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Genre: Pop / Artist: Pixie Lott / Audio CD released 2009-09-14 at Mercury

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      21.12.2011 13:25

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      A Good Album That Gets You Hooked From The Word Go

      As a Pixie Lott fan, I had to buy this album. I personally feel the album contains amazing songs that get you hooked and leaving you as a Pixie fan.

      Although most of the songs were amazing, I found some being slightly disappointing. This would be the song, 'Nothing Compares', I feel this song to be slower then the rest and overall like the 'Odd one out'. This song progresses to be the only song on the album that is constantly slow. As some of the other songs build up to a big chorus.

      With this slight hiccup in mind, I feel the album to be overall enjoyable and an amazing album. My favourite song on the album would have to be, 'The Way The World Works', this song is very catchy and a good song to relax to.

      Overall I feel everyone can enjoy this album and the quality is good, as when listening to my copy of the album there is a slight hiccup towards the end of 'Here We Go Again'. This is the only problem with the quality and I would definitely recommend this album to anyone.

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      02.02.2011 18:56
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      Buy 'Turn It Up Louder'!

      I actually have the 'Turn It Up Louder' edition of this CD which is basically an extension of the 'Turn It Up' album and it features 9 extra tracks making the number of tracks on this CD a massive 22 which makes the CD great value for money.

      When Pixie released her first few singles - 'Mama Do' & 'Boys and Girls' i've got to be honest i wasn't that keen, they just weren't to my tastes and they certainly didn't show off her vocal ability. In fact i didn't pay attention at all to Pixie Lott until she released her single 'Cry Me Out' at the end of 2009. It was so christmassy and such a loveable song and one that actually showed off her talent, it was from then that i though "Wow this girl can really sing!"

      So i kept my eye out for her future singles and 'Gravitity' & 'Broken Arrow' were released and i liked them both, although not as much as i liked 'Cry Me Out'. Then Pixie released the 'Turn It Up' album and i've got to be honest i didn't rush out to buy it. It only had 13 tracks, only 4 of which i'd heard of and were regularly played on the radio so i didn't feel i needed to buy the album.

      Then my boyfriend asked me what gift i would like for Christmas and i was browsing through CD's on Amazon and noticed that Pixie had now released 'Turn It Up Louder', so after giving the track list a look over and seeing the CD feature Pixie's acoustic version of The Kings of Leon's 'Use Somebody' & Kelly Rowlands 'When Love Takes Over' along with many extras, i decided i wanted the CD.

      There are a few tracks on this CD that went over my head, they just weren't memorable. But there were so many that Pixie sang so well on, the CD is just a pleasure to play. The majority of the CD is made up of slow ballad type songs, but there are some quirky ones on there too.

      Tracklist

      1. Mama Do (uh oh, uh oh)
      2. Cry Me Out
      3. Band Aid
      4. Turn it Up
      5. Boys And Girls
      6. Gravity
      7. My Love
      8. Jack
      9. Nothing Compares
      10. Here We Go Again
      11. The Way The World Works
      12. Hold Me In Your Arms
      13. Use Somebody
      14. When Love Takes Over
      15. Without You
      16. Rolling Stone
      17. Want You
      18. Broken Arrow
      19. Coming Home
      20. Doing Fine (Without You)
      21. Can't Make This Over
      22. Catching Snowflakes

      My Favourites are;

      Cry Me Out
      Use Somebody
      When Love Takes Over
      Gravity

      If you are going to buy Pixie Lott's album i would definetely reccomend you go for the 'Turn It Up Louder' version!

      Priced at £4.93 on Amazon.co.uk

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      01.10.2010 18:17
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      A disappointing debut album from a very talented lady!

      When Pixie Lott first appeared on the music scene just over a year ago, she appeared to have stepped straight out of some popstar manufacturing machine or mould (although it was more likely just your common-or-garden stage school!). With her gorgeous looks, musical talent and likeability, she was oozing star quality and seemed to be just about the perfect popstar (even down to her perfectly popstarish pseudonym). From the moment her debut single exploded onto TV screens, grabbing the attention of pop fans everywhere, it was clear she had success written all over her, something that her proceeding singles only served to confirm.

      Undoubtedly Ms Lott (real name Victoria Louise), has achieved fantastic success in the short time she has been on the scene. After an instant number one with her first single 'Mama Do', the nineteen year old cemented her status as the new princess of pop with five consecutive top twenty singles, two MTV EMA Awards and a top ten album within the space of one year.

