Messy Little Raindrops

Messy Little Raindrops

by Cheryl Cole
     
 

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Impressively managing to achieve what every solo Spice Girl, All Saint, or Sugababe has failed to do, permanent tabloid fixture Cheryl Cole scored a number one album with her debut solo release Three Words, not to mention a huge-selling chart topper andSee more details below

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Impressively managing to achieve what every solo Spice Girl, All Saint, or Sugababe has failed to do, permanent tabloid fixture Cheryl Cole scored a number one album with her debut solo release Three Words, not to mention a huge-selling chart topper and a loyal fan base obsessed with her fashion style as much as her music. Of course, her success has been helped by the national treasure status she's been bestowed by the British press since taking a judge's role on the hugely powerful TV series, The X-Factor. But appearing in front of 15 million viewers every week isn't necessarily a platform for chart success (just ask Dannii Minogue), so to give her credit, Cole has convincingly grasped the opportunity to become Britain's most successful female pop star. Like her previous effort, the clumsily titled Messy Little Raindrops eschews the spiky pop of Girls Aloud in favor of anthemic dance and synth-led R&B. With regular collaborator will.i.am back on board ("Let's Get Down"), productions from Shux (Jay-Z) and JR Rotem (Jason DeRulo), and a duet with Travie McCoy ("Yeah, Yeah"), the album certainly appears to have one eye firmly on the U.S. market. With her increasing transatlantic profile, it's a smart move, which unlike Craig David and Natasha Bedingfield, avoids the mistake of alienating her own native audience in the process. Indeed, alongside the Ciara-esque synth heavy "Better to Lie," and the dancehall-infected "Amnesia," there's ambient dub-bass (the Dizzee Rascal-featuring "Everyone"), pulsating David Guetta-style floorfillers ("Waiting"), and Kylie-influenced Euro-pop ("Live Tonight"). Not exactly known for her vocal prowess, the ballads are thankfully kept to a minimum. The stripped-back, piano-led "Raindrops" exposes her limited singing ability, however, the Ryan Tedder-esque clattering rhythms and Coldplay-inspired riffs of the majestic "Happy Tears" surprisingly provides the album's highlight, alongside the Gallic-fused dream pop of lead single "Promise This." A much more inventive affair than her sometimes formulaic debut, Messy Little Raindrop is a cohesive and adventurous follow-up that will undoubtedly continue her ascent into pop's premier league.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
Label:
Polydor Uk
UPC:
0602527532875
catalogNumber:
2753287
Rank:
109206

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cheryl Cole   Primary Artist,Vocals,Indexed Contributor
Steve Kipner   Percussion
Nick Lashley   Guitar
will.i.am   Background Vocals
Wayne Wilkins   Keyboards
Dizzee Rascal   Rap
Ravaughn Brown   Background Vocals
Antwoine "T-Wiz" Collins   Drums
Priscilla Renea   Background Vocals
Aimee Proal   Background Vocals
Andre Merritt   Background Vocals
Jimmy Burney   Background Vocals
Starsmith   Piano,Keyboards
Travie McCoy   Rap
August Rigo   Vocals
Grace Tither   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Steve Kipner   Composer,Producer
Nick Marsh   Composer
Alain Whyte   Composer
James Loughrey   Engineer
will.i.am   Producer,Executive Producer
Wayne Wilkins   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Wayne Hector   Composer
Charles Moniz   Engineer
J.R. Rotem   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Antwoine "T-Wiz" Collins   Composer,Programming,Producer,drum programming
Anthony Palazzole   Engineer
Isha Erskine   Engineer
Nasri Atweh   Composer
Priscilla Renea   Vocal Producer
Kevin Clayton   Vocal Engineer
Free School   Producer
Cheryl Cole   Composer
Ryan Buendia   Composer
Jean-Baptiste   Composer
Andre Merritt   Composer
Rich King   Vocal Arrangements
Michael McHenry   Composer
Shuckburgh   Composer
Starsmith   Programming,Producer,Vocal Producer
Fin Dow-Smith   Composer
Travie McCoy   Composer
August Rigo   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer
Kelis Rogers   Composer
Shux   Producer
Priscilla Hamilton   Composer
Tamyra Savage   Composer
Nick Cage   Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
William Adams   Composer

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