Tinie Tempah - Demonstration Review

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rating: 4.5

After a three-year wait, Tine Tempah has finally released his long-awaited second album, Demonstration and the wait has been worth it! Almost each track contains an incredible amount of energy, high-tempo, old-school grime feel to it and as the album goes on, it just goes from strength to strength. The record goes one better from 2010's Disc-Overy in terms of sound and a host of impressive collaborations such as, Dizzy Rascal, Palmoa Faith and Emeli Sande feature. His opening track 'Someday (A Place in the Sun)' kicks off the album fantastically, it's quirky with a rhythmical pace to make even the smallest hair on the back of your neck stand, 'Now I'm back, back, back, back / Momma, I made it at the flats she was living in' ring out during a verse signalling his return. Trampoline €“ his first release from Demonstration €“ follows up nicely as he continues to up the pace once more, with the help of 2 Chainz. A bubble-bursting sound oozes throughout with his famous catchphrase of "Yeeeaaahh!" featuring heavily not only in this track but in the entire record too.

Songs such as 'Mosh Pit' show off more of his modern take of electric-pop and demonstrates his ever-confident and genius rapping in 'A Heart Can Save The World', really ups the ante which adds to the idiosyncratic tone he lays out.

The return of Labrinth to the track of 'I'm A Lover Not Fighter' in which he combines vocals and production of the track adds more to the chemistry these two have, accumulating more plaudits to their growing repertoire when performing and writing, not to mention that this could become popular song and gives the same vibe that 'Earthquake' did. Five songs could easily feature as future singles, which displays the amount of depth this record has. Each one relating to either his background, his personal life or partying with women with an added pinch of humour, 'And a girl that makes a racket/call her Anna Kournakova', is just one of the best lines to listen to. In all, this is the perfect way for Tinie Tempah to stamp his authority on the hip-hop/grime scene once more. His return is a much welcomed one and there is definitely more excitement as well as energy in terms of his direction this time round. The finished product may have taken time to complete and is different from the sound of his first album; would I give it a thumbs up? As the man himself would say, "Yeaaaaahhhh!"
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