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  • Summary: The second album for the British singer was produced with Kanye West, who also appears as a guest artist.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. 90
    Matching catchy pop songs and good production to hip-hop's most wanted, it all comes full circle in Straight No Chaser.
  2. Pretty much every song on Straight No Chaser is a future pop anthem of powerhouse proportions.
  3. It’s a talent for smallness in spite of showy surroundings, an Englishness that’s as convincing as anything Jamie T, Mike Skinner or Lily Allen has produced, infiltrating the upper echelons of the American music establishment.
  4. The No 2 hit 'Supernova' and new single 'White Lies' bode well, showing what he can do with a tune and a computer, but West is forever adding clunky raps where they're not wanted and diverting the spotlight from Hudson.
  5. It's the very real emotional core that save Straight No Chaser from being just a slickly anonymous pop confection. [Nov 2009, p.100]
  6. Plenty of time is wasted on auto tune, to the detriment of almost all the album's vocals.
  7. It’s not Hudson’s foghorn bellowings that are the real enemy on this record, it’s that motherfucking computer program [Auto-Tune].

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Feb 1, 2013
    8
    This album is excellent. The risky combination of acoustic guitar riffs, synthesised overtures, deep bassy beats, and Hudson's emotional voice pays off greatly, resulting in some amazing songs. The album is filled with deep, meaningful lows and roaring, climatic highs. A hidden gem. Expand

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