In all honesty, I haven't been a constant follower of Beverley Knight's career, but was very fond of some of the songs she released as singles, so when her greatest hits collection "Voice" came out, I rushed myself to buy a copy. Recently I had the chance to listen to it thoroughly, and here's what I think ….
"Shoulda Would Coulda" is easily one of my all time favorite songs, and the guitar playing in the beginning of the song makes it a winner all the way. Her cover of Robyn's "Keep This Fire Burning" is another stand-out, and dare I say, it's better than the original. Fans of Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins will also like the song because it sounds insanely similar to Brandy's "What About Us". Knight explores her rock-chick side on "Come As You Are", and surprisingly, that sound fits her like a glove. If you're into piano driven ballads, then check out the heartfelt "Who's Gonna Save Your Soul" and "Gold". The reggae influenced "Get Up" is not only catchy but has a strong message which asks us to stay true to ourselves no matter what! The anthem-like "Sista Sista" is my favorite song from the set with its haunting sound and deeply emotional content.
However, this album also suffers from a very bad track list: forgettable covers such as Chaka Khan's "Sweet Thing", Robbie Williams' "Angels", and 2 versions of "Made It Back". If Knight's label and management teams were wise enough, they could have replaced those tracks with joints such as the Michelle Escoffery penned "Till I See You" and the Soulshock & Karlin produced "Spin".
All in all, I'd ask you to download the songs mentioned from ITunes rather than buying a hard copy from the album. Don't get me wrong, Beverley has one of the strongest and best voices I've ever heard, and she could have easily been
Beverley Knight – The Voice (Monica Mania Tracklist):
Monica'z Rating (Original version tracklist) = = Average.
Monica'z Rating (Monica Mania Tracklist) = = Good.
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