CD Review – Craig David – Signed, Sealed, Delivered
8 out of 10
‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ finds the singer Craig David covering a number of well known classic soul and motown songs, but this is not simply a cash in exercise as might have been feared. The versions of such songs as Sly and the Family Stone’s ‘Papa was a Rolling Stone’ and Stevie Wonder’s title track are upbeat readings, which put Blue’s version in the shade, whilst the album opener ‘Standing in the Shadows of love’ fuses a sample from the song, with modern beats and recording techniques, and David’s falsetto range used to good effect. There are classy ballads here as well, such as ‘Sitting on the Dock of the Bay’ complete with its famed whistled coda, and ‘Mercy, Mercy Me’, with its ecological warnings still being sadly relevant. ‘I heard it thru the Grapevine’ features the full range of Craig David’s vocal range, and whilst using modern recording techniques, does not allow the soul to leak out, and a joyful version of ‘For once in my life’ even features the patented Stevie Wonder Harmonica solo. Although there is nothing here that is new, it will help to introduce David’s many fans to much of the music that was his original inspiration, and that can only be a good thing.