Sticks + Stones # Bonus Tracks

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… there were 2 x bonus tracks available as MP3’s with ‘Sticks + Stones’ in the UK. These were tracks ‘Stay’ and ‘Talkin’ That’ …

‘Stay’

I got this track – a cover of Shakespears Sisters ‘Stay’ – in 2012 when it was offered as an additional MP3 with purchases of ‘Sticks + Stones’ from the Cher Lloyd official UK website – http://www.cherlloyd.com/gb/home/
I was already interested in the song as I was totally aware of Cher performing the song on the XFactor – and omg how powerful and emotional was that! Even now I watch it on YouTube and the tears roll – it is so moving. At the time, mentor Cheryl Cole of course acknowledged that Cher can “really really sing”, and Cher can. Combining the vocal and visual impact of Marcella Detroit and Siobhan Fahey so naturally – Cher is amazing and the song feels amazing!
So it was good to have the opportunity to get this track and add it to the collection. I think Cher does absolutely right not to stray too far from the original Shakespears Sister version of the song. As to move away from this could lose the essence of the track. It needs that darkness, that rawness, that edge. So it is perfect for Cher as she is more than capable of packing a ton of emotion into every note she sings.
There are some singers who can sing but do so with all the emotion of having just found a bit of hard cheese under the fridge or a baked bean stuck in the wheel under the microwave plate!
But this is just so not the case with Cher Lloyd and if you need proof – listen to this!
You know? When I play this very loud I bawl my eyes out! (Time to get a grip huh?)
…but seriously, your eyes will not be dry – it’s as magnificent as it is beautiful … so hunt it down !
myblogaboutcherlloydcom Sticks+Stones UK CD Scan Detail (1)FACT! After Cher Lloyd performed ‘Stay’ on XFactor the original version re-entered the UK charts! It had first been there in 1992, before Cher was even born, where it was No. 1 for a whopping 8 weeks! The longest ever time a Girl Band has held the number one spot in the charts!
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‘Talkin’ That’

Musically, in complete contrast to ‘Stay’ was also offered ‘Talkin’ That’ – which was available from Amazon! I was heard ‘Talkin’ That’ live on the ‘Sticks + Stones’ Tour – so when I saw it available as an MP3 I was keen to snap it up!
So what’s it like?
Think ‘Dub on the Track’ and you have an idea where ‘Talkin’ That’ is. Or kinda three parts ‘Dub on the Track’ to one part ‘Swagger Jagger’!
I mention the latter because in the track, Cher again confronts the haters and faces them down completely: ‘You wanna be fly but you’re living low … say what you want, you can talk til you’re blue as the sky, haters! … all day talkin’ that mess!’  It’s a fab slab of brooding industrial dubstep with elements of later Gwen Stefani and Britney Spears. All deep, dark and moody!
It was really nice to see this regular in Cher’s UK 2012 set list recorded and a little bit of me is a little surprised it didn’t make it onto the album proper as it would have settled well alongside ‘Dub on the Track’. But we have it here so all is still good!
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Credits:
‘Stay’ was written by Siobhan Fahey, Marcella Detroit and David A. Stewart.
‘Talkin’ That’ credits tbc x
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Sticks + Stones #2

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… and following on from the previous post, this one will deal with the next 5 tracks from Cher’s debut album;

‘Sticks + Stones’

… the next 5 tracks whizz by and all are classic Cher Lloyd …
Sassy, brassy + bratty !!!

