Hear My Cry
[B]Sonique[/B] is the crossover house equivalent of Gabrielle or [a]Lisa Stansfield[/a].More on
Something, however, has gone wrong since she put in her apprenticeship working with S'Express and [a]Josh Wink[/a] before becoming a top club DJ in her own right. Because, avoiding the easy option of a remix compilation, this tackles the altogether trickier prospect of a proper album of original, self-penned songs instead.
As a textbook study of what happens when you forsake your strengths in favour of more adult concerns, chances are this won't go down too well in clubland. Because, while she's fine on the pop silliness of that floor-filling single, her attempts to show depth, emotion and a love of croaking soul ('Are You Really', 'Drama') coupled with vague let's-all-be-nice-to-each-other lyrics lack the immediate thud of the best dance music, without replacing it with any real emotional connection.
Clinically, blandly proficient, Sonique is the crossover house equivalent of Gabrielle or Lisa Stansfield. It'll make her beloved of Brits voting panels but, sadly, Oakenfold, Tong and the rest have got very little to worry about.
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