True Romance

True Romance

by EstelleEstelle


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More concise than her three previous albums but just as varied as any of them, True Romance is Estelle's first independent full-length after phases with V2 and Atlantic and a 2013 trio of themed EPs. Five of these 11 tracks were issued separately, several months ahead of the album's February 2015 release date. Among these are some of her boldest songs, like "Make Her Say (Beat It Up)" -- all pummeling drums, sub-bass, and Estelle's droning commands, vulgar enough to purge a certain portion of her fan base. The celebratory "Something Good/Devotion," more broadly appealing, takes it back to early-'90s house like Crystal Waters' "Makin' Happy," all the way down to the synthesized horns, while the latter half is contemporary and slinkier. Estelle works through several additional emotions and tries on (and returns to) almost as many styles. There's a lavish and large-sounding empowerment anthem ("Conqueror"), a classic-sounding soul throwback ("Silly Girls"), a seductive and explicit trunk rattler ("Time Share [509]"), some sunny reggae ("She Will Love"), and a handful of dissimilar ballads (topped by the low-key bliss of "Gotcha Love," with a possible nod to the theme for Good Times). Patched together and seemingly out-of-character as it is, the singer's fourth album does have more going for it than her third one did.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/17/2015
Label: Bmg Rights Managemen
UPC: 0859381011903
catalogNumber: 81011903
Rank: 70941


  1. Time After Time
  2. Conqueror
  3. Something Good/Devotion (Passion Interlude)
  4. Make Her Say (Beat It Up)
  5. Time Share (Suite 509)
  6. The Same
  7. Fight For It
  8. Silly Girls
  9. Gotcha Love
  10. She Will Love
  11. All That Matters

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Estelle   Primary Artist
Kardinal Offishall   Background Vocals
Lance Tolbert   Bass Guitar
Keith Harris   Synthesizer
Sam Dew   Vocals
Gabe Rolandal   Keyboards
Owen "KO" Kyle   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ivan "Orthodox" Barias   Additional Production
John D. Norten   Engineer
Sharif Slater   Composer,Producer
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League   Producer
Shane Henderson   Engineer
Claude Kelly   Composer
David "DQ" Quinones   Vocal Editing
David Medina   Producer
Estelle Swaray   Composer
Lance Tolbert   Engineer,String Arrangements
J-Ivy   Poetry
Keith Harris   Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Josiah Bell   Producer,Engineer
Travis Harrington   Engineer
Angelique Cinelu   Composer
Kyle Owens   Composer
John Lardieri   Composer
Craig Balmoris   Producer
Adrián Meléndez   Engineer
Julian Nixon   Producer
Jaramye Daniels   Composer
Sam Dew   Composer
Darhyl Camper   Producer,Engineer
Janelle Kroll   Composer
Angel Higgs   Composer
T.S. Rose Desandies   Composer
Akil King   Composer,Vocal Producer
Alex Tapia   Producer
Drew Arndt   Engineer
Owen "KO" Kyle   Vocal Producer
Mitchell Stewart   Engineer
Henry Bailey   Composer
Sash Blu   Composer

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