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Album Review

The career path of X-Factor contestants used to be pretty simple. Record an album in a matter of weeks, half karaoke standards and half Westlife rejects, watch it sell by the bucketloads when it's released for Mother's Day, and then disappear back into obscurity before the next series begins. Since Leona Lewis bucked the trend by releasing the transatlantic success Spirit, Simon Cowell's protégées have been handled with far better care and have had much more time and money invested in them. No one has been given more time than Diana Vickers, whose debut album comes 18 months after she finished fourth in the 2008 competition, behind chart-toppers Alexandra Burke and JLS, and the more forgettable Eoghan Quigg. From her opening audition, where she performed Damien Rice's "The Whistle Blower's Daughter," it was clear from the start that the Blackburn singer was a little edgier than other contestants. So it's no surprise to see that Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree features tracks written by the likes of Nerina Pallot, Ellie Goulding, and Lightspeed Champion, rather than the ubiquitous Red One or Ryan Tedder. But despite its indie credentials, Songs is still essentially a straightforward pop/rock album. Indeed, opening number "Once," a recent Cathy Dennis-penned number one, and second single "The Boy Who Murdered Love" certainly wouldn't have sounded out of place on the last Kelly Clarkson album. Elsewhere, "Me and You" and "Numb" are the kind of piano-led reflective ballads that soundtrack the closing scenes of most U.S. teen dramas, while the swirling violins and soft rock chorus of "Notice" echoes Talk on Corners-era Corrs. But there are times when Vickers, particularly on the folky electronica of "Chasing You" and "Hit" and the synth-heavy "My Hip," proves she can be just as convincing when tackling more adventurous material. Thankfully, her self-consciously kooky vocals have been toned down since her X-Factor beginnings, her icy and breathy tones now recalling a young Sarah McLachlan rather than a poor Shakira impersonator. Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree may not be as alternative as its songwriting credits suggest, but there's enough potential to suggest that the early Kate Bush/Tori Amos comparisons may not be so wide of the mark in the future. ~ Jon O'Brien, Rovi

Customer Reviews

The Real Winner.

From Diana's first X Factor audition, I knew she was going to be a star. Whilst supporting her throughout the auditions, bootcamps, and eventually the live shows, I was heartbroken when she eliminated. I tried to convert most of my friends to become fans, but with 99% of the time having no luck.
Having followed her websites and blogs for the best part of 2 years, I was exstatic to hear the news that her first single and album had been planned! When the premiere came, I linked all my mates up, and surprise surprise, they loved it! Signs of a superstar!
The album has everything that any X Factor winner hopes to achieve: killer hooks, stunning lyrics, and a voice that towers of anything that has come before her. Stand out tracks include the obvious "Once", with the prospect of her 2nd single being "The Boy Who Murdered Love", fame will stay with Miss Vickers for a while yet. My personal favourite off the album so far would be "Put It Back Together", a beautifully written song that captivates you right until the end, and then has you rewind to start again. Saying this, I can see that I will absolutely go through a phase of loving every song equally as much at some point.
Many describe her as being like marmite, but I hope the British public start to see her as the bread and butter of music sometime soon.

Well done Blackburn loves you

great album , amazing tracks really has to be the album of the year, homegirl done really good xoxoxox


stayed up all night waiting for this album, it's beautiful! i love every single song, just wow.

get this album to number one! :)


Born: 30 July 1991 in Blackburn, Lancashire, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

At the age of 16, Diana Vickers managed to make herself a musical icon in the U.K. thanks to her appearance in the fifth season of the X-Factor competition in 2008. Vickers sailed through the early rounds of the competition with a voice that judge Simon Cowell compared to Marmite, noting that people would either love it or hate it. The former turned out to be true as Vickers made it through eight rounds of live shows without ever falling into the bottom group; in one week she was given a bye from...
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Songs from the Tainted Cherry Tree, Diana Vickers
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  • £5.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Dance, Rock
  • Released: 30 April 2010

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