Catch 22

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All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
Though Catch 22 is Tinchy Stryder's first full-length major-label release, it is hardly his first forage into the world of popular music. For years before his major-label debut, Stryder had a name as an underground hip-hop master, even having a full-length independent release prior to any mainstream success. Regardless, Stryder's first full-length release is packed with the excitement of a budding musician entwined with the experience of a veteran hip-hop artist. What makes this album vibrant is its realism; Stryder seems humbled by his recent catapult to fame: On "I'm Landing," he raps, "I ain't seen my girl for days, I ain't seen my bed for days ... But I'm enjoying ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
Though Catch 22 is Tinchy Stryder's first full-length major-label release, it is hardly his first forage into the world of popular music. For years before his major-label debut, Stryder had a name as an underground hip-hop master, even having a full-length independent release prior to any mainstream success. Regardless, Stryder's first full-length release is packed with the excitement of a budding musician entwined with the experience of a veteran hip-hop artist. What makes this album vibrant is its realism; Stryder seems humbled by his recent catapult to fame: On "I'm Landing," he raps, "I ain't seen my girl for days, I ain't seen my bed for days ... But I'm enjoying every little bit of it." This helps eliminate that nauseating I'm-the-hottest-stink-on-the-planet attitude that plagues and detracts from many aspiring hip-hop artists. The other pro to the album is its embrace of electro-pop sounds; rather than present a "classic" ball-hard rap album, Stryder manipulates his talents as a DJ and mixer into producing brilliant synth pop tunes and tracks. And with Fraser Smith at the helm of this album, Stryder has done a terrific job with picking perfect singles: the dance club smash "Take Me Back" is a slice of David Guetta-esque pop-rap, while "Number 1" is electric first, rap second, and is perfect just like that. In addition, Stryder's collaboration with Sugababe Amelle Berabeh, "Never Leave You," wins the award for best-use-of-a-superstar-to-promote-a-newbie. The biggest problem with the album is the lack of follow-up material. Much of the rest of Stryder's album is a touch second-rate to what you've already fallen in love with on the radio; the strongest album cuts are "Halo" and "You're Not Alone," both of which are in the most similar vein to what's already charting; in other words, heavy on the synthesizers and dance hooks, as opposed to straight rapping. The problem is that many of the tracks simply become messy as rap and rhythm blend. That's not to say fans of Stryder's will be dissatisfied; quite contrarily, they will probably love Catch 22 as much as they love its singles; it has strong lyrics and solid hooks. However, those who didn't love his radio hits might not find much they do like on this release. Stryder's debut is perfect for complementing the mega singles, but not necessarily adding much to them, which in 2009, is something of a norm, so it's hard to knock him for that.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Island Uk
  • UPC: 602527136325
  • Catalog Number: 2713632
  • Sales rank: 353,859

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Take Off (1:47)
  2. 2 I'm Landing (3:38)
  3. 3 Take Me Back - Taio Cruz (3:34)
  4. 4 Spotlight (3:37)
  5. 5 Number 1 (3:32)
  6. 6 Shake Me (3:40)
  7. 7 Stryderman (4:08)
  8. 8 Warning (3:18)
  9. 9 First Place (2:47)
  10. 10 Pit Stop (1:47)
  11. 11 Halo (3:41)
  12. 12 Tryna Be Me - Ruff Sqwad (3:25)
  13. 13 Never Leave You (3:30)
  14. 14 We Got Dem - Chipmunk (3:02)
  15. 15 You're Not Alone (3:50)
  16. 16 Preview (3:52)
  17. 17 Catch 22 (1:49)
  18. 18 Express Urself (2:58)
  19. 19 [CD-Rom Track]
Disc 2
  1. 1 Stryderman (4:09)
  2. 2 Take Me Back - Chipmunk (4:14)
  3. 3 Never Leave You (3:30)
  4. 4 Rollin' (3:29)
  5. 5 Stuck on My Mind (3:44)
  6. 6 It's a Problem (3:43)
  7. 7 Story Unfold (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tinchy Stryder Primary Artist, Vocals
Adam Wakeman Piano
Donna Gardier Vocals
Nick Barr Viola
Fraser T. Smith Keyboards
Jessica Castellanos Vocals
Richard George Violin
Tanya Lacey Vocals
Richard Adlam Drums
Tony Woollard Cello
Nicola Sweeney Violin
Richard Brook Drums
Guthrie Govan Bass, Guitar
Hal Ritson Saxophone
Ben Somers Saxophone
Taio Cruz Vocals
Neil Waters Trumpet
Chipmunk Vocals
Ayak Thiik Background Vocals
Frankmusik Background Vocals
Labrinth Vocals
Technical Credits
Dick Beetham Mastering
Fraser T. Smith Producer
Steve Wilcken Composer
Jack Foster III Executive Producer, Management
Scott McCormick Engineer
Tinchy Stryder Producer
Hal Ritson Producer
Frankmusik Producer
I. Martens Composer
Beatriz Artola Engineer
Labrinth Producer
T. Kellett Composer
C. Wright Composer
K. Robinson Composer
G. Jones Composer
Marc Williams Programming
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