Chapter One (Deluxe Edition) (Sony Music)
Breakdown: It was one of the most shocking exit’s The X Factor UK has ever seen back in 2012 when Ella Henderson and James Arthur, who won the show, sang for survival after receiving the least amount of votes. After her abrupt journey on The X Factor, Ella Henderson signed to Simon Cowell’s Syco label and began working on her debut album. Her first single was the track called ‘Ghost’ and it won the hearts of millions around the world.
How Many Good Tracks: 16 of the 18.
What I Liked: The first thing you notice when you listen to the album is how strong, clear and beautiful Ella’s vocals are. It’s clear that she spent the time perfecting every single note. Ella also co-wrote every single song on the album, besides new single ‘Glow’, which also proves just how much of a dedicated artist she is. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such passion in an artist – especially when the passion is so clear it overflows into her music. She spent a lot of time thinking about the direction she wanted to take her music and didn’t rush a release which proves Ella has a lot of beauty and brains on her. The album is concise, well-produced and is bound to impress anyone who enjoyed her smash hit ‘Ghost’. She is the most exciting voice of 2014 and I can’t stop playing this album. Oh, and did I mention she’s only 18?
What I Didn’t Like: I’m never one to complain about albums filled with tracks but since the deluxe edition comes with 18 tracks, I think if she left out tracks such as ‘Hard Work’ and ‘Lay Down’, this could have been a flawless album. The truth is, some of the tracks won’t scream ‘hit’ as soon as you listen to them for the first time but give it a couple of spins and this will be one of your best albums of 2014.
Best Track: New single ‘Glow’ is a great way to keep her momentum going strong and c’mon, who doesn’t love ‘Ghost’?
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