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Hoping to build on the momentum gained by her Mercury Music Prize-nominated breakthrough album, Who I Am, Beverley Knight's fourth effort abandons her soul credentials and goes straight for the commercial pop jugular. Working with an array of collaborators including Coldplay's Chris Martin and Robbie Williams' ex-songwriting partner Guy Chambers, Affirmation clearly has one eye on dominating the airwaves as much as her biggest hit, "Shoulda Woulda Coulda," did two years previously. Indeed, lead single "Come as You Are" should have no problems finding its way onto radio playlists, its swirling keyboards, psychedelic guitars, and almighty chorus creating a Lenny Kravitz-meets-Pink pop/rock stomper. The inclusion of a cover, "Keep This Fire Burning," originally a hit for Robyn in her native Sweden, also signifies Knight's intentions -- its exuberant catchy pop is a million miles away from her urban roots but much more likely to score her a number one hit. Best of all is the Chris Martin-penned "The First Time," which shows that his dalliance with R&B on Jamelia's "See It in a Boy's Eyes" was no fluke. A gorgeous, gospel-inspired ballad, it's far removed from the epic stadium rock his day job is usually associated with. Lyrically, Knight is as daring as ever. "No One Ever Loves in Vain" is a subtle piano-driven confessional about the loss of a friend, while the melancholic "Salvador" addresses AIDS, showing that Knight's commercial sensibilities haven't hampered her ability to tackle big issues. Inevitably, with the attempt to cover several bases, Affirmation may alienate fans of her more soulful first two records. The over-produced likes of "Tea and Sympathy" and "Till I See Ya" dilute Knight's impassioned vocals, while "Supasonic" is perhaps one Prince homage too far. But overall, there are enough gems on here to suggest that Affirmation may achieve the commercial success it so obviously craves. ~ Jon O'Brien

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1
Come as You Are 00:03:43

Ian Thomas, Drums - Guy Chambers, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Hammond Organ, Moog, Clavinet, Wurlitzer - Richard Flack, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Frank Ricotti, Percussion - Phil Spalding, Guitar, Bass - Dominic Glover, Trumpet - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Paul Stanborough, Engineer - Nichol Thompson, Trombone - Andy Rossi, Saxophone - Julian Burdock, Guitar - Ashley Kingsley, Wurlitzer

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Not Too Late for Love 00:04:22

Chris Braide, Composer, Producer, All Instruments, Performed by - Knight, Composer - Mark 'Tufty' Evans, Mixer, Engineer - Beverley Knight, Vocals, MainArtist

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
First Time 00:04:40

Chris Braide, Arranger - Jimmy Hogarth, Producer, Mixer, Guitar, Percussion, Programmer - Chris Martin, Composer - Sam Dixon, Bass Guitar, Bass - Jeremy Stacey, Drums - Billie Godfrey, Vocals - Bryan Chambers, Vocals - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Cameron Craig, Engineer - Martin Slattery, Horn, Piano

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Straight Jacket 00:03:27

Peter-John Vettese, Composer, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Programmer - Peter John Vettese, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Programmer - felix Howard, Composer - Mark 'Tufty' Evans, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Keep This Fire Burning 00:03:55

Remee, Composer - Ulf Lindström, Composer - Johan Ekhé, Composer - Ghost, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Recorder, All Instruments, Performed by - Stockholm Session Strings, Strings - Beverley Knight, Vocals, MainArtist - Per Ekdahl, Strings - Robin Carlsson, Composer - DJ Ghost, Producer

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
No One Ever Loves in Vain 00:03:34

Gavyn Wright, Orchestra Leader - London Session Orchestra, Orchestra - Steve Price, Engineer - Guy Chambers, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Hammond Organ, Piano, Wurlitzer - Richard Flack, Producer, Mixer, Engineer - Frank Ricotti, Percussion - Phil Spalding, Bass Guitar, Bass - The London Session Orchestra, Orchestra - Jeremy Stacey, Drums, Engineer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Paul Stanborough, Engineer - Tom Jenkins, Engineer