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When we get to track 6, I like to think that the individual in ‘Beautiful People’ has been able to pick themselves up and turn things around. As the track begins with the lyric ‘No Playa Boi can win my love, it’s sweetness that I’m thinking of’. It seems a response to what happened in ‘Beautiful People’? I don’t know if it’s meant like that? But that’s how it appears to me. Once bitten, twice shy – that ain’t gonna happen to me again!!!
But taking ‘Playa Boi’ on it’s own, what do we have? A fab blend of old (skool) + new (r&b)! As this saucy skit has one bumblebee trainer covered foot in late 1980’s/early 1990’s style hip-hop  – with the other planted in a contemporary and industrial r&b. The ‘cherry’ on the icing on the cake been provided by the cheeky incorporation of Neneh Cherry’s 1988 innovative hit ‘Buffalo Stance’ with the sophistication of the same artists’ ‘Manchild’. It’s an ‘a salt with a deadly pepa’ with all the sassiness of Macy Grey! I love it’s keyboard arrangements, its casio sounds and big synthy string stabs and wave noise!
Cher is on top form throughout – feisty and frontin’, name dropping Phar(r)ell (???)  – and telling us to “Listen’ up, turn it up” – and “don’t u mess …” So sick I Love it!
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Next track is ‘Superhero’ which is another wonderful slice of electro-pop with brand Cher Lloyd stamped firmly onto it ♥ ‘Superhero’ is actually incredibly well written and its simple arrangements and delightful melodies disguise the immense work that has gone into the track. It’s obviously true what they say … the truly talented make it all seem so easy! Aww…
It’s a lovely toe tapping tune with the melody set by the vocals as Cher tells us how she loved and loved with all of her power but was ‘used and abused until she was sweet and sour’. It’s all about the illusion of love and how sometimes perhaps people aren’t always as good as they make themselves out to be. And once the illusion is removed it all pretty much falls apart. You know what? It happens to me all the time lol!
But this classic scenario is given a humourous twist when Cher declares she’s had enough, don’t wanna be a Superhero and don’t wanna fight anymore and kicks out her ‘fake ol wanna be Superman’ with ‘a roundhouse kick to the temple’! The track is punctuated throughout with charming sub electro-cello’s and a twinky piano. Over the top of that is layered a rousing dry snare and intermittent buzzsaw guitars and then the whole thing is decorated with electronic twiddly bleeps and sweeps! It tips a hat towards Nikki Minaj – as Cher delivers a simply fab rap yet sings the chorus – but the song maintains its own identity and is an integral part of the album!
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Next track is, I have to say my favourite song off ‘Sticks + Stones’ – it’s ‘Over the Moon’ and that’s how it makes me feel lol. It’s a jangly feel good electro-pop tune that’s a mash-up of genre’s – which again makes it to me, signature Cher Lloyd!
The track begins with a vintage feel of all things! A percussive glockenspiel jingle bell riff plays as backing singers provide Cher with a 50’s/60’s feel with their ‘Ooh wap wap – Ooh wap wap’ accompaniment as she sings the main hook. There’s some kinda radiophonic effect on the vocal which has me imagining one of those shiny classic Shure Super 55 microphones has been used? I’m not so s(h)ure if it was (groan) but it just has that vintage vibe to it. A feeling further enhanced by little audible clicks and pops as if it’s all been played back on a vinyl record – it’s very charming!
During the verses the track all breaks down into a part poppy, part dubby rap – ‘I’m over the moon … no silver spoon in my milky way … when Simon told me I was trouble all I said is ‘ok’ – which is fun as the name ‘trouble’ is the nickname Simon Cowell has for Cher ha ha! So that’s a nice little cheeky reference to the XFactor Boss who handed Cher her first record deal after she reached the series 7 finals of XFactor in 2010.
When the track reaches the chorus it all picks up and lightens up with Cher ‘skipping the sky’ to the sing along poppy chorus that will make you jump up and down like a loon. It’s a lovely song! I’m sure this next bit is just my own take on the track – and perhaps it’s something to do with the jingle bells that feature in the song and perhaps partly to do with the October release date of the album? But I just get that same feel good (x!)factor from ‘Over the Moon’ that you get from your favourite Christmas record. I guess I’m just a hopeless romantic – but whatever – I just love ‘Over the Moon’…
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Next up is ‘Dub on the Track’ which takes things in another direction entirely. As the track is a deep dark brooding blend of industrial, rap and dubstep. It all begins with noise like braking trains and radio interference and some ghostly vocals from Cher then the track kicks in with some fab synthesized pitch bends, moody kickdrum and snare, scratch noise, electronic noise and just noise!
I love it!
The choice of words in the lyrics lends loads to the pent-up atmosphere of urban industrialization – it’s all  ‘machines’ & ‘gasoline’, ‘supersonic’, ‘astronomic’ and ‘electronic’ – like the recording studio itself is in the middle of Gotham City! Cher recruits Mic Righteous, Dot Rotten and Ghetts who all contribute a rap of their own to the track and the whole thing moves like some spooky transformer robot – all shiny black metal and chrome ha ha!
The singing and rapping from Cher is absolutely fab – as is the rapping from the 3 boys. It’s a bold venture into an area which no other track takes us to on ‘Sticks + Stones’ and what’s more, it succeeds. So Cher can hold her head high as she is most definitely the kinda girl who has put the dub on the track!

