Tinchy Stryder: 'You're Not Alone'
Released on Monday, Oct 26 2009
Published Friday, Oct 9 2009, 09:05 BST
| By Nick Levine |
Since the start of the year, Tinchy Stryder
's racked up three massive hits with three different partners - Taio, Dappy and Amelle - so there's a fairly obvious brick for critics to chuck at his window. 'You're Not Alone' could, therefore, be seen as a slightly unfortunate single choice. So heavily does it sample a certain '90s house classic that Stryder essentially duets with Olive singer Ruth-Ann Boyle on the chorus.
Then again, how could he bring himself to keep this
as an album track? That whopping great chorus sounds as ace as ever, Stryder's rhymes are simple and good-natured ("By your side is where I'll stay 'til we're old and grey"), and Fraser T Smith's production gleams like the gold medallion Tinchy hangs round his neck. What this may lack in originality, it more than makes up for in pure pop appeal - something Stryder's showing quite a knack for this year.> Click here to read our review of Tinchy Stryder's album