Reader Comments for Michaela - Fixing Barbie

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Posted by Kai Music in Lewisham Baby @ 23:07 on Feb 8 2010

Hmmm Michaela posted this up on her twitter!
She's soaring and going places whether you get it or not...sounds like you didn't really try to anyway. The album is OFF THE CHAIN!!

Posted by Naomi in Barnwell @ 00:19 on Feb 7 2010

I've had Fixing Barbie for a week now; heard it on colourful radio, she's number 1 on the newcomers chart so I thought why not, and it's been on replay non stop! Glad I bought it before I saw this review because I think it's quite ignorant. This album has taken me to a place this last week...the whole album tells a story- it fits so well, and the moment I heard it I got it.
'Cue to Patois?'
I think the person that wrote this review lacks alot of understanding. You sound a lil snobby rather than critical. So I'm not saying reviews shouldnt be objective, but this one seems like they haven't given the album a chance at all. The album is BAADDD- in a good way!! My favourite track is Light Outside...
Making love sound confrontational? I kind of see where you're coming from; some people hear things and they are so unusual and complicated that our instinct is to switch off and reject (that's what I'm thinking you've done here). We fear the unknown don't some of us?
As someone who isn't a Christian, maybe I hear it differently...but this album has made me see the 'God' that christians/catholics rant on about in a much more real, powerful and truthful way. I've got alot of religious friends, and none have managed to make me see how personal an real God can be like this album has. Sorry I'm A Christian is also a good one

Posted by anon @ 01:32 on Jan 16 2010

Michaela talks about real issues in a real way, almost comparable to lilly allen in terms of the vocals in some of the songs, in others it is just free flowing poetry. I bought her album as she is definately original in her unique style, and lyrics. Her lyrics are refreshing, deep and thought provoking but not something you can fully digest on first hearing-well that's what i found! i think the comment about her ''accusing the world of giving her a bad time ''cos she's black'' is completely missing the point of her music. Her album is very mixed in terms of content and in the song refferred to she is commenting on the stereotypical portrayal of black individuals within the media ie many black actors are often hired to play negative roles within films/tv. An example of this is the point she makes about black people in British soap operas who are typically thugs, badies criminals, sidelined, or with awfully misinformed accents thus suggesting that all or most black people fall only within these very misguided stereotypes which is probably the same as saying all white females are like Vicky Pollard from Little Britain...which is riddiculous and has the potential to be very offensive.
But in the same songs she does also highlight that some black people also portray themselves like this on certain music videos for example. The overall point is that her songs point towards real God's love, acceptance, rejection, life, troubles, temptations etc all mixed in with her experience of life as a christian, (and not). it's not a simple album that just plays pretty music or has the right 'religious buzz words' but actually challenges the superficial...Barbie represents a superficial image of idealised beauty and perfection, Michaela challenges this ideal on all levels-- it's not for the faint-hearted lol:)

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