Catch 22

Catch 22

by Tinchy StryderTinchy Stryder


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Though Catch 22 is Tinchy Stryder's first full-length major-label release, it is hardly his first forage into the world of popular music. For years before his major-label debut, Stryder had a name as an underground hip-hop master, even having a full-length independent release prior to any mainstream success. Regardless, Stryder's first full-length release is packed with the excitement of a budding musician entwined with the experience of a veteran hip-hop artist. What makes this album vibrant is its realism; Stryder seems humbled by his recent catapult to fame: On "I'm Landing," he raps, "I ain't seen my girl for days, I ain't seen my bed for days ... But I'm enjoying every little bit of it." This helps eliminate that nauseating I'm-the-hottest-stink-on-the-planet attitude that plagues and detracts from many aspiring hip-hop artists. The other pro to the album is its embrace of electro-pop sounds; rather than present a "classic" ball-hard rap album, Stryder manipulates his talents as a DJ and mixer into producing brilliant synth pop tunes and tracks. And with Fraser Smith at the helm of this album, Stryder has done a terrific job with picking perfect singles: the dance club smash "Take Me Back" is a slice of David Guetta-esque pop-rap, while "Number 1" is electric first, rap second, and is perfect just like that. In addition, Stryder's collaboration with Sugababe Amelle Berabeh, "Never Leave You," wins the award for best-use-of-a-superstar-to-promote-a-newbie. The biggest problem with the album is the lack of follow-up material. Much of the rest of Stryder's album is a touch second-rate to what you've already fallen in love with on the radio; the strongest album cuts are "Halo" and "You're Not Alone," both of which are in the most similar vein to what's already charting; in other words, heavy on the synthesizers and dance hooks, as opposed to straight rapping. The problem is that many of the tracks simply become messy as rap and rhythm blend. That's not to say fans of Stryder's will be dissatisfied; quite contrarily, they will probably love Catch 22 as much as they love its singles; it has strong lyrics and solid hooks. However, those who didn't love his radio hits might not find much they do like on this release. Stryder's debut is perfect for complementing the mega singles, but not necessarily adding much to them, which in 2009, is something of a norm, so it's hard to knock him for that.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/25/2009
Label: Island Uk
UPC: 0602527136325
catalogNumber: 2713632

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tinchy Stryder   Primary Artist,Vocals
Adam Wakeman   Piano
Donna Gardier   Vocals
Nick Barr   Viola
Fraser T. Smith   Keyboards
Jessica Castellanos   Vocals
Richard George   Violin
Tanya Lacey   Vocals
Richard Adlam   Drums
Tony Woollard   Cello
Nicola Sweeney   Violin
Richard Brook   Drums
Guthrie Govan   Bass,Guitar
Hal Ritson   Saxophone
Ben Somers   Saxophone
Taio Cruz   Vocals
Neil Waters   Trumpet
Chipmunk   Vocals
Ayak Thiik   Background Vocals
Frankmusik   Background Vocals
Labrinth   Vocals

Technical Credits

Fraser T. Smith   Producer
Steve Wilcken   Composer
Jack Foster   Executive Producer,Management
Scott McCormick   Engineer
Tinchy Stryder   Producer
Hal Ritson   Producer
Frankmusik   Producer
I. Martens   Composer
Beatriz Artola   Engineer
Labrinth   Producer
T. Kellett   Composer
C. Wright   Composer
K. Robinson   Composer
G. Jones   Composer
Marc Williams   Programming

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