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  • Summary: This is the debut album for the son of gospel singer Chris Falson.
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. There's more captivating electro-funk where that came from: his debut album is stuffed with it, some immediate enough to match Black and Gold's success.
  2. The ghost of Marvin hovers over debut by Digi-Soul merchant - sensuous dancefloor fodder with an evocative voice.
  3. This is a daring, crisp modern soul album rich in ideas and star quality.
  4. 60
    Often stunning, but arguably also a little too knowing and shallow. [Aug 2008, p.108]
  5. While Hercules and Neon Neon took their dance nostalgia and turned it into something smart and new, Sam Sparro too often sounds like it's come straight out of an electro-funk generator--perfect reference points intact, but not developed or built upon or made unique.
  6. It's a mixed bag certainly and while nothing else here scales the heights of the single that's made his name thus far, there are plenty of moments of pop confection steered with a degree of sophistication to suggest he's more than a one trick pony.
  7. So as things go along, the similar, recycled beats meld into one another with little to distinguish them.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Oct 11, 2010
    An assured if not flawless debut from electrofunk artist Sam Sparro. Of course, the single 'Black and Gold' is the highlight. A cut above everything else on the album it explores philosophy and makes you think before getting down and funky with the other tracks. 'Clingwrap' is a post-funkadelic anthem song complete with funky sounding backing vocal and 'Sally' is a splice of Soulful pop which is catchy and memorable. There are a few let downs '21st Century Life' is too poppy for it's own good. Sparro definetley has something whether it is discovered by the listener today or tomorrow. Expand