      I suppose that a key to Pixie's success was that the pretty blonde has an element of credibility and cool that many pop acts lack, and which has won her a huge fan base of all ages and genders as well as many fairly high profile advertising campaigns. Although her singles are fun, catchy and primarily pop, there is a maturity and soulfulness to her vocals and an edgier vibe to her sound (which incorporates both R&B and soul influences) that stops her from falling into the cheesy pop camp that many pop princesses have plummeted headfirst in to. Pixie also has obvious talent, something which she demonstrated fabulously on her eclectic range of singles.

      All this said, you can probably see why I was so excited about Pixie Lotts' debut album, and why shortly after first hearing her initial single I cleared a space in the 'blonde female' section of my CD collection (yes, literally; my CD collection is categorised according to gender and hair colour) with her name on it (not literally). Pixie seemed to have eased into the role of 'popstar' as though she had been doing it forever, and I felt that she had already demonstrated so much potential that her album was clearly going to be one of the best things to happen to pop for a long time.

      Well.... sadly I was wrong! The first thing that I discovered once I got around to listening to Pixie's much anticipated musical offering was that Pixie's singles were a deceptive gauge of the quality of the album. In fact, 'Mama Do' is head and shoulders above pretty much every other track on the album in terms of quality, and the singles are basically some of the only really good tracks on what is primarily an album made up of ballads and fairly bland fillers.

      Looking at both Pixie's quirky, cool demeanour and track record for fun, upbeat pop, I was surprised to discover so many ballads featuring on her album. It is not that I am suggesting the odd ballad is bad thing - and there are, in fact, a couple of fairly nice ones on the album - but I was disappointed to find that ballads were the rule rather than the exception on this album, making up seven out of the twelve tracks!

      The album is also not necessarily bad, being overall a fairly sophisticated, polished collection of pop, most similar to the style of pop synonymous with the likes of Mariah Carey, rather than the fun, glittery and slightly camp pop showcased today by the likes of Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Girls Aloud. However, while this is not necessarily bad for an album, it was not what I expected from Pixie, particularly given the quirkiness and upbeat nature of Pixie's initial two singles. Basically, I was disappointed to find that the album lacks the sparkle, fun and feistiness I expected; qualities that surround not only Pixie's singles but Pixie herself. On the few occasions where Pixie does stumble back into the more upbeat pop genre, she provides some really great tracks that are worth a listen, but she reverts back to the ballads far too easily and often for these moments to drastically improve the album.

      Overall, I would say that if you loved Pixie's singles, the album is worth a go just for them, but I would just advise you not to buy it expecting an album of similar tracks, as you may be severely disappointed!

      While Pixie's singles were unique, fun and soulful, I can't help thinking that the rest of the album is lacklustre, clichéd and unmemorable. While it is impossible to fault Pixie's vocals, which remain powerful throughout the album, when it comes to the actual songs, there is little to make you sit up and take notice, and there is the feeling throughout the album that it has been a rushed, lazy effort, that everything has been done before, and that Pixie is merely emulating the styles and sounds of other successful artists before her rather than creating her own style. While the tracks are certainly sophisticated, it just seems that there is nothing really special about them, and it feels as though neither heart nor a great deal of thought really went into the album.

      I have no doubt that Pixie has got a lot more to offer, so I am not giving up on her just yet, but it was just a shame that her obvious talent was only glimpsed at and not made the most of on this album. While I gave this album more than a good few listens to give it a fair go, it was eventually an album that got shelved, and unfortunately it is an album that has rarely been picked up since.





      MAMA DO is, in my opinion, the best song on the album, and was the first single to be taken off it. It is an upbeat track with soulful, husky lyrics and a bit of a 60s vibe (à la Duffy). This song really made me -and a lot of people - sit up and take notice of Pixie, as it is quite unusual and also incredibly catchy. It is quite a quirky, grownup pop song that has been likened to Amy Winehouse. Albeit a more upbeat, cleaned up version. 10/10

      CRY ME OUT was Pixie's third single, and her first not to reach number one in the charts (it peaked at number twelve). Although many loved this song, as a ballad it didn't pack the same punch as her previous two singles. However, in the world of ballads, this is actually an extremely proficient and sophisticated track that does justice to Pixie's vocal talent. It is a sultry, soulful and mature ballad with a nostalgic, old fashioned sound to it and extremely powerful vocals. It also has some feisty, sarcastic lyrics; mainly the opener: "I got your email, you just don't get females, now do you?" 6/10

      BAND AID is a mid tempo track that is almost a ballad, but yet not quite as slow and sentimental as some of the other tracks on the album. It has quite an R&B vibe to it with breathy, husky vocals and strong backing vocals and beat. It is a fairly good track with a fairly uplifting chorus and good vocals. However, there is nothing particularly memorable about it and it is certainly not single material. 5/10

