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All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
By the time of her proper debut full-length, 2012's Ora, Kosovan-born, London-bred popstar Rita Ora was already primed to take over the pop culture throne. Enormously huge in Europe although lesser-known in the States, Ora began collaborating with label head Jay-Z, as well as R&B phenom Drake in 2009, and the host of big-name guests and producers who helped build Ora is as impressive as any roster of mainstream Top 40 artists circa 2009-2012. The album boasts production from Stargate and the-Dream, cameo appearances by will.i.am, Tinie Tempah, and J. Cole, as well as songwriting help from Ester Dean who's penned hits for Li'l Wayne, Katy Perry, Niki Minaj, and countless...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Fred Thomas
By the time of her proper debut full-length, 2012's Ora, Kosovan-born, London-bred popstar Rita Ora was already primed to take over the pop culture throne. Enormously huge in Europe although lesser-known in the States, Ora began collaborating with label head Jay-Z, as well as R&B phenom Drake in 2009, and the host of big-name guests and producers who helped build Ora is as impressive as any roster of mainstream Top 40 artists circa 2009-2012. The album boasts production from Stargate and the-Dream, cameo appearances by will.i.am, Tinie Tempah, and J. Cole, as well as songwriting help from Ester Dean who's penned hits for Li'l Wayne, Katy Perry, Niki Minaj, and countless other superstars. Every element is in place for Ora to be a dazzling piece of disposable radio pop, and no part of the album's 12 tracks disappoints. Ora's pristine R&B vocals walk some of the same mega-diva territory as Beyoncé or Rihanna, but with defiantly thuggish undertones in the form of a casually profane demeanor and a certain kind of tough venerability in both lyrical and vocal delivery. The production is the sonic equivalent of any Hollywood blockbuster movie, with huge beats, precision songwriting, and performances so perfect they'd be sterile if Ora's larger-than-life personality wasn't the biggest part of the equation. Singles like "R.I.P.," "How We Do Party," and "Shine Ya Light" are all meticulously constructed anthems of partying, empowerment, and romance, crafted by the same minds responsible for dozens of other radio hits. Ora manages to be more captivating than her peers by merit of her real approach to her songs, but sonically the album is somewhat interchangeable with any number of Top 40 artist making their name in R&B-tinged-pop. Ora will either be taken as a delightful example of perfect ear candy or a Beyoncé knock-off, depending on how closely it's investigated. Repeat listens will expose a masterpiece of unrepentantly commercial pop on the same level as anything by better-known names, and with more interesting stories to tell than most of them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/4/2012
  • Label: Sony Uk
  • UPC: 887254583622
  • Catalog Number: 5458362
  • Sales rank: 25,213

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Facemelt (1:32)
  2. 2 Roc the Life (3:59)
  3. 3 How We Do (Party) (4:02)
  4. 4 R.I.P. (3:45)
  5. 5 Radioactive (4:11)
  6. 6 Shine Ya Light (3:30)
  7. 7 Love and War (3:35)
  8. 8 Uneasy (3:02)
  9. 9 Fall in Love (4:13)
  10. 10 Been Lying (3:44)
  11. 11 Hello, Hi, Goodbye (4:00)
  12. 12 Hot Right Now (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rita Ora Primary Artist, Vocals
Greg Kurstin Keyboards
will.i.am Synthesizer
Fraser T. Smith Keyboards
Lil Eddie Background Vocals
Alex Delicata Guitar (Electroacoustic)
Chris Loco Keyboards
Rachel Rabin Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jermaine Jackson Composer
Hal Davis Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Willie Hutch Composer
Greg Kurstin Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Dan Stein Composer
Pat Thrall Arranger, Engineer, Vocal Engineer
Bob Weston Composer
K. White Composer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Kuk Harrell Vocal Producer
Jim Caruana Engineer
Stargate Arranger, Producer, Engineer
The Invisible Man Composer, Vocal Engineer
DJ Fresh Producer, Engineer
Alexis Latrobe Composer
Ariel Rechtshaid Composer
Brandon Linney Arranger, Composer, Producer
will.i.am Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Christopher Wallace Composer
Fraser T. Smith Composer, Producer, drum programming, Vocal Engineer, Vocal Producer
Sean Davidson Composer
Sia Furler Composer, Vocal Producer
Mark Gray Engineer
Diplo Additional Production
Bonnie McKee Composer
Makeba Riddick Composer
Jason Agel Engineer
Lil Eddie Vocal Producer
Rob Kinelski Engineer
Nikki Flores Vocal Producer
Jesse Shatkin Engineer
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen Composer
Edwin Serrano Composer
Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva Engineer
Ester Dean Composer
Jules De Martino Composer, Producer
Marcos Tovar Engineer
Josh Gudwin Engineer
Andrew Harr Composer
Rita Ora Composer
David "DQ" Quinones Vocal Producer
Tor Erik Hermansen Composer
Harley Wertheimer Composer
Jordan "DJ Swivel" Young Engineer
Aubrey "Drake" Graham Composer
Beatriz Artola Engineer
Shea Taylor Additional Production
Michael Linney Arranger, Composer, Producer
Xavier Stephenson Engineer
Wez Clarke Programming
Kelly Sheehan Composer, Vocal Producer
William Kennard Composer
Saul Milton Composer
Nneka Egbuna Composer
Farhad Samadzada Composer
The Runners Producer
The Monarch Additional Production
Terius "The-Dream" Nash Producer
Thomas Wesley Pentz Composer
Alex Delicata Arranger
Jermaine Cole Composer
Sam Wheat Engineer
Andre Davidson Composer
Terius Nash Composer, Vocal Producer
Sarah Stennett Management
David Taylor Composer
Andrea Martin Vocal Producer
William Adams Composer
Zoe McConnell Cover Photo
Chris Loco Composer, Producer, drum programming
Osten Harvey Jr. Composer
Renee "Shi" Wisdom Composer
James Fountleroy Composer
Rachel Rabin Composer, Vocal Producer
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