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KELLY ROWLAND: âMS. KELLY DELUXEâ

Kelly Rowland: 'Miss Kelly Deluxe'

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UK release date 12.05.2008

Kelly Rowland gets a reworking with the re-issue of the new improved âMiss Kellyâ album released in June 2007. Why I hear you ask? I donât know is the simple answerâ¦

But I can hazard a guess in the fact that the album did ok when it first came out and plodded along doing semi-decent sales as each track was released. In Kellyâs own words âWe were disappointed with how some tracks performed and listening to the fanâs, they wanted more up-tempo tracks to be added to the albumâ

So thatâs exactly what they have done with the âDeluxeâ versionâ¦From the Blues and Soul view - We are pleased that the album has been âPimpedâ, because it should have been better received the first time round. And now itâs time for the record to be set straight - âThat Kelly Roland is a formidable force without the aid of fellow âDestinyâsâ. Kelly has indeed struggled to step out of fellow band member Beyonceâs shadow, being the lead singer/superstar (and rightly so), Kelly has now proved there is plenty of room at the top for talent.

The album has had a major re-vamp losing 7 tracks from the original and re-modelling the tunes that have made an impact in the charts. These include the Freemasons getting hold of Rowlandâs hit âWorkâ, which makes it sound as fresh as the first time I herd it. Current hit âDaylightâ (feat Gym Class Heroâs Travis McCoy) has been added to the album, and is also given the Joey Negro treatment with some hot funky beats in a re-mix finale (which may grate if you are a fan as I am of the Original soulful mix). But on the whole though I urge you to go and buy this album for some silky vocals and funky beats which complete (literally) a deluxe package⦠But then again, we told you that when the first version of the album was released:)
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