Rita ora is a singer-songwriter who has been dubbed as Britain’s answer to Rihanna, After emerging on ‘the hunt for Britain’s Eurovision contestant’ in 2009 she soon got signed up to Roc Nation. Now, after featuring on songs with Craig David, Dj fresh and Connor Maynard, she’s got two number ones under her belt with R.I.P (featuring Tinie Tempah) and Hot Right Now. So what can you expect from the album that follows such success?
An album for everyone, with a wide mix of genre’s including dubstep, reggae, pop and rock the album starts off with Facemelt which creates a buzz for the whole album. Roc the Life is a song full of passion which is tied with Rita’s lifestyle since signing with Roc Nation. Meanwhile, How We Do (Rita’s second number one) is heavily influenced by Notorious BIG. Throughout the album there are songs that make you want to get up and dance including How We Do, Hot Right Now and Fall in Love (featuring Will.i.am) which has an added Ibiza vibe to it and Radioactive which is a euphoric anthem that takes you into another world.
Although the album is full of upbeat songs with powerful messages concealed in them, Love and War (featuring J. Cole) is a simple contrast that everyone can relate to, with a female and male perspective of a relationship. Whilst Been Lying is a slow honest track, about being young and lying to save yourself. Elsewhere, when you first listen to Uneasy you can hear the drums pounding, giving the album a soft rock edge, written by the Ting Tings and Rita you can hear the influences they add to the track.
With the deluxe version of the album containing three bonus songs (Crazy Girl, Young Single & Sexy and Meet Ya) this version of the album becomes a must. Young Single & Sexy is such a powerful song that can lift you when you’re at your lowest and though the song can be taken in many ways, it focuses on the idea of adapting to a new situation and it gives you a feeling of not having any responsibilities. Meanwhile, Meet Ya ends the album with a raw touch, low production, guitar, vocals and a piano.
If you have an open music taste, Ora is a breath of fresh air, delivering an album that could be on repeat for hours.