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Against All Odds
Studio album by N-Dubz
Released 13 November 2009 (Ireland)
16 November 2009 (UK)
Recorded 2008 - 2009
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 44:23
Label AATW, Def Jam
Producer Richard "Fazer" Rawson
Professional reviews
N-Dubz chronology
Uncle B
(2008)
Against All Odds
(2009)
Singles from Against All Odds
  1. "I Need You"
    Released: 9 November 2009
  2. "Playing With Fire"
    Released: 18 January 2010
  3. "Say It's Over"
    Released: TBA

Against All Odds is the second platinum selling studio album by N-Dubz. The album was released in Ireland on 13 November 2009 and was released on 16 November 2009 in the UK.[5] The group was expected to be releasing the album worldwide under Def Jam Recordings in early 2010[6]

Contents

Production and recording

N-Dubz started work on their second album before releasing Uncle B.[7] The band confirmed that they had recorded a new song entitled "I Don't Wanna Go To Sleep" for their new album in late 2008.[8] Judging by the title of the song this solidifies Dappy's statement in an interview with 4music about a possible change in direction to making their sophomore release an album of "Club Bangers". Dappy later confirmed this and said they were living in a cottage with a studio in Surrey, recording their new album for four months, also stating their second album would have 14 songs on it.[9] N-Dubz have revealed that they are making good progress on recording their second studio album. The group have been working on the follow-up to multi-platinum Uncle B in rural Surrey, but took time out to pick up the Digital gong at the Silver Clef Awards in London. "We've just taken a quick break," Tulisa told the Daily Star. "We're having fun and the album is sounding good." The singer added that the group have adopted unusual work patterns while making the new record "We normally work till 5am - I come alive at midnight, like a vampire."[10]

Tulisa later revealed that the group had recorded a song called "Shoulda Put Something On" about teenage pregnancy for their new album. It is about a young couple arguing whether to keep their unplanned baby. "It's not something any of us have been through personally," Tulisa told the Daily Star. "But everyone knows someone who has. The three of us wrote down our different perspectives and we based the song around that. It's our favourite track on the album."[11]

The group was also rumoured to be recording a song with Kylie Minogue for her highly anticipated comeback record, after she was impressed with their debut album Uncle B and liked what they do.[12] The band have denied these claims but say they would love to work with her and are big fans.[13]

The album includes 6 collaborations including a new version of "Number 1" which was originally a collaboration with Tinchy Stryder. Stryder's first verse was kept on this version but the second verse is sung by Tulisa and the third verse is a rap by Fazer.

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Album name

The group announced that the album would be released on 16 November before revealing the album title. When covering for Semtex on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Fazer and Tulisa stated that their former manager, Dappy's father (Byron Contostavlos), wanted Against All Odds to be the title of their debut album, but after his death, they changed it to Uncle B in memory of him and so Against All Odds was the title for their second album. They also confirm this in the album booklet.

Critical reception

The album had received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Entertainment.ie gave the album one star out of five. The review stated, "The problem is that their brand of music is such lowest-common-denominator stuff that it manages to offend even those that it's aimed at through its sheer awfulness. With a debut album ('Uncle B') that went platinum in less than a year, all the trio needed to do was write a quick follow-up to cash in on their popularity, and they’ve done exactly that. There's little creativity involved in these grimy tunes, smothered in layers of synthesised vocals and rapid-fire raps".[14] The Guardian gave it a mainly positive review, although they felt the album was "hardly exploding with originality, and the various references to Facebook and how many records they've sold do grate". It finished by saying that "N-Dubz are bound to be inescapable in 2010 – most probably because they will be being blasted out of a mobile phone on the bus".[15] Digital Spy gave the album a solid 4/5 review.

