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REAL LIFE

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Emeli Sandé's Real Life aims to alleviate, uplift, and motivate. Well-matched with the versatile Troy Miller, whose production work includes sessions with Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, and Rebecca Ferguson, the singer and songwriter -- this set's sole lyricist -- devotes less time to introspection, offering instead a personal growth endcap worth of support, encouragement, and praise, and in one instance, a to-do list of sorts. Like Sandé's two previous studio albums, it's based in mature pop, but its integration of other genres and styles -- a little reggae, some blues, disco, and more gospel than ever -- is done with more finesse. The seamlessness, combined with full-hearted vocal performances, counteracts all the platitudes and flying-bird-as-freedom metaphors. Tucked into the second half are two of Sandé's most powerful songs, and they're consecutive. The flawlessly assembled "Survivor," a gospel anthem in every aspect, contains a career-defining vocal performance. It gradually unfurls with a rippling rhythm accented with sweeping organ and strings, a spirited choir with some call-and-response -- the (water)works -- as it lifts off. Rather than go the conventional route by following with a restful ballad, the singer whisks the listener to the dancefloor with the crisp disco of "Extraordinary Being." There's so much conviction in Sandé's voice that its stock flattery and motivational phrases seem trite only in print. A couple old-fashioned love songs toward the end, including the clap-along title track -- another churchified number -- add emotional variety without sounding like consolation prizes for those who expected to get more material like "Next to Me" and "Hurts." ~ Andy Kellman

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1
Human 00:04:53

Daniel Gardner, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Emeli Sande, Producer, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Thompson, Choir - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, String Arranger, Drums, Hammond Organ, Percussion, Piano, Choir Arranger, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Luke Smith, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Symphony Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Nelson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Turner, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Riddell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Vanderspar, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Gilliver, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Marsha Morrison, Choir - Priscilla Jones-Campbell, Choir, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adeola Shyllon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gibson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Phebe Edwards, Choir - Colin Paris, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Subrina McCalla, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Barnet, Choir - Jaz Ellington, Choir - Ginette Decuyper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gerald Gregory, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Allin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - German Clavijo, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Duckworth, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Parfitt, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvain Vasseur, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gardner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Johnston, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Alastair Blayden, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Noel Bradshaw, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eve-Marie Caravassilis, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dani Spragg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hilary Jones, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Laura Dixon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Joy Farruka, Choir - Cherri Kirton, Choir - Heavily Sapong, Choir - Maxine Kwok-Adams, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Gil Rodriguez, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Belinda Mcfarlane, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Iwona Muszynska, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Csilla Pogany, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Bastow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Carol Ella, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Jayden-Isaac Muhelele, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2019 Virgin Records Ltd

2
Love To Help 00:04:08

Emeli Sande, Vocals, Vocal Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Troy Miller, Producer, Mixer, Piano, Recording Engineer, Horn Arranger, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tom Walsh, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Scott McKeon, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Carpenter, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Femi Temowo, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Nichol Thomson, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Laidi Saliasi, Composer - Danny Allin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Gardiner-Bateman, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2019 Virgin Records Ltd

3
You Are Not Alone 00:03:52

Daniel Gardner, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Emeli Sande, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Jason Miller, Choir - James Thompson, Choir - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, String Arranger, Drums, Hammond Organ, Percussion, Piano, Choir Arranger, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - SALAAM REMI, Composer - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Symphony Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Nelson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - James Poyser, Composer - Robert Turner, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Riddell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Vanderspar, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Gilliver, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Marsha Morrison, Choir - Priscilla Jones-Campbell, Choir, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adeola Shyllon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gibson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Phebe Edwards, Choir - Laidi Saliasi, Choir - Colin Paris, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Subrina McCalla, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Barnet, Choir - Jaz Ellington, Choir - Ginette Decuyper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gerald Gregory, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Allin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - German Clavijo, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Duckworth, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Parfitt, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvain Vasseur, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gardner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Johnston, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Alastair Blayden, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Noel Bradshaw, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eve-Marie Caravassilis, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Greg Titmarsh, Choir - Dani Spragg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hilary Jones, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob McKenzie, Choir - Laura Dixon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Joy Farruka, Choir - Cherri Kirton, Choir - Heavily Sapong, Choir - Maxine Kwok-Adams, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Gil Rodriguez, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Belinda Mcfarlane, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Iwona Muszynska, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Csilla Pogany, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Bastow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Carol Ella, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Aiden Miller, Choir - Lydia Miller, Choir - Cassandra White, Choir - Jayden-Isaac Muhelele, Choir - Lucy Sande, Choir - Elora Harben-Tabi, Choir - Caroline Harben-Tabi, Choir - Malcolm Tabi, Choir - Sijing Peng, Choir - Ruth Titmarsh, Choir - Rio Attoh-Wood, Choir - Tayana Miller, Choir - Kayla-Faith Muhelele, Choir - Nariah Dorcas Muhelele, Choir - Jeremy Muhelele, Choir - Credo Teya, Choir - Tristan Teya, Choir - Kai Lakole, Choir - Kizola Brigitte Muhemba, Choir - Muhemba M Ngwemi, Choir - Nethon Tshisuku, Choir - Keran Tshisuku, Choir - Diana Tobe, Choir - Edith Aggrey, Choir - Sam Aggrey, Choir - Myron Aggrey, Choir - Kyrene Iyenoma Uhumuavbi, Choir - Amenze Uhumuavbi, Choir - Kiara-Marie Robinson, Choir - Amelia W Lusende, Choir