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And finally, we reach the final track of ‘Sticks + Stones’ – ‘End up Here’. And this is another real surprise as it’s deliciously written (half by Cher herself!) – and it’s another lovesong – alas however, the love has all gone wrong again…
The song is in a similar place to ‘Beautiful People’ and it all begins really pretty with a lovely synth string arrangement which is joined by cello strings to accompany Cher has she begins to sing. We learn that the subject of the song has fallen for a real bad boy – oops! – but has realized that she is nothing special in this persons life and is just a distraction. But although the love has gone and there’s the need to ‘put out the flame and move on‘, there is an implied dependence still there in the sinister form of ‘could u gimme that dust that u throw right round, get me that stuff make ya wanna get down’ before lamenting ‘ay ay ay I didn’t wanna end up here’.
Musically, the track is enigmatic and enchanting. I’ve already mentioned the strings! They give the track such a human feel – and when soft electric guitars are added and the drums the whole thing is a lovely backdrop to Cher’s soaring vocal – which on it’s on conveys immense emotion. It’s powerful stuff and a really poignant track – really stands out on its own – and make’s for a perfect wind down and close to the album.

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Sum Up!
What an absolutely fantastic album to debut with. As I believe ‘Sticks + Stones’ to be a record far stronger than what some established artists with supposedly more clout and resource have managed to muster.
In terms of music we have big rich slices of pop, r&b, hip-hop, rap, dubstep, old skool – and even a mildly alternative number as well.
In terms of attitude and emotion; we have fiestiness with ‘Grow Up’, cheekiness with ‘Want U Back’, tenderness with ‘With Ur Love’, aggression with ‘Swagger Jagger’, anguish with ‘Beautiful People’, brassiness with ‘Playa Boi’, sassiness with ‘Superhero’, happiness with ‘Over the Moon’, poise and assurance with ‘Dub on the Track’ and mounfulness with ‘End Up Here’.
It’s a Jukebox not only for our ears and our feet, but for our heads and our hearts too. That is why I Love the album ‘Sticks + Stones’ to bits – it’s fantastic and to me, it’s a work of art!
Credits:
‘Playa Boi’ was written by RedOne, AJ Junior, Bilal “The Chef”, Johnny Powers, Neneh Marianne Karlsson Cherry, Cameron Andrew McVey, James Philip Morgan and Philip Geroge Ramocon. It was produced by RedOne and Johnny Powers.
‘Superhero’ was written by Priscella Renea, Ronald Jackson, Gerald Martin and Formetta Gibson. It was produced by Jukebox.
‘Over the Moon’ was written by Cher Lloyd, RedOne, Eric Sanicola, Savan Kotecha, AJ Junior and Bilal Hajji. It was produced by RedOne, Eric Sanicola and Jimmy Joker.
‘Dub on the track’ was written by Cher Lloyd, Livvi Franc and Toby Gad. It was produced by Toby Gad.
‘End Up Here’ was written by Cher Lloyd and Ronald Jackson. It was produced by Jukebox.

