- 08 Apr 01
So what's she got that the rest don't?
Gotta Tell You is well christened. Begotten, not made, of one part sass to two parts panache and verve, Samantha Mumba’s drawing from a gene pool that all the boy bands inside and out of the Pale could only ever manage to doggie paddle in. For once, the hype is telling it like it is.
So what’s she got that the rest don’t? Well, a soul sensibility that’s culled from three decades of Motown classics; more street smarts than the entire Soprano clan, and a pelvis that owes more to Jennifer Lopez and Janet Jackson than to the disrhythmic hiccups of most other inhabitants of this island.
Mumba’s stamp is in the half dozen tracks she has the good sense to co-write. It’s in the refreshing absence of comatose covers so beloved of the rest of Walsh’s stable – okay, apart from the ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ homage to Little Stevie Wonder, a bonus track on the UK release). It’s in the Detroitville horns of ‘What’s It Gonna Be’. This is music that would’ve put a swing in the sway of Curtis Mayfield and Marvin, no kidding.