The near 2 years that Diana Vickers disappeared from the media public created a doubt, whether she would be actually venturing in the pop music world. Well, a lot of things happened really. Eoghan flopped and was dropped from his label (*chuckles*), JLS soared with two number 1 singles and Burkey’s career was on a so-so since ‘Bad Boys’ topped the singles charts and her album went #1. The big question was, how in the world the Blackburn teenager will present herself in the entertainment world? Her debut single, ‘Once’ became a proof of a warm welcome as it soared to #1 in the UK singles charts just this Sunday. Now the question is, will her debut offering, ‘Songs From The Tainted Cherry Tree’ pay off and sell like hotcakes? That’s a question we’ll have to figure out soon.
D.Vix as I like to call her, obviously had something up in her sleeves as her debut LP sports massive production and song-writing collaborations. From Ellie Goulding to Guy Sigsworth – it’s an album full of surprises as we hear the Blackburn singer’s initial offering which led almost 2 years in the making. And if you’re wondering if the album is great, Yes. It’s verging on greatness.
The LP opened with the current single ‘Once’ which is a rock-driven pop song that celebrates Vickers’ appeal to be something relevant yet still unique. She obviously can take down that lane where Girls Aloud or the Sugababes went but she decides to give ‘Once’ that feeling yet still sound like her. Surprisingly, as we all have thought – her album might go into the alternative, mellow-pop lane she’d showered us during her X Factor days but during the course of the LP, Vickers’ delivered slick, massively pop sounding tracks that captures her relevance as a teenager yet being an artist of her own.
Vickers’ tries to be as relevant as she possibly can with tunes like ‘Remake Me & You’, ‘The Boy Who Murdered Love’, ‘My Hip’ and ‘Hit’ which are all posing influences from sounds of the 80’s and 90’s. The upbeat numbers never failed to imply what Vickers wanted to be perceived. These tracks are absolutely in line as potential singles and can in a jiffy give her a ‘national treasure’ status as the Brits call it.
With Vickers pulling off the pop/rock genre, there’s no doubt this lass can bring home the bacon with the melodramatic pop she can offer. ‘Four Leaf Clover’, the tear-jerker track that was outshined by the acoustic version she performed in her single’s EP, ‘N.U.M.B’ which carries a strong emotion through its piano-driven undercurrents as a wistful track about being empty and ‘Notice’ which puts her quirkiness aside and depicts Vickers as a girl who wants to be loved by a man.
Although throughout the course of the debut Vickers went from a strong start to a stronger middle but of course nothing’s quite perfect as she saved the weakest tracks for last. The album ended in a not so much interesting note with ‘Chasing You’ which is a bit off-key from the other tracks of the LP. In the end, Diana obviously had placed much of her effort in her first album – it’s sort of an introductory piece she wanted us to taste as she possesses a ginormous amount of sheer potential as an artist which only a few pop singers of her age has.
RELEASED: May 3, 2010 (UK), April 30, 2010 (Ireland)
LABEL: RCA Music UK
DOWNLOAD THIS: ‘Once’, ‘The Boy Who Murdered Love’, ‘Four Leaf Clover’, ‘N.U.M.B’