Shawn McDonald - Simply Nothing

Wednesday 1st December 2004
Shawn McDonald - Simply Nothing
Shawn McDonald - Simply Nothing

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STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 10806-9944
LABEL: Sparrow SPD96869R
FORMAT: CD Album
RELEASE DATE: 2004-09-03
PRICE: £9.97 RRP £12.99

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Reviewed by Sue Rann

This doesn't sound like a debut! Shawn McDonald melds effortlessly between singing and rapping like an un-vocoded Craig David, or a slightly more gravelly Bedingfield (Daniel, not Natasha!). The setup here is acoustic guitar and one voice, backing is subtle but interesting, and the production style and electronic touches along with the light soul/hip-hop edge give the whole thing real crossover appeal. "Gravity" was released in the US as a single and it's the most instantly grabbing track here. Lyrics throughout are thoughtful and open. Shawn McDonald is not just good to listen to; he's worth listening to.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. Take My Hand [Listen]
2. Gravity [Listen]
3. Hold On [Listen]
4. Simply Nothing [Listen]
5. Beautiful [Listen]
6. Don't Walk Away [Listen]
7. All I Need [Listen]
8. Take This Life [Listen]
9. Have You Ever [Listen]
10. Here I Am [Listen]
11. Yahweh [Listen]
12. Open Me [Listen]

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Product Description
This album is one of the EMI 'Re:Commended' series, selected in association with Cross Rhythms. Get the sampler CD for just 1.99 with a track from each album!

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