      TURN IT UP was one of the first songs I really took to when I got this album. It hadn't yet been released as a single but I really hoped it would be, and eventually it was. However, I think the hype surrounding Pixie had died down after her releasing two consecutive ballads as this didn't quite make top ten, which I think it should have. With this song, I found myself on familiar ground, as it is the sort of fun pop song I had expected to dominate an album by Pixie Lott. It is not quite as catchy or unusual as 'Mama Do', and not quite as mature or sophisticated as some of the other tracks, but I like that this is one of the few songs on the album where Pixie actually sounds like a teenage girl. This is basically a fun, upbeat pop song with refreshing lyrics about breaking up with someone, staying friends and being OK about it, something that you rarely hear of in the dreary world of song lyrics. 9/10

      BOYS AND GIRLS is the sort of song I should love. When it was released as Pixie's second single, I did in fact try really hard to love this upbeat, fast-paced pop song, but I could never get past finding it just OK. This is probably the most "poppy" song on the album, emphasised by the fact that it is complemented by a video featuring Pixie doing a full-on 90s style dance routine. Lacking the conviction and innovation of 'Mama Do', it is a listenable enough song, but it is basically a good example of generic teenage pop; the sort of song you could imagine any faceless girl band releasing before disappearing into oblivion. 6/10

      GRAVITY is, in my opinion, a pretty bland song. Pixie released this as her fourth single and I could never figure out why. It is a pretty self-indulgent, lacklustre ballad that never really goes anywhere. The best thing I can say about it is that it showcases Pixie's brilliant vocals, but other than that it is really nothing special at all and gained Pixie her lowest chart position to date, reaching just number twenty. 4/10

      MY LOVE is another bland ballad, continuing in the same vein as 'Gravity'. It has weak, generic vocals (You're the definition of a life I would be missin', oh we can make this right, don't wanna lose, don't wanna lose your love) and a slightly whiny feel to it, with bland verses and a weak chorus. It feels like this was written and recorded in about five minutes to fill in a gap on the album, with no real effort involved in the process. 4/10

      JACK is one of those songs that I can't quite make my mind up about. For some reason I hate the lyrics, which are based around a nursery rhyme: "Jack was nimble, Jack he was quick, Jack jumped right over the candlestick". They don't seem to fit in with a pop song, particularly given the sophisticated tone of most of Pixie's album. However, if you can overlook that (I struggle) this is actually an OK song, which makes a nice change from the ballads that surround it. It is quite a soulful yet upbeat mid-tempo track with strong backing music and a fairly catchy chorus. However, the fact that I have to try and make myself like this song speaks volumes; I definitely think that I would automatically class this as a filler if it appeared on a stronger album. 5/10

      NOTHING COMPARES is another ballad that showcases more subdued, husky, soulful vocals from Pixie. Of the ballads, I would say this was actually one of the best, with a strong, emotional chorus, emotive vocals and a nice key change in the middle. Not bad at all. 8/10

      HERE WE GO AGAIN is my second favourite song on the album and I really think that it should have been released as a single. It is a strong, catchy pop song that is probably most similar to 'Mama Do' in style than any of the other tracks, although probably leaning more heavily on the pop than 'Mama Do' and ditching some of the soul. It is a unique yet contemporary fun pop track with a refreshingly young feel that extends to the lyrics: "I dont care about tomorrow, here we go again, here we go again, I'll be the last one on the dance floor when this party ends, when this party ends, I dont even care, I dont even care, never want to stay I wish that I'd been there". It is an incredibly catchy, fun song that really brightens up this otherwise fairly bland album. 10/10

      THE WAY THE WORLD WORKS is another really dull song that lacks imagination and sparkle. I don't know what else to say about this, as the song really doesn't do enough itself to inspire any further comment! 3/10
      HOLD ME IN YOUR ARMS finishes the album off gently with more emotive vocals, gentle verses and emotional choruses. Yes, it is another ballad! However, at least Pixie has the decency to finish off the album with a fairly nice ballad. OK, it is nothing memorable or different, but it is certainly better than some of the other ballads on the album, with a romantic, sentimental feel to it that Pixie's vocals carry off quite nicely. 8/10




      TRACK LIST -
      1. Mama Do
      2. Cry Me Out
      3. Band Aid
      4. Turn It Up
      5. Boys and Girls
      6. Gravity
      7. My Love
      8. Jack
      9. Nothing Compares
      10. Here We Go Again
      11. The Way The World Works
      12. Hold Me In Your Arms


      UK SINGLES FEATURED ON ALBUM -
      'Mama Do'
      'Boys and Girls'
      'Cry Me Out'
      'Gravity'
      'Turn It Up'


      TRACKS WRITTEN/CO-WRITTEN BY PIXIE -
      10 out of 12 (All with the exception of 'Mama Do' and 'Gravity').

