tune, but one that didn't need to be played as much as it did.
4. "Freaky Freaky"
You see that in this one he comes out with a track that clearly takes on the Dirty South Hip Hop influence that came with his collaborations with UGK in the past and you see that from here he comes out with one that has him using the smooth pace of those ends of the US in order to make for a track that has him rhyming about how exactly he does things when he is in the bedroom with a girl (or two).
5. "Can't Tek No More"
With Shy FX on the production, as was found on Dizzee's last album you see that here, rather than taking from the guests style of Drum & Bass, you get a tune that has him doing a bit of a Dancehall tune where you see that you get samples from the 1980 film 'Babylon' used as the artist goes on several rants about the things that get on his nerves in current times and how he suggests these can be solved.
6. "Chillin' Wiv Da Man Dem"
Cage, who is seen to be behind pretty most of the tunes on the album, gets on this one and comes out with a gentle one where he relaxes everything significantly in order to Dizzee a chance to come out with a soft one where he takes the time to rhyme about the times where he does exactly what is given in the title. It is a very summery track from the artist and is rather effective, although I can see some getting bored of it.
7. "Dirtee Cash"
You find that here he comes to take influence from the nineties House scene as many of the things you would tend to associate with this field are seen to come through in the beats here. I can't say that I was really too much of a fan of this kind thing (especially the type of House that Cage comes out with) however the twists that are given with a little 2-Step Garage thrown in makes it pretty fresh and exciting.
8. "Money, Money"
Here you get a rather simplistic track in terms of the themes that the Grime artist comes out with as you find that here he comes out with one that has him showing just how he spends his money and how he lives it up without having to splurge on the types of things that others expect him to have done. It is another big one of the album and one that holds together well in spite of a lack of depth.
Here you find that you get another laid-back track from him as you see that he is backed up by some watery production, again by Cage (but here with Footsie giving a little extra to the thing). I felt that it was one that really didn't really have much to and so was held back quite a bit as he already had another like this and here with unimpressive beats it just meant that I simply wasn't interested in what he had to bring this time around.
This was the album's third single and one that I really didn't enjoy at all. It is a club tune and one that has him joining forces with Calvin Harris again, but I can't say that I was too impressed with the results this time around as he goes for a tune based upon the holiday atmosphere, but with it sounding so much like the northern clubland scene, I can't say that it appealed to my tastes at all.
11. "Bad Behaviour"
Tiësto is behind the production to the final track on the album and, as you can probably expect, this means that it is in for a Euro-House feel, however you see that he comes out with one that I'm sure will appeal to the tastes of the contemporary UK club scene were Bassline and Dubstep is prevalent as it seems to somehow fit into this kind of thing in spite of its foundations in an area I have no interest in.
With the first three singles all song-based tunes made to grow on you through the catchiness of them, I didn't expect much out of this, however what you get on this album is really quite strong as he brings in quite a bit of Grime and Hip Hop as well as subtle snippets from other sources to add to the mix.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Road Rage
3 Dance Wiv Me
4 Freaky Freaky
5 Cant Tek No More
6 Chillin Wiv Da Man Dem
7 Dirtee Cash
8 Money Money
11 Bad Behaviou