Jay Sean: All or Nothing | CD review

(Cash Money)

Jay Sean's third album is already out in the US, reflecting his star status there: the single Down was the first by a British Asian artist to reach No 1 in the Billboard chart, which was achieved through the device of sounding as American as it's possible for a Londoner to do. (Lil Wayne's yappy guest rap probably didn't hurt, either.) All Or Nothing has also been calibrated to appeal to R&B fans across the Atlantic, with little in Sean's keening, Akonish vocal to suggest that the singer was raised in Hounslow. The only signs of Britishness are the drum'n'bass foundations of If I Ain't Got You and a duet with ex-Sugababe Keisha Buchanan on Far Away – a performance of such weediness that it could only be by two Brits. Interestingly, a collaboration with Craig David, Stuck in the Middle, is much more vigorous. The rest is glossy, super-catchy R&B that should finally establish him in the UK.


Caroline Sullivan

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