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2019 Virgin Records Ltd

4
Shine 00:03:29

Daniel Gardner, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Emeli Sande, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Thompson, Choir - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, String Arranger, Drums, Hammond Organ, Percussion, Piano, Choir Arranger, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Symphony Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Nelson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Turner, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Riddell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Vanderspar, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Gilliver, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Marsha Morrison, Choir - Priscilla Jones-Campbell, Choir - Matthew Gibson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Phebe Edwards, Choir - Colin Paris, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Barnet, Choir - Jaz Ellington, Choir - Ginette Decuyper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gerald Gregory, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Allin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - German Clavijo, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Philly Lopez, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Duckworth, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Parfitt, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvain Vasseur, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gardner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Johnston, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Alastair Blayden, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Noel Bradshaw, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eve-Marie Caravassilis, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dani Spragg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hilary Jones, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Laura Dixon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Joy Farruka, Choir - Cherri Kirton, Choir - Heavily Sapong, Choir - Maxine Kwok-Adams, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Gil Rodriguez, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Belinda Mcfarlane, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Iwona Muszynska, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Csilla Pogany, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Bastow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Carol Ella, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2019 Virgin Records Ltd

5
Sparrow 00:04:05

Daniel Gardner, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Emeli Sande, Producer, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Thompson, Choir - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, String Arranger, Drums, Hammond Organ, Piano, Vocal Arranger, Recording Engineer, Baritone Guitar, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Symphony Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Nelson, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Turner, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Riddell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Vanderspar, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Gilliver, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Marsha Morrison, Choir - Priscilla Jones-Campbell, Choir, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adeola Shyllon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gibson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Phebe Edwards, Choir - Laidi Saliasi, Composer - Colin Paris, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Subrina McCalla, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Barnet, Choir - Jaz Ellington, Choir - Ginette Decuyper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gerald Gregory, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Allin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - German Clavijo, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Duckworth, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Parfitt, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvain Vasseur, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gardner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Johnston, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Alastair Blayden, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Noel Bradshaw, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eve-Marie Caravassilis, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dani Spragg, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hilary Jones, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Laura Dixon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Joy Farruka, Choir - Cherri Kirton, Choir - Heavily Sapong, Choir - Maxine Kwok-Adams, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Gil Rodriguez, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Belinda Mcfarlane, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Iwona Muszynska, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Csilla Pogany, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Bastow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Carol Ella, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2019 Virgin Records Ltd

6
Honest 00:03:28

Daniel Gardner, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Emeli Sande, Producer, Co-Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Troy Miller, Composer, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, String Arranger, Piano, Recording Engineer, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Symphony Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Turner, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Riddell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Vanderspar, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Gilliver, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gibson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Colin Paris, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ginette Decuyper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gerald Gregory, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Allin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - German Clavijo, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Duckworth, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Parfitt, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvain Vasseur, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gardner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Johnston, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Alastair Blayden, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Noel Bradshaw, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eve-Marie Caravassilis, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hilary Jones, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Laura Dixon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Maxine Kwok-Adams, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Gil Rodriguez, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Belinda Mcfarlane, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Iwona Muszynska, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Csilla Pogany, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Bastow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Carol Ella, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2019 Virgin Records Ltd

7
Survivor 00:04:45

Daniel Gardner, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Emeli Sande, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Thompson, Choir - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, String Arranger, Drums, Hammond Organ, Percussion, Piano, Choir Arranger, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Luke Smith, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Symphony Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Nelson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Turner, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Scott McKeon, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Riddell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Vanderspar, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Gilliver, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Marsha Morrison, Choir - Priscilla Jones-Campbell, Choir, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adeola Shyllon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gibson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Phebe Edwards, Choir - Laidi Saliasi, Composer - Colin Paris, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Subrina McCalla, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Barnet, Choir - Jaz Ellington, Choir - Ginette Decuyper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gerald Gregory, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Allin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - German Clavijo, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Duckworth, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Parfitt, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvain Vasseur, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gardner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Johnston, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Alastair Blayden, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Noel Bradshaw, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eve-Marie Caravassilis, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dani Spragg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hilary Jones, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Laura Dixon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Joy Farruka, Choir - Cherri Kirton, Choir - Heavily Sapong, Choir - Maxine Kwok-Adams, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Gil Rodriguez, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Belinda Mcfarlane, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Iwona Muszynska, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Csilla Pogany, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Bastow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Carol Ella, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2019 Virgin Records Ltd