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Affirmation 00:03:25

Gavyn Wright, Conductor - London Session Orchestra, Orchestra - Ian Thomas, Drums - Steve Price, Engineer - Guy Chambers, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass - Richard Flack, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Engineer, Programmer, Recorder - The London Session Orchestra, Orchestra - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Paul Stanborough, Guitar, Protools

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Supasonic 00:03:50

Jimmy Hogarth, Composer, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Percussion, Programmer, Bass - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Tea & Sympathy 00:03:59

Chris Braide, Composer, Producer, Vocals, All Instruments, Performed by - Dillon Gallagher, Engineer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - James Loughrey, Mixer

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Below My Radar 00:04:49

Peter-John Vettese, Composer, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Programmer - Peter John Vettese, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Programmer - felix Howard, Composer - Mark 'Tufty' Evans, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Under the Same Sun 00:03:43

Guy Chambers, Composer, Producer, Arranger, Guitar, Keyboards, Bass - Richard Flack, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer, Recorder - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist - Paul Stanborough, Protools

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Till I See Ya 00:03:29

Peter-John Vettese, Composer, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Programmer - Peter John Vettese, Producer, Drums, Guitar, Programmer - Michelle Escoffery, Composer, Vocals - Mark 'Tufty' Evans, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Vocals, MainArtist

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Salvador 00:04:36

Al DiMeola, Solo Guitar - Al Di Meola, Guitar - Mark 'Tufty' Evans, Mixer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Keyboards, Programmer, Vocals, MainArtist - Munro Craig, Composer - DJ Munro, Producer - Alessandro Grantana, Engineer - Sebastian Mauro, Engineer - David Nicholson, Composer, Engineer, Guitar, Keyboards, Programmer

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Remember Me (Contains Hidden Track 'Fatal Factor') 00:07:51

Mike 'Spike' Drake, Mixer - Non Music Work, Composer - Beverley Knight, Composer, Producer, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist - Ben Wood, Mixer, Engineer, Programmer - Paul Reid, Guitar - Ashley Kingsley, Keyboards - DJ Munro, Producer

2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company 2004 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Hoping to build on the momentum gained by her Mercury Music Prize-nominated breakthrough album, Who I Am, Beverley Knight's fourth effort abandons her soul credentials and goes straight for the commercial pop jugular. Working with an array of collaborators including Coldplay's Chris Martin and Robbie Williams' ex-songwriting partner Guy Chambers, Affirmation clearly has one eye on dominating the airwaves as much as her biggest hit, "Shoulda Woulda Coulda," did two years previously. Indeed, lead single "Come as You Are" should have no problems finding its way onto radio playlists, its swirling keyboards, psychedelic guitars, and almighty chorus creating a Lenny Kravitz-meets-Pink pop/rock stomper. The inclusion of a cover, "Keep This Fire Burning," originally a hit for Robyn in her native Sweden, also signifies Knight's intentions -- its exuberant catchy pop is a million miles away from her urban roots but much more likely to score her a number one hit. Best of all is the Chris Martin-penned "The First Time," which shows that his dalliance with R&B on Jamelia's "See It in a Boy's Eyes" was no fluke. A gorgeous, gospel-inspired ballad, it's far removed from the epic stadium rock his day job is usually associated with. Lyrically, Knight is as daring as ever. "No One Ever Loves in Vain" is a subtle piano-driven confessional about the loss of a friend, while the melancholic "Salvador" addresses AIDS, showing that Knight's commercial sensibilities haven't hampered her ability to tackle big issues. Inevitably, with the attempt to cover several bases, Affirmation may alienate fans of her more soulful first two records. The over-produced likes of "Tea and Sympathy" and "Till I See Ya" dilute Knight's impassioned vocals, while "Supasonic" is perhaps one Prince homage too far. But overall, there are enough gems on here to suggest that Affirmation may achieve the commercial success it so obviously craves. ~ Jon O'Brien

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