Disc-Overy (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Tinie Tempah

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Disc-Overy (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Tinie Tempah

1 CD(s) - Rap, Hip Hop / Rap - Label: Parlophone - Distributor: EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics - Released: 04/10/2010 - 5099990651328, 5099991775627

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Review of "Disc-Overy (Parental Advisory) [PA] - Tinie Tempah"

published 15/10/2010 | Great_reviewer07
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Pro Innovative tracks, catchy on first listen, glimpses of genius (lyrically/musically)
Cons The majority is average
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"Tinie Talent?"

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With the recent influx of young English rappers taking the charts by storm there are only a couple that really stand out amongst the crowd - Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder and of course Tinie Tempah, the latter having a huge impact in early 2010 with his debut single Pass Out which went straight to the top of the charts, later to be followed by top 5 hit Frisky and his second number one, Written In The Stars. It's looking incredibly likely that the 22 year old rapper is here to stay, but is he actually all he's cracked up to be?

Disc-Overy is Tempah's debut album was released at the beginning of October, the same week that Written In The Stars hit number one. So with 12 tracks, Tinie has a huge chance to impress us, but has he?


Simply Unstoppable
Pass Out
Just A Little
Written In The Stars
Miami 2 Ibiza
Let Go


The album kicks off in a big way with Simply Unstoppable, a synthy piece inspired by the likes of Pass Out and Frisky. This is nothing we haven't heard from Tempah before, but it's damn catchy all the same and it wouldn't surprise me if this was the next single. The song laced with arrogance blends with the stomping beats to create a perfect concoction of Tim Westwood's wet dream. If that's an image you're not all too comfortable with, then lets just say that this song (singles aside) is the standout track and the rest of the album is forever attempting to match up with this attempt, which, coincidentally is - simply unstoppable.

Next up on the list is pass out, which, if you're unfamiliar then you must either be passed the age of 45, or... dead. This song was absolutely massive when it was released earlier in the year and over 6 months on it hasn't lost any of its resonance and still sounds incredibly fresh upon each listen. This song really showcases Tempah's lyrical ability with scintillating wordplay in abundance here, it's hard not to like this song. I won't beat around the bush - Tempah is no Eminem and Pass Out is no Cleanin' Out My Closet, and nor is it trying to be. Tempah's lyrics are about as meaningful as an oath from a pathological liar, but that's why he's so popular, right? Second single Frisky is my personal favourite here, although there's nothing to set it apart from Pass Out and if you look at things objectively than the former is the stronger track. Current single Written In The Stars offers fans something a little different from what they've come to expect and is a far cry from the likes of Frisky and Pass out. Tempah's lyrical ability is here for everybody to see and the first verse alone will have you in awe of this young man's talent. In comparison with the likes of other young British rappers like Chipmunk and DJ Ironik, there really is no comparing them as Tempah, with little effort, blows them out of the water.

In terms of guest appearances, you have your expected and not so expected. The expected of course come in the form of Labrinth, Eric Turner and unknown singer who features on Just A Little, a more laid back track that will appear to the teenage girl market. It's likeable enough, but there's not much here to latch onto that will stick in your mind. This is passable filler at best. Other guest stars include Swedish House Mafia, who's recent club hit One has put them on the map and their instantly recognisable house beats work a treat on Miami 2 Ibiza. The lyrics are pretty naff in all honesty "I've got a black BM/ she's got a white TT/ she wanna see what's hiding in my CK briefs", however, there's something insanely likeable about this song and it quickly becomes the most recognisable tracks on the album and before long you'll be singing along to the lyrics. Wonderman features Ellie Goulding who is so auto-tuned throughout the chorus she's simply unrecognisable, infact she sounds more like 16 year old US sensation Justin Bieber. The song, yet again is catchy enough at the time, but it's no more memorable than the majority of tracks here. The final guest star to pop up here and the most unexpected is US starlet and former Destiny's Child member, Kelly Rowland. Rowland adds a bit of R&B class to the album and her song, Invincible and the song becomes more of an R&B hit than an underground hip hop joint. The song is one of the better tracks on the album and offers Tempah's fans something a little different than the norm and although it works, and it works well, I can't help but think that this song was simply placed here to tick a check list, than to showcase Tempah's talents.

Snap, is something fresh, exciting and new, in a way, despite it sounding like something Snoop Dogg would have released way back in 1992. This is a song that is likely to split opinion, from the people who will think it's dated and mundane, to those out there that 'get' this sort of music and appreciate it for what it is - innovative and catchy. Obsession, similar to Snap is something of an acquired taste and although it's a lot more mainstream than the former, there's just something that doesn't click into place here and it's another one of the weaker and more forgettable songs.

In terms of production, there's not a huge variety here with Ishi producing most of the tracks from Invincible to Snap, his (her?) style seems to be rather varied here and the tracks that he's produced aren't instantly recognisable. Unlike, that of Labrinth, Simon Cowell's latest solo act who is doing the rounds as both a solo artist and a producer. He has the honour of producing the two best tracks here, Pass Out and Frisky and although the two are scarily similar in terms of production values, they still remain individual tracks with individual appeal.

Overall, there's really nothing here hasn't been done before and Tinie Tempah is going to have to pull out all the stops in his next album to undo some of the damage here. Don't get me wrong, it's likeable enough, but if you were expecting something groundbreaking, like the singles suggest, then you're going to be painfully disappointed. Even with the odd hint of genius (Simply Unstoppable, Snap) there's no steady ground here to suggest that anything that Tempah has to offer will ever be on par with his biggest rival Dizzee Rascal.

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  • jonathanb published 21/10/2010
    I am 45 and, I believe, still alive so just about qualify to have not heard of this bloke. Which is just as well because I hadn't until the other day, when I saw this album advertised on TV.
  • shoppingpenguin published 16/10/2010
    Good review.. Not a fan of hte music though
  • Expired-Account published 15/10/2010
    Great review but not my kind of music
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1 CD(s) - Rap, Hip Hop / Rap - Label: Parlophone - Distributor: EMI Operations/CEVA Logistics - Released: 04/10/2010 - 5099990651328, 5099991775627

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