Feline by Ella Eyre (Album Review)
It seems ages ago that we were bigging up Ella Eyre and tipping her for the top. Whilst she has hardly been a flop since being shortlisted for BBC Sound of 2014, she has hardly taken the world by storm either. She first came to light featuring on Rudimental’s 2013 hit Waiting All Night and co-wrote or featured with top artists like Paloma Faith, Bastille and the likes of Naughty Boy and, of course, Tinie Tempah.
Her recorded voice was soulful and powerful, yet adaptable to flex to many genres and definitely more contemporary than many of the warbling ballad players that come from the likes of the X Factor. She delivered electric live performances both in her own right and lifted whole shows when she appeared on stage.
In what can only be described as mismanagement or poor decision making by Ella Eyre’s advisors, she hasn’t taken advantage of her huge talent or the platform created for her. That debut album was scheduled for an October 2014 release, but it has taken over a year to hit our shelves.
In that time of semi hiatus, Eyre has released singles and has of course been present, but fellow shortlisted artists Sam Smith and George Ezra appear to have overtaken her in profile and buzz. Whilst not dismissing what those two artists have achieved or discrediting them, as they are both great artists, I personally believe Ella Eyre should have been bigger.
Now Feline is ready for release, three of its singles have already been out there and the majority of people will feel they have the count on this style and artist. Its almost like, well we have heard Feline as most of the album is in the same mode. Great vocals with a massive hand-waving, head banging up-tempo chorus.
Well there are some surprises on offer on Feline. Always is a bit more retro-soul. Comeback has a real funk hint to it and Even If shows Eyre can do the ballad as well (just not one of the stronger components of the album)
Typical Me is probably the highlight. You can tell that this one is from Ella and gives the prospect lots of prospects. It highlights her vocal ability and maintains her currency.
On reading this back, this review feels kind of negative. And I suppose it is. However, this isn’t directed at Ella Eyre as fundamentally, this is a good body of music. She is great on all of the tracks and if we had heard this a year ago, it would have been fire.
Sadly, it does just feel a little late now. That is a real shame, because misses like this can define an artist. I just hope somebody that knows what they are doing takes Ella Eyre on and drives her career in the way her ability deserves.