      BEST TRACK -
      'Mama Do', closely followed by 'Here We Go Again'.

      WORST TRACK -
      'The Way The World Works'.

      NUMBER OF GOOD SONGS -
      7 out of 12

      ALBUM UNIQUE SELLING POINT -
      Pixie's strong, soulful vocals.

      ALBUM NEGATIVES -
      The album is primarily made up of ballads and frequently feels uninspired and generic.

      SOUNDS MOST SIMILAR TO -
      Her soulful, sophisticated brand of pop reminds me a lot of Stacie Orrico in her R&B/pop days, but I am guessing most of you probably won't know who she is. She could also be (and has been) compared to a more contemporary Duffy or a more polished Amy Winehouse in her debut single, although many of the ballads are more obviously inspired by the likes of Mariah Carey (who Pixie cites as an influence).

      ALBUM SUMMARISED IN ONE WORD - Unimaginative.

      SCORE OUT OF 10 FOR...
      VOCALS - 10
      LYRICS - 5
      MUSIC/BACKING TRACKS - 5
      VARIATION IN TRACKS - 5
      OVERALL ALBUM - 5

      RECOMMENDED - It all depends on what you are after... If you loved 'Mama Do' and are after an album of similar unique, upbeat, fun yet soulful pop songs, then I wouldn't recommend this album. If, however, you are more a fan of polished pop and ballads and loved Pixie's single 'Gravity', then I would definitely recommend this.

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        21.07.2010 20:05
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        Simple pop single which couldn't even offend a Daily Mail reader

        Hearing the first single released from the Bromley-born singer's debut album, entitled 'Mama Do '(Uh Oh, Uh Oh)' made me want to buy the single, but not her album. This is quite similar to the situation I had (and I believe many others had) when Katy Perry released her first pop album 'One of the Boys'. 'I Kissed a Girl' was fun and gimmicky, but an album full of that just wouldn't of had substance. Since then I have bought 'One of the Boys' and this album 'Turn It Up'.

        While Mama Do is a perfectly good pop single, the singer's true identity as a songstress didn't come out of it. Album tracks such as 'Nothing Compares' aren't simple padders, but tell a story which seems to continue throughout. 'Hold Me in Your Arms' and single 'Gravity' give us a real sense of someones relationship, and how you must fall back on each other.

        Even if you're looking for something a bit lighter and for the summer, 'Turn it Up' manages to deliver. Jack is a fun song which reminds you of something Lily Allen would of released back in 2006. 'My Love' manages to steer away from what you would expect it to be. With a great hook which you can't help to hum along with.

        With urban beats, courtsey of producers such as RedOne (Lady GaGa, Alexandra Burke etc), this is a great commercial top 40 album that shouldn't offend anyone. Most of the song's lyrics seem to feed into one another, and lose all meaning after the umpteenth listen, but that's pop for you!

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        02.03.2010 22:11
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        a funky soundtrack, with great lyrics

        I don't really listen to just a one person band, when it comes to music because I feel sorry for the musical geniuses behind the songs that don't recognition, or not enough, but her album is nothing like what other female artists have created. It shows a real talent in her voice but unlike some of the artists with great voices she hasn't ruined it by getting a few cheesy singles out followed by a cheesy album, her songs are really great.

        My favourite has to be the song 'turn it up' the name of the album, it is a fun song to listen to, and when you listen to the lyrics not about a cheesy love song, well it is a love sing but it's not like any normal love song, it is unique in many ways, a good song to dance to.

        When her singles started to come out I wasn't sure whether I like her but her most recent single of 'cry me out' changed my mind to buy her album, her album can really change your perceptive of her, I really enjoy listening to it, it's a good album to listen to when you want to be cheered up, you can just sing along with it, it's not hard to learn the words.

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          27.02.2010 08:23
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          Turn it Up

          **Introduction**

          Pixie Lott was signed up aged 15 by US Mogul LA Reid to the Island Def Jam Music Group, things however didn't work out and she signed to Mercury Records after a change of managers and a bidding war. 2009 became an amazing year for then 18 year old Lott, with the release of her debut single "Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)" she was soon number one. She has since had another two top twenty hits with "Boys and Girls" and the ballad "Cry Me Out". She has just released her latest single "Gravity".
          When she first came out I wasn't too sure about her music but as I know someone who works for Sony BMG publishing who are part of the same record label as Pixie Lott and has done some work with Pixie, I thought I'd check her album out as I liked "Cry Me Out" when I heard it I thought that there could actually be some great stuff on the album.

