Stormzy - Heavy is the Head: Album review
I’m not really a grime fan but can’t escape the name Stormzy at the moment.
His debut album 'Gang Signs & Prayer' in 2017 was a platinum-selling number one, he headlined Glastonbury in 2019 and has won numerous awards, including two BRIT awards, an Ivor Novello award and six Mobos.
He has been dubbed one of the UK’s most inspiring cultural figures and has been outspoken about many social issues including the injustice of young black children.
During his headline set at Glastonbury he took the opportunity to speak out, saying that he believes these youngsters were being criminalised in a ‘biased and disproportionate justice system’.
So what about the music? There’s some strong language on the latest album from the onset and I preferred to skip through the heavy grime tracks.
But there are some tracks I was happy to listen to. These included 'Crown' (track three), which had an uplifting gospel feel over a gentle piano part.
Track four ('Rainfall', featuring Tiana Major9) was a blast from the past, sampling Mary Mary’s 1999 hit Shackles (Praise You).
Yebba guest vocals on the delicate 'Don’t Forget to Breathe'; and 'Own It', featuring Ed Sheeran and Burna Boy is a catchy radio-friendly single.
If you’re a Stormzy fan you’ll probably love it.
The album is out now.
Reviewed by Zoe Myall
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