Sorry I'm Late

Sorry I'm Late

by Cher Lloyd



Cher Lloyd's sophomore full-length album, 2014's Sorry I'm Late, finds the former British X-Factor contestant maturing just enough from her 2011 debut, Sticks and Stones, to show growth, while still retaining all of her bright, infectious pop sensibilities. Produced by Savan Kotecha and Shellback, the album also features songwriting contributions from a handful of inspired sources including punk-soul diva Beth Ditto and Swedish super producers Rami Yacoub and Carl Falk, among others. As with Sticks and Stones, the trick with Sorry I'm Late is that while it's an unapologetically slick, uber-produced pop album, it never overwhelms its subject's firecracker personality. Lloyd remains her cocksure, and cockney-accented self, able to flow between hip-hop- and dancehall-inflected party tracks ('Killin' It"), Washed Out-style electronic dance anthems ("Alone with Me"), and earnest acoustic ballads ("Goodnight"). She has a big voice that can crackle with swagger one second and soar with sweet resonance the next, and she uses it to great effect throughout all of Sorry I'm Late. More often than not, she comes off as a pint-sized Dale Bozzio bursting through these neon-colored, Bollywood-sized productions with an exuberant, irrepressible energy. Even when she liberally apple picks her ideas from the tree of retro-pop music culture, as she did while reworking of Neneh Cherry's "Buffalo Stance" for "Playa Boi" on Sticks and Stones, it just works. This time around, she reinvents Skee-Lo's "I Wish," turning it into a slyly deprecating volley of female empowerment. If she split public opinion during her time on the X-Factor and Sticks and Stones did nothing to sway you over to her camp, then Sorry I'm Late probably won't win you over either. That said, in the 21st century world of extreme pop divas and powerhouse productions action-packed with hooks, beats, and hashtagged lyrical content, Lloyd comes off as a natural, a likeable girl next door with a queen-sized attitude and voice to match.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/27/2014
Label: Epic
UPC: 0888837690829
catalogNumber: 376908

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cher Lloyd   Primary Artist
Stephen Bradley   Trumpet
Larry Goetz   Acoustic Guitar
Max Martin   Background Vocals
Rami   Bass,Musician
Matt Squire   Musician
Corky James   Guitar
Johan Carlsson   Guitar,Musician
Nikki Flores   Background Vocals
Shellback   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Musician
Paul Shearer   Acoustic Guitar
Jason Evigan   Background Vocals
Carl Falk   Guitar,Musician
Dan Book   Background Vocals
Oscar Görres   Guitar,Keyboards
Robert Marvin   Musician
Oscar Holter   Keyboards
Marlene Strand   Background Vocals
Gabriel McNair   Trombone
Tofer Brown   Electric Guitar
LP   Ukulele
Struts   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Mag   Synthesizer
Livvi Frank   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Mike Posner   Composer
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Benny Blanco   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Emily Wright   Composer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Rami   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Editing
Matt Squire   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Michael Ilbert   Engineer
T.I.   Composer
Beth Ditto   Composer
Rouble Kapoor   Engineer
Johan Carlsson   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Engineer,Vocal Producer
Catt Gravitt   Composer,Vocal Producer
Savan Kotecha   Composer,Executive Producer,Vocal Producer
Nick Steinhardt   Art Direction
Shellback   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Noah Passovoy   Engineer
Jason Evigan   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Carl Falk   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Editing
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Ina Wroldsen   Composer
Oscar Görres   Composer,Producer
Robert Marvin   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Albin Nedler   Vocal Editing
Oscar Holter   Composer,Programming,Producer
Cher Lloyd   Composer
Chris Sclafani   Engineer
Kristoffer Fogelmark   Vocal Editing
LP   Composer
Kyle Shearer   Programming
Peter Carlsson   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Jakob Jerlström   Composer
Ludvig Söderberg   Composer
Tove Lo   Composer
Marco Borrero   Composer
Struts   Programming,Producer
Mag   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Isaiah Tejada   Programming

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