Tracklist

# Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   N-Dubz Fazer, Dappy 0:57
2. "I Need You"   N-Dubz Fazer, Dappy 3:20
3. "Playing with Fire" (featuring Mr Hudson) N-Dubz, Benjamin McIldowie Fazer 3:47
4. "Say It's Over"   N-Dubz, Junior Edwards Fazer, Dappy, Mazer 3:44
5. "Na Na" (featuring Wiley) N-Dubz, R. Cowie, Junior Edwards Fazer, Mazer 3:31
6. "Shoulda Put Something On"   N-Dubz Fazer, Dappy 3:35
7. "Duku Man Skit" (featuring Fearless) Dino Contostavlos, Richard Rawson, Junior Edwards, Anthony Evolko Fazer, Mazer 2:24
8. "I Don't Wanna Go To Sleep"   N-Dubz Fazer, Dappy 3:20
9. "Suck Yourself" (featuring Chipmunk) Dino Contostavlos, Richard Rawson, Junior Edwards, Jahmaal Fyffe Fazer, Mazer 4:24
10. "No One Knows"   N-Dubz, Gary Barlow Fazer, Dappy 3:23
11. "Number One" (N-Dubz Remix) (featuring Tinchy Stryder) N-Dubz, Kwasi Danquah, Fraser T. Smith Fraser T. Smith 3:33
12. "Comfortable" (Tulisa solo song) Tulisa Contosavlos Fazer 4:08
13. "Let Me Be" (featuring Nivo) N-Dubz, Evangelis Klemis Evangelis Klemis 3:39
14. "Outro"   N-Dubz Fazer, Dappy 0:49
Album booklet

The group have confirmed in an interview that the booklet will include several features along with the album[16] If someone goes on the "3D" page of the N-Dubz website and faces the back of the album booklet to their webcam, the trio will appear on the booklet and perform "I Need You".[17] The group call the booklet a "N-Dubz magazine", which includes the following:[18]

  • Introduction
  • N-Dubz Glossary
  • Exclusive Interviews
  • Tour Must Haves
  • We Love Our Adidas
  • N-Dubz Look
  • Behind The Scenes ("I Need You" and "Playing With Fire")
  • Thank You's
  • Family Tree
  • Private Picture Gallery
  • Credits
  • Lyrics

Charts

The album has been certified Platinum by the BPI, denoting shipments of over 300,000+ units to date.[19]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Irish Album Chart[20] 39
UK Album Chart[21] 6

References

  1. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/mgb6
  2. ^ "N-Dubz: Against All Odds Review". Entertainment.ie. http://entertainment.ie/album-review/N-Dubz-Against-All-Odds/6696.htm. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  3. ^ "N-Dubz: Against All Odds CD Review". Guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/nov/13/n-dubz-against-all-odds. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  4. ^ Digital Spy review
  5. ^ Release date retrieved 2010-03-13.
  6. ^ Worldwide release retrieved 2010-03-13.
  7. ^ Video was uploaded before the release of "Uncle B"
  8. ^ Music - News - N-Dubz explain 'fan favourite' new single - Digital Spy
  9. ^ Music - The Sound - N-Dubz give DS a studio tour - Digital Spy
  10. ^ Music - News - N-Dubz 'working hard on new album' - Digital Spy
  11. ^ Music - News - N-Dubz pen teenage pregnancy song - Digital Spy
  12. ^ Music - News - Kylie 'to collaborate with N-Dubz' - Digital Spy
  13. ^ YouTube - N Dubz set the record straight on working with Kylie Minogue
  14. ^ "N-Dubz: Against All Odds Review". Entertainment.ie. http://entertainment.ie/album-review/N-Dubz-Against-All-Odds/6696.htm. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  15. ^ "N-Dubz: Against All Odds CD Review". Guardian.co.uk. http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2009/nov/13/n-dubz-against-all-odds. Retrieved 2009-11-26. 
  16. ^ Special features interview.
  17. ^ Someone demonstrating how to use the 3D feature
  18. ^ "N-Dubz magazine" within the booklet
  19. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/Search.aspx
  20. ^ http://www.chart-track.co.uk/index.jsp?c=p/musicvideo/music/archive/index_test.jsp&ct=240002&arch=t&lyr=2009&year=2009&week=47
  21. ^ http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a188064/leona-lewis-gets-second-no-1-album.html

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