Only Human is the empowering fourth studio album from the English princess of pop Cheryl (Cole). She’s ditched the last name once again proving she is the one and only in the game and is expressing her right to be herself. The focus of the album seems to be self-empowerment, beginning with loving yourself and never worrying about what anyone else has to say; and she does it effortlessly, with her classic style of dance pop making each track incredibly catchy.

The intro is such an interesting way to open the album, it makes you rethink your life choices and as someone who is in that very position it made me sit up and really listen to every word Cheryl sings in each track; it essentially sets the tone for the album. The intro is a perfect set up for ‘Live Life Now’ as the two work with each other to put you in the mindset for the album. Most songs are as punchy and pop as the last, with less focus on slow ballads and all about tracks that make you want to groove and sing along (with many noteworthy lyrics that are all too relatable to everyone’s life). Cheryl also tries incorporating some smooth R&B and rap elements from herself as well as other talented artists (Tinie Tempah, Joel Compass) which work to compliment her vocal capability.

The album is certainly a roller coaster, starting with so many ups of pop, vocal anthems there is of course some down points, some tracks just don’t leave an impression at all. “Waiting For Lightning”, “Goodbye Means Hello” and “Yellow Love” are those songs, their sound honestly seems kind out of place when compared to the rest of the album and they’re just not that memorable. They’re the filler tracks of ‘Only Human’, not necessarily unappealing musically, just kind of boring matched to everything else Cheryl has offered up for her fourth release.

Album standouts: Intro + Live Life Now, Crazy Stupid Love, I Don’t Care and Throwback.

7/10
Image: Universal Music

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