Just like Cher Lloyd's album title, well, sorry I'm late. I was supposed to do the review yesterday but yet I'm actually compensating to you guys now, but hey, at least I delivered (I think). This is my review of her sophomore album, Sorry I'm Late.
Yeah, for those who haven't been around since 2012, Cher Lloyd has been somewhat down and up in her career after some late bolstering hits wavering through from a disastrous first single straight out from X-Factor (Swagger Jagger). But, does that mean that the album increases with hype and that the quality on it is at least good? That slightly adjusts to what we're talking about mostly.
On most tracks, the album is more or less a success because of the impeding structure that seems to be core to it. However, without being repetitive, although a sizable amount leads to the album sinking because of a lackluster support from the production, may well just hang it in the balance. The album is fine, though at the mediocre expense of a lot of things.
The album feels clunky, generic and feels less grounded, although it does lift off higher than Sticks + Stones after all that has been said at this point. The album is more mature content and lyric-wise, but still suffers from the jaw-breaking disappointment of the unwillingness to change and adapt rather than continue leaving at that.
I don't want to offend most fans by saying that the album isn't really all that great at this point. But, I guess I didn't have much in the wire in the first place. Let's run through the negatives that mainly surround this messy album.
The album mainly splits off from the get-go immediately. With an album title like that, the tracks could go anywhere. However, most of the formula that is used are pretty similar. M.F.P.O.T.Y. feels like another party song without much creative input and even lesser production to back it up. That more or less also clashes with Dirty Love (which also suffers at lyrical expense). Some of the tracks don't fit the bill in the way it is supposed to and don't seem to upfront about it. Most of the directions taken here are either not risky enough, or just simply safe so that the album can run its course naturally. That simply 'run-off-the-mill' type of tracks don't have as much impact as they were supposed to, making them filler tracks or non-relatable in different ways.
Next, sacrificing production for lyrics (which didn't exactly go well either) feels to be weird and fails. Just for the sake of a guitar on Bind Your Love (which is an okay track), to so-called 'up it with' synths and reverbs are simply disappointing. It's better not to even start with it when the production takes over from the chorus onwards. While it isn't a big problem, it's definitely worth nothing considering one of the better tracks titled Goodnight was a stripped down acoustic version which was simply a home-run in my opinion. This shows that most of the time Cher's vocals kind of save the album simply because it's other flaws are too visible.
I can't really complain lyrically. Cher hasn't been known for her lyrics anyway (Want U Back has simple lyrics don't matter much in between), but sacrificing some of the high notes of the album for it and still not even making up for it, it just feels shortchanged and shoe-horned so as to 'better' the track in another way. Just Be Mine and I Wish (I knew I gave it a pretty high score, but I kind of beat it down now) kind of sits comfortable in their area.
Though, I must say, that the album shines in it's hollow avenues. Tracks like Goodnight (which I have said above) and Sirens, although I don't like it too much, are probably the best tracks on the album. Obviously, topping that list would be Human. The vocals and the emotional depths bring this album from the brink of redemption. It's probably one of the better reasons to buy the album. Cher's vocals are immense throughout the album and probably helps on a whole to balance out a very cheesy and generic album. Although I do say that, some of the tracks might not deserve as much hate as others, but are still equal pairing when compared.
Favourite Tracks: Human, Goodnight
Least Favourite Tracks: M.F.P.O.T.Y., Dirty Love
I wanted to like the album and had pretty high expectations for the album. It didn't topple though, but I would still recommend the album to others. Fans of Cher will love this album to death.
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