Sticks & Stones [2012]

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Forget Jedward, Chico, Wagner, or the several other novelty acts that The X Factor has foisted upon unsuspecting viewers across the years, fourth-place finalist Cher Lloyd appeared to polarize audiences like no one else in the show's short history. Where some saw a confident demeanor, others saw a brattish attitude; where some viewed her as a voice of the streets, others believed she encapsulated everything that was wrong about today's youth; and where some marveled at her rap/singing versatility, others argued she was a jack of all trades but a master of none. It was always unlikely, therefore, that her debut album, Sticks + Stones, was going to be a shy and retiring MOR ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Forget Jedward, Chico, Wagner, or the several other novelty acts that The X Factor has foisted upon unsuspecting viewers across the years, fourth-place finalist Cher Lloyd appeared to polarize audiences like no one else in the show's short history. Where some saw a confident demeanor, others saw a brattish attitude; where some viewed her as a voice of the streets, others believed she encapsulated everything that was wrong about today's youth; and where some marveled at her rap/singing versatility, others argued she was a jack of all trades but a master of none. It was always unlikely, therefore, that her debut album, Sticks + Stones, was going to be a shy and retiring MOR affair designed to appeal to the masses à la series winner Matt Cardle. However, there are times throughout its ten tracks when Lloyd does appear to be testing the patience of even her most ardent fans, none more so than on "Swagger Jagger," which may have hit the number one spot (albeit in a slow sales week) but is still a contrived mess, chaotically shifting from sub-Nicki Minaj hip-hop to nursery rhyme pop (its chorus samples "Oh My Darling Clementine") to Swedish House Mafia-esque trance, while its social media-baiting lyrics suggest her "haterz" are just jealous, completely discounting the fact that perhaps she just might not be everyone's cup of tea. Elsewhere, "Playa Boi" is an obnoxious slice of industrial R&B that should hang its head in shame for destroying the legacy of Neneh Cherry's "Buffalo Stance" ("He got a lean in the gangsta stance/He needs to rock the sickest brands"), while "Dub on the Track," a collaboration with grime artists Mic Righteous, Dot Rotten, and Ghetts, is a rather unconvincing attempt to prove her street credentials, complete with the now ubiquitous gigantic dirty wobble bass drops. However, when Lloyd stops trying so hard, she's actually a pretty compelling pop star. "Want You Back" and "End Up Here" are both infectious examples of cutesy pure pop that recall Britney before she lost her innocence; "Beautiful People," a duet with U.S. teen drama staples Carolina Liar, is a sweet Ryan Tedder-style ballad; and the closest the album gets to showcasing the impressive vocals she displayed on her famous "Stay" X Factor performance; while "With Ur Love" is a charming M.I.A.-inspired ditty that fuses a lolloping childlike bassline with bouncy beats and some surprisingly sugary-sweet melodies, although Mike Posner's guest rap is the pure definition of "phoned-in." At times, Sticks + Stones sounds like such a calculated effort to copy everything that's hot in 2011 that it's likely to feel utterly irrelevant by the time the clock strikes 12 on New Year's Eve. But it's by no means the car crash its lead single suggested, and if Lloyd can tone down the whole "in yer face" schtick, she might begin to win over some of those "haterz" who apparently can't stop "clicking, writing, or tweeting" about her. [A 2012 version was also released with a different front cover and track order.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/2/2012
  • Label: Epic
  • UPC: 887254275824
  • Catalog Number: 542758
  • Sales rank: 4,215

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Want U Back (3:34)
  2. 2 Grow Up (3:00)
  3. 3 With Ur Love (3:24)
  4. 4 Behind the Music (3:42)
  5. 5 Oath - Becky G (3:38)
  6. 6 Swagger Jagger (3:13)
  7. 7 Beautiful People (3:31)
  8. 8 Playa Boi (2:51)
  9. 9 Superhero (3:27)
  10. 10 End Up Here (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cher Lloyd Primary Artist
Max Martin Keyboards, Background Vocals
Orlando Vitto Guitar
Anjulie Persaud Background Vocals
Shellback Guitar, Keyboards
Alex Delicata Guitar
Technical Credits
Tom Hamilton Composer
Jermaine Jackson Composer
Johnny Powers Composer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements, Vocal Editing
Neneh Cherry Composer
Phil Ramocon Composer
Trevor Smith Composer
Craig Logan Management
Tom Coyne Mastering
Jon Levine Composer, Producer, Engineer
Max Martin Composer, Producer, Engineer
Cameron McVey Composer
Gerald Martini Composer
Emily Wright Composer, Engineer
Tony Mardini Engineer
Mike Flynn Producer
Michael Ilbert Engineer
The Jukebox Producer
Ronald Jackson Composer
Robopop Producer
Dr. Luke Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
John Hanes Engineer
Sean Davidson Composer
Kevin Rudolf Composer, Producer
Orlando Vitto Engineer
Alexander Kronlund Composer
Anjulie Persaud Composer
Autumn Rowe Composer
The Runners Producer
RedOne Composer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangements
Savan Kotecha Composer, Executive Producer
Jeff "Supa Jeff" Villanueva Engineer
Carolina Liar Instrumentation
Andrew Harr Composer
Shellback Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Priscilla Renea Composer
Jason Evigan Programming
Tom Hamilton Composer
Henry Walter Composer
Jacob Kasher Composer
JP Robinson Art Direction
Chris "Tek" O'Ryan Engineer, Vocal Producer
Bilal "The Chef" Hajji Composer
AJ Junior Composer, Vocal Arrangements
The Monarch Producer
Chad Wolfinbarger Composer
Christie Larocque Management
Andre Davidson Composer
Lukasz Gottwald Composer
Cher Lloyd Composer
Dan Omelio Composer, Programming, Instrumentation
Ammar Malik Composer, Programming, Instrumentation
Marcus Lomax Composer
Cirkut Programming, Producer, Instrumentation
Clarence Coffee Jr. Composer
Phil Allen Engineer
Rebbeca Marie Gomez Composer
John Black Management
James Philip Morgan Composer
Formetta Gibson Composer
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