Album Watch: So Craig David Is Doing A Motown Era Covers Album....Cue The Snores

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I can't fight this feeling anymore...I don't really know what Craig David is doing with his music career. Also I probably should stop trying to make him and 2002 happen again, because the days of skull knit caps, Born To Do It and "bo selecta" are long gone. This feeling emerged when Craig announced that his new album was to be a Motown covers album done for "modern times", and promptly I couldn't help but roll my eyes and go "How massively original".  

Now cover albums aren't terribly bad, especially if the artist actually thinks outside the box and picks songs that haven't been covered already at ad nauseum. That type of ambition is welcomed in my world, not the dozen or so divas who have thrown down Cheryl Lynn's "Got To Be Real" on an bonus cut. Or the male singers who thought, "Hey, I can do Donny Hathaway! Lemme do "Someday We'll All Be Free"!!' No. Please. Don't. In perspective, some songs get "over covered" and a lot of those over done covers can be heard every Tuesday and Wednesday night on American Idol. So do we really need to hear "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" covered again? Well, Craig David thinks so.

 Signed, Sealed, Delivered (yes, that's the title) is being released this Spring, and not only does the cover art look like Photoshop Typography for Dummies, the tracklisting is basically Motown and 1960's Soul Music 101. "Just My Imagination", "For Once In My Life", "Mercy, Mercy Me"...nice tries but come on. As many popular Motown songs that sputtered out of that record label juggernaut this was what was picked? And as for Al Green's "Let's Stay Together"...Tina Turner did the first and last remake of that one.

And if that hasn't soured you too much dig the first single, "One More Lie (Standing In The Shadows)" which heavily samples The Four Tops' "Standing In The Shadows Of Love" after the cut. The mighty have surely fallen.

 Signed, Sealed, Delivered will be hitting stores on March 22nd. 

1 comment:

  1. I am definitely NOT looking forward to this album, I heard the album sampler and I have to say, I am incredibly disappointed. I've been disappointed with Craig's music for numerous years now, it's almost like he doesn't care anymore.

    I will now stick with his earlier work.


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