Mutya Buena - Real Girl (CD)

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    First Siobhan Donaghy, now Mutya Buena - those Sugababes that have flown the nest are starting to make music for themselves, and doing rather well by all accounts. But while Donaghy has pursued a route that takes her closer to Kate Bush, Buena looks intent on staying true to the street. A combination of flexed vocal chords and clever songwriting give her a sound of urban sophistication, picking up where she left off with the Sugababes but introducing more soul. As with the Sugababes it's in the razor sharp pop moments that this record takes off. Song 4 Mutya (Out Of Control) could easily be a song from the band’s cutting room floor but Buena makes it her own, helped by punchy production from Groove Armada. ‘Real Girl’, despite its reliance on the Lenny Kravitz sample, is a good girl-power radio single. ‘And Not Your Baby’ brings in the attitude and edge she does so well, a UK equivalent of Brandy, only with spice. Even the ballads avoid regulation, though ‘Wonderful’ is too sugary for someone of Buena's sharpness. That said, she does a good job with it, and complements it with a clever reworking of the Ronettes classic, ‘Be My Baby’. Aided by Amy Winehouse, it's a paean to a hip hop loving boyfriend, and despite an awkward verse is one of the album's defining moments. While the collaborations are an important part of the album they don't deflect the focus from the main protagonist, and Buena makes an easy transition from band member to solo and centre stage. Her distinctively husky vocal sounds better than ever and when married with modern soul beats presents her as a solo artist of a high order.
    Categories
    RockPopMusic
    Copy Control
    No
    Number of Items
    1
    Media Type
    CD
    Title
    Real Girl
    Media
    CD
    BarCode
    6009143265936
    Country of Origin
    South Africa
    Label
    Naxos
    Format
    CD
    Barcode
    6009143265936
    Tracks
    1. [ Disc 01 Track 01 ] Just a Little Bit
    2. [ Disc 01 Track 02 ] Real Girl
    3. [ Disc 01 Track 03 ] Song for Mutya (Out of Control) - Feat. Groove Armada
    4. [ Disc 01 Track 04 ] Breakdown Motel
    5. [ Disc 01 Track 05 ] Strung Out
    6. [ Disc 01 Track 06 ] It's Not Easy
    7. [ Disc 01 Track 07 ] Suffer for Love
    8. [ Disc 01 Track 08 ] Not Your Baby
    9. [ Disc 01 Track 09 ] Wonderful
    10. [ Disc 01 Track 10 ] B Boy Baby
    11. [ Disc 01 Track 11 ] This Is Not (Real Love) - Mutya and George Michael
    12. [ Disc 01 Track 12 ] Paperbag
    13. [ Disc 01 Track 13 ] My Song
    Genre
    Pop / Rock
    Release Date
    18 June 2007
    Country
    Audio Format
    PCM Audio
    Studio / Live
    Studio
    Video Disabled
    0
    Artists
    1. Buena, Mutya
    Date Released
    2007-05-01 00:00:00

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