by Rox


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With the likelihood of a new Amy Winehouse record surfacing any time soon decreasing by the minute, the long list of divas hoping to fill the beehive-haired gap appears to be increasing with the same speed. Joining Paloma Faith, V.V. Brown, and Eliza Doolittle on the retro soul-pop roll call is 21-old South Londoner Roxanne Tataei, aka Rox, who, having recently covered for the troubled star during her scheduled festival performances with Mark Ronson, has perhaps more right to take that mantle than any. Her debut album, Memoirs, does undeniably contain the kind of toe-tapping Northern soul stompers that made Back to Black such a colossal success, including the shuffling Hammond organ-driven opener "No Going Back," the '60s doo wop pastiche "I Don't Believe," and the Motown-tinged ballad "Do As I Say." But thanks to its genre-hopping production from Commissioner Gordon (Mary J.Blige) and Al Shux (Lupe Fiasco, Jay-Z), Memoirs is far from the Winehouse tribute record its opening tracks suggest, at times recalling the late-'90s nu-soul of Lauryn Hill (the gospel-fused "Breakfast in Bed") and the laid-back jazz-pop of Corinne Bailey Rae (the gorgeously understated, acoustic-driven "Forever Always Wishing"), while also convincingly tackling lover's rock reggae on "Rocksteady," infectious hip-pop on "My Baby Left Me," and trip-hop on "Page Unfolds." Inevitably, Rox's tender years mean she hasn't quite experienced the hardships that inspired her obvious influences' greatest works, with most of Memoirs centering around the woes of her teenage love life, while the occasional lapses into screechy, Mariah Carey-esque territory, particularly on the stripped-back "Heart Ran Dry," are something she'll have to iron out if she wants to avoid the histrionic X-Factor contestant label. But whereas some of her contemporaries' debuts felt like contrived efforts to jump on the vintage soul bandwagon, Memoirs feels like the real deal, and suggests Rox has the potential to step out of her fellow Brit school graduate's shadow next time round.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/15/2010
Label: Imports
UPC: 0883870049528
catalogNumber: 889215

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rox   Primary Artist
Andy Bassford   Guitar
Kevin Batchelor   Trumpet
Cedric Brooks   Saxophone
Christopher Sky Juice Burth   Percussion
Marvin Daniels   Conductor
Sam Dixon   Bass
Andrea Martin   Background Vocals
Christopher Meredith   Bass
Earl "Chinna" Smith   Guitar
Tom Barnes   Guitar,Drums
Tim Shider   Guitar
Horace James   Organ,Piano,fender rhodes
Jason Silver   Organ,Piano
Edith Yokley   Strings
Mike Cave   Drums
Matthew Sharp   Cello
Hannah Dawson   Violin
Maxine Moore   Viola
Scott McCormick   Drums,Hand Clapping
Ade Omotayo   Background Vocals
Donovan Jackson   Organ,fender rhodes
Kiris Houston   Piano
Jodi Milliner   Bass
Fung Chern Hwei   Strings
Thomas Gould   Violin
Alison Dods   Violin
Roxanne Tataei   Bass,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Vibes,Hand Clapping,Wurlitzer
Gareth Brown   Drums
Ben Kohn   Bass
Jack Birchwood   Trumpet
Steven Fuller   Trombone
Nik Carter   Flute,Saxophone
Baby N'sola   Background Vocals
Peter Kelleher   Keyboards
Cara Berridge   Cello
Shux   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Vibes
Benjamin Hancox   Violin
Ben Jackson   Hand Clapping
Astor Campbell   Drums
Andre Murchinson   Trombone
Jack Tarrant   Hand Clapping
Charisa Dowe   Strings
Soothsayers   Horn
Robin Ashwell   Viola

Technical Credits

Sam Dixon   Composer
Anastas Hackett   Programming
Christopher Meredith   Composer
Gordon Williams   Composer,Programming,Engineer
Tom Barnes   Composer
Brio Taliaferro   Programming
Darren Lewis   Composer
Horace James   String Arrangements
Richard Adlam   Drum Samples,Recreation
Gavin Jones   Composer
Sean McGhee   Composer
Roberto Sanchez   Arranger,Engineer
Scott McCormick   Engineer
Donovan Jackson   Composer
Matt Prime   Composer
Adam Midgley   Composer,Engineer
Roxanne Tataei   Composer,String Arrangements
Simone Lombardi   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Kevin McPherson   Composer
Ben Kohn   Composer
Shuckburgh   Composer
Anna Wayland   Composer
Peter Kelleher   Composer,Programming
Shux   Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,Additional Production
Astor Campbell   Composer
Jammal Day   Engineer,Whistle
Will Bloomfield   Management
Tunde Babalola   Composer
TMS Productions   Producer,Engineer
Timothy Shider   Composer
Sun G   Producer
Paul Centellas   Management

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