RICHARD X PRESENTS HIS X-FACTOR VOLUME 1
ALBUM VIRGIN RELEASE: AUGUST
27, 2003 REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 8, 2003
X is quite prepared to accept criticism; I am quite willing to give criticism.
This could be fun…
the creator of two of the biggest hits of last year (the fantastic "Freak
Like Me" and the fantastically irritating "Being Nobody"
sung by the Sugababes and Liberty X respectively) I was quite willing
to come knives out for this full-length venture, and to my disappointment
it doesn’t actually disappoint. In fact it is actually quite good!
seems to have an uncanny knack of creating a tune, whether from his own
hands or "sourced" from what appears to be a gigantic knowledge
of the history of electro-pop culture; he is equally at home creating
new tracks, or taking the old and putting a modern slant on it.
very up-beat album contains some killer tracks - the amazing Gary Numan
sampling "Freak Like Me" which deserves a place in anybody’s
record collection, along with the fantastic Kelis-vocalled "Finest
Dreams" which deserves on merit to be the next single, matching the
awesome electro Sugababes hit stride for stride.
with a number of different vocalists has given Richard the freedom to
work around the artists (including Jarvis Cocker, Kelis and current pin-up
boy Tiga) and each time create something that is both immediate and timeless
at the same time.
only qualm on what is a hugely successful album is the aforementioned
Jarvis Cocker sung track which is too sugary for its own good. A bit of
a disappointment from the former Pulp frontman, but it only lets the album
sorry Richard - that last quote was the best criticism I could do, the
rest of the album is so damn near perfect pop that I had to find some
kind of chink in the armour! For those still not convinced that I am a
reluctant convert, listen for yourself. Then I dare you to say something
bad about it, I dare you!