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Brand New Day

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Album Review

Simply put, Ricki-Lee Coulter is a phenomenal vocalist. We saw it all throughout her run on Australian Idol, we saw it while she was a member of Australian sensation pop quartet the Young Divas, and we certainly saw it on her self-titled debut album, which was packed with mainstream tunes of strong vocals with slick R&B blends. Therefore, Ricki-Lee's obvious goal on her album would be to prove she's more than a stunning voice, and that she can be a bona-fide artist, correct? Wrong. At a first, cursory listen, Brand New Day is a terrific collection of disco-influenced jams and upbeat dance tracks. This is quite a nice change considering Coulter's other recorded material is heavy and dulled. Yet, on Brand New Day, the music is purebred joyful pop music, something that is rare in an era of guest rappers and computers. Highlights include the slow-burning yet fiery "Real Good Time," which bears resemblance to Joss Stone's most recent work Introducing Joss Stone, and "Love Is All Around," an infectious dance track which relies on influences from the '70s that highlight Ricki-Lee's summery bombing vocals. The album, at its catchiest, is embodied by "Can't Sing a Different Song." Toxic and sparking, Ricki-Lee flourishes on the album's classy radio-friendly tracks. "Brand New Day" is an empowering midtempo, passion-packed love tune, something you would find on a Natasha Bedingfield album. Yet there are some catches. Ricki-Lee never ceases to impress; yet at times, she over-sings, her vocals push shouting and overdramatic. Secondly, while Brand New Day is a new, breezy look at Ricki-Lee's career, it solely reenforces Ricki-Lee's ability to sing. She has only a few songwriting credits, and while she is a terrific vocalist, it's hard to see past her voice because the songs have no true emotional depth. Brand New Day is a strong album, and it certainly "brands" Coulter in an airy-pop setting, yet it's nothing "new" as far as Ricki-Lee goes as an artist. Musically, Coulter has expanded, yet artistically, she is still limited. Ricki-Lee has certainly proven that she can sing. We get it. Now, let's see if she can take it to the next level.

Customer Reviews

Awesome Songs

1.Can't Sing a Different Song - 10/10 - really upbeat 2.Brand New Day - 10/10 - Catchy 3.Melody of Life - 8/10 - my least fav 4.Love Is All Around 10/10 - MY FAV! 5.Real Good Time - 9/10 - Nice Tropical song 6.Can't Touch It - 10/10 - So Catchy 7.Take Me to a place - 9/10 - good music 8.Alone No More - 10/10 - really good 9.Clouds - 10/10 - one of my other favs 10.World Go By - 8/10 - nice 11.It's Just Life - 9/10 - like it alot 12.I Appreciate You - 10/10 - Good ballad

Has H-I-T written all over it!

Ricki-Lee comes up trumps post-Young Divas with an excellent, extremely radio-friendly record. She wears her musical influences on her sleeve with this derivative and familiar sounding Lite-Soul/R&B/Dance/Pop album. Executing songs with fantastic sassy vocals (right up there with Beyonce and Christina), Ricki-Lee serves up a platter of chart-ready confection that echoes Motown, 90s R&B girl groups, Janet Jackson and throws in a splash of mock-reggae, hot club thumpers and noughties bootyshakers. The cuts are well-produced, a pleasure to listen to and worthy of an international release (even the packaging reflects this with the Kylie-esque cover shot). Play the entire album as most songs are potential hits and difficult to single out. Well done!

What an amazing album!!

I LOVED this album when i first heard it.. and as i hear it more and more, it seems to just keep GROWING on me more and more (if that's possible)! Well done Ricki-Lee!!

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Ricki-Lee Coulter was born on November 11, 1985 in Australia. After a brief foray into an athletic lifestyle, she was forced to find a new passion after a leg injury. Shortly thereafter, her mother discovered that Ricki-Lee had a phenomenal voice, and from the age of 15, she was a participant in musical theater, performing in productions of Hair, Cats, Rent, Miss Saigon, and many more. In 2004, she auditioned for the second season of Channel Ten's Australian Idol, a spinoff of the Idol franchise....
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