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A Little Deeper

Ms. Dynamite

2002

A Little Deeper
Album Summary

A Little Deeper is the debut studio album by English singer and rapper Ms. Dynamite. It was released on 10 June 2002 by Polydor Records. The album won the Mercury Prize in 2002. As of September 2011, it had sold 495,000 copies in the United Kingdom.

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2.8

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Mon Jul 24 2023
3

It's hard to get a grasp on an album that you've never heard by an artist you don't know. Listening to A Little Deeper by Ms. Dynamite in 2023 you're not hearing too much originality or something that merits inclusion on a list of 'Albums you must hear'. When a record that barely had any traction when it was released and who's global stats only show a bump in the UK compared to a flat reception outside, you get a good look at the biases the author(s) of this book have for subpar UK performers regurgitating more popular artists who's only crime appear to not be based in the UK. 3/5.

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Sat Jul 29 2023
1

I guarantee this is some English rapper no one has heard of outside the UK, and that it's unironically shallow as fuck. There's a song called "afraid 2 fly" ahahaha oh fuck off you hack. Update: was exactly as expected. Zero depth, lyrics hilariously cheap. Only actual content on its wiki entry is "included in this shitty book". Not quite as bad as MIA, but still a whopping 1/5.

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Fri Oct 13 2023
4

Quality debut album by a clear talent. A little different take with a female rapper with a different sensibility and sound. Multiple tracks with quality grooves and beats, combined with clever arrangements that include instrumental fills with more traditional pop piano and guitar sounds.

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Thu Nov 16 2023
4

I was surprised at how much I liked this. I was preparing for a reasonably generic early 2000s RnB and/or hip hop album (and there are, admittedly, a few tracks like that on the back half of the album). But it was more meldoic and catchy than I was expecting. A review I read described Ms Dynamite as a cross between Lauryn Hill and Nelly Furtado, and well hey, I'm down with that. I liked her voice (which is indeed reminiscent of Lauryn Hill and Nelly Furtado), with a pleasant reggae-tinged inflection, from her UK background, I'm assuming. There were a bunch of songs on the front half of the album that I found compelling and memorable (Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Put Him Out, It Takes More, Sick'n'tired, Afraid to Fly). The production, mostly by Salaam Remi, is funky and warm, with great deployment of samples and acoustic instruments. It made sense when I read that he had worked on The Score by the Fugees and Amy Winehouse's Back in Black. This was a really pleasant surprise, and album I would totally listen to again. I reckon if this was trimmed to a punchy 45 minutes, it would be 4 stars, but there is a little bit of filler on the back end of the record. So, 3.5 stars, rounding up.

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Sat Jul 15 2023
3

But not too deep. Ms. Dynamite raps consistently over a variety of textures, and the album has the topographic variation of a good painting. That is, moving micro-shadows are thrown on the thinnest areas, vulnerable to the scrape of lyrical mining. While small for the length, I maintain my reaction to "message" albums.

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Mon Jul 31 2023
3

Not sure why this has so much hate on this site. It’s standard R&B and probably shouldn’t be on the list but it has a pretty pleasant sound. 6/10

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Thu Oct 05 2023
2

In 2003 it probably made perfect sense to include Ms. Dynamite on a list like this - she was massive for about a year. Now, not so much. I enjoy the sassy, streetwise bops (Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, It Takes More, a few others) plenty. But unfortunately these are outnumbered by neo-soul snoozers and slightly insipid R&B tracks - the type of music I've always struggled to like, basically. 2.5 stars

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Thu Dec 14 2023
3

Ms Dynamite flashed so brightly and then disappeared without a trace. Well meaning, socially conscious, sometimes engaging but the album not consistent enough and for every track with inspiring lyrical content such as It Takes More there’s a routine track like Anyway U Want It.

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Tue Oct 24 2023
2

An album that seemed to be incredibly well-received on release, but has not been remembered over time. Ms. Dynamite seemed to be championed as the next big artist for hip hop and neo-soul, riding in on the backs of Missy Elliott, Lauryn Hill, and Erykah Badu. Instead, it seems like her work pales in comparison to her contemporaries, and barely impacts like recent artists SZA, Noname, or Lianne La Havas. I can't hate too much but it's encompassing the 2000s bass-heavy style of hip hop production that feels dated. It's especially true when it feels like Ms. Dynamite is pulling punches. More than anything, this kind of production deserves bombastic, in-your-face delivery that sticks with you. When it's go big or go home, Ms. Dynamite does not go big.

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Mon Jan 29 2024
2

I found this to be kind of pedestrian and of its time, but it wasn’t a bad record.

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Wed Jul 26 2023
1

Die Einbeziehung dieses und ähnlicher, bestenfalls generischer Machwerke in diese Liste macht mich physisch aggressiv. „Das hat man ja so noch NIE von einer Frau gerappt gehört.“ /s

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Tue Jul 18 2023
5

Instant 5 a real sleeper hit. The funny thing was when this came out I knew her as a presenter on a stupid "street" late night garage show on channel 4. Then this album came out and it was so far ahead of the childish bands she was presenting on. Later found out that she's celebrated poet Akala's sister and it shows as the deepness and reality is so far above the usual stuff which is put out. Loved this album for 20 years.

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Thu Nov 16 2023
5

Lifted my mood. so fun, great , great , great and a surprise. voice, style, grooves and a perfect antidote to the grim R&B out there... and some nice blood diamond references to keep it real.

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Mon Nov 27 2023
5

album full of bangers, that left me wanting more

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Wed Feb 14 2024
5

Beautiful voice, beautiful attitude. Did tail off in the second half, but it gets a nostalgia star.

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Fri Mar 01 2024
5

This album didn't rock my world but I enjoyed it enough to listen to it again back to back.

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Thu Mar 07 2024
5

Estou apaixonado pela voz dela

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Thu Mar 14 2024
5

Classy, catchy, tasty. This is everything I wish hip hop was today. A positive message that isn’t about money, drugs, and sex. Throughly enjoyed this album. 9/10

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Sat Jul 15 2023
4

Okay I actually really liked this. She's no Lauryn Hill and I don't know how she earned a spot in this book but I really liked her vibe.

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Wed Jul 19 2023
4

I liked this album, the last few (except the last) songs were not as good as the first few, but overall its a good vibe and she has a good voice. i liked "natural high" and "dy-na-mi-tee" and "put him out" the most

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Fri Aug 11 2023
4

good hip-hop album! Curse words in the lyrics.

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Sat Aug 12 2023
4

Really cool and solid but feels a little stylistically late

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Sun Aug 13 2023
4

I remember loving the main singles from this at the time, and happily, I still do. The rest of the album is a showcase for the breadth of Ms Dynamites talents, from R and B crooning to toasting to full bore MC she is great across the board. Perhaps a little over full, 12 rather than 15 tracks and this would be a perfect album.

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Fri Aug 18 2023
4

Modern soul. I like the vibe. I enjoyed the pop numbers, too. It's quite cheesy overall, but I like it. I wonder why she stopped releasing music.

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Fri Aug 18 2023
4

Loved this at the time and still has sone right gems in there.

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Sun Aug 20 2023
4

Pretty good! A few songs here I knew, and a few more I discovered and enjoyed. Some of the songs were a bit forgettable, and generally this album feels dated - it could only be early 00s. I like the beats and flows of a lot of these tracks though, it's definitely one of the better 00s R&B albums I've heard. Couldn't help but vibe to this. Favourite: Dy-Na-Mi-Tee

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Fri Aug 25 2023
4

All this UK hip hop is new to me. Thos was very good, both the lyrics and delivery.

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Fri Sep 15 2023
4

Awesome album that shows not every one of the UK artist/albums on this list is boring or stale. Some...are Dynamite. Also would be curious what made the powers that be add this one to the list. The little entry doesn't really show that it was popular beyond winning a prize. I'm happy it's on here but would be interested in some backstory. Maybe she paved the way for rappers like Lil Simz. Either way, this made up for the last week and a half.

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Fri Sep 29 2023
4

BL: Never heard of Ms. Dynamite, but seeing she's a UK female rapper from the early 2000s I'm expecting something akin to the works of Shystie, and if it is so, I'm sure I'll enjoy it a lot. AL: I liked this more than I already expected, which was good as my expectations were already high. While I thought the second half of this album was not as impactful as the first, the use of socially conscious lyrics, juxtaposed with the daily life of a girl growing up in this environment is incredibly powerful, and offers a great alternative perspective (especially for the time), when it was an incredibly misogynistic and male dominated industry. The second half did not deliver the same highs as the first half but kept pretty consistent the whole way through. The production was also exceptional throughout the entire record, the beats were the perfect mix of instrumentation and technology. Would recommend this album just for the production FT: "Dy-Na-Mi-Tee", "Put Him Out", "It Takes More (Bloodshy Main Mix)", "A Lil Deeper / Get Up Stand Up" 4/5

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Sun Oct 01 2023
4

R&B, british soul. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Sun Oct 01 2023
4

Ms Dynamite emerged from the UK Garage scene, but she didn’t have the same global success as Craig David. It’s a decent British R&B album. I really liked it.

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Tue Oct 03 2023
4

It's rather good - you could even say it paved the way for some similar artists but it's 10 minutes too long.

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Sat Oct 07 2023
4

Solid stuff, first few tracks are great. I heard a ukelele band cover of the ms dynamite track before, this was my first time listening to the real track..

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Thu Oct 12 2023
4

It’s hard for me to rate R&B, since I’m not a fan, but in this case the hit is definitely catchy as is ‘It takes more”, with its clever lyrics, plus there’s just the right amount of rap (from Miss D and guests) to keep it interesting. 7 out of 10 for me.

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Thu Oct 12 2023
4

Dinamitee had interesting beats and flowed quite nicely. I also like Put Him Out and It Takes More which have which have a dancehall flavour. The album settles down into a lot of soul oriented sounds which were far less interesting. So I really liked some of it and found some of it boring. Hmmm. I’m in a good mood so will round up.

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Fri Nov 03 2023
4

I enjoyed this more than I expected. It’s not terribly transformative, but the beats work and the context of the music is solid.

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Mon Nov 20 2023
4

Ms Dynamite is underrated. I'm not planning on listening to this album again any time soon, but if I do, it won't be a problem.

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Thu Nov 23 2023
4

Surprised at the style diversity and how much I enjoyed this album

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Wed Nov 29 2023
4

"A Little Deeper" is the debut studio album by English singer and rapper Ms. Dynamite (Niomi Arleen McLean-Daley). Reggae, R&B and British soul are the musical genres. Multiple producers employed including Bloodshy & Avant, Keon Bryce, "Lose J" Dyer, Punch and Salaam "The Chameleon" Remi. This album won the 2002 UK Mercury Prize and commercially hit #10 in the UK. Weird noises and a deep bass open the album in "Natural High (Interlude)." Ms. Dynamite rapping an anti-drug message and music is what gets her high. Bells and a slow hip hop beat start "Dy-Na-Mi-Tee." R&B and a soulful vibe. It's about her growing up and she's going to blow-up up your stereo. A Santana-esque guitar begins "Put Him Out." Catchy hip hop beats, female backing vocals and weird synth sounds. Dynamite telling her girlfriend to push out her boyfriend who doesn't treat her right. Ominous keys and a melody taken from the 1934 Italian song "Chitarra Romana" drive "It Takes More." She continues the badgering men theme as she's telling off a braggert and bullying man. A song with a great synth melody is "Afraid 2 Fly." Harp sounds. Uplifting as she's not afraid to fly. Ky-Mani Marley joins Dynamite in the duet of sorts "Seed Will Grow." A deep bass, sparse synth keys and slow beats. Horns added. The girl is trapped in poverty and a drug-addled world. The albums closes with "Get Up Stand Up." A hip hop-R&B-reggae fusion? I couldn't tell if this was a cover of the Sly song or not; it's quite a bit different. Ending in a positive way that you need to get up, stand up and make a change. This album was pretty chill. Hip hop beats and soulful/R&B melodies. Dynamite raps and sings in a very soulful way. She reminded me a lot of Lauryn Hill. There's an overarching theme that's she's going to succeed no matter what obstacles are in front of her (men, family, drug culture). Nice production. This is a very decent album. It's a little long at 61 minutes (CD era); the album could have been trimmed a bit but most people will find something to like here.

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Wed Nov 29 2023
4

Natural High (Interlude)- 3.8/5 Dy-Na-Mi-Tee-4/5 Anyway U Want It- 3.9/5 Put Him Out- 4.2/5 Brother- 4.3/5 It Takes More (Bloodshy Main Mix)- 4.5/5 Sick 'n' Tired- 4.4/5 Afraid 2 Fly- 4.2/5 Watch Over Them- 4.5/5 Seed Will Grow- 4.5/5 Krazy Krush- 4.7/5 Now U Want My Love- 4.7/5 Gotta Let U Know- 4.6/5 All I Ever- 4.4/5 Little Deeper- 3.9/5 Total- 4.3/5

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Mon Dec 04 2023
4

Wonderfully evocative of a 90s London I never experienced, and a 00s uk I did - plus features both a song about and a guest vocal from Akala - one of my favourite artists. And she's 1/2 scottish!

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Thu Dec 21 2023
4

The lyrics strike a balance between self-assertiveness and a positive message promoting community. The sound is also good, I think.

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Mon Jan 01 2024
4

When I seen the title, my eyes rolled, I said, "no".... Ok, I should have given it a chance. When It started I though, "hey, this isn't half bad." By the third time through the album I was liking it. Still not my go-to genre, but it was very good. Standouts: Dy-na-mi-tee, Put Him Out, It Takes More, Brother,

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Wed Jan 10 2024
4

R&B, british soul. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Fri Jan 19 2024
4

Very solidly enjoyable album. Went in only knowing her self titled track which was still the highlight but enjoyed the rest and would listen again.