          **Turn It Up**

          Released on 14th September 2009 this album was released at the perfect time for Pixie with the success of her two opening singles which both went to number one she needed an album to continue the success and the album went straight in at number six in the album charts nine days after the release of second single "Boys and Girls". Overall the album was written and produced by a largely unknown group of Mads Hauge, Phil Thornalley, Fraser T. Smith, Jonas Jeberg, Cutfather, Toby Gad, Peter Zizzo, Ryan Laubscher but the only big star is RedOne who has recently worked with the likes of Lady Gaga and amongst others New Kids on the Block, Akon, Brandy, Enrique Iglesias and Lionel Richie.

          1 Mama Do (uh oh, uh oh)
          2 Cry Me Out
          3 Band Aid
          4 Turn it Up
          5 Boys And Girls
          6 Gravity
          7 My Love
          8 Jack
          9 Nothing Compares
          10 Here We Go Again
          11 The Way The World works
          12 Hold Me In Your Arms

          **My Review**

          1.) Mama Do (uh oh uh oh)

          This was the first single she released and is the opener, It has a nice opening and develops into a catchy dance pop tune about wondering what her mum would think of her relationship. I did not really like this track too much when it was released but it's not a bad track and is a good club track to dance to.

          2.) "Cry Me Out"

          This opens really nicely with a gentle Piano part and then an R&B beat comes in, this is a lovely ballad about staying strong through the breakup of a relationship, Pixie describes it as "So the guy has to cry to get over me instead of the other way around". This is one of the best tracks on the album and the first time I thought she could have some real talent there.

          3.) Band Aid

          This is a flowing track which starts gently and then once in full swing it has a great feel and is one of the best tracks on the album, This track is about someone always being there for you when things are tough. This has a great catchy change just after the middle which is a nice subtle touch that works well. Good track.

          4.) Turn It Up

          The title track on the album has a slight Lady Gaga/Lily Allen ballad like sound which once in full flow is a mid tempo track which moves along well, This is a feel good track about moving on from bad times and has a toe tapping feel, It lacks a little spark to take it to the next level however which would make it a great single.

          5.) "Boys and Girls"

          This is a good up tempo track which is about having fun on a night out, there's also some similarities with Lady Gaga in this one as she often sings about having a good time. This track was a huge single when it was released and is still played a lot a few months on. This is one of the better up tempo tracks on the album.

          6.) "Gravity"

          This is the new single and I first heard this the other day on the radio in the Car and I thought that voice sounds familiar and I rather liked the track. Whilst I really like this track it does show that there's room for improvement in her vocal consistency, as when she sings properly she is a fine singer but she has not developed that vocal control yet.

          7.) My Love

          This is another mid tempo track with a nice feel, it has a kind of American R&B feel and has a very flowing feel, The chorus is the best moment of the song as Pixie's passionate vocals soar and sound sincere. There are some great moments vocally but there are still a few debatable moments there which need to be abolished.

          8.) Jack

          This takes it's theme from the nursery rhymes "Jack Be Nimble" and "Jack and Jill". This is an interesting track and works rather well although it may seem a little corny. It has a nice flow and although not up there with the best it still has a decent enough feel and her vocals are decent too. There's some good instrumentation as well.

          9.) Nothing Compares

          This is a stripped down track with just acoustic guitar and Pixie's vocals to start and then the gentle beat comes in. This is a lovely song which has a great chorus which shows off her vocals. This is a candidate for the best track on the album and is a lovely ballad which is well recorded and has the desired emotive feel.

          10.) Here we go again

          This is a collaboration with RedOne amongst others and has a similar sound to Lady Gaga with some catchy electro beats and hooks. This is a very flowing track which could be a decent single and I'm sure it would get people up on the dancefloor in clubs. It's a decent track but not a great one.

          11.) The Way The World Works

          This is a great ballad which has a really nice feel, it's about how everyone has the bad times and good times in their life where you would just want good times. This has a great chorus and shows that when she signs on form she is a very good vocalist. Another candidate for best track on the album thanks to the stupendously catchy chorus.

          12.) Hold Me In Your Arms

          This is the final track on the album and has a superb beat which rolls throughout the track, It's another emotive ballad and is about needing someone when you are feeling down. Her voice is really strong on this track and this is also another candidate for best song on the album. A very very good end to the album.

          **Overall**

          Whilst there are some very good songs indeed on here I still have reservations about whether she be a big star when she's 25 for example. She needs work on her voice to make her vocal performance more consistent and all round. I feel she should concentrate more on her ballads and if she keeps improving then she can be around for years as there is certainly talent there. We shall see. If I could I would award this three and a half stars but as I rate it better than three stars I have to give it four, but it's not a solid four.