8
Extraordinary Being 00:04:04

Daniel Gardner, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Emeli Sande, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Troy Miller, Composer, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, String Arranger, Drums, Percussion, Piano, Recording Engineer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Symphony Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Turner, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Riddell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Femi Temowo, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Vanderspar, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Gilliver, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Priscilla Jones-Campbell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gibson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Laidi Saliasi, Composer - Colin Paris, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Ginette Decuyper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gerald Gregory, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Allin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - German Clavijo, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Duckworth, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Parfitt, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvain Vasseur, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gardner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Johnston, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Alastair Blayden, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Noel Bradshaw, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eve-Marie Caravassilis, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dani Spragg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hilary Jones, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Laura Dixon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Maxine Kwok-Adams, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Gil Rodriguez, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Belinda Mcfarlane, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Iwona Muszynska, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Csilla Pogany, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Bastow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Carol Ella, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2019 Virgin Records Ltd

9
Same Old Feeling 00:03:37

Emeli Sande, Vocals, Vocal Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Troy Miller, Producer, Mixer, Drums, Hammond Organ, Piano, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Scott McKeon, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Femi Temowo, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Priscilla Jones-Campbell, Vocal Arranger, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Laidi Saliasi, Composer - Danny Allin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Christopher Hanlon, Composer - Jacob McKenzie, Composer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2019 Virgin Records Ltd

10
Real Life 00:03:58

Daniel Gardner, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Emeli Sande, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - James Thompson, Choir - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, String Arranger, Drums, Hammond Organ, Percussion, Piano, Choir Arranger, Recording Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Pino Palladino, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Symphony Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Robbie Nelson, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Robert Turner, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Riddell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Vanderspar, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Gilliver, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Marsha Morrison, Choir - Priscilla Jones-Campbell, Choir - Matthew Gibson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Phebe Edwards, Choir - Laidi Saliasi, ComposerLyricist - Colin Paris, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Xavier Barnet, Choir - Jaz Ellington, Choir - Ginette Decuyper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gerald Gregory, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Allin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - German Clavijo, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Duckworth, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Parfitt, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvain Vasseur, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gardner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Johnston, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Alastair Blayden, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Noel Bradshaw, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eve-Marie Caravassilis, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Dani Spragg, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hilary Jones, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Laura Dixon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Joy Farruka, Choir - Cherri Kirton, Choir - Heavily Sapong, Choir - Maxine Kwok-Adams, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Gil Rodriguez, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Belinda Mcfarlane, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Iwona Muszynska, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Csilla Pogany, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Bastow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Carol Ella, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2019 Virgin Records Ltd

11
Free As A Bird 00:03:54

Daniel Gardner, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Emeli Sande, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Troy Miller, Conductor, Producer, Mixer, String Arranger, Piano, Recording Engineer, Moog Bass, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Jonathan Allen, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Miles Showell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - London Symphony Orchestra, Strings, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Turner, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Duncan Riddell, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Edward Vanderspar, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Rebecca Gilliver, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Priscilla Jones-Campbell, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Adeola Shyllon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gibson, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Laidi Saliasi, Composer - Colin Paris, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Subrina McCalla, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Ginette Decuyper, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Gerald Gregory, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Allin, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - German Clavijo, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Clare Duckworth, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Claire Parfitt, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvain Vasseur, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Matthew Gardner, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Malcolm Johnston, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Alastair Blayden, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Noel Bradshaw, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Eve-Marie Caravassilis, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Patrick Laurence, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Thomas Norris, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Hilary Jones, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Jacob McKenzie, ComposerLyricist - Laura Dixon, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Maxine Kwok-Adams, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Gil Rodriguez, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Belinda Mcfarlane, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Iwona Muszynska, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Csilla Pogany, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Anna Bastow, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Carol Ella, Viola, AssociatedPerformer

A Virgin EMI Records recording; ℗ 2019 Virgin Records Ltd

Album Description

Emeli Sandé's Real Life aims to alleviate, uplift, and motivate. Well-matched with the versatile Troy Miller, whose production work includes sessions with Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, and Rebecca Ferguson, the singer and songwriter -- this set's sole lyricist -- devotes less time to introspection, offering instead a personal growth endcap worth of support, encouragement, and praise, and in one instance, a to-do list of sorts. Like Sandé's two previous studio albums, it's based in mature pop, but its integration of other genres and styles -- a little reggae, some blues, disco, and more gospel than ever -- is done with more finesse. The seamlessness, combined with full-hearted vocal performances, counteracts all the platitudes and flying-bird-as-freedom metaphors. Tucked into the second half are two of Sandé's most powerful songs, and they're consecutive. The flawlessly assembled "Survivor," a gospel anthem in every aspect, contains a career-defining vocal performance. It gradually unfurls with a rippling rhythm accented with sweeping organ and strings, a spirited choir with some call-and-response -- the (water)works -- as it lifts off. Rather than go the conventional route by following with a restful ballad, the singer whisks the listener to the dancefloor with the crisp disco of "Extraordinary Being." There's so much conviction in Sandé's voice that its stock flattery and motivational phrases seem trite only in print. A couple old-fashioned love songs toward the end, including the clap-along title track -- another churchified number -- add emotional variety without sounding like consolation prizes for those who expected to get more material like "Next to Me" and "Hurts." ~ Andy Kellman

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