I’ve had this album for a few weeks now, and I have to say it’s been on repeat ever since. Rebecca Ferguson found fame as the runner-up on the 2010 season of X-Factor; her debut album ‘Heaven’ was officially released on May 29th 2012.
Her voice is reminiscent of the late Amy Winehouse, with a little more soul, R&B feel to it. Often I find myself needing to listen to a record several times to get a feeling for a new artist, but I immediately connected with Ferguson’s voice.
The CD starts off with her debut single ‘Nothing’s Real but Love’ which I already adored and didn’t even realize it was her. As soon as I realized she was the singer, I knew I’d enjoy a ton more of her work. She has the kind of music that you can put on and listen to for hours without even realizing. The first track was just the beginning.
‘Heaven’ continues on with that mellow, R&B feeling to it throughout. It picks up with the song ‘Fairytale’, close to the halfway point. Although the song is somewhat reminiscent of a melancholic teenager, it’s not in a bad way at least. She sings her lyrics confidently, and her voice really shines through. At the chorus when the music really gets to its high point, I couldn’t help but start dancing along a little bit!
Although I’ve thoroughly enjoyed listening to Rebecca’s music these last few weeks, the one thing that stood out to me as a negative on the album is that her mellow tracks had very similar beats. I realize her album is very soul/R&B, but I wished I could have heard a LITTLE something different throughout. A song or two that would break up the records’ consistency & surprise listeners. Her voice clearly has the potential to sing in a multitude of ranges, and I sincerely wish I could have heard a little bit more for her debut.
That being said, the album has very few faults. It is seamlessly produced and truly brings out the beautiful qualities of Fergusons’ voice, music writing, and clearly shows the kind of musical influences she’s had in Aretha Franklin and Amy Winehouse. Fans of good, classy, soulful music will truly enjoy her work. I don’t often listen to this type of music, but there really is something about her voice that had me clicking back to her CD over and over again!
4 out of 5 stars
**Sony Music supplied me with the album for this review, but all thoughts on Rebecca Ferguson are my own! She really has a beautiful voice worth checking out.