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            she is able to highlight the different vocal points of her voice

            Pixie lott is extremely talented and has an amazing voice which is unique and cleverly highlighed within her debut album. due to the different styles of she is able to highlight the different vocal points of her voice and show the bredth of songs and genres she is able to perform to such a high quality. there are a number of slow ballads which show the finer points of her vocal talent in comparrisson to the more upbeat club and bar like songs which have a much faster tempo and show her personality as a young girl who likes to have fun. mama do, jack, cry me out and boys and girls are all must have or at least must hear songs. once again her album is perfect for nights out nights in kareoke and chilling out. with an album as good as this one you will never be short of choice for songs to play whatever your mood.

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            If you haven't heard this girl sing - you need to!!

            """TURN IT UP - PIXIE LOTT"""

            COST - £7.99 from Asda.

            AVAILABILITY - This album is widely available from all good music stockists and also widely available on-line.

            I have been seeing Pixie Lott, a young fresh faced teenager for months now on Nickelodeon and at first dismissed her as another teenage pop star wannabe. However the more I hear this girl the more she impresses me to the point that I went out and bought her debut album - for my daughter of course, not me!!

            It was after watching her on GMTV this morning and hearing her amazing voice again that I decided to review her album and share it with you guys because believe me, it's impressive.

            Pixie Lott seems a really down to earth 18 year old girl who has shot to stardom in the UK even quicker than she expected and after having already starred in her first Hollywood movie called Fred which will be out before long, she is going Stateside in a couple of weeks to try and widen her appeal.

            When not made up Pixie, as she likes to be called looks young and slightly geeky but once ready to go she looks, well put it like this when my daughter is 18 no way will she be dressing like that!! So she has the goods look wise but can she sing? Well take it from me that girl can wail!

            She has such a powerful voice for her age and sings with a ferrocity and clarity that you would expect an experienced singer such as Diana Ross to sound like. She certainly has the Pop Diva quality and personality and to top this all off she writes her own music.

            Her first album features a wide variety of music with a variety in tempo, pace and style in nearly every song.

            The order in which the songs appear in the album also do it great justice. The three most recognisable songs have got to be "Mamma Do", "Boys and Girls" and "Cry me Out".

            The album gets straight into it starting with "Mamma Do". As soon as this song begins you can hear the freshness of her voice. The song is basically about what her mum would do if she knew about the way she behaved, for example sneaking out at night. I think this song is a real indicator of Pixie's age and innocense where the lyrics really mean something to her and this is confirmed with the passion she sings this song with.

            The second song "Cry me Out" is a lot slower in tempo and a slightly darker mood. This one is about how a boyfriend cheated on her. There is genuine emotion in this song which I think can only be formed when a song is written by the artist herself. Again the vocals are amazing but to me this is still not as strong as the first song.

            The third song is Band Aid. I love how this song begins so fiercely and dramatically however I think the song looses it a bit during the verses but regains it's strength in the chorus. Again this is a more up-tempo pop ballad. Again this song is about a boy but this time one she didn't like and slowly warmed too. The songs seem all the more hard hitting because they are littered beautifully with so much personal experience for a girl so young.

            The next song is "Turn it Up", which has a more dancey feel to it but is still recognisable as a pop song. Again she belts out the vocals with such strength and her voice is trully unique. This song is again about a romantic relationship. This time it is about breaking up but still remaining friends in my opinion as there are lyrics such as "Maybe it's better and I want you to be happy." However for such a sad topic this song has a happy feel to like she is moving on.

            Song number five is the instantly recognisacble ground breaking "Boys and Girls". This song is about singing and being on the dance floor and again has quite a happy beat to it and is more up tempo. If you look at the lyrics of this song they are actually quite repetitive but because the tune is so catchy and her voice is stunning with so much personality in it, I think she gets away with it. This is one of my favorites.

            Number six is called "Gravity" and is about trying to get out of a relationship that she knows is wrong for her but she keeps getting pulled back in. Again this is a slower song and probably one of the weaker ones on the album but with her amazing voice it is still very easy to listen to.

            The next song, "My Love" is again a slow ballad again about love or rather losing love. In this song she sings about someone falling out of love with her and slowly drifting away and how she needs them and is hurting. This is a beautiful song with heart breaking lyrics again which have such an innocense to them in that she feels she needs a man to be strong. Her voice carries and translates wonderfully here so much so, that this song is another of my favorites

            Song eight goes back to being more up tempo and really poppy. This song "Jack" has a couple of nursery rhyme lyrics in it again I think showing her youthfulness and freshness. I can't really explain what this song is about other than unfinished stories or happenings with no endings. However her voice is so angelic and serene sounding that whether I fully understand this song or not, I love it.

