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In Love & War

The pop production line outdoes itself

Rating: 7 / 10

Patrick Freyne, 24 Nov 2009

Amerie’s got the standard range and power of the production line diva but there’s also an appealingly raw, in need-of-some-Calpol-edge to her voice which gives everything that little bit more power.

She’s even allowed veer dangerously out of key at times (ironically towards the end of a track called ‘Dangerous’) in an old school Tina Turner style reverie. In the age when autotune is but a dial away, this takes guts.

Amerie and her producers clearly realise that how a singer sings out of key is as much a testament to their skills as anything else. Occasionally (with tracks like ‘More Than Love’) she veers into daft ‘Trapped In The Closet’ territory. Overall, though, this is a bit of a treat.

Rating: 7 / 10
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