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Lyrics:
(…as ‘Dub on the Track’ has a post all of it’s own. Please see there for the lyrics to that song x)
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‘Playa Boi’
No player boi can win my love It’s sweetness that I’m thinking of
Them boys always acting so mean Hands down in the dirt don’t come clean
Like a whole and a three letter donkey (Donkey!)
Ring the bell let me teach you something  Cuz ur momma never taught u nothing
Call Pharell cuz u keep on “Frontin'”  (Frontin!)
Listen’ up, Turn it up Listen’ up, Turn it up
Listen’ up, Turn it up Listen’ up, Turn it up
No player boi can win my love It’s sweetness that I’m thinking of
He gotta to lean with a gangsta stance He need to rock all the sickest brands
And give me love not a bad romance I’ll make a move nothing left to chance
 So don’t you mess with me
Can’t touch me liar I’m fire  U and all ur tricks expired
Ur ride really needs new tyres  (Vrrrmmmmm tyres!)
U like my kicks? Lemme kick ya  Like a ‘twilight’ fan I’ma bite ya
Turn around lemme Cee-lo “Forget ya” (Forget ya!)
Listen’ up, Turn it up Listen’ up, Turn it up
Listen’ up, Turn it up Listen’ up, Turn it up
No player boi can win my love It’s sweetness that I’m thinking of
He gotta to lean with a gangsta stance He need to rock all the sickest brands
And give me love not a bad romance I’ll make a move nothing left to chance
 So don’t you mess with me
If you want me looking ur way Baby gotta get real
If you want me ready to play I’ma have to feel
If you want me looking ur way Baby gotta get real, yea go and get real
No player boi can win my love It’s sweetness that I’m thinking of
He gotta to lean with a gangsta stance He need to rock all the sickest brands
And give me love not a bad romance I’ll make a move nothing left to chance
No player boi can win my love It’s sweetness that I’m thinking of
He gotta to lean with a gangsta stance He need to rock all the sickest brands
And give me love not a bad romance I’ll make a move nothing left to chance
 So don’t you mess with me
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‘Superhero’
I loved u × And loved u
With all that’s in my power × I was used and abused
Till I was sweet and sour
I kissed u × And kissed u
And gave u all my sugar × U knew that I’d be useless
If I let u know what u were to me
I thought it would be… ok × And we… shared everything… no way
And I told u, I told u
How I was such a sad case × U said u can save me
I’m doin the saving
Went to sleep a superhero × And he woke up a villain
Killin’ and killin’ my love × Oh what happen
Oh no what happen
U got me fighting × like wonder woman, woman
But I, I, I don’t wanna fight igh ight × Don’t wear no tigh igh ights
And I can’t fly I I × I’m no × I’m no × Superhero ooooo ooooo
I, I, I don’t wanna fight igh ight × Don’t wear no tigh igh ights
And I can’t fly × I I I’m no × I’m no × Superhero ooooo ooooo
Oh no what happen × Oh no what happen × Oh no what happen
I keep tryin, I’m trying × To wrap my head around it
Crying so, can’t let no, body see how I’m actin’
U hurt me, u hurt me × And no not physically
And got no bumps and bruises to show people what ur doing to me
I thought it would be… ok × But u see, I heard everything u said
And I knew it, I knew that u turn out to be a sad case
U said u could save me, I’m doin the saving
I, I, I don’t wanna fight igh ight × Don’t wear no tigh igh ights
And I can’t fly I I × I’m no × I’m no × Superhero ooooo ooooo
I, I, I don’t wanna fight igh ight × Don’t wear no tigh igh ights
And I can’t fly × I I I’m no × I’m no × Superhero ooooo ooooo
U got me using all my kung-fu tricks tricks
Hit ’em with a round house kick to the temple
1234 hung hi ho × T.K.O × Tykwon-do
U know × When u see that hand go chop
Everything stop
The flow so hot × Like steam from a coffee pot
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Rush hour, no traffic × No Jet Lei, just Jackie
U acting like u stayed behind × Go re-up on yo classes
U ol fake ol wanna be superman × Give Clark Kent back his glasses
Man, I hit u wit a judo kick so fast × U look back like what happen
I, I, I don’t wanna fight igh ight × Don’t wear no tigh igh ights
And I can’t fly × I I I’m no × I’m no × Superhero ooooo ooooo
I, I, I don’t wanna fight igh ight × Don’t wear no tigh igh ights
And I can’t fly × I I I’m no × I’m no × Superhero ooooo ooooo
Oh no what happen × Oh no what happen × Oh no what happen

