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Album Review

The young Belgian singer Kate Ryan is being marketed as a slice of generic trance-diva cheesecake (this package contains no fewer than 12 separate photos of her in various states of undress), but she is in fact a woman of considerable talent who sings with power and authority and who writes much of her own music. As a lyricist, she's quite a bit more convincing in her native French than in English (sample couplet: "Our love was stronger than the wind of time/Could hold you longer till the day I die"), but the music itself is really quite good. At its worst ("Another Day in Paradise," "Scream and Shout"), Stronger offers blandly professional club anthems that are more or less indistinguishable from any others you're likely to hear in a European dancehall. At its best ("Start Me Up," the extended mix of her cover of Cock Robin's "Promise You Made"), it takes run-of-the-mill beats and spices them up with surprisingly elegant melodies and nicely textured arrangements. And on the two songs that she sings in French ("Libertine," "Je Lance un Appel"), everything comes together especially nicely. Recommended.

Customer Reviews

A Good Effort

This isn't my favorite album of Kate Ryan, but there are a few catchy songs that are definitely iPod worthy...the best being Je Lance Un Appel, as well as Only If I and Start Me Up

Biography

Born: July 22, 1980

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Belgian-born singer/songwriter Kate Ryan was a multi-instrumentalist by the age of eight and a full-fledged performer by the time she was in her mid-teens. Approached by a manager at the age of 16, she joined the soft rock/pop group Melt. She spent two years with the band, eventually leaving to pursue a career as a solo artist. Her first single, a cover of Mylene Farmer's "Desenchantee'," went platinum in Belgium and topped the European charts for months, a...
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