With her Kanye jam ‘American Boy’, Britsoul also-ran Estelle graduated to superdiva status. Which is good news and bad news. She gets to work with Rick Ross and Janelle Monáe, and her album gets to open with heavy-duty robotic bangers like ‘The Life’, but as is usually the way with expensive factory-farmed R&B albums like this, get past track four and it’s mainly mid-tempo schlock. Amid the ups and downs, ‘All Of Me’ features an unfortunate tally of five motivational spoken-word interludes revealing a hilarious transatlantic speaking voice, but then the second song, ‘International (Serious)’, namechecks Janette Krankie – and how many other superdivas can do that?
- Record label: Atlantic
- Release date: 12 Mar, 2012