- Reviewed by John Price
- Published on July 12th, 2011 at 12:01p.m.
You may have heard some of Emeli Sandé's work already. She's written tracks for the likes of Professor Green, Chipmunk, Devlin, Cheryl Cole (yes, her), and even Tinie Tempah. What you get on her first single Heaven is probably as far as possible from what you might expect given her past writing highlights.
There's no rap or hip-hop involved. Sure, there's a catchy beat in Heaven, but she possesses a very soulful (but not too soulful) singing voice. It almost had a slight tinge of Clare Maguire to it. If you've listened to Let Go by Tinie Tempah, she did some guest vocals, similarly with Professor Green.
Because the single itself isn't out yet, I can't review all the songs. I can only review the ones I've heard via other means - she's helpfully uploaded a few of her songs to her YouTube account, along with a few other songs which don't appear on the single.
Heaven is a strange and slightly different song. It's simultaneously laid back yet at the same time happy. Now, you'll say that that sound has been around forever, which is true, but this song captures it from a slightly different angle. It's got a fairly speedy beat with a bit of urgency to it, some horns (which make almost everything that bit happier), and Emeli's 'slightly soulful' vocals. It's good to have on in the background, and I mean that in the best possible way. It's a song you can actively listen to and enjoy, and at another time have on in the background and enjoy (quite a lot of songs can only do one or the other). Have a listen via YouTube below:
Along with the original studio version of the song, you also get the instrumental, which is nice. The other song on the single that's available for listening to now is a live version of Kill The Boy. It's all acoustic - just a guitar and her voice. And even then it's mostly her voice. Without knowing what the original sounds like, I'll have to just say that this version is fantastic. See for yourself: