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Lily Allen - Littlest Things

Rating ***

LILY has carved a reputation for saying exactly what she thinks, and Littlest Things is no exception. While it's the only love song she has ever written, with a lilting piano melody, the lyrics "When I discovered all your dirty grotty magazines, You take me out shopping and all we'd buy is trainers" bring a touch of 21stcentury reality.

Scott Matthews - Dream Song

Rating **

SCOTT might have slipped under the radar in the pantheon of singer-songwriters currently doing the rounds, but this song will hopefully change all that. Scott's compelling voice is just the start. This initial song seems to drift along, but it takes you to a killer pay-off harmony you won't be able to get out of your head.

Gwen Stefani - Wind It Up

Rating *

AFTER producing magnificent pop songs such as What You Waiting For?, new single Wind It Up is a shocking comeback. Sampling The Sound Of Music's Lonely Goatherd for no discernible reason, Gwen's latest is a shouty pop-rap tune with "kooky" production that sounds like a bad Fergie release. Possibly 2006's worst pop single.

Mary J Blige - Reflections: A Retrospective

Rating ****

FINALLY - a greatest hits album from the undisputed Queen of R&B. The ninetime Billboard Award winner has chosen her songs wisely here, featuring stand-out tunes over the past 14 years such as Family Affair, No More Drama and Not Gon' Cry, and four new tracks including King & Queen, a duet with John Legend. While the new songs see Mary reminiscing, it's the oldies that are the real goodies.

Eminem - Eminem Presents: The Re- Up

Rating **

EMINEM returns with Shady Records mates Stat Quo, Cashis and Bobby Creek water, names you would normally pay no attention to. Originally a street mixtape project, Eminem decided to make it a proper album. Tracks like Cashis's Everything Is Shady, Stat Quo's Tryin' Ta Win and Bobby Creekwater's There He Is are worthy intros, but the best tracks come from the established artists such as Eminem and 50 Cent.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 8, 2006
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