            The next song is again a ballad this time entitled "Nothing Compares". This song shows off her vocal tallents wonderfully and is one of those songs that sends tingles down your spine. It is soft yet powerful at the same time and the instrumental accompaniment is spot on. This song is about a love so strong that nothing compares to it however for such a nice theme it has such a sad feeling to it. This is one of the best songs on the album in my opinion.

            Song ten is another very catchy song with both ingenious lyrics and a great tune. "Here We Go Again" is about feeling ill and wanting to go out with her friends. She should stay at home but goes out anyway regardless of how she will feel tommorrow. Again this song is about classic teenage behaviour and brings me back to my youth. Again the song is a little repetitive but it works. Another great song for the dance floor.

            The next song is a complete slow down in pace. This is called "The way the World Works" and is about how the world never seems to go right for her and she always seems to be the one in pain. I love this song because it is so relatable, everyone feels like this at some point in there life and this song just says it all.

            The last song, "Hold me in your Arms" is about falling in love and finding true love or "the one" This song is about fear and anticipation and thinking this moment and love are too good to last and be true. This is a slower song but with a steady tempo to it. Again Pixie expertly belts out the vocals like only she can. A good song to end the album on I feel.

            Overall the album has a very young and fresh feel to it and I can understand how it has been marketed on Nickelodeon. However I think that the maturity with which she sings this will not only attract the young teenage target audience but also a genuine following of fans of all ages.

            If you have not heard Pixie Lott sing then you are missing out. At £7.99 it is definately worth popping down to Asda to get this. This is the type of album you can listen too at any time. It would be great alone, when entertaining or even for a romantic setting.
            Although this may appeal more to women I think men will be attracted to her by her
            stunning voice and physique. She is sure to gain a large following of both sexes.

            Turn it Up really is an outstanding debut album and one I would most definately recommend.

            (c) ScotShelle

            *Also on Ciao! under the same username*

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              10.01.2010 15:14
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              For me , one of the musical artists who stood out for me in 2009 was Pixie Lott. Eighteen year old Pixie , real name Victoria Lott , burst onto the music scene back in June with her debut single , 'Mama Do (Oh Oh Oh Oh) which caught the attention of many.

              Turn It Up is the debut album from Pixie Lott ,released in the United Kingdom on 14th September 2009 under the record label , Mercury. The album which is forty minutes long and features twelve tracks comes under the following genres ; Pop , Soul , R&B and Electro Pop. The album reached number six in the British album charts. The CD is available to buy from Amazon for a price of £5.98 which is good value considering the album is fairy recent.

              * Track Listing *
              1.Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)
              2.Cry Me Out
              3.Band Aid
              4.Turn it Up
              5.Boys And Girls
              6.Gravity
              7. My Love
              8. Jack
              9.Nothing Compares
              10. Here We Go Again
              11.The Way The World Works
              12. Hold Me In Your Arms


              When I heard the album's lead single , 'Mama Do!' I really liked it and instantly became a fan of the young singer. However when I heard her second single 'Boys and Girls' (a cover) , I thought it was ok , but I wasn't really fussed , but then when I heard her third single 'Cry Me Out' , that's what made me want to buy the album.

              The album is very now , and has a mixture of songs from Pop to Soul which I think is great as it means that there is something on there to suit everyone's tastes. I also think it's good that there are different genres on the album as usually young artists just to stick to one genre 'pop/R n B or dance , and so I think it makes it a refreshing change. My favourite songs on the album are the ones which were released as singles 'Mama Do' and 'Cry Me Out' , and also 'My Love'. Although , having said that , I think that nearly every song on the album , have potential of being released as singles. There are songs on here to suit every mood , ones for when your chilling , ones when in your in the mood for dancing ; there's something for everyone on here! A lot of the songs on here make great party songs!

              Pixie has a fantastic voice ; quite unique and really powerful which especially suits the soul songs. When I first heard her voice , I had imagined her being in her twenties not a a teenager. Pixie really has talent and has an amazing vocal range ; she really shows off her voice in Cry Me Out!

              Although I like the album , I wouldn't say that the album itself is a strong as her singles , although if you do like 'Mama Do' and 'Cry Me Out' , then you'll like this!

              I would recommend this album!
              Thanks For Reading!
              xd-o-n-z-x (also posted on ciao under xdonzx)

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              'Turn it up' by Pixie Lott is a fun, up-beat pop album which I have enjoyed listening to since I received it for Christmas. Alongside the two number-one hits ('Mama Do' and 'Boys and girls') and another chart song 'Cry me out', the album has songs which both show off her soulful, powerful voice and are easy to listen to. It doesn't have that repetitive feel that a lot of other albums do as all of the songs seem quite different. There is still room for improvement as a couple of songs lack originality and personally I wasn't a huge fan of 'Hold me in your arms' which I think hides behind some of the better ballads. I would recommend this album to those who enjoy pop albums with an R&B edge. I'm looking forward to hearing more of her and hopefully she will have an even better second album!

