Naughty Boy - Hotel Cabana Album Review

Review of Hotel Cabana Album by Naughty Boy

Shahid Khan, aka Naughty Boy, may not have been the most well-known artist, but his production credits include work by Tinie Tempah, Leona Lewis and, perhaps most prominently, Emeli Sande's mega-selling 'Our Version Of Events'.  Naughty Boy's debut sees her return the favour of collaboration, and includes guest spots from many other contemporaries.

Naughty Boy Hotel Cabana Album

The first of three pieces by George The Poet introduce a mysterious tone that is carried into 'Welcome To Cabana', on which vocals are provided by the aforementioned Tempah and Sande.  The juxtaposition of their styles works well on a track that is concise, clocking in at less than two minutes, but it is on the following 'Wonder' that Sande really takes the spotlight.  Energetic and infectious, it has hooks aplenty and a genuine carnival vibe that overshadows her later work on 'Lifted', a decent club track in its own right.  One of the best examples of Naughty Boy's ability to craft a fine tune is 'Hollywood', on which one of the most radio-friendly voices of the last two decades, Gabrielle, turns in a performance full of attitude that matches the stomp of the track.

By far the standout moment of the record is the Sam Smith collaboration 'La La La'.  A masterful slice of garage-pop, it has undeniable hooks that will stay in your head for days and border on annoyance - but crucially remain enjoyable.  It's no surprise it has been nominated for Best Single at the 2014 Brit Awards and there can be no complaints if it lands the prize.  Unfortunately for this album, it marks a turning point, not that the soul power balladry of 'So Strong' is a mistake for being a marked change in style, just that it sounds regrettably like The Fray.  Bastille's turn on 'No One's Here To Sleep' also fails to impress with its contrived desperation, whilst 'Top Floor (Cabana) is a typical Ed Sheeran turn, but not what is required here.  A quartet of bonus tracks close the album, of which a string-laden cover of Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' is the song of note.  The organic approach works well and Tanika's vocals do justice to one of last year's biggest hits, resulting in an appropriate high toward the end of a record that starts brilliantly, but loses its way.

3.5/5

Alex Lai




Official Site - http://www.hotel-cabana.com

Advertisement

More Naughty Boy

Pet Shop Boys to headline Bingley Music Live 2014

Yorkshire music festival Bingley Music Live may just have secured the festival coup of 2014. The 16,000 capacity, 3 day festival in Yorkshire has added...

Who Is BRIT Awards Winner Sam Smith?

Sam Smith is fast becoming one of the most recognised names in the music biz, particularly after his successes at last week's BRIT awards and...

Naughty Boy - Hotel Cabana Album Review

Shahid Khan, aka Naughty Boy, may not have been the most well-known artist, but his production credits include work by Tinie Tempah, Leona Lewis and,...

Sam Smith Named Winner Of Brits 2014 Critics' Choice

Sam Smith has had a year to remember in 2013, but this year of success may very well be only the start of his rise...

Advertisement

Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' The Biggest Selling UK Single Of 2013, So Far

'Blurred Lines' is the biggest selling single of 2013 in the UK, the Official Charts Company revealed today (7 Dec), having sold more than 1...

Naughty Boy Announces New Single 'Think About It' Featuring Wiz Khalifa And Ella Eyre Out November 17th 2013

The UK's hottest sound creator, Naughty Boy releases the follow up single to the massive No.1 hit 'La la la' and top 10 'Lifted' with...

Naughty Boy Hopes You'll Enjoy Your Stay at the Hotel Cabana, Promises Grandeur

Having broken into music in an unorthodox way – Naughty Boy won £44k on Channel 4’s Deal or No Deal and used the money to...

Naughty Boy - Lifted ft. Emeli Sandé Video

Naughty Boy teams up with Emeli Sande on his latest single 'Lifted', due out on August 18th 2013 ahead of his debut album 'Hotel Cabana'...

Advertisement

Comments

Naughty Boy Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Naughty Boy

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All