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Introducing Dionne Bromfield
     

Introducing Dionne Bromfield

by Dionne Bromfield
 
The colossal success of Amy Winehouse's seminal 2006 breakthrough, Back to Black, not only transformed the troubled singer into a headline-grabbing transatlantic megastar, but also appears to have spawned an entire sub-industry. Following its producer Mark Ronson's journey from behind the mixing desk to frontman status and her own

Overview

The colossal success of Amy Winehouse's seminal 2006 breakthrough, Back to Black, not only transformed the troubled singer into a headline-grabbing transatlantic megastar, but also appears to have spawned an entire sub-industry. Following its producer Mark Ronson's journey from behind the mixing desk to frontman status and her own father cashing in on her notoriety with an album of big-band covers, her goddaughter, Dionne Bromfield, is the latest in line to ride on the coattails of her star power. Not that Amy is objecting, as she has not only signed the 13-year-old vocalist to her Lioness Records label, but has also performed with her on Strictly Come Dancing and lent her Back to Black's producer Jon Moon and her own touring band for her debut album, Introducing Dionne Bromfield. Unsurprisingly, it echoes the old-school R&B, Phil Spector-esque production and Brill Building girl group sound of her mentor's opus, but while the aforementioned's occasional hip-hop leanings and heart-achingly raw lyrics provided a contemporary edge to proceedings, Bromfield plays it straight with 12 largely faithful cover versions of some of the most enduring soul classics of the '60s. On songs that play to her strengths, such as Millie's "My Boy Lollipop" and "Oh Henry," Stevie Wonder's "With a Child's Heart" (later covered, of course, by a young Michael Jackson), and the Chiffons' "He's So Fine," her infectious enthusiasm and cutesy but strong vocals almost match the unbridled joy of the originals, while her Lily Allen-ish ska reworking of the Shirelles' "Foolish Little Girl" is an admirable attempt at making the doo wop classic her own. However, when tackling songs originally performed by such iconic and much older singers as Aretha Franklin ("Until You Come Back to Me") and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (a duet with Zalon Thompson on "Ain't No Mountain High Enough"), she resembles a schoolgirl singing into her hairbrush along to her mother's old record collection. While Introducing Dionne Bromfield is undeniably a byproduct of the age-old tradition of nepotism, there's enough potential here to suggest that she could have made it on her own merits in the future. Whether she has the ability to produce an album as universally loved as her godmother's remains to be seen, but this is a respectable first offering, which with better A&R could have been the perfect introduction to a charming and youthful vocal talent.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/2009
Label:
Island Uk
UPC:
0602527203195
catalogNumber:
2720319

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dionne Bromfield   Primary Artist,Tambourine,Vocals
Millie Small   Brass
Dave Williamson   Trombone
Dale Davis   Bass,Guitar
Troy Miller   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vibes
Henry Collins   Trumpet
Hawi Gondwe   Guitar
Richard Beasley   Saxophone
Dan Carpenter   Trumpet
Jim Hunt   Saxophone
Jon Moon   Percussion,Keyboards,Tambourine
Amy Winehouse   Background Vocals
Ben Jones   Guitar
Xantone Blacq   Piano,Melodica
Pete Ray Biggin   Drums
Sam Beste   Piano,Conductor,Glockenspiel,Keyboards
London Telefilmonic Orchestra   Strings
Frank Walden   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Karlos Edwards   Percussion
X. Blacq   Percussion,Piano,Keyboards
Asher Elfenbien   Piano
Alexi Elfenbien   Bass
Ade Omacayo   Background Vocals
Coco Dupree   Background Vocals
Jennifer Dawodu   Background Vocals
Zalon Thompson   Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Marvin Gaye   Composer
Jackie Edwards   Composer
Eugene Record   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Johnny Bristol   Composer
Henry Cosby   Composer
Dale Davis   Additional Production
Harvey Fuqua   Composer
George Gordy   Composer
Howard Greenfield   Composer
Morris Levy   Composer
Clarence Paul   Composer
Sonny Sanders   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Luther Dixon   Composer
Sylvia Moy   Composer
Helen Miller   Composer
Vicky Basemore   Composer
Carlton Black   Composer
Morris Broadnax   Composer
Willie Denson   Composer
Thomas Kemp   Composer
Jon Moon   Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements
Ronald Mack   Composer
Amy Winehouse   Executive Producer
Sam Beste   String Arrangements
Johnny Roberts   Composer
Robert Spencer   Composer
William Stevenson   Composer

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