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              Good voice, naff songs.

              Pixie Lott

              Turn it Up (2009)

              I have to say, when I first heard her single 'Mama Do' I thought, oh no, another little pop star that'll have a single or two and hopefully fade into the background, then I heard a promo of her (soon to be released) song 'Cry Me Out' and have to say, had to do a bit of a U turn, maybe we have ourselves a singer here?

              Mama Do, is an out and out pop song that could be anyone from Girls Aloud to Gabriella Cilmi, not great, catchy and repetitive, based on that alone, don't bother with this album!

              However, as stated, when the next track on the album (Cry Me Out)starts we get a pleasant piano backing that leads into a great drum beat and a real old style Americana Soul type vocal that is very, very good.

              The Chorus is so familiar and yet I cannot place it. This is a big song, powerful vocals, great musical backing and great structure going from full on, orchestral to just a vocal with some guitar and drums backing, and back again. Excellent, worth a download on it's own. I should also mention that the video is directed by the same guy that directed the Beyonce 'Single Ladies' video, Jake Nava.

              We then get another strong vocal in 'Band Aid'. A very different song, much more contemporary R&B, it is hard to believe, hearing this that this is a 19 year old, British White girl. Love the use of strings in this track.

              'Turn it Up' sounds like Katy Perry and that is enough to 'turn it off'. Seriously, this is poor, not worth more than one listen in my opinion, atrocious.

              'Boys and Girls'. Catchy, again, I honestly thought when I first heard this that it was Girls Aloud...it is very, very shallow, I should hate it, and part of me does, though to be honest, it is so damn catchy it stays around in my head....and in the video she is really, really hot, and I feel slightly odd saying that as she is only 19. Right, not listening to that one any more, I'll be buying Sugar Babes next, perish the thought.

              'Gravity' is another slice of contemporary R&B, sounds a bit like Kelly Rowland...that is about all I can say about it....bored by the end of the first verse, then her screechy vocal comes in and I am not only bored but fed up, horrid!

              'My Love' Same as, same as, Katy Perry sings R&B, bye bye Pixie!

              'Jack' Oh god no....starting off with a nursery rhyme, then getting more infantile...at this point I turned the album off for a while, I could bear no more.

              'Nothing Compares'. We get a nice acoustic guitar start and a very measured, breathy vocal a la Alicia Keys. This is so much better than the last few songs, no where near as good as 'Cry me Out' but actually very pleasant. I quite like the way the song builds. This is her strength, going from quiet to Diva. She has a great vocal range and can sing a great song, shame there are so many duff songs on this album.

              'Here We Go Again'...we start with an 80's electro beat and then we get a horrid, twangy, disjointed vocal, possibly the worst track on the album, think Lady Ga Ga with a nasal cold.

              'The Way The World Works' is a pleasant little number, no more, no less.

              'Hold Me in Your Arms'. This song has a good strong start and her voice reminds me of a cross between Joss Stone and Christina Aguilera, this is a decent enough offering, but how this woman won MTV awards is beyond me, she aint that good, or at least, her material aint. In fairness, this is probably the 3rd best song on the album. She does it justice, especially toward the end as the song builds.

              iTunes has a bonus track, a cover of Kings of Leon 'Use Somebody'. 2nd best song on the album. Very acoustic, her vocal is really, really strong here and if I heard this before any other of her songs it would get a 'wow' from me.


              ~~Final Thoughts~~

              I don't get this woman. She can really, really sing as indicated on some tracks, yet the material on this album is really too weak and washy for a voice like hers and I cannot help but think someone needs to advise her on her next release as this one aint nowhere near what she is capable of.

              My prediction for her is that she produces a similar 2nd album we won't see a 'lott' more of her. However if she concentrates on songs like 'Cry Me Out' she will be an absolute star...she is a diva in the making, but as for this album, I would only download the one or maybe two tracks.


              ~~Full Track Listing~~

              1. Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh)
              2. Cry Me Out
              3. Band Aid
              4. Turn It Up
              5. Boys and Girls
              6. Gravity
              7. My Love
              8. Jack
              9. Nothing Compares
              10. Here We Go Again
              11. The Way the World Works
              12. Hold Me in Your Arms
              13. Use Somebody

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              Disc #1 Tracklisting
              1 Mama Do (uh oh, uh oh)
              2 Cry Me Out
              3 Band Aid
              4 Turn it Up
              5 Boys And Girls
              6 Gravity
              7 My Love
              8 Jack
              9 Nothing Compares
              10 Here We Go Again
              11 The Way The World Works
              12 Hold Me In Your Arms
              13 Weblink