It’s been a year since Rebecca Ferguson dived head first onto the UK music scene with her hugely successful album, Heaven, and now she’s enticing us for the second album with single, I Hope.
Known for her smoky charcoal voice and soulful R&B music, Ferguson was initially introduced by none other than The X Factor UK. She was the runner up in 2010, and fitting into the trend, she’s had much success, even though she didn’t win.
Ferguson’s debut album, Heaven, co-written by Ferguson herself went platinum in the UK, Ireland and US, and had five singles. Her sophomore album is called Freedom and single I Hope acts as the bridge between the two albums.
It’s a soulful song with an overriding melancholy tone. Acting as a break up song with the repeated lyrics – “I hope that she is kind”, and “I hope life treats you good”, it is reminiscent of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep or Emeli Sande’s Next to Me. It has the same piano and gospel influence, but perhaps plays it a little safer in terms of vocals, relying on the tone of Ferguson’s voice to bring out the intensity of the message.
I Hope is a good start to the upcoming album, and if you need, a polite and articulate way to break-up with someone. Talk about multipurpose listening.
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