Sunday, June 28, 2009

Enjoy the glide


ALI Campbell, the voice of UB40, claims to be Flying High with his new solo album - but it sounds like his pop-reggae is merely coasting.
At first the signs are promising, getting off to a flying start with Nothing Ever Changes and surefire single choice Out From Under.
But then a gaggle of guests flock in, and effectively clip Campbell's wings - the Craig David collaboration is limp, and you can't have Shaggy as a guest artist and expect your album to be taken seriously, surely?
And they keep coming, from all over the place - rapper Sway here, the Soweto Gospel Choir there, disturbing the overall flow of the album, which isn't all that bad overall.
But while the title is Flying High, there's a fair amount of flap here as well.

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