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A Million Lights

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bouncing back from a thwarted attempt to crossover to the U.S. via the American edition of The X-Factor -- she may have been a two-time winning judge in the U.K., but never made it to the air in the U.S. -- Cheryl Cole decides to shoehorn every pop trend of 2012 into her third album, A Million Lights. Unconcerned with introspection -- prior to the summer release of A Million Lights, she told all journalists to not ask her about the album's lyrics as she didn't write a word -- Cheryl as she's billed on the art work; she's so famous in the U.K. she can abandon her last name is very concerned indeed about maintaining her celebrity, so she tries on every fashionable...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Bouncing back from a thwarted attempt to crossover to the U.S. via the American edition of The X-Factor -- she may have been a two-time winning judge in the U.K., but never made it to the air in the U.S. -- Cheryl Cole decides to shoehorn every pop trend of 2012 into her third album, A Million Lights. Unconcerned with introspection -- prior to the summer release of A Million Lights, she told all journalists to not ask her about the album's lyrics as she didn't write a word -- Cheryl as she's billed on the art work; she's so famous in the U.K. she can abandon her last name is very concerned indeed about maintaining her celebrity, so she tries on every fashionable sound, dabbling in dubstep, drafting will.i.am to give her some Black Eyed Peas magic, riding Rihanna's steely, defiant rhythms, bringing Calvin Harris aboard to construct lead single "Call My Name," adopting a bit of a Natasha Bedingfield hangover on the opener "Under the Sun," copping Lana Del Rey's tragic romantic balladry on the title track, then hiring the former Lizzy Grant herself to write "Ghetto Baby." Cheryl doesn't stamp these sounds with her own personality; she merely tries the personas on for size, not so much to see if they fit, but rather to see which ones will allow her entry into the charts. As not one cut crackles with personality -- they all rely on anonymous studio craft; any competent singer could sing lead and perhaps score a hit -- success is entirely dependent on which way the wave breaks, whether her timing clicks or not. Even if A Million Lights winds up not generating a big single, there is no denying that it captures much of the style and sound of 2012; it's a pop scrapbook, perhaps one that will be more interesting in the future than it is in the present.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/2012
  • Label: Polydor Uk
  • UPC: 602537043026
  • Catalog Number: 3704302
  • Sales rank: 318,691

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Under the Sun (3:30)
  2. 2 Call My Name (3:27)
  3. 3 Craziest Things (3:12)
  4. 4 Girl in the Mirror (3:31)
  5. 5 A Million Lights (3:23)
  6. 6 Screw You (3:36)
  7. 7 Love Killer (3:46)
  8. 8 Ghetto Baby (2:48)
  9. 9 Sexy Den a Mutha (3:41)
  10. 10 Mechanics of the Heart (3:16)
  11. 11 All is Fair (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cheryl Cole Primary Artist, Vocals
Josie Aiello Background Vocals
Agent X Piano, Drums, Keyboards
will.i.am Synthesizer
Anu Pillai Guitar, Keyboards
Candice Nelson Background Vocals
Wretch 32 Rap
Roy Kerr Keyboards
Pantha Electric Bass, Electric Guitar, Keyboards
J Browz Bass, Guitar
Ayah Marar Background Vocals
Lana Del Rey Background Vocals
Jareth Rwamafa-Johnson Background Vocals
Megan Nicolle Thomaston Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Brian Rawling Vocal Producer
Kuk Harrell Vocal Producer
Mike Marsh Mastering
Agent X Programming, Producer, Engineer
will.i.am Producer, Engineer, drum sequencing
Daniel Traynor Composer
Anu Pillai Programming, Engineer, String Arrangements, Brass Arrangment
Danny D. Management
Paul Meehan Vocal Producer
Olle Corneer Composer
Padraic Kerin Engineer
Kasia Livingston Composer
Candice Nelson Composer
Jim Beanz Producer, Vocal Producer
Naweed Mastering
Naughty Boy Producer
Taio Cruz Composer, Producer
Dada Life Producer
Jayson DeZuzio Composer
Calvin Harris Arranger, Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Tim Blacksmith Management
Koil Engineer
Mathias Wollo Composer, Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Matt Furmidge Vocal Engineer
Leon Price Composer
Cheryl Cole Composer
Roy Kerr Programming
Kid Gloves Producer, Vocal Producer
Joe Peluso Engineer
Alex Da Kid Composer, Producer
Pantha Producer
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan Engineer
Loick Essien Composer
Carlos Battey Composer
Steven Battey Composer
Stefan Engblom Composer
Jermaine Scott Composer
Greg Bonnick Composer
Hygrade Programming, Producer, Vocal Producer, Instrumentation
James "Jim Beanz" Washington Composer
William Adams Composer
Kingsley Brown Composer
Tom Havelock Composer
Mike Del Rio Composer
John Gudwin Engineer
Peter Renshaw Composer
Jareth Rwamafa-Johnson Composer
Megan Nicolle Thomaston Composer
Riki Bleau Management
Aaron Cowan Composer
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