Feast of Latin beats

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 18 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 18 November, 2007, 12:00am

At the age of 19, he was the youngest male solo artist to reach No.1 in the UK charts with his debut single Fill Me In. Seven years later, Craig David, or the British R&B prince, is back with his fourth album Trust Me.

It has been two years since the release of David's last album The Story Goes... Patient fans will be relieved to find the new album as catchy and bouncy as his previous releases.

Produced in Havana, Cuba, the 11-track offering features Cuban elements - vibrant brass, rhythmic beats and rap-like singing - resulting in a funk-infused dance album.

It kicks off with the insanely catchy Hot Stuff (Let's Dance). It samples David Bowie's famous Let's Dance, but is too close to the original to be truly great.

Next up is 6 of 1 Thing, another bouncy track that gets you dancing straight away. David's rap vocals flow smoothly over the rhythmic chords. The album turns from funky pop to R&B with Awkward, a melodic duet with 17-year-old Rita Ora. Officially Yours is another highlight. Its silky melody and the singer's honey-like vocals combine to form the most soothing track on the album.

Tracks like Friday Night and She's On Fire are energetic, lively and dynamic with clear reggae influences.

All in all, this Latin beat-filled album is perfectly pleasant, but nothing really unexpected.

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