Heaven [Bonus Track]

Heaven [Bonus Track]

by Rebecca Ferguson


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Heaven [Bonus Track]

The debut from 2010 X-Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson, 2011's Heaven is a stylish, expertly produced contemporary R&B and pop album that showcases Ferguson's emotive, soulful voice. Working with longtime Adele collaborator Eg White, as well as a handful of other name producer/songwriters, Ferguson delivers a bevy of emotionally resonant and melodically infectious cuts perfectly suited to her dynamic talent. These are literate, thoughtful songs that balance a kind of singer/songwriter approach with a more club- and dance-oriented aesthetic. In that sense, songs like the opening anthem "Nothing's Real but Love," and the devastating ballad "Shoulder to Shoulder" are roiling, gut-wrenching cuts that bring to mind the earthy folk-soul of such similarly inclined contemporaries as Amos Lee and, of course Adele. Elsewhere, Ferguson delves into a '60s-/'70s-influenced retro pop-soul vibe on the Brill Building-influenced "Glitter and Gold," and the Motown-sounding "Fairytale (Let Me Live My Life This Way)." And while the old-school soul sound certainly informs much of what Ferguson offers here, it is often filtered through a kind of '90s R&B and club music approach that brings to mind the Brand New Heavies as much as it does Aretha Franklin. To these ends, the latter half of Heaven is an incredibly strong listen, featuring the breezy "Run Free," the addictive "Diamond to Stone," and the house music-infused "Too Good to Lose." [A Bonus Track version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date: 05/29/2012
Label: Sony
UPC: 0886919478426
catalogNumber: 194784
Rank: 87972

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rebecca Ferguson   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Dave Williamson   Trombone
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Steve Booker   Guitar,Piano,Clavinet
Lee Levin   Drums
Pino Palladino   Bass Guitar
Toby Scott   Keyboards
Neal Wilkinson   Drums
Dan Carpenter   Trumpet
Brian Higgins   Keyboards
Fraser T. Smith   Guitar,Piano
Nathan Bray   Trumpet
Paul Barry   Piano,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Ben Epstein   Bass
Tim Baxter   Percussion,Hammond B3
Ash Soan   Percussion,Drums
Martin Radford   Cello
Marcus Bonfanti   Guitar
Tom Cawley   Piano
Owen Parker   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Phil Todd   Saxophone
Florrie Arnold   Drums
Pete Cherry   Bass
Alex Smith   Guitar,Background Vocals
Jonny Lattimer   Guitar,Percussion,Wurlitzer
Mark Brown   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Richard Beesley   Saxophone
Mark Taylor   Keyboards
Luke Fitton   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Matt Gray   Keyboards
Sam Martin   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Steve Booker   Composer,Programming,Producer
Richard Griffiths   Representation
Toby Scott   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Ash Howes   Programming
Brian Higgins   Composer,Programming,Producer
Fraser T. Smith   Composer,Producer
Xenomania   Producer
Paul Barry   Composer
Ben Taylor   Engineer
Rupert Christie   Additional Production
Tim Baxter   Producer
Harry Magee   Representation
Owen Parker   Composer
John Kelly   Engineer
Utters   Programming
Francis White   Composer
Beatriz Artola   Engineer
Alex Smith   Composer,Producer
Jonny Lattimer   Composer,Producer
Rebecca Ferguson   Composer
Mark Taylor   Producer
Luke Fitton   Composer,Programming
Matt Gray   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Idil Sukan   Cover Photo

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