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Sat Jan 20 2024
4

The influence of Lauryn Hill is clear but it's an influence, not an imitation and the distinction is important. Dynamite is still doing her own thing here and I, for one, am here for it. The lyrics are smart, the delivery is crisp, and the attitude is sharp. I mean, "Sick 'n' Tired" is just fire from start to finish. So strong. I enjoyed the hell out of the album as a whole but there were a few dull spots that kept it from being a solid 5. Real strong 4-star album, though.

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Mon Jan 22 2024
4

I think of all the 90s/00s female hip hop I’ve gotten this and Lauryn hill stand as the only two that really grabbed me. This was like a mix of missy elliott and Amy winehouse with a dash of destiny’s child and it made for quite a few banging tracks with a lot of great lyrics. The second half isn’t as great except for the last song but dynamitee and any way u want it were the standouts of the first half

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Sun Jan 28 2024
4

Festivale des dévergondées aujourd'hui, et on en redemande.

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Sun Jan 28 2024
4

J'ai bien aimé, merci Robert. J'espère qu'on pourra rester en bons termes après la fin du générateur.

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Wed Feb 07 2024
4

I really like how she uses so much of the album to talk about what's going on in her life. Some songs are catchier than others, I ended up adding a couple of them to my main playlist, which means it's a 4!

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Mon Feb 12 2024
4

Way better than I expected our third British hip hop album to be. I liked the blend of R&B included here and it reminded me of Alicia Keys/Jazmine Sullivan in that sense. This album was far too long in my opinion though and I was really ready for it to end.

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Mon Feb 12 2024
4

Not someone I have ever heard referenced before, but I quite liked the sound. The lyrics were fine and the message is good, even if it is handled un-subtly. Favorite track would probably be "Seed Will Grow."

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Thu Feb 29 2024
4

This album feels like the hip hop version of some 90s R&B. I like it a lot. Krazy Krush is great. Almost a 5.

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Thu Feb 29 2024
4

C'était vraiment du bon hip-hop, les choix de productions étaient vraiment intéressants et rafraichissant, surtout pour l'époque. C'est un peu surprenant que ça n'a pas plus passé l'épreuve du temps. Ma principale critique est que je trouve que ça ressemblait vraiment beaucoup à Miss Lauryn Hill (comme plusieurs personnes ici on dirait). À réécouter. 7.5/10

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Wed Mar 13 2024
4

This gave off some Santigold vibes the first song or so in. I enjoyed the personal and political commentary on overcoming personal circumstances while simultaneously tackling oppression.

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Wed Mar 20 2024
4

Strong and smooth, hip-hop inflected R&B , with a couple way winning cuts – "Sick and Tired" and "Seed to Grow" chief among them. Whole lotta Lauryn vibes, entirely in a good way.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
4

8/10 pretty great rap album! lots to love

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Fri Jul 14 2023
3

не люблю рнб + не люблю когда занижают, но есть лёгкая ностальгия по нулевым = слушать всё равно больше не буду

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Mon Jul 17 2023
3

Already feels a little dated. Dynamite Te Hee is a top tune though

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Wed Jul 26 2023
3

Not as good as Little Miss Dynamite, a 70 year old woman who tweaks around the pubs of the Isle of Man every weekend.

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Wed Jul 26 2023
3

where the hell did she disappear to? she was the biggest thing since SHACKs birth when she was around. I was going to give credit for winning the mercury music prize but then i saw that the fucking Klaxxons won it so it's clearly a piss take prize if those spastics won it. anyway, this album was way better than i expected from an early 2000s urban artist. you expect some sort of 'Boots with the fuuurrrrrr' bullshit but there was more to this.

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Thu Jul 27 2023
3

It’s alright. But it could have been better.

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Mon Jul 31 2023
3

6/10. Had some high points, always fun to hear albums that are critical of their genre, and the lows in between the high points didn't drag

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Fri Aug 04 2023
3

Upon first glance, one could sense a little bit of a hip-hop/R&B hybrid from a Brit that could either hit or miss and it is largely a hit-laden affair, made up of empowerment anthems, humblebrag posturing, reprimands of those who want to promote sex and violence as opposed to safety from and acknowledgement of illnesses and so on. All in all, it's not hard to see why this made an impact in Ms. Dynamite's home country (winning the Mercury Prize) whilst barely making a dent in the States (themes that hardly relate to the marketplace) yet it doesn't diminish the album's quality over twenty years on. Favorites: Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Anyway U Want It, Put Him Out, Brother, It Takes More, Sick 'n' Tired, Krazy Krush, Gotta Let U Know, A Little Deeper, Danger.

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Fri Aug 04 2023
3

File under : The good hip hop

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Sun Aug 06 2023
3

Actually I liked it! Event though rap is not my favorite style

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Mon Aug 07 2023
3

Overall has a nice early 2000s vibe, but some songs are a bit forgettable (especially around the middle of the album) Favourite tracks: Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Anyway U Want It, All I Ever

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Tue Aug 15 2023
3

I always kind of dread R&B albums from the 90s through late 00s, it seems like every single one is padded out and stretched to over an hour. Just a personal complaint. Overall this album is fine, it's not really my cup of tea and I didn't feel like there were any significant standouts. It makes sense to include it on this list since it won the Mercury Prize, but now that I can say I've heard this before I die, I don't think I'll return to listen again.

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Tue Aug 15 2023
3

Decent album and a nice throw back with that one hit of hers but other than that, not sure why this is on here

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Tue Aug 15 2023
3

Decent but too many of these bland RnB albums.

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Thu Aug 17 2023
3

Standaard zeroes zangeres-pop. Nauwelijks uitschieters, maar het luistert aardig weg. Een uur is wel meer dan genoeg.

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Thu Aug 17 2023
3

Ach ja, deze dame luistert wel aardig weg. Beatje eronder, hier en daar een krachtterm, maar we hebben wel erger gehoord.

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Thu Aug 17 2023
3

Its fine, there are better artist out there and this album is a bit bi-polar in places where she goes gangster and then tries to be soulful, it's not bad, but its very British and I can see it not appealing to a wider audience, its a 3 because if I ever wanted to listen to this style but more rap then lil simz exists but if I want more mellow then Alicia Keys exists

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Sat Aug 19 2023
3

Never heard of this before. She is new to me. Standouts: It Takes More, Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, Put Him Out. Good. 3/5

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Sun Aug 20 2023
3

I was not familiar with this artist or any of the songs. The album was good overall. I would listen to it again.

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Tue Aug 22 2023
3

21st August 2023 Listened during the day! Whoop! Went in to Stroud mat and saw Tess, then home and chill. Had Dusty for a crying hour. Liked this more than I thought, there’s the one classic then she adds weight by discussing women’s sexual rights and racism in history.

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Wed Aug 23 2023
3

Didn’t really blow me away but found it farely pleasant she’s a great singer and good rapper

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Thu Aug 24 2023
3

This album wasn't what I expected. I thought it was going to be more hip hop forward but it was much more rooted in R&B and soul with a healthy amount of Reggae/dancehall Afro-Carribean influences. What struck me the most about this album was its strong feminist messages, especially telling women that they have worth outside of a relationship. It was refreshing to hear especially during the early 2000s. The lyrics were also socially conscious focusing on race and poverty. The album was ultimately too long though it was really good in parts.

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Thu Aug 24 2023
3

Album 145 of 1001 Ms. Dynamite - A Little Deeper Rating : 3 / 5 Favorite Track : Sick 'n' Tired I need to stop with these snap judgements I make immediately after seeing what my album of the day is. I mean...UK Hip Hop. Was fully prepared to be disappointed but was so wrong. While this still isn't a preferred genre, this was a fine listen.

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Mon Sep 04 2023
3

I had not heard of the artist or heard any of her music, and I think this is a solid album. She blends together very nicely a few styles and approaches, and her vocals are fantastic. Her songs have a richness and complexity to them that draws me in. Very good stuff here.

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Fri Sep 15 2023
3

Never heard of this artist. I love hip hop, and usually love British rap, but this one didn't do much for me. Granted, it's musically sound (pardon the pun), but it just lacked punch. Not all of it lacked punch though, as there were a few standouts. But unfortunately it just made me wish for albums from other rappers. Not sure what is so noteworthy about this project. I can't say it's bad but yeah, just alright. Favorite tracks: Dy-Na-Mi-Tee, A Lil Deeper. Album art: For the original British cover, she's sitting like a tough guy on a chair on some industrial trash island. The US release has a different cover, with her squatting in a little thing on a wall, a dumbwaiter? I don't know. I think I prefer the US version for the framing, but neither is all that great. 3/5

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Fri Sep 15 2023
3

90s accessible-ish R&B. Not a whole lot of interest for me, it's fine for what it is.

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Fri Sep 15 2023
3

Strikes me as perfectly fine 90's / early 00's R&B. I really liked "Dy-Na-Mi-Tee" but nothing else really stuck out.

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