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Emeli Sandé|Let's Say For Instance

Let's Say For Instance

Emeli Sande

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The songs Emeli Sandé released as previews of her fourth studio album -- her first for the relaunched Chrysalis label -- were connected by little more than the singer/songwriter's voice and words. "Family" exuded rejuvenation and invincibility with Sandé's vocals, so modulated at points that they conflicted with the song's humanity, bursting through a mechanized rhythm and a blur of strings. More promising was "Look What You've Done," a lovestruck garage-flavored track Sandé produced herself. Add to those a clap-and-stomp optimist anthem ("Brighter Days") and a hopeless ballad resembling a refurbished mid-'80s torch song ("There Isn't Much"), plus an undaunted belter evoking the same era ("Ready to Love") and a woozy ballad in which Sandé is unfulfilled but reassuring ("Oxygen"). What to make of all that? Thematically and sonically, Let's Say for Instance does have some cohesion, if only in its final quarter, where it shifts from heartbreak to soul ache. There's palpable grief and anger regarding racist killings, theatrical consolation and affirmation for a loved one in a dark place, followed by "Brighter Days" and two closing songs overflowing with praise and encouraging platitudes. The first three quarters bounce around in style and emotion. They're most enjoyable when Sandé radiates uninhibited joy about her new love. Brightest of all is "My Pleasure," a delectable tropical bliss-out that tickles, flutters, and bobs like Sandé and producers Prince Galalie and Aquarelle aimed to make an undefeatable homage to Mariah Carey and Timbaland. The beaming "Look in Your Eyes" retrofits deep and funky post-disco (Prime Time's "I Owe It to Myself). "Summer," its tone set with gentle whirls from Oli Morris' saxophone, is Sandé's airiest love song yet, pure expression rather than a performance. A whole album of moments like those wouldn't have worn out its welcome.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
Family
00:04:04

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer - Henri Davies, Composer, Producer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

2
Look What You've Done
00:03:21

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer, Producer - Janum Khan, Composer - Jaykae, MainArtist

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

3
July 25th
00:01:52

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer, Producer - Yoana Karemova, Composer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

4
Oxygen
00:03:59

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer - Lee Stashenko, Composer - f a l l e n, Producer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

5
Summer
00:03:56

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer - Henri Davies, Composer, Producer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

6
My Pleasure
00:03:06

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer - Aquarelle, Producer - Prince Galalie, Producer - Jabulani Sithole, Composer - Sarah Eloho, Composer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

7
There Isn't Much
00:03:47

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Naughty Boy, Producer - Fred Ball, Composer - Shahid Khan, Composer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer - Shakil Ashraf, Composer - Shakaveli, Producer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

8
September 8th
00:00:47

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Jimmy Hamilton, Composer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer - Maurice Hayes, Composer - Garfield McLagon Booker, Composer - Booker T for Kings Of Soul Production, Producer - Teddy Raab, Composer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

9
Look In Your Eyes
00:03:11

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Jimmy Hamilton, Composer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer - Maurice Hayes, Composer - Garfield McLagon Booker, Composer - Booker T for Kings Of Soul Production, Producer - Teddy Raab, Composer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

10
Ready To Love
00:03:06

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer - Ollie Green, Composer, Producer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

11
Wait For Me
00:02:49

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer - Laidi Saliasi, Composer - Rachet, Producer - Christopher Hanlon, Composer - Mike Mayfield, Composer - Jacob McKenzie, Composer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

12
Another One
00:02:29

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer - Lee Stashenko, Composer - f a l l e n, Producer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

13
Yes You Can
00:05:06

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Nicky Brown, Composer - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Darren Jones, Composer, Producer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer, Producer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

14
Brighter Days
00:02:50

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer - Ollie Green, Composer, Producer - Moyses dos Santos, Composer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

15
Superhuman
00:03:17

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Sean Small, Producer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer - Sam Sumser, Composer, Producer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

16
World Go Round
00:03:54

Emeli Sande, MainArtist - Matt Huber, MixingEngineer - Ray Angry, Composer, Producer - Adele Emily Sande, Composer

2022 Chrysalis Records Limited 2022 Chrysalis Records Limited

Album Description

The songs Emeli Sandé released as previews of her fourth studio album -- her first for the relaunched Chrysalis label -- were connected by little more than the singer/songwriter's voice and words. "Family" exuded rejuvenation and invincibility with Sandé's vocals, so modulated at points that they conflicted with the song's humanity, bursting through a mechanized rhythm and a blur of strings. More promising was "Look What You've Done," a lovestruck garage-flavored track Sandé produced herself. Add to those a clap-and-stomp optimist anthem ("Brighter Days") and a hopeless ballad resembling a refurbished mid-'80s torch song ("There Isn't Much"), plus an undaunted belter evoking the same era ("Ready to Love") and a woozy ballad in which Sandé is unfulfilled but reassuring ("Oxygen"). What to make of all that? Thematically and sonically, Let's Say for Instance does have some cohesion, if only in its final quarter, where it shifts from heartbreak to soul ache. There's palpable grief and anger regarding racist killings, theatrical consolation and affirmation for a loved one in a dark place, followed by "Brighter Days" and two closing songs overflowing with praise and encouraging platitudes. The first three quarters bounce around in style and emotion. They're most enjoyable when Sandé radiates uninhibited joy about her new love. Brightest of all is "My Pleasure," a delectable tropical bliss-out that tickles, flutters, and bobs like Sandé and producers Prince Galalie and Aquarelle aimed to make an undefeatable homage to Mariah Carey and Timbaland. The beaming "Look in Your Eyes" retrofits deep and funky post-disco (Prime Time's "I Owe It to Myself). "Summer," its tone set with gentle whirls from Oli Morris' saxophone, is Sandé's airiest love song yet, pure expression rather than a performance. A whole album of moments like those wouldn't have worn out its welcome.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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