Greatest Hits - Craig David Album Review

Craig David
Craig David

Album Review

The English R&B singer-songwriter Craig David released his Greatest Hits collection earlier this week.

The album contains many of Davids biggest hits right through from his garage days to his smooth soul singer look with a couple of brand news tracks added in for an extra bonus. Whilst the album serves as a reminder that David is a talented artist, it also highlights the fact that he is unsure of which way to direct his stuttering career.

It was his first album Born To Do It that catapulted David from being a vocalist on garage records to being a music star. After becoming the youngest ever solo male artist to reach the top of the UK charts, with his single Fill Me In, he enjoyed further success with 7 Days and Walking Away both in the UK and the United States.

However his second album entitled Slicker Than Your Average fared overall less well, only peaking at number four in the UK album charts. Additionally it was clear that David had hit a crossroads and was unsure which direction to take musically. With the upbeat track Whats Your Flava? being juxtaposed with a melodic duet with Sting, David was seemingly moving away from his garage roots with another audience preferred.

Releasing two further albums, The Story Goes... and Trust Me, David remained in the spotlight though the records arguably lacked the originality that his earlier success confidently possessed.

The Greatest Hits album collects the best tracks from all four of his studio albums culminating in a great record, a necessity for a greatest hits compilation. There is no doubt this CD would make a great Christmas present for a Craig David fan or any music lover who appreciates the talent of this Southampton born artist.

The only disappointing fact remains that after his success at such an early age, even his new image fails to project him to the top of the charts where he should be finding himself. Much maligned for his lyrics, David is an underrated talent who needs to recapture the style and grace that his first tracks held. The new tracks that the album plays home to miserably fail to live up to the classics they are positioned next to.

At just 27 years old, hopefully the decision to release a greatest hits album will not beckon the end of a career but merely propel David back into the limelight. The slick, sleek, soul star is undoubtedly talented and has diversity amongst his songs that few fellow artists are capable of possessing. With a good comeback track, soon Craig David could be back at number one but at least he is used to the Rise and Fall of a superstar.

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