Craig David, one of everybody’s favourite nostalgia trips, has just about completed one of the most monumental comebacks in recent years. A man whose guitar riff-laden garage/R&B crossover dominated the noughties, is continuing his ascent to the top with his first album in six years- Following My Intuition. David’s renowned TS5 sets have dominated the 2016 festival circuit, appearing at top UK events such as Glastonbury and Bestival, to headlining smaller festivals such as X Fest or Mint. As if this wasn’t enough, David recently announced plans for a 2017 tour, of which selling out a show at The o2, a feat not many can boast. To top it all off, Following My Intuition recently charted at number one on the charts, let’s see if the hype is real.
Following My Intuition is a lot of fun, a well-orchestrated album that dips and dives into an array of sounds David tackles with ease. Seeing him last month at Bestival was living proof that the guy is insanely talented, and very much underrated as a musician. Swapping between rapping and singing, both of which conquered without missing a beat, mixing and remixing tracks of his own and some of those not, David was an impressive multi-talent performer.
David’s first album in six years is reflective of the above, and illustrates his diverse progression as an artist. No longer the formulaic garage artist he once was, David has a stab at a lot of different sounds, from drum and bass to pop house. Often the album borders on the expected and forced, but in his defence, who better to take care of production than Shy FX or Blonde, two established champions of the aforementioned. David rolls back the years with a couple of trademark swooners such as with Couldn’t Be Mine, while also pushing himself into newer territories with the Kaytranada-assisted Got It Good.
A whole lot of fun, a whole lot of Craig David-spun pop, a very talented musician, trying new things, while reminding us all of how he made it in the first place.
Verdict – WWWV