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‘Over the Moon’
I’m over the moon Doing my thing doing my thing
I’m over the moon Just doing my thing
And I won’t come down
I’m over the moon No silver spoon in my milky way
When Simon told me I was trouble all I said is ‘ok’
Now let me turn my swag on and step up to the plate
Then I put London in my pocket up up up and away
I’ve been chillin’ out on a star With my 5 star view
I wanna get so far Till I see you Boo
Reaching into the jar For a dream come true
♥♥ I skipping the sky ♥♥
I’m over the moon
Just doing my thing just doing my thing
I’m over the moon
Just doing my thing just doing my thing
And I can’t get enough
Life is feeling so good  Cuz I keep movin’ up
I’m over the moon Just doing my thing
And I won’t come down
I’m over the moon  So watch ur head cuz throwing rocks
It feels like Red Bull gave me wings and I just can’t be stopped
U see I rhyme like a beast but I sing like a flower
I’m feeling tall so tall like the Eiffel Tower
I’ve been chillin’ out on a star With my 5 star view
I wanna get so far Till I see you Boo
Reaching into the jar For a dream come true
♥♥ I skipped the sky and ♥♥
I’m over the moon
Just doing my thing just doing my thing
I’m over the moon
Just doing my thing just doing my thing
And I can’t get enough
Life is feeling so good  Cuz I keep movin’ up
I’m over the moon Just doing my thing
And I won’t come down
Floating in space, I love this place E.T. says hey
My mind so clear in this atmosphere I got no fear
I’ve been chillin’ out on a star With my 5 star view
Reaching into the jar For a dream come true
I’m over the moon
Just doing my thing just doing my thing
And I can’t get enough
Life is feeling so good  Cuz I keep movin’ up
I’m over the moon Just doing my thing
And I won’t come down
Keep movin’ up And I won’t come down
I’m over I’m over And I won’t come down
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‘End Up Here’
Boy I was watching u move sorta checking u out
× Loving what u do boy we ought to paint the town ×
U can watch me get to it double roll and lean
× Make up ur mind if u liking what u see ×
Don’t want no flowers, don’t buy me no gifts
× I need somebody who can take care of this ×
I’m loving what u do coz I know u do it well
× U got u game tight real smart I can tell ×
Please don’t play that usual game the type to put out ur flame
× Ay Ay Ay I don’t wanna shed a tear ×
× Ay Ay Ay I didn’t wanna end up here ×
Could u gimme that dust that u throw right round
Get me that stuff make ya wanna get down
× Ay Ay Ay I didn’t wanna end up here ×
Yeah I went through ur phone I didn’t like what I seen
× U promised u’d be true u made a fool out of me ×
My friends tried to warn me that I’d waste my time
× I saw our true colours almost lost my mind ×
Looks like u do the same to all ur other girls
× Except u brought her flowers and u brought me pearls ×
When ur going out tonight I know ur seeing her again
× Saw ur picture together so now ur kissing all ur friends ×
Oh please don’t play that usual game × The type to put out ur flame
× Ay Ay Ay I don’t wanna shed a tear ×
× Ay Ay Ay I didn’t wanna end up here ×
Could u gimme that dust that u throw right round
Get me that stuff make ya wanna get down
× Ay Ay Ay I didn’t wanna end up here ×
If I don’t leave right now will my wounds still open
× Slipped right through ur hands, now my heart is broken ×
I’m moving on yeah yeah × I’m moving on
Ay Ay Ay I don’t wanna shed a tear × I don’t wanna shed a tear
Ay Ay Ay I didn’t wanna end up here × I didn’t wanna end up here
Could u gimme that dust that u throw right round
Get me that stuff make ya wanna get down
× Ay Ay Ay I didn’t wanna end up here ×

