Love, Sax and Flashbacks (Sony Music)
Breakdown: She lost out to Ben Haenow on The X Factor UK but after becoming a fan-favourite thanks to her rendition of Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’, Fleur East signed to Syco. Now, her debut album is here. Featuring the hit single ‘Sax’, Fleur brings her unique sound to life on ‘Love, Sax and Flashbacks’.
How Many Good Tracks: 7 of the 16.
What I Liked: Fleur East stands out of the crowd. Her ability to mix her love for the saxophone to funky, pop music has clearly given her an edge. Fleur’s got a unique look, sound and personality and it’s that which helps newbies like herself stand out of the crowd.
What I Didn’t Like: I was so excited for this album but I was so disappointed in the finished product. So many of the tracks on the album sound incredibly dated and I couldn’t figure out if Fleur wanted to release a pop album or one with an 80’s sound. Vocally, Fleur is on form and coming from a reality TV background, it’s expected but it’s the lyrical content on the album and the production that lets her down. It feels as if Fleur and her team are trying too hard to show that she is able to be a star in 2016 despite her love for the golden oldies, but they fail miserably. A lot of the songs are too cheesy, predictable and, ultimately, aren’t good enough to make an impact.
Best Track: Sax
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