With her debut CD in 2004 Brit Estelle had critical praise heaped on her, but no action on this side of the Atlantic. Wanting more exposure this British award-winning talented artist hooked up with the likes of John Legend, Kardinal Offishall, Kanye West, Wyclef Jean, will.i.am, and Cee-Lo. All heavyweights in the North American urban music scene. She manages to cozy up to American music while still retaining her British roots and sound.
Estelle sorta reminds me of a British version of Mary J. Blige. She can rap, she can sing and she has plenty of attitude. The album is a mix of love songs, rock, dancehall, soul, and R&B. The album was produced by John Legend and by the sounds of it the boy can not only can sing, but can help other artists create good music. Listen for all the samples on the album as they are tucked in everywhere such as George Michael's "Faith", Barry White's "Walkin' in the Rain with the One I Love", Bob Marley's "So Much Things to Say", and Grover Washington's "Hydra".
With the release of the first single "American Boy feat. Kanye West" the album has still garnered critical success, but this time she is also moving albums. Commercial success has been obtained without compromising her sound.