Sticks + Stones #1

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The debut album from Cher Lloyd was a fantastic (juke)box of tricks …

‘Sticks + Stones’

… released 07 November 2011 the album reached Number 4 in the UK album charts!
It was November 2011 when Cher Lloyd unveiled her debut album in the UK, ‘Sticks + Stones’. It was released on Syco Records (Simon Cowell’s venture with Sony) and described by Cher Lloyd herself as a ‘jukebox’ because each track is different! Which is certainly correct!
I think it’s a classy, sassy pop mix which contains slices of  bubblegum, synthpop, r&b, hip-hop, rap, dubstep and even a ballad! Cher has input on the writing on of 5 of the 10 tracks on the album – and ‘Sticks + Stones’ whizzes  along thru the 10 in a little over half an hour with a ton of swag! I just love every minute of it!
This post will talk about the first 5 tracks that make up ‘Sticks + Stones’!

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The opening track is ‘Grow Up’- a piece of peachy perfect bubblegum pop music. Cher opens the track by singing the chorus “We ain’t never gonna grow up, we just wanna get down” before launching into a quickfire rap “I got a flow that’ll make you drop, I got a flow that’ll make you pop!” – clearly demonstrating her ability to both sing and rap! Like Cher’s biggest selling single off the album; ‘Want U Back’, the track ‘Grow Up’ has Cher Lloyd written all over it!
Cutesy and cheeky, it is Cher Lloyd doing what she does best – with echos of Nikki Minaj and in terms of fun, Dizzee Rascal. It’s so good Busta Rhymes even hops on board as well to deliver a rap for Cher too! ‘Grow Up’ is a great choice of opening track for the album as Cher determinedly launches ‘Sticks + Stones’ and brand ‘Cher Lloyd’. The stall is set out – then it’s set on fire!!!
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Track 2 is ‘Want U Back’. A song which tells us of a girl whom having kissed her boy goodbye and walked away, is now wanting him back after spotting him around town with another girl. Perky, addictive – and from the opening “UHHN!” the track is loaded to the hilt with brattiness! And it’s that bratty attitude, which is no way is gonna just shine thru but positively blazes – as if looking into the sun – that just makes me love the song so much! I think of all the tracks on the album, ‘Want U Back’ captures the brat element the best of them all ha ha ha!
Musically, ‘Want U Back’ is an extremely catchy and sassy electro-pop tune. Cher opens the track with a loud “UHHN!”, and the song begins with synths and drums combining to produce a tune so incredibly lively and bouncy. After a nonchalant throwaway ‘la la la-la la la laaa’ Cher sings “Hey Boy u never had much game, thought I needed to upgrade so I went and walked away away away…” and off she goes, leaving boyfriend in her wake. But before long however, Cher then discovers her ex has moved on to someone new but still doing all the things he used to do with her. Cher reminisces “Remember all the things that u and I did first? And now you’re doing them with her?” and realizing she is feeling like “shh” wants her old boyfriend back!!!
‘Want U Back’ is beautifully produced, embellished with delicious electronic hooks and licks – and Cher’s own voice adding fun haughty backing vocals. It’s a delight and an incredibly strong track and has been likened to Jessie J and Rihanna. But I’m not gonna say that as to me it is a signature Cher Lloyd track! This leaves all the others miles behind!
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So Cher begins ‘Sticks + Stones’ with 2 lively and catchy synthpop tunes which are classic Cher tracks in extrovert mode. But what if we wanted to get nearer the centre? The nucleus? The heart? What would we find beating away at the centre of ‘Sticks + Stones’? What if we needed the album to provide something for our own hearts as well as for our dancing feet?
Well next up is ‘With Ur Love’ delivering just that. It’s a lovely crafted piece of pop music and an emotionally charming and inspirational lovesong. Ok though, but this is Cher Lloyd – and the first 2 tracks of the album were so loaded with attitude do we not get any here? Well yes we do! We get that at the beginning of the track with as Cher sings “I keep building walls up but u tear ’em down, I’m fighting … u got an AK and ur blowin’ through, explosive”. But the song is a love song so that’s what wins through and Cher gives into love and the track builds and builds and eventually lightens and really takes off. Cher’s vocal ‘da da da-da dum dum, da dum dum’, sets the melody which begins and ends the track and underpins throughout. Mike Posner hops on board to lend some vocal support too. It’s lovely!!!
Cher really gets to sing on ‘With Ur Love’, which she acknowledged herself ‘instead of jumping around’! It’s a wonderful piece of pure pop music with elements of r&b. So sassy!
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With track 4, we’re getting towards the middle of the album and in stark contrast to the track before, where we’re placed in a cosy place, Cher then removes our sense of security and gives us a punch in the chops with her tiny fist! As next up is lead single from the album ‘Swagger Jagger’! Probably one of the most divisive number 1’s that’s been in the charts for ages! The track opens with Cher singing “Swagger Jagger, Swagger Jagger, you should get some of your own,” over small crackles and pops – as if the recording was been played back on vinyl. Then kick in the drums and the  blaring airhorns, before Cher raps “you can’t stop looking at me, staring at me, be what I be…” and declares her swagger’s in check. ‘Swagger Jagger’ incorporates the melody from a famous traditional North American folk song called ‘Darling Clementine’ and  is a song about copycats who need to ‘get some [swag] of their own’. I interpret it as a rallying call for the listeners with their own “swagger in check” to face down the haters with the message to them been – just “let it go”… sticks + stones and all that yep?
You know, I think ‘Swagger Jagger’ is my all time favourite Cher Lloyd song, I just really really like that track. And I don’t care what anyone says about the song as I just love it’s blistering airhorns and catchy hooks – I think it’s fab – so if you hate it – just ‘get out of MY way’ ha ha!!! The tune really gets stuck in your head – like some kind of tentacle that goes into your ear and feels around the inside of your brain – I do love it!!!
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After ‘Swagger Jagger’ Cher calms it all back down again with ‘Beautiful People’ described by Nick Levine as “an emo power ballad”¹ which I think on one hand is an authentic sum up of the track. On the other it’s very accessible, like a track you could imagine from Avril Lavigne – so sitting just on the threshold of emo-land! The song is a collaboration with American/Swedish alternative rockers “Carolina Liar” and is a magnetizing and heart-breaking ballad. Acoustic guitars and piano combine to give the song a really human feel completely needed for the subject matter of the track, which I interpret to be unrequited love with a disturbing twist.
In the song, the object of the subjects love, who would usually be unaware of that love and so unreturning it unknowingly, is this time is fully aware and playing it all to their own advantage. This recognition of the dark side of unrequited love is what the track deals with as the subject realizes and prepares themselves sorrowfully for their inevitable fall.
It gives Cher the opportunity to really let her voice soar and when she does, she more than sends shivers down your spine! The emotion in her voice is incredible! When Cher sings about the life been sucked out of her heart I’ll challenge your own beating heart to stay within its ribcage and not be ripped from it. If it isn’t, you must either be clinically dead or a Zombie!
So Cher’s vocals give the song immense power and it’s clear this girl really can sing like an angel. Magnificent and melancholy, dramatic and dark all at the same time. The track is a real surprise and perfectly placed at the centre of the album where it wraps up the first half  leaving us in a very thoughtful place…
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Credits:
‘Grow Up’ was written by Cher Lloyd, Kevin Rudolf, Jacob Kasher, Savan Kotecha, A. Harr, J Jackson and Trevor Smith. It was produced by Kevin Rudolf and The Runners.
‘Want U Back’ was written by Shellback and Savan Kotecha. Produced by Shellback.
 ‘With Ur Love’ was written by Shellback, Max Miller, Savan Kotecha and Mike Posner. Produced by Shellback.
‘Swagger Jagger’ was written by Cher Lloyd, Autumn Rowe, Jermaine Jackson, Andrew Harr, Andre Davidson, Sean Davidson, Marcus Lomax and Clarence Coffee Jr. It was produced by The Runners.
‘Beautiful People’ was written by Chad Wolfinbarger, Alexander Kronlund and Tom Hamilton. Produced by Max Martin and Shellback.
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Lyrics:
(As “Want U Back”, “With Ur Love” & “Swagger Jagger” all have posts of their own, please see there for the lyrics to those songs x)
Grow Up’
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Tell the DJ turn it up real loud No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
I got a flow that’ll make you drop I got a flow that’ll make you pop
I got a flow that’ll make ur mother and ur father call the cops
We’re gonna make this thing go blow  We got a system overload
We’re gonna be the generation that makes everything explode
And when I say explode I don’t mean that we’re using bombs
We doing stuff that we don’t ever have to tell our moms
 Love this life we got we got it all up in our palms
Papers chasing yea we’re buying everything we want
Some how some way we’re gonna have it our way
We don’t give a what what u say No we don’t
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Tell the DJ turn it up real loud No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Show everybody who runs this town  No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
Do u Do u Do u know what I mean?
I’m princess I don’t want to be the queen
Please don’t say a thing Mr Bean
Everytime you talk it makes me wanna scream
I don’t know what u heard about me Don’t make me hold up my pinky
I’ma finish off all these mc’s Like they were my cup of tea
I got a flow that’ll make you drop I got a flow that’ll make you pop
I got a flow that’ll make ur mother and ur father call the cops
Some how some way we’re gonna have it our way
We don’t give a what what u say No we don’t
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Tell the DJ turn it up real loud No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Show everybody who runs this town No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
BUSTA RHYMES RAP
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Show everybody who runs this town No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Tell the DJ turn it up real loud No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
We ain’t ever gonna grow up We just wanna get down
Show everybody who runs this town No we’ll never grow up and if we had our way
We would do this every day
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‘Beautiful People’
x It’s my last big breath, what you want me to? x When you act all cool like you already knew x
x That I’ll be stuck here cold just waiting it through x Till ur heart starts beating for somebody new x
… U know that it’s true …
x Cause it’s Beautiful People  like u x Who gets whatever they want x
x And it’s Beautiful People like u x Who suck the life right out of my heart x
x And it’s Beautiful People like u x Who make my cry …
x Cause nobody else could be nearly as cruel as u … x
x It’s a wicked game that ur making me play x
x Where I crawl back home as ur walking way x
x And it’s all quite clear x What u want me to say x
But u’ll be so long gone if I ask you to stay
U know that it’s true
x Cause it’s Beautiful People  like u x Who gets whatever they want x
x And it’s Beautiful People like u x Who suck the life right out of my heart x
x And it’s Beautiful People like u x Who make my cry
x Cause nobody else could be nearly as cruel as ux
x Cruel as u x
x It’s my last big breath, what you want me to? x When you act all cool like you already knew x
x Cause it’s Beautiful People  like u x Who gets whatever they want x
x And it’s Beautiful People like u x Who suck the life right out of my heart x
x And it’s Beautiful People like u x Who make my cry
x Cause nobody else could be nearly as cruel as ux
x Nobody else could be nearly as cruel as u as ux
Notes:
¹ Nick Levine, in his 01/11/2011 review of ‘Sticks + Stones’ on the BBC website.