Sixteen years after his debut album conquered the world, Craig David is back on top of it again with his new album ‘Following My Intuition’.
How will it fare, however, when David casts his critical eye over it for our latest album review?
When ‘Born To Do It’ was released I was just 12 years old, but it had such an influence on my taste in music. Craig David brought R&B and UK garage music to the front of my conscious and I loved him for it.
That being said, by album number three, he completely lost me as a fan. Gone was the beautiful fusion of genres which felt fresh and funky, all replaced with bland, generic tunes. And while he’s been distracting celeb watchers aplenty with his buff Instagram photos as his music career sat in the doldrums over the past few years, this is 2016 and it seems that Craig David has relit the magic of his debut in a thoroughly modern way.
‘Following My Intuition’ is album number six for David, who has partnered with label powerhouse Sony Music to release it. He’s taking this release seriously and I am pleased to report it’s a brilliant collection of tracks.
Working with a mix of producers and artists, the set feels surprisingly consistent. David’s voice is sounding as beautiful as ever and really works well with the blend of tracks here. If the dreaded auto tune is indeed being used, you barely notice it.
The compositions lean heavily on the dance and club sounds that have dominated pop music over the past few years, but somehow it doesn’t feel like it’s following a trend – it feels like it’s setting one.
Latest single ‘Ain’t Giving Up’ is a collaboration with UK duo Sigala and is a stormer of a track. Featuring great beats and a powerful message, it’s one of those songs that gets stuck in your head.
’16’ made its unofficial debut back in 2015 as a mash up while Craig was performing live on the radio, but it went viral. It’s been included on this album and features an amazing interpolation of his hit ‘Fill Me In’ and the Jack Ü / Justin Bieber smash ‘Where Are U Now’. It also sees David harness his rapping ability and it makes for a riveting listen.
On the more stripped back ‘All We Needed’, David’s voice does all the hard work. It showcases his silky smooth tones beautifully and is a great break from the heavy beats of the first half of the album.
That being said, the latter half of the album does drag on a bit, thanks to the parade of slower jams.
At a lengthy 18 tracks on the deluxe version, two or three of them could have been removed and saved as b-sides for single releases instead.
But all in all, ‘Following My Intuition’ is a great example of an established artist showing the world why they are great at what they do – the music speaks for itself.
Call it a comeback if you must; this is a must listen 2016 album for any music lover.
RATING : 4/5.
MUST LISTEN : Ain’t Giving Up, Don’t Go, 16, Change My Love, All We Needed, Louder Than Words, Warm It